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...but not to worry: fine old bags, cases and trunks can still be used as beautiful storage pieces around the house or shack. It's amazing what a bit of elbow grease can do!
These auctions will give a nice excuse for bidding for the place as the most Alpha Stylefo dude this year. Beats bickering about gorge height or lapel width any day.
Bordeaux, those drooping shoulder/sleeve seams may just be easy to fix by asking the maker to cut them X cm closer to each other.
ScottMC, if you're willing to budge a bit about that cap detail, Carmina's balmoral boot is the finest affordable model I know of: http://www.shop.carminashoemaker.com/articulo.asp?idarticulo=4436151 ...and these are sometimes cheaper on sales, too.
The U-cap model seems to have become more widespread during the last ten years. When I first saw it, I thought that it was interesting and novel...but like all great things, details, models, cuts come and go. Here's a U-model from the all-American Stetson from 1939: Very few things are new.
On another note, which tannery offers very smooth kangaroo leather? I received some samples from Germany but the grain is a bit too large for my intended use on nice, dressy balmoral boots. I've read great things about the leather type, so I'd really like to give them a go but would really prefer as smooth a 'roo as possible.
...fixed that for you
Oh my, is that a...pudendum in that brogue medallion?
RogerP, is the toe burnished or made from contrasting leather? Maybe in time this model will become the new Galway.
Nutcracker, is this interesting vintage patent leather corrected with a thin layer of plastic like most modern versions? Back before plastics I trust most patent hides were really wax calf polished to a mirror-like state by some poor servant.
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