Johnny Moke 1945-2009
I was sorry to hear of the death of Johnny Moke, one of London’s best-loved shoemakers last week. Moke’s cult shop in World’s End outlasted most of the independent King’s Road boutiques up until rate rises forced him out of in 2002. As more and more chains moved into the King’s Road, it was always nice to see Moke’s ever-changing window displays standing out amongst a streetscape of Next, M&S and Gap uniformity. There is a brilliant biog of Johnny Moke over on The Look…
[Pic: The Look]
5 May, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
So sad : ( xx
6 May, 2009 @ 10:26 am
Sad news…. I’d love to see a revival of the King’s Road of yesteryear…
Congrats on the 10 mention btw! Steve couldn’t contain himself…still hasn’t bought a copy tho…
6 January, 2010 @ 5:54 am
I had a boutique in the Kensington Market in the late 60s and remember Johnny Moke fondly, that's what made me look him up.
I designed some clothes for his shop there.
I was sorry to hear of his passing.
Does anyone remember Gohill – I think he must have been a leader in the making of the famous snakeskin boots that were sold to popstars the likes of Jimmy Hendrix at the time. Good to see Johnny became such a great shoe-designer….