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Just going to chime in - Toronto's got Harry Rosen on Bloor, but I'll definitely echo the L'Uomo sentiment. You'll be hard-pressed to find anything better.
Ok. Lipp will be the first place I visit when I land, I think, since I'll have some time to kill before I actually have to get down to business. Thanks for the advice!
Pink22m, Tibo, thanks for the great advice. I'll definitely check those places out.
Hey everyone, I'll be on a trip next month, and while most of it will be business, I have also set some time apart for going out and being a typical tourist, but also for visiting boutiques and artisans. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for either one. I'll be in Geneva and Florence between the 28th of June and the 8th of July, in Naples for a day or two afterwards, and then I'll be in Africa for about a month. So, what should I not miss while I am...
Quote: Originally Posted by MilanoStyle I disagree. After washing, handstitched sleeve heads look still the same, but machine stitched ones have that ugly puckers. Doesn't this happen because of the use of synthetic thread that shrinks during the wash? I may be ill-informed about this, but I seem to remember that. KCC: Unfortunately I won't even be on the continent until later that week, but thank you for the advice. I'll be on the...
Gah. I'll be a week late. The story of my life
Quote: Originally Posted by Arethusa Thanks. I suppose I'll watch them, though I'm worried that that strap at the back is velcro. Still wondering if it would be possible to mess with the CT chelseas, as I do like the look of them a lot. Any cobblers out there? meaculpa? Arethusa, it's possible, but the most complicated part isn't the work. Rather, it's finding the matching leather for the addition. Usually the best bet is to order direct...
Thank you all for your very kind words. I'm very happy that you all found the essay worthwhile and that you liked the results. Andrew, I can't thank you enough for your vote of confidence, as well as patronage and kindness. kcgreg, you give me too much credit! I'm practically blushing here! For those that were wondering about the cost - typically the cost of resoling a pair of shoes ranges from $95-125CDN, depending on whether the sole is stitched or cemented and some...
Part 3 - Et voilà Here is the end result of the work. I didn't picture any of the regular polishing or antiquing because there have been some great threads about this already and I figured I've wasted enough of everyone's time as it is. Glamour shot. The leather is for a bespoke belt for a customer, but it just happened to match the new color of the shoes. No flash, and natural light. Another one. With belt and hornback bag. Natural...
Part 2 - Cleaning and fixing the upper This part was a bit tricky because I had no idea what was on the upper to begin with. There were salt and water stains all over the toes, but there was other stuff as well. If there is a lot of dried, crystallized salt on the shoe, it can be a bad idea to put alcohol on it directly. To take care of that regular household vinegar is used. Afterwards, any water stains that remain can be taken care of with a clean cloth and either some...
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