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I've bought a few times some bits and pieces from them.But of course, being London-based like Justin, I just go along to their warehouse and do not use mail-order. They certainly offer more products then they have listed on their web-site For example, not only Lulus, but the larger 'Triumph' plates (the ones G&G use for their bespoke work) which they supply in units of 10 pairs.They are also the English agents for Goetz in Germany (probably the largest suppliers of...
"Irons" (1/48 inch or approx 1/2 mm) is a virtually defunct measurement, that was used to measure the thickness of leather. English shoemakers traditionally refer to the thickness of sole leather in inches (1/4" is the standard thickness of a man's leather sole). As far as I am aware, tools for setting the edges of sole and welt are also marked in inches. These days, English leather merchants have taken to offer their ware in millimetre. I presume these days, all leather...
I just tried it out on a pair of Lulus and the screws are a fraction too big. They fit the holes, but the head is sticking out and would be scratching wooden floors and, most likely, the screw head would be walked off quickly and the screw would lose the structural integrity. You might need screws "size 1" (same length). Alternatively, with a drill stand (drill press) and a metal bit in the drill, you might be able to enlarge the holes of the Lulus a fraction. (That...
The required screws are too small for standard woodworking supply, but you can get the right size from model-making suppliers, I got a box of 200 (which will last me for the rest of my life) from here:http://www.alwayshobbies.com/components/fixings-$4-hinges-/wood-screws/brass-countersunk-screws-$9--2-x-3$18As Justin said: "you just have to look a bit harder".If you buy the required minimum (whatever that might be), you can buy your leather soles straight from the tannery...
Here I was thinking, during the fitting you were doing an Alan Ladd (1.68 m = 5 ft 6 in) impersonation (standing on a box).
I think in this context "compliment" is correct (four designs which add nice things to the inherent beauty of the last, like a certain dress colour which does compliment your complexion).http://www.future-perfect.co.uk/grammar-tip/is-it-complimentary-or-complementary/In the case of the tie and shirt quoted, you could say either: they both make a set or the two items lift each other onto a higher plane of aesthetic satisfaction.
It's not only these two firms (G&G has taken up that method quite recently) but also a number of Japanese firms do fittings that way.Here is a photo essay showing over some 100 photographs, JLP's method of fitting:http://openers.jp/fashion/fashion_special/photo_tokyo_elements10.htmlIt can be argued, whether this procedure makes a significant contribution to the fit or is just a bit of show business. (Particular as the photographs I have seen, showed in every case quite a...
Obviously, the Cheaney shoe-naming committee must have had a sharp dislike (if not hatred) for Birmingham and Brummies. (For our American friends, the Birmingham population is known as "Brummies", just as the people of Manchester are "Mancunians".)
In this case "welt" and "welting" refers to the little raised dimples in shell cordovan, that can happen if the leather gets wet unevenly.Best method to deal with those is getting the shoes uniformly wet (sponge and water) and letting them dry very gently.
EG could have done worse. Fancy a shoe called "Birmingham"
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