L. A. based austrian hair- and make up artist Martina Kohl, who just finished her latest film project The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, staring Nicolas Cage, now focuses on her race against cancer with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s (LLS) Team In Training. The event will be held on March 7th.

Racing to save lives

Martina is training to participate in an endurance event as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s (LLS) Team In Training. “All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I am completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!”, says Kohl in completing her efforts.

“Please make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS’s mission. I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!”

Operation Paprika

When her fellow countryman Gerd Wermescher became aware of her ambitious efforts, he did not hesitate to donate a pair of shoes from his cause to the fundraiser. His cause, which was founded in 2009 is supporting a retired hungarian master shoemaker in selling his large stock of sample shoes so that he can retire and take care of his mentally handicapped son. One of these completely handmade pairs of shoes was initially bought by a partner of a big New York law firm and now it’s your turn to pick your share of history and at the same time support Martina’s cause. It’s a classic austrian shoe style (called a Norweger) made of black french calf in size 10 B. The shoe is on display at Martina’s colleague Tina Wakino’s concept store Bazar on Abbot Kinney, Venice, which was featured on RackedWire.

Make your donation and treat yourself with a piece of traditional hungarian workmanship!

Surprisingly enough in our times of economic pressure and collapsing global investment markets, more and more –and I might add, younger and younger– men are turning or returning to classic footwear as offered by traditional workshops all over the world. For they feel that a solid, meticulously crafted and ever-lasting pair of shoes is a far more satisfying and reasonable investment than any other piece of clothing. Sadly, when you have a look at even the most dashing gentlemen’s homewear, things are starting to get a bit astounding to say the least. Plastic, plush and rubber in rather adventurous shapes are the choice for all to many men when it comes to shoes for wear about their home. However, given the elegant choices on offer at virtually any good shoemaker, I don’t see any excuse not to get a pair of proper house shoes. By that, I mean ones with a heel or at least a solid foot bed, made over a classically styled last or sewn by hand in the traditional moccassin fashion.

The shoes in the photo are classic slippers made from a single piece of what the maker calls lamacalf with a flexible heel counter to allow the back side to be folded down and a solid viscose piping along the inside to hold the wearer’s foot in place and thus prevent slipping. These shoes are made on a very elegant and classic last with an elegantly rounded toe and thin leather soles with a traditionally constructed heel. Worn under a pair of tailored trousers and well-made jacket, they are sufficiently dressy to welcome guests in whilst being highly comfortable at the same time.

Don’t let your elegant fare end at your doorstep.