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The latest video for Travis is a documentary about a special German shoemaker.

The title of the song ‘New shoes’ inspired Dutch filmmaker Johan Kramer to tell the amazing story of George Wessels, who makes large size shoes for the tallest people on earth.

Johan Kramer: “We worked in true documentary style and followed George in his daily routine and found out more about his craft, clients and compassion. We learned that most people who suffer from gigantism have serious health problems and can hardly move, let alone jet around the world…”

That’s why the shoemaker has visited lots of tall people regularly over the years, paying his own expenses and making the shoes for free. He made shoes for the 8’ Russian former basketball player Alexander Alekseyevich Sizonenko, the 7’8” Igor Vovkovinskiy, the 7′9″ Chinese Bao Xishun, the 7’9” china’s tallest woman Yao Defen and the tallest man on earth, Sultan Kosen who is 8’3”.

The Wessels’ family shoe company was founded in 1745 and when Georg Wessels took over 30 years ago the company started to specialize in oversized shoes. His dream is to have his own shoe museum in a few years….

George’s small shoeshop is located in the city of Vreden in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Source: Travis

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KISS for John Varvatos - Spring/Summer 2014.
Paul Stanley:
"Good music and good style is synonymous. I remember listening to the first Led Zeppelin album but also looking at the shirt Robert was wearing and his hair. It wasn’t just about the music. The tunes and the embodiment of the music became inseparable. The best looks doesn’t come from a designer but from the person putting them together."
 “The ultimate judge will be time. Time will tell it all. It’s not about how big you are today – it’s what you are doing in 10 years time. Anything that has merit will sustain and rise to the top, regardless of the time. If Kiss came on to the scene today, would we survive? Yes, absolutely. Because when you are 100% committed to something you won’t take no for an answer. When it comes from your heart then you will fight against the odds.” 
"Any band with money can make a Kiss show but they can never be Kiss. Kiss is so much more than what is apparent. Kiss is the heart and soul of it. Other bands have tried it, they paint their faces and look like idiots. 
They didn’t understand that passion is the key and core of everything great. You have to be on a crusade for something you believe in. 
For us a concert is a pep rally, a day in church, a self-affirmation rally, a time for everybody to get together and remind themselves about their inner drive and going for gold. We never sang about how miserable we were, we sang about positive energy, celebrating life and the potential we all have to succeed. And that is contagious…”

KISS for John Varvatos - Spring/Summer 2014.

Paul Stanley:

"Good music and good style is synonymous. I remember listening to the first Led Zeppelin album but also looking at the shirt Robert was wearing and his hair. It wasn’t just about the music. The tunes and the embodiment of the music became inseparable. The best looks doesn’t come from a designer but from the person putting them together."

“The ultimate judge will be time. Time will tell it all. It’s not about how big you are today – it’s what you are doing in 10 years time. Anything that has merit will sustain and rise to the top, regardless of the time. If Kiss came on to the scene today, would we survive? Yes, absolutely. Because when you are 100% committed to something you won’t take no for an answer. When it comes from your heart then you will fight against the odds.”

"Any band with money can make a Kiss show but they can never be Kiss. Kiss is so much more than what is apparent. Kiss is the heart and soul of it. Other bands have tried it, they paint their faces and look like idiots.

They didn’t understand that passion is the key and core of everything great. You have to be on a crusade for something you believe in.

For us a concert is a pep rally, a day in church, a self-affirmation rally, a time for everybody to get together and remind themselves about their inner drive and going for gold. We never sang about how miserable we were, we sang about positive energy, celebrating life and the potential we all have to succeed. And that is contagious…”

(Source: port-magazine.com)

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KISS for John Varvatos - Spring/Summer 2014.
Gene Simmons:
"Yeah, anything worth doing is worth doing well. The little Italian shoemaker on the corner – it’s a thing of the past unfortunately – but he used to take pride in every nail he put into the shoes so that he knew that, when someone wore them, they stood the test. And when Kiss puts on the shows of shows, it’s every show. People feel it when they leave. Pride. It’s a word that’s not used enough. You want to stand behind, in front of and in your work – whether it’s art or digging a ditch."
"You don’t want to be a follower of fashion, you want to be fashion. So what we wear is anti-fashion. Rock is individual. I am me. Rock is style, music, fashion, language… it’s anthemic, it brings people together. It’s sort of become the background music of humanity…"

KISS for John Varvatos - Spring/Summer 2014.

Gene Simmons:

"Yeah, anything worth doing is worth doing well. The little Italian shoemaker on the corner – it’s a thing of the past unfortunately – but he used to take pride in every nail he put into the shoes so that he knew that, when someone wore them, they stood the test. And when Kiss puts on the shows of shows, it’s every show. People feel it when they leave. Pride. It’s a word that’s not used enough. You want to stand behind, in front of and in your work – whether it’s art or digging a ditch."

"You don’t want to be a follower of fashion, you want to be fashion. So what we wear is anti-fashion. Rock is individual. I am me. Rock is style, music, fashion, language… it’s anthemic, it brings people together. It’s sort of become the background music of humanity…"

(Source: port-magazine.com)

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KISS for John Varvatos - Spring/Summer 2014.

John Varvatos: “Fashion and music are very much a like in the sense that you have to make it your own. A button down shirt has seven buttons, one or two on the cuffs, the length is always the same, give or take an inch. How do you make that your own? It’s the same with music. It’s based on basic riffs that are then made in a particular song, maybe with an added blues riff from Muddy Waters, and then made into rock’n’roll.”

(Source: port-magazine.com)

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