ABOUT US

This is a story that begins as thousands of others do. Over a decade ago, in 1999, Steven D.R Skippen lost his job. Sometime later, waiting for his stewardess girlfriend in the great hall of the London City Airport, the newly unemployed man decided to treat himself to a shoe shine, because there is nothing better to do when you wait for someone in an airport. In between two shots of nourishing cream, the Shoe Shiner Stephen Reynolds from Steve's Shoeshine Service offered to hire him. It's a safe bet that most people would not even have raised the proposal, but Steven agreed, and instead of despair over his fate, decided to become the best in its field.

Steven D.R Skippen

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Stephen Reynolds

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Founder

This is a story that begins as thousands of others do. Over a decade ago in 1999, Steven D.R Skippen lost his job. Sometime later waiting for his stewardess girlfriend in the great hall of the London City Airport, the newly unemployed man decided to treat himself to a shoe shine, because there is nothing better to do when you wait for someone in an airport. In between two shots of nourishing cream, the Shoe Shiner Stephen Reynolds from Steve's Shoeshine Service offered to hire him. It's a safe bet that most people would not even have raised the proposal, but Steven agreed, and instead of despair over his fate, decided to become the best in its field. Steven D.R Skippen is renowned in the field of shoeshining and as a patina artist.
With over a decade in the profession his experience and skills are extraordinary.
Having worked at many esteemed locations and held his position as The London Hilton on Park Lane resident shoe artisan for 13 years he excels in his field.
His skills in Patina and colouring have seen him courted by Berluti on two separate locations.

Years in profession -14 years
Favourite shoe company - Berluti, Santoni, Gaziano Girling, Giacopelli, Pierre Corthay, Stefanobi, Septieme Largeur, Edward Green, JM Weston, Cleverley, Marc Guyot, Carlos Santos, Aubercy, Emling and Loding
First job in profession - London City Airport in 2000
Favourite products-Saphir, Angelus, La Cordonnerie Anglaise and Lord Sheraton
Greatest inspirations - Dandy Shoecare, Landry Lacour and JM Le Gazel for patina and Stephen Reynolds for shoeshine.
Experience - London City Airport, Bloomberg, Lehman Brothers, KPMG, Harbour Exchange Tower, London Hilton Metropole, The London Hilton on Park Lane, Dunhill, Marks club, George club, The Office group, Whites Club and Goodwood festival.

Associate

Stephen Reynolds has been shining shoes for two decades and was esthablised back in the mid 1990s in such locations as Southampton International, London City Airport, London Hilton Metropole, Bloomberg, KPMG and Harbour Exchange tower in Canary Wharf.
His company Steves Shoeshine Service was renowned for its quality and alternative approach to shoeshine.
After agreeing a deal with Angelus shoe polish he also was the first to introduce quality shoe polish into the UK market.

Years in profession - 19 years
favourite shoe company - RM Williams and Trickers
first job in profession - Queen Victoria Building in Sydney Australia 1994
favourite products-Angelus and Ultra creme (Paris)
greatest inspiration-Michel 60 years experience cobbler in Sydney Australia
Experience-Queen Victoria Building in Sydney Australia, Harrods, Southampton Airport, London City Airport, Bloomberg, Lehman Brothers, KPMG, Harbour Exchange Tower, London Hilton Metropole, The London Hilton on Park Lane, George club and Thistle hotel Marble Arch

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