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Duke and Dexter footwear - British men's footwear brand makes waves locally

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMRandy Bowman
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On August 21, Olympian Asafa Powell showed of his custom kicks draped in the Jamaican colours on Instagram, from English-based company, Duke and Dexter. Known to finish the look of their high-profile clientele, Powell celebrated in fine style in Brazil after his 4 x 100 m gold medal.

Duke and Dexter is a premium British footwear label, specialising in men's loafers. Offering an array of colours, textures, prints and motifs, they promote personal style, with unmatched quality designed to accommodate a contemporary lifestyle.

According to the founder of the company, 19-year-old, Archie Hewlett, "We design for those who are comfortable in creating their own look rather than obeying the latest seasonal fashion. We've worked hard to strike a balance between global inspiration and British charm, while also bringing the best elements from old school and contemporary footwear."

No stranger to the brand, Powell had previously built a very close relationship with Hewlett and his team requested a bespoke pair for the Olympics. The result - a custom camo print in black, green and gold. "But it's the most comfy shoe I have, honestly, (and it) fits great. I think I'm going to start wearing Duke and Dexter a lot more," Powell shared with Outlook.

Each shoe is handmade in England, and Hewlett is looking to open a flagship store before the end of the year. "We ship to more than 100 countries, worldwide and are lucky to have built an ever growing global following."

Since starting in 2014, the popular styles have graced the feet of Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Tyson Beckford and Tinie Tempah to name a few. Eddie Redmayne also had a bespoke pair made when accepting his Oscar award in 2015, which of course was a huge milestone for the brand.

By the end of the year, Duke and Dexter will be launching a children's range in Harrods and Selfridges and shortly after a reintroduction of their women's collection. "We are also due to open a store this year. Having always used our online platform as our storefront, the launch of a London location will give our clients the opportunity to have the physical experience of Duke and Dexter, on top of access to clients who simply do not shop online. Looking at the next few years, we'll continue to cement our global presence; expanding further worldwide."

randy.bowman@gleanerjm.com