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post #16 of 24
the old one that is benig re-vamped just over the road from berluti in central but i am not sure when it will open!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by luk-cha
the old one that is benig re-vamped just over the road from berluti in central but i am not sure when it will open!

Excellent. Well, the hotel has reopened already, so hopefully the shop will come soon! Thanks!
post #18 of 24
no problem if you wanna hook up when you come pm me!
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by luk-cha
no problem if you wanna hook up when you come pm me!
It is already open. I was there earlier this week. Market research.

Regards,
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by iyorito
It is already open. I was there earlier this week. Market research.

Regards,

i wish you would have told me you were in HK we could have met up, next time maybe?

i went past and had a quick look today as i was on the island allday quite a nice shop as in HK not many great place to get shoes from but i did not pay attention to the price thro' (had a coleague with me) next time!
post #21 of 24
wouldnt have noticed this thread until i saw that Bic also put his 2 yen in.

anyway, this post is probably too late, but I am in wholehearted agreement with the majority of the posts above -- myself a veteran of Tokyo and now traveling frequently to HK. Japan is extremely overpriced for hi-end shoes, the only place worse I've heard is Korea.

HK is great for things that are essentially 'flat-priced' worldwide. I believe Berluti fits in that category. I have talked to the manager there (a pretty lass wearing a pair of MTM Berluti), and the only benefit of buying in HK is that there is no sales tax levied -> which of course at those prices is no small change.

BTW there is a Lobb outlet in the HK Airport as well. Not sure about the one in the new-old Mandarin (still havent had a chance to stop by)

However, the one thing that is great about Japan is the amazing selection.
You can find the most obscure brands and plenty of Japan-only special items from many top makers. My favorite pair of shoes is still a C&J Handgrade black suede oxford which was a collaboration with the boutique SHIPS. I believe Alden also has different lasts specifically for the Japanese market.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by luk-cha
i wish you would have told me you were in HK we could have met up, next time maybe?

i went past and had a quick look today as i was on the island allday quite a nice shop as in HK not many great place to get shoes from but i did not pay attention to the price thro' (had a coleague with me) next time!

Yeah, next time! Do you go to Mayer Shoes at the New-old-Mandarin?
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by iyorito
Yeah, next time! Do you go to Mayer Shoes at the New-old-Mandarin?

i know mayers but i have never bought from there i use a different shop in TST who do all the making for mayers, let me know next time perhaps you can meassure me for some bespoke too! or get the boy to stop over on there way back from tokyo next time!
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by iyorito
Yeah, next time! Do you go to Mayer Shoes at the New-old-Mandarin?

i dont know about luk-cha's other shoemaker, but that mayer store deserves its own thread here. went there the last time and the owner (wonderful chap, forgot his name though) offered to do me a very very nice looking crocodile-skin blucher reminiscent of a santoni fam for less than $600. too bad i had to walk away from that. (sorry for going ot, gents)
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