Who are you J.M. Weston ?
A J.M. Weston exhibition by Olivier Saillard
Since 1891, J.M. Weston has been proud to walk alongside everyone, with the creation of designs, some of which have remained unchanged since they were first imagined. The famous 180 Loafer thus dates from 1946, the Hunt Derby from 1931 and the Golf Derby from the thirties...
For many people, J.M. Weston is a company with an English ring to it, yet it has never left the Limoges area. Its founder, Édouard Blanchard, established the shoe factory in Limoges in the late 19th century.
In the early 20th century, the founder suggested to his son Eugène that he learn typically American Goodyear stitching techniques and encouraged him to perfect his skills. It would be an opportunity for Eugène to make a long journey to Weston, Massachusetts, where leather-working was an industry and craft.
To specify the founding dates of the J.M. Weston story and clear up a few mysteries that remained unsolved, such as the initials J.M. (do they stand for Jean-Marc, Jean-Marie or Je marche…), we wanted to organise this first exhibition of a historical and chronological nature. Based on picture archives and three-dimensional staging, a succession of miniature tableaux brings even greater precision to J.M. Weston’s long history.
For fans and devotees of the shoemaker, along with new converts who would like to discover this rich past, the “Who are you J.M. Weston?” exhibition celebrates the greatest icons that have graced its path. It also pays homage to all those illustrious artists, well-known presidents or anonymous enthusiasts who were very early adopters of the art of walking according to J.M. Weston.