JP Crickets has been carving out a nice niche over the last couple of years with their suede university Prince Albert slippers. The loafers have quickly garnered recognition not only for their intricate collegiate crest embroidery work but for their quality construction. Currently, the venerable outfitter Brooks Brothers showcases JP Crickets' collection alongside their vast Peal & Co. offering. Each pair is made by hand...Italian hands. The small factory sits near the heel of the boot by the Adriatic Sea, run by a generational family devoted to preserving the craft.
I met founder Susan Meyer (a fixture in the polo scene) over a series of polo matches. After admiring her husband's JP Crickets, we eventually talked about doing something together...something that would not only compliment her current line but also the eponymous line I was designing. The result is a Prince Albert slipper (for men and women) in navy linen inspired by the romance of sailing. Romeo and Juliet signal flags adorn the right and left vamps respectively. Starboard green grosgrain stripe on the right heel, port red grosgrain stripe on the left. Leather sole with a 3/4" heel. Over time, the shoes relax for a truly custom feel. Wear them in, wear them out. We think it's the perfect slipper for wherever you summer.