Well, RIDER does not seem to work any longer, so I will now be rm1891...
In OC, Parkway carries the line - just did a Trunk Show there 2 weeks ago so they have the program down pretty well now...see Mark, Ryan or Sherri.
As you might expect me to say, they are not a rip-off. Parkway has moderate stock now, with an expanded group on order for September delivery, and they have access to our archives thru my cdrom in the shop. Anything we make can be ordered thru them. Special orders are running about 4-6 weeks from Italy while Custom orders (requests for pattern changes, fit alterations, etc) always depend on the work load in the factory before delivery confirmation - right now about another 2-4 weeks. However, factories are really not set-up to make too many changes to existing work/patterns, so sometimes custom requests can take even longer to produce...this kind of work really must be left open-ended as far as delivery is concerned. We have an archive of over 1700 patterns, so we can usually find something the customer likes already detailed! In the last season and a half (since I took over the distribution and changed the philosophy of the business) we have taken over 600 special orders and delivered 80% on-time and accurate, 10% late and accurate, and 10% have been disasters. The 10% disasters we have learned from, and now will simply refuse as some things we just cannot do. So, for a factory (and not a Bespoke House) we do pretty well. And, really, we are trying to create something very unique for the shoe business....providing an entire archive database, swatches, tape measure girth alterations and allowing customers to detail shoes beyond the stock patterns, etc. My friends in the business think we are crazy, but I think it is the future. I interviewed a current wholesale man recently to take over the West for me and he just had no idea what I was doing...much too complicated when I explained my method of work and details that had to be learned. Anyway, we make an honest product at a fair price, and give you options beyond 'here is the catalogue and the 3 colors we make this in'...so, please go to your favorite local shop and ask about Martegani shoes! And feel free to email me any questions regarding the line or local sources for our shoes.