A Shoe To A Kill
A group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world’s most successful reggae band, and they’re back in Belgium with oldies plus material from their new album, Getting Over The Storm. Ancienne Belgique. 24 September. Tickets: €32 www.abconcerts.be
This British Beatles tribute band has existed since 1980 and has performed their versions of classics like I Want To Hold Your Hand, Get Back and I Feel Fine to perfection almost 5,000 times. With a little help from images of the past, The Bootleg Beatles take the audience on a trip through the Fab Four’s history in a multimedia extravaganza that starts in the smoky pubs of Liverpool and ends with the legendary mini concert on the rooftop of their Apple record label in London in 1969. Ancienne Belgique. 26 September. Tickets: €23 www.abconcerts.be
Each year, the Accessible Art Fair showcases contemporary artists and allows art collectors and buyers the opportunity to meet with artists and galleries in person. Now in its 11th year, the 2014 Fair will present 50 artists, designers and galleries at Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels. This year's event will also feature a new exhibition specifically for designers, the 'Design Pavilion', curated by Kunty Moureau and supported by Belgian designer Gauthier Poulain.
Degand, one of Brussels' premier department stores for men's fashion, will start supplying shoes made by the bootmaker, John Lobb.
Kings and celebrities, including Prince Charles and Sean Connery as James Bond, have worn John Lobb shoes and the company has tailored to the most exclusive sort of customers for decades.
The elaborate shoemaking process begins with making a mould of the customer's foot (called a last) that the shoe is built upon, which helps create a shoe that follows the exact contours of the customer’s feet. The complete proces takes 60 hours of labour and involves 190 steps.
With more than 300 styles, the customer can then choose from a predesigned model, or design a shoe and pattern to their liking. John Lobb uses only the finest Italian leathers.
Degand will also sell ready-to-wear John Lobb shoes, including some of their more well-known models, such as the Saint Crépin, a shoe that's made from one cut of leather.