I dont think it's IG selectiveness but if it is that would say alot in terms of what people find appealing.
My read would be more like this:
- Traditional stockists get stitchdown unless it is not "feasible" with the leather. Which is starting to appear like a suspect argument because I see stitchdown models at various retailers with the same leather as GYW from various "hard to work with" leathers. Much like any customer pre 2015 the product was stitchdown so I cant see a retailer start ordering a completely different aesthetic that in my opinion is not an improvement, particularly in the Japanese market where they like what they like with a fastidiousness unlike many others.
- New stockists get whatever they are offered(within a range of choices) which is mostly GYW. Ie Mr Porter, the Hiker on Mr. Porter with GYW is a damn shame on so many levels.
- And the company's website is pushing alot of GYW while still offering some stitchdown, to appease its more "hardcore" base lol
It is hard to know what a company's true motivations are, and as much as I like to speculate and I am interested as a fan of the brand and a student of business, it is after all their choice right or wrong. And I am first to admit I have no knowledge of the their manufacturing process, costs are plans. If they were ever to explicitly ask my opinion as a consumer I would gladly provide them with my thoughts. But, personally I have yet to see a GYW boot from them that I am interested in buying and I do not plan on owning any. The latest Kangaroo they are going to sell on Friday is a more appealing color than last weeks but it ends there, I wont touch it.