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These figures were not supposed to be about the Japanese market (of which I don't know anything) but were in answer to this statement.I also said it refers to shoemakers who specialise in certain production steps and have been doing their particular line of work for years, more likely for decades. I remember a few years back when member 'shoefan' was sitting-in with an English closer, he (shoefan) told me in a mixture of amazement and horror that this guy was running his...
Leaving all statements for the consumption of prospective clients out of the equation, I would say that is the actual time spent on making a pair of bespoke shoes. Important is that these figures refer to specialists who make nothing else than a particular step in production of bespoke shoes, have been doing it for many years and are highly experienced in their particular task.Last making: 1 day.A distinguished last maker (then in semi-retirement), told me that in his...
Probably milk and ammonia, which used to be a very popular technique for a cloudy, marbled stain.
Edward Green “Lastology” is a bit of a science. There have been quite a few predecessors to last 890, not only the 888.It started off with last 88 (which might hark back to the 1930s, I'm not sure). The 88 (John Hlustik: “the Great 88” was a relatively short last (as it was the fashion back then), rather snug across the vamp and had a toe shape that hovered undecided between chisel and round. When EG introduced the second “top drawer” at around 1996 (the current top drawer...
Different strokes for different folks or there is no accounting for taste.I personally, rather prefer the natural storm welt/sole edge on those blue boots to the standard (darkest) brown or black. In my opinion English shoemakers are frequently far too heavy on the edges; even uppers in the lightest tan get the heavy edge treatment.It is very easy to stain that tan edge to dark or black, if that is what the buyer prefers. It will take a guy in the factory 10 minutes at the...
Edward Green does also have a last 89 in their archive,I believe, the 89 was exclusively designed for Ralph Lauren and in use during the late1990s - early 2000s.I presume, it's the DNA of the 89 that might have entered the new 890.
If the shoes are labelled "John Lobb" they should go to John Lobb (or to "JL&Co" as the factory is called today).The murky history between JL and EG is not relevant.
Yes, they probably are genuine.I would place them somewhere in the early-mid 90s, when John Lobb and Edward Green shoes were produced in the same factory.
.......unless you get the bespoke Lobb shoes ridiculously cheap. In this case, if the shoes don't fit, you might be able to sell them on ebay or at the forum here and could possibly make a small profit.If the seller knows the shoes are bespoke and has priced them accordingly, I would give them a miss.
John Lobb (London) used to have a Paris branch, which was sold to Hermes in 1976. Since then there have been two firms "John Lobb".John Lobb (London) produces only bespoke shoes from their premises in St James's.http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/John Lobb (Paris) produces ready-to-wear shoes from their factory in Northampton as well as bespoke shoes from their workshop in Paris.http://www.johnlobb.com/uk/http://www.high-toned.fr/en/2013/04/john-lobb-bespoke-in-paris/I do not...
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