Tag Archives: The Masculine Woman

Carmina Shoemaker

I really love shoes.  I really do.  I think if I could only pick one thing in fashion to splurge on it would be shoes and Carmina Shoemaker has some of the most beautiful and finely crafted shoes on the planet.

Carmina 910

This brand was started by Matias Pujadas in a small workshop in Inca, Majorca in 1866.


Many generations later…

Rubi Cordavan

Rubi Cordavan

…and after a downturn in the market for luxury shoes in 1997 (what were they thinking?) Carmina Shoemaker was born.



Created by Matais great-great grandson Jose Albaldejo and family, they decided to…

Oscaria Last

Women’s Oscaria Last

…provide some of best hand-crafted shoes to the world.  And I must say, they have definitely succeeded in their mission.


I mean, just look at how beautiful these shoes and boots are.

Rain Snuff Swede

Rain Snuff Swede

And the styles are also incredibly timeless. Not an easy “feat” to pull off, (yeah, I did!)

Simpson Last

And yet they are also very sexy.

Women's wingtips and tassels

Women’s wingtips and tassels

And what I really love about this company is the fact that they also do gorgeous women’s shoes…

Women's Carmina

…that are inspired by their masculine counterparts.

Women's Carmina 2

I have such a big foot I can wear men’s or women’s shoes, but for the Dandi’s out there with smaller feet (but a bigger budget because these shoes start in the $400 range) this is definitely an investment well made.



Photo’s courtesy of:

Carmina Shoemaker tumblr


Judgement Day: Fashioning Masculinities

I was sent this fabulous news by Laura Luna and I am beside myself with excitement.  I have looked through some of the first few pages and I say to all GO BUY ONE NOW!  It’s a wonderful celebration of real life Dandi’s and the fashion we love.

Info by Laura Luna:

Book Release/Signing — Judgement Day: Fashioning Masculinities
La Vida Local Galeria, / 5050 York Blvd, Highland Park, CA 90042
December 11, 6 pm
Los Angeles, CA. “La Vida Loca Galeria” will be hosting a book signing for JUDGEMENT DAY: Fashioning Masculinities by Tania Hammidi Sunday, December 11 at 6 pm. Hammidi’s coffee table book was recently released which features 27 portraits of queer / trans masculine photography and three essays.  There will be 27 soft and hardback books selling for $40sb/$55hb each. While you wait to get your book signed you will enjoy an introduction to the book with slideshow from author Tania Hammidi, and artist talks from photographers Love Ablan, Leon Mostovoy, and models Vanessa Craig, Vivan Escalantes, moderated by Leon Wu.
La Vida Loca Galeria” is a women-owned, women-staffed and in Northeastern Los Angeles.  Its proactive, positive business in NELA was established to promote local artists and help foster public awareness and appreciation.   For additional event details please contact Laura Luna, lauraluna (@) creativexicana.com or 1 dot 909 dot 331 dot 5616.
Tania Hammidi is an arts/fashion curator, educator and writer. She holds a Ph.D. and teaches at California College of the Arts/San Francisco.  This is her first fine arts book. Of a recent fashion show curated by Tania Hammidi, the Huffington Post wrote: “Never has so much swagger been seen on the catwalk — this, my friends, is what high fashion has been missing—the masculine woman.”
If you are unable to make the LA signing, the books are also available at the following locations:Online:Blurb.com,
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2638235Softback: $40 + Shipping
Hardback: $55 + Shipping
Bulk Orders get 10% off

BOOKSTORESUC Davis Bookstore
Memorial Union, UC Davis Campus
Tel: (530) 752-6845
http://ucdavisbookstore.com/High Desert Test Sites Headquarters
6470 Veterans Way, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
http://highdeserttestsites.com/Ricochet Gourmet
61705 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Avid Reader, Davis, CA
617 Second Street, Davis CA

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