Kirby Allison sits down for a talk with Karl Chu of Ascot Shoes in Mayfair, London. They discuss the history of the company and Karl’s introduction to Vass shoes from Hungary. László Vass, the founder leader of Vass Shoes began his enterprise in 1978. Emerging from a generation of shoemakers adventurous enough to return to the roots of their craft, László Vass has revived a rich old tradition which has added impetus to the art of shoemaking in a new age. The primary aspiration of Vass Shoes is to make ready-to-wear or bespoke handcrafted shoes in a variety of styles that are both comfortable and elegant, but also sturdy and long-lasting. Traditional tools are used in our workshop and hundreds of meticulous operations are performed with meticulous care and paying special attention to detail.