Today is the birthday of one of our eponyms and we believe that this is the perfect occasion to introduce him to you. So enjoy learning a little bit about Mexican history... and don't forget to pick up your 25% coupon on all Pancho Oxford models - PANCHO25!
Pancho Villa (1878-1923) was a famed Mexican revolutionary and guerilla leader. He joined Francisco Madero’s uprising against Mexican President Porfirio Díaz in 1909, and later became leader of the División del Norte cavalry and governor of Chihuahua. After clashing with former revolutionary ally Venustiano Carranza, Villa killed more than 30 Americans in a pair of attacks in 1916. That drew the deployment of a U.S. military expedition into Mexico, but Villa eluded capture during the 11-month manhunt. Pardoned by Mexican President Adolfo de la Huerta in 1920, Villa retired to a quiet life at his ranch until his assassination.
Born Doroteo Arango on June 5, 1878, in Río Grande, Mexico. Villa helped out on his parents’ farm. After his father’s death, he became head of the household and shot a man who was harassing one of his sisters. He fled, but was caught and imprisoned. Villa escaped again and later became a bandit.
While living as a fugitive, Villa joined Francisco Madero’s successful uprising against the Mexican dictator, Porfirio Díaz. Because of his skills as a fighter and a leader he was made a colonel. Another rebellion removed Madero from power in 1912 and Villa was almost executed for his efforts to defend the former government. He fled to the United States for a time, but he later returned to Mexico and formed his own military force known as Division del Norte (Division of the North). He joined forces with other revolutionaries Venustiano Carranza and Emiliano Zapata to overthrow Victoriano Huerta. The different forces were not wholly successful at working together, and Villa and Carranza became rivals. For a number of years, he was involved in a series of clashes with other Mexican military groups and even fought with U.S. troops from 1916 to 1917. In 1920, Villa reached an agreement with Adolfo de la Huerta, the Mexican leader, which pardoned him for his actions in return for Villa putting an end to his independent military activities. Three years later, he was assassinated on June 20, 1923.
Biography courtesy of BIO.com
Mexico is the place where it all started, the cradle of our modern Huaraches (want to know the full story? Check out this page). The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and you can enjoy various markets under the hot Mexican sun. If you’re undecided where to go for holidays this summer, Mexico is the place to be! Here is some inspiration about some of the best places you can visit.
6. The Island of Dolls “Isla de las Muñecas”
Story goes that decades ago, a little girl drowned in the canals of Xochimico. Not too long after this incident, hermit Don Julian Santana, who lived alone on the island despite having a family, started fishing dolls out of the canals. He believed that this was a sign from the evil spirit of the girl, and decided to hang up the dolls he found all over the island for his protection. The island soon became a shrine with a very eerie landscape. You can imagine that this is probably one of the most eccentric places to visit, and you need to have a strong mind to get through this shrine, but at the same time there is no other place in the world like it!
5. (Popocatépetl) Volcano
Mexico has a beautiful landscape with more than 30 active volcanoes to visit. One of the most popular volcanoes in the world is the Popocatepetl volcano with a staggering height of over 5.000 meters. Recently it has been declared to be too active, so it is closed to climbing. Parícutin and Citlaltépetl are great alternatives for hiking instead, offering amazing views at the peak.
The colonial streets of Guadalajara and countless museums offers plenty of opportunities for some culture sniffing. During nighttime, you can get your hips loose in one of the nightclubs downtown.
Cancún is known for its crazy parties bordering the Caribbean Sea. Depending on what you want to do on holidays, you can decide to check out this city. Even though the nightlife is popular, it has much more to offer than just parties. With its white beaches, resorts, spas, and even Mayan ruins near little villages, Cancún has the whole package.
2. Mexico city
Mexico city is the densely populated capital of Mexico. It has plenty of cultural landmarks such as the Palacio Nacional, the famous Templo Mayor which was one of the main temples of the Aztec people, the Arena México in which you can experience lucha libre, a form of professional wrestling developed in Mexico for entertainment. Mexico city is a vibrant place where you can find countless attractions and won’t be bored for one second!
1. Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá
Mexico has a long history, with the Aztec empire having left an impressive mark on Mexican ground. The ruins at Chichén Itzá are declared as one of the seven world wonders, which makes it worthwhile to check out the geometrically fascinating pyramid. Even though this may be one of the most famous remains of the Mayan culture, all around Mexico there are complexes that are equally stunning. In Teotihuacán, or the City of Gods, for example, a complex of 600 pyramids will make your cultural senses explode, just like the UNESCO World Heritage designated Mayan city Uxmal will blow your mind with its aesthetically pleasing architecture.
These are only some suggestions, but you can find a nice place to lie to in the sun, enjoy some margaritas, or indulge in Mexican culture at every corner. So if you're uncertain where to go this summer, now you know!
Padre, Vater, papà, pai… Father’s Day is just around the corner and with such a special day coming up, we are here to help you out with a couple of great Father’s day gift tips. Because let’s be real, it's a nice day to commemorate the contribution of our father figures on our lives, and share some beautiful moments with them, but along with that comes the sometimes clueless search for presents. So what can you do to show the hero in your life how much he means to you? Continue reading!
5. The Perfect Tie Set
Matching tie, handkerchief, and cufflinks will make your Dad look sharp!
Tip: Sweetbrier Tie Set on Twentydollartie.com, $20
4. Virtual Reality Headset
Oh, isn’t technology wonderful? With the virtual reality headset your old man can immerse in the digital experience without having to leave his favorite chair.
Tip: Gear VR Headset, SAMSUNG, $99
3. The Classic (Very) Fancy Shaving Kit
It may be time for some grooming, Dad.
Tip: Sandalwood Travel Kit, The Art of Shaving, $175
2. A Card
Yes, really. A card. Putting your thoughts and feelings into a card can be a thoughtful and very meaningful gift, especially if you customize it and put some effort into it. Warm messages and kind words of love can be one of the best presents for a parent. It’s all about expressing and spreading the love!
1. THE CANO SHOE!
What better way to gift your role model the best, high-quality Huaraches there are around? Not to forget the free-shipping promotion that is coming up soon… ;-)
Even though The Cano Shoe is a great gift, of course, the best way to celebrate Father’s Day is to actually spend some quality time with your father. Have a beer, go out together, and most importantly, make him feel extra special on this day.
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - APRIL
The wait is almost over - only 3 more days until The Cano Shoes will be launched! On the 29th of April, you can get your very first pair of Cano Shoes at POPUP-NOW, a fashion and lifestyle fair hosted in Düsseldorf.
What can you expect from the fair? Besides tasty street food, delicious drinks, entertaining live music, and free entrance to the fair, you can discover exclusive collections of new or upcoming brands in a great atmosphere among people who you can connect with. You can expect a wide variety of products tailored to everyone’s taste which will give you a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic shopping experience. For more information, check out the website of POPUP-NOW.
What can you expect from us? The Cano Shoes will be presented for the first time and you will be able to get your hands on them. Choose your favorite pair from our five unique models and get the color that suits you best. We are looking forward to greeting you at POPUP-NOW.
See you at the fair!
LAUNCH - APRIL 2017
Be ready - our shoes are coming! In April you will be able to see them for yourself. Until then, each pair will receive a total of 6 hours of love and attention to pass every step of the production process. The result will be our first five models – handmade, stylish and unique. However, before our shoes arrive, we want to take the opportunity to tell you about our shoes‘ heritage.
The origin of The Cano Shoe lies in the huarache. Directly translated this means sandal. But the huarache stands for much more than that. In Mexico the shoe is better known for its woven leather strings that make heads turn. Their special production processes have been passed on and improved over generations. But one thing remained the same – Huaraches have always been the result of the finest craftsmanship. Hence, only those who follow the original attributes can be called traditional huaraches.
While honoring these traditions, we use contemporary design to produce the modern huarache. Our shoe is handmade by Mexican artisans, underlining its traditional manufacturing process, while including European standards for quality and comfort. Doing this, we created a unique and stylish shoe for every occasion. Have a look yourself! @thecanoshoe