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post #31 of 37
Are you sure they were Japanese working there and NOT Chinese (Cinesi as they are called there)?

I have an Italian cousin who works for a factory manufacturing clothes in Tuscany for all the designers, and even the Italians are now going to i Cinesi for leather made goods. If you go to Florence, it's definitely worth going to Prato (perhaps less than 10k north of Florence) or Pistoia (10K north of Prato). There are many workshops there that are either local small cobblers or manufacture for all the big names. Actually the whole area north and west of Florence (all the way to Pisa) is full of such places, and will cost you at least HALF what the Florentines charge. Be very specific of what you want. There is some comfort however in names like Bemer and Ugolini, but you can find many wonderful producers that are not commercial or brand names. The only caveat is that English is not generally an option outside of Florence with the small calzolaio shops...
post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by agbassano View Post
Are you sure they were Japanese working there and NOT Chinese (Cinesi as they are called there)?

I have an Italian cousin who works for a factory manufacturing clothes in Tuscany for all the designers, and even the Italians are now going to i Cinesi for leather made goods. If you go to Florence, it's definitely worth going to Prato (perhaps less than 10k north of Florence) or Pistoia (10K north of Prato). There are many workshops there that are either local small cobblers or manufacture for all the big names. Actually the whole area north and west of Florence (all the way to Pisa) is full of such places, and will cost you at least HALF what the Florentines charge. Be very specific of what you want. There is some comfort however in names like Bemer and Ugolini, but you can find many wonderful producers that are not commercial or brand names. The only caveat is that English is not generally an option outside of Florence with the small calzolaio shops...
Do you know a Dr. Teplitz?
post #33 of 37
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Do you know a Dr. Teplitz?

No, is he in Prato? If you suggest, I will definitely look him up on my next trip...
post #34 of 37
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Originally Posted by agbassano View Post
No, is he in Prato? If you suggest, I will definitely look him up on my next trip...

He is primarily in denial.
post #35 of 37
That's too funny!
post #36 of 37
Iammatt, did you receive the shoes from Ugolini? Are you satisfied?
Thaks
post #37 of 37
FWIW: Here is a link to a post on my blog with 3 movies about a Dutch journalist who has pair made. http://katjoesja.blogspot.com/2009/0...paar-ugos.html

Mind you, it's mostly in Dutch.
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