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post #16 of 56
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Originally Posted by andrebaron View Post
All I know is that vintage Tuzeks command a premium when they appear on the open resale market.


Ebay seller http://myworld.ebay.com.au/med-usf had a pair and a bit of the history of Tuczek FWIW...
post #17 of 56
I assume Tuczek is a hungarian maker?
post #18 of 56
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Originally Posted by gumercindo View Post
I assume Tuczek is a hungarian maker?

Sort of. He was Hungarian and trained there, but he came to London and in the '30s (and maybe earlier) through the 50s his shop was arguably the most fashionable bespoke shoe maker in London.
post #19 of 56
Lobb St James bought the name.
post #20 of 56
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Sort of. He was Hungarian and trained there, but he came to London and in the '30s (and maybe earlier) through the 50s his shop was arguably the most fashionable bespoke shoe maker in London.


I believe Tuczek was Czech, who would have arrived in England sometime in Edwardian days. At this time, he must have come from either Bohemia or Moravia (then provinces of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.)

George Cleverley started working for him after WW1. According to the website, by then, Tuczek was an established "˜high society London shoemaker"˜.
post #21 of 56
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post
I believe Tuczek was Czech, who would have arrived in England sometime in Edwardian days. At this time, he must have come from either Bohemia or Moravia (then provinces of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.)

Thats what I thought, too, when I first read the name.

But, there are more hungarian references, when you google it.
post #22 of 56
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post
I believe Tuczek was Czech, who would have arrived in England sometime in Edwardian days. At this time, he must have come from either Bohemia or Moravia (then provinces of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy.)

George Cleverley started working for him after WW1. According to the website, by then, Tuczek was an established "˜high society London shoemaker"˜.

You may be right about his origins. All I really know know is that in the interwar period until (I think) 1958, his shop was considered "the best" in London. Moreso even than Lobb.
post #23 of 56
If he was an emigrant from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, that could explain the "Hungarian" description, no? The name sounds Czech.
post #24 of 56
Here is a nice story, told in 1994 by G. Bruce Boyer, how John Hlustik (Edward Green) was willing to pay a customer $ 3500 for his pair of vintage Tuczek shoes.

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"Just the other week," says Hlustik, "a gentleman came into the shop for some new shoes. He was wearing a pair made by Tuczek in the early 1940s. They were so marvelous, I asked him if he would sell them to me...offered him $3,500. He refused, and I can't say I blame him. After 50 years, they had an absolutely vintage classicism about them."

Just to put it into context: $ 3500 in 1994 would have been the price for three pairs of Cleverley bespoke ($ 1100-1200).

http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar...22,759,00.html
post #25 of 56
Hi - I am also related to the Tuczek family - my interest in finding out a little more stems from a recent visit to Winston Churchill's former home, Chartwell. It appears the monogrammed slippers he wore were made by the Tuczek company.
post #26 of 56
The slippers made by Tuczek for Winston Churchill can be seen on this blog
http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/so...ry06_17_05.php
post #27 of 56
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Originally Posted by grimslade View Post
Is this really just an elaborate guerrilla marketing campaign for some ebay shoes?

No.
post #28 of 56
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Sort of. He was Hungarian and trained there, but he came to London and in the '30s (and maybe earlier) through the 50s his shop was arguably the most fashionable bespoke shoe maker in London.

The original Nikolaus Tuczek came from Austria-Hungary to Britain in 1846. He was naturalised in the later 1800s (I have a copy of his naturalisation document). One of his seven children, also called Nikolaus, set up the famous Tuczek business, which was established well before WW1. Another son (my great grandfather) also had a shoe-making business prior to WW1, but my grandfather didn't carry it on.
post #29 of 56
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
You may be right about his origins. All I really know know is that in the interwar period until (I think) 1958, his shop was considered "the best" in London. Moreso even than Lobb.


The business went down the tubes in the 1960s, and the clientele was bought by Lobbs in 1968.
post #30 of 56
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Originally Posted by Nicolette Greer View Post
Hi, I'm typing on behalf of Nicolette Greer who's father was Anton Tuczek. She is trying to find out any information about her father and would be very grateful of any information you may have on the family.

Tabman & Maya: Please send us a PM so we can exchange an details that the other may have.

My Thanks on behalf of Nicolette

Nicolette you asked to contact you some time ago re information on Anton Tuczek - my mother has considerable history in the Tuczek family. Please do email me.
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