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A slightly more reasonably priced Dunhill alpaca coat; http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_835wt_1165
I'd forgotten I have this - another chunky reduction to £175 posted worldwide
A pair of bespoke Nikolaus Tuczek saddle loafers in black calf. These are entirely handmade, and Tuczek was considered the best shoemaker of his age (they closed for business in the 50s), and this is an earlier pair from their Clifford Street address. They were eventually incorporated into John Lobb of St James. The quality is immediately apparent; a beautifully handsewn apron, hand lasted, incredible leather, and the shoes are lined in kid glove leather in the toebox....
Two finds today; First was a handmade Scottish cashmere intarsia jumper - photo to follow, but a lovely vintage piece. The store had a fair quantity of nice cashmere at reasonable prices, my wife was with me and scored two cardigans - one Brora, one LK Bennett. As I was leaving I spotted a box of pocket squares, including some nice hand-rolled silk ones, so another visit is in order. The second was a little more mundane - a nice T M Lewin woven silk tie, navy blue...
I met someone today who was wearing a lovely Herbert Johnson fox fur trapper hat. Sadly; they've stopped making them so I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for an alternate source?
I recently purchased this wallet, but my wife really doesn't like it - to keep the peace I brought a plain black Launer this afternoon. Paul Smith lizard wallet - I actually don't know if this is genuine lizard, or just finished cowhide, but if it's the latter then it's the best example I've ever seen - see the macro of the scales to see what I mean. Very dark brown with a hint of bordeaux colouration to it, and a nice sheen. Card slots either side, additional space...
Quote: Originally Posted by Wicky +1 I was told on more then one occasion that in the high end stores the mark up is 2.5 or 3 times the cost price which the store pays. A USD 4,000 Attolini suit would thus for example have a cost price of USD 1K. Absolutely, and as stated the manufacturer works on a similar multiple - hence the actual cost of production of an item could be as low as 5-10% of retail. For pure fashion items it's even higher...
Personal view - even if I didn't wear brown shoes, I don't think I'd need any more than a dozen pairs of black shoes. I'd cut down your collection by selling off two types of shoe - the lower-end pairs (Bally, Ferragamo, Church's etc) and some of the higher-end pairs with excellent residuals (EG, Lobb, perhaps G&G). That said, its clear you have a passion for shoes - that's demonstrated by your sacrifices elsewhere to afford them, and by the way you speak of not having...
Quote: Originally Posted by Leather man The website also misses out several very important ranges Church's offer. The cynic in me would suggest that's because they're probably going to discontinue them... Quote: Originally Posted by EBugatti Personally, I find the Trickers 5 fitting to be much roomier (particularly in the heel, but also in the instep) than the Church's F, even in Trickers 1829 collection (take the Belgrave...
I currently own three pairs of Trickers, and one pair of Church's. I have previously owned at least another three pairs of Trickers, and about six more pairs of Church's. I would make the following observations; A lot of fairly generic comments have been made about both brands. Trickers are reknowned for their country shoes, and given the intended usage of these shoes they are of course going to very solidly constructed. However, they also make a wide range of different...
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