Loomis Dean was the son of a grocer and a schoolteacher, and originally from Monticello, Florida. He became fascinated with photography while watching a friend print a photograph in a darkroom, and later chose to study photography at the Eastman School of Photography in Rochester, New York.
In 1947, he joined the staff of Life, photographing such stars as Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball. In August 1950 Life Magazine published pictures of a day on the beach at San Onofre, California.



Welcome @ Van Dijk, no this ain't Milan, New York or Paris this is Waalwijk a small quaint town in the south of Holland. Nevertheless you will find a great selection of international brands here. The men's department is divided in 3 area's. At the entrance you will find the denim dept. with brands like Carhartt, Filson, Denham, Lee 101. The second area is dedicated to the casuals, here you find brands like Gitman Vintage, Ralph Lauren, Man 1924,  Slowear, Salvatore Picolo and last but not least "Het Pakhuis", stacked with suits and shirts and not to forget a big selection of Alden Shoes.



Stitching a mocassin
Preparing the lasts for a custom made pair of shoes
Leather apron worn by the master shoemakers

Calf-skin from the Alps
Tools and patterns

Wooden lasts
The famous Mohawk mocasins
Crocodile leather Greve Shoes
A portrait of the Founding Father Hermanus Greve

On the outskirts of Waalwijk, once the shoe capital of Holland, you'll find the shoe factory of Greve.
Hermanus Greve opened here his shoemaker's shop in1898. His workshop had only one goal: To make the Netherlands’ most stylish and superior shoes. Greve therefore always remained one of the smaller workshops in Langstraat, yet simultaneously the most exclusive. Today’s firm is still very much reminiscent of its rich history. The family business is currently run by one of the fourth generation of Greves, Jos Jan Greve.

At this very moment there are still 6 master shoemakers working at the Greve Factory in Waalwijk. I had the pleasure to meet 2 of them, both working for the brand as long as 30 years.
They told me there was a time in the 80s that the Mohawk moccasin had a delivery time of 9 months, because of it's popularity. 

Today, they make your custom made shoes, It starts with a visit to the workshop in Waalwijk, where they will measure your feet and produce a last which perfectly matches your foot and your personal preferences. You have a choice of numerous Greve models, types of leather, lining, finishes and personal touches, up to and including embellishing the shoes with your initials. Your custom-made shoes are then manufactured entirely by hand.