LONDON - Two years ago the British model David Gandy sat for the first time on the chair of the shoeshiner Romi Topi in the Burlington Arcade. As many may know, the historical arcade is famous for its luxury shops since it was built in 1819. Among some gentlemen the place is also known for its shoeshine professionals – the best in town.
“When I met Romi it was love at the first sight”, exaggerates David with a particular humor about their immediate connection. Romi is a young artisan whose talent is to transform lifeless shoes into brand new desirable objects. Their relation evolved into a friendship of total trust, being Romi a kind of therapist for David (as much as vice-versa).
Their last encounter was last Friday evening (15.06) when they both kindly posed for The Gentleman website, as seen above, during an evening organized by the Burlington Arcade for the men’s fashion week.
We had the chance to experiment Romi’s shoeshine ourselves and it’s certainly an experience anyone should try while visiting Central London.
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Text and photos: Hermano Silva © London, 2012