I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Mr. Landry Lacour of Bespoke Patina, last week for what proved to be a very interesting evening in fine food and captivating discussion. Landry happened to be in town (as he gives courses in Patina) and since we have been in contact for a few years now and have also met a few times, decided to have a catch up to see what was both going on in each other’s worlds. Now I must start by saying that Landry is one of those captivating fellows that is always smiling and you can tell immediately that passion is running through every square inch of his body. I would dare say that he might just love patina more than I do shoes….as crazy as that sounds! And that is what makes his aspirations sound believable and even more so, achievable!
Before the internet, learning a craft such as shoemaking or patina or almost any type of hand crafted art was next to impossible without teaching yourself. In cultures that weren’t known for doing these things, how could one simply take a trip to Italy (or the likes) to seek out a bespoke shoemaker for the chance to get a door slammed in their face? They couldn’t. So instead the arts started to fade a little bit. And even worse, is that not long ago, artists of certain trades were far more reluctant to share their knowledge. It’s like they wanted to keep it the world’s best secret, so that it would die with them. Thankfully, the world is changing and knowledge is far more obtainable and now the arts are back on the up and up.
Patina has sort of been like this too. Sure, you can go to Berluti to train up, but I bet that the greats at the top would only teach you the basics for you to then learn the rest for yourself. Any special ability that they had, they would of course keep to themselves (this may not be 100% true at Berluti, but I know that it was at some other place of which I won’t mention). Landry Lacour is one of those guys that taught himself. He saw what Berluti was doing, he saw what Corthay was doing and strove to do better by creating patina’s that were more than just bi-colored. He tells me that he uses between 5-7 colors to create each patina (at least). And not only does he want to become the name that is synonymous with idea of Patina, but also the one that spreads it to the world.
Landry told me that his grand plan (of which is already in effect) is to start leasing out the name of Bespoke Patina (his company) in the hopes to create hubs around the world that offer the patina service. He is starting this by offering private courses to individuals, teaching them the different techniques of patina, including that of Berluti and Corthay as well as his own. His courses seem to be keeping him quite busy as he tells me that one week he is in London, the next Moscow and the one after I can’t remember to be honest. He offers the student the chance to be apart of the Bespoke Patina name or if the student chooses, to go at it on his own. There is no pressure but of course, Landry is attempting to build a world wide team. It’s a great ambition to have and I am excited about his execution of it. And of course, in the meanwhile, he is still offering personal patina service to whomever desires his abilities.
It is always nice to engage with like minded individuals whom aspire to world wide achievements and I wish Landry the absolute best with it all!!
To enquire further, please contact Landry on his Facebook page where he does most of his business from. Found below: