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Originally Posted by stevent View Post


Carmina doesn't do jodhpur models in shell anymore

Why is that?

post #3752 of 4052
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Originally Posted by MSchapiro View Post

Why is that?

I think Carmina had issues with working with shell in Jodhpurs. Not sure exactly.
post #3753 of 4052
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Originally Posted by badsha View Post

I think Carmina had issues with working with shell in Jodhpurs. Not sure exactly.

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Why is that?

Think they said the shell would crack when lasting?
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Would the same issue apply for a Chelsea boot MTO in shell?
post #3755 of 4052
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Originally Posted by PartagasIV View Post

Would the same issue apply for a Chelsea boot MTO in shell?

Epaulet or SteveYoo1983 from Gentlemenfootwear can most likely ask Carmina directly. That's how I found out about the Jodhpurs.
post #3756 of 4052
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I've got an email in to Betty to see what the hold up/status of these are. Hopefully I can give you guys an update this weekend.

They're not on the declaration for this month, but we should have another HUGE delivery in October and they should be in there.

I'll get a status update ASAP.

 

Can't wait to get the WWII boots and suede chukkas. Do you know approximately if it will be the first half of October or the latter half? Can't help asking because I'm really stoked to see how these turn out :)

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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

New Carmina for Epaulet Styles

Carmina for Epaulet Faulkner Shortwing in Natural Chromexcel: $525

Any chance of these getting restocked? I'm kicking myself for not having gotten off the fence and snagged a pair.

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Originally Posted by Wallcloud View Post

any update on the Chocolate Suede & Calf Balmoral Boot Special Order from April?

Hate to ask this again, my curiosity is killing me
post #3759 of 4052
Any update on the navy jodhpur MTO we did about a year ago?

I'm not sure which is more frustrating the lack of any communication from Epaulet or the fact that it has taken almost a full year for Carmina to make a MTO boot.
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Originally Posted by leftofthedial View Post

I've got an email in to Betty to see what the hold up/status of these are. Hopefully I can give you guys an update this weekend.

Was Betty able to give you an ETA for the midnight calf balmoral?
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Did the loden suede pair get delivered? I didn't order but really want to see how it turned out so maybe we can do something for a spring delivery
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This is the Epaulet Carmina thread, I would hope that Epaulet would have a heavier presence in this thread to help answer questions.
If my money is being taken away from me and there is little to no communication it makes me extremely uneasy.

I can understand being busy and such but you have taken money from a significant number of customers without letting them know the status of their shoes without constant barraging them with questions "status updates? when is expected delivery? how much longer?"

Sorry for ranting but my experience from Epaulet has been exactly what I have witnessed happening to the gents above
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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post

This is the Epaulet Carmina thread, I would hope that Epaulet would have a heavier presence in this thread to help answer questions.
If my money is being taken away from me and there is little to no communication it makes me extremely uneasy.

I can understand being busy and such but you have taken money from a significant number of customers without letting them know the status of their shoes without constant barraging them with questions "status updates? when is expected delivery? how much longer?"

Sorry for ranting but my experience from Epaulet has been exactly what I have witnessed happening to the gents above

Money being taken away? Did they make you buy a shoe without your permission?

If you want to know more, you have email addresses and phone numbers that you can call. They are extremely helpful if you reach out through those means.
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Did the loden suede pair get delivered? I didn't order but really want to see how it turned out so maybe we can do something for a spring delivery

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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

Was Betty able to give you an ETA for the midnight calf balmoral?

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Originally Posted by aldenfan View Post

Can't wait to get the WWII boots and suede chukkas. Do you know approximately if it will be the first half of October or the latter half? Can't help asking because I'm really stoked to see how these turn out smile.gif

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Originally Posted by justinkapur View Post

This is the Epaulet Carmina thread, I would hope that Epaulet would have a heavier presence in this thread to help answer questions.
If my money is being taken away from me and there is little to no communication it makes me extremely uneasy.

I can understand being busy and such but you have taken money from a significant number of customers without letting them know the status of their shoes without constant barraging them with questions "status updates? when is expected delivery? how much longer?"

Sorry for ranting but my experience from Epaulet has been exactly what I have witnessed happening to the gents above

Hey guys,

I absolutely understand your frustration, and I'm really sorry for the lateness on some of these makeups. Of course, we're always ready to serve your via email, telephone, or PM, and this thread is meant for any kind of discussion about our group buys - including frustration about late deliveries.

And I know where you're coming from. I pre-purchased a Leica M from B&H photo back in January and they told me that it would be delivered in February. The salesman told me that if I paid up front, I would get priority over the customers who placed their order via a credit card authorization. I'm now in October, and.... nothing. No camera, no projected date. I get an automated email every month, but it has no info. And while it's not really B&H's fault - as Leica is just terrible with their deliveries and communication - I still resent B&H for the situation. They would give me a refund if I asked, but it's still annoying to not have the item that I expected to have. Believe me, I know the feeling and I don't want to be the retailer who causes this in his customers.

To put things in perspective, we've run about 200 units through Carmina as group buys, and the overwhelming amount have arrived in time, with the correct sizing and details, and to the total satisfaction of all of our customers. We're expecting all of the Hatch Grain and WWII boots to come in with our next delivery in a few weeks.

But there are still some things out of my control at Carmina, and the communication lines (like most small-scale shoe manufacturers) can be vague and non-committal. As such, we have an informal policy with all of our customers. If the styles are late by a few months, you're free to cancel your order altogether and receive a full refund. If the shoes are already in work, then we'll offer them to you first when they are delivered. If you decide to pass, then no problem - we'll put them up for general sale. This is supposed to be a fun, interactive process where we produce some cool shoes, offer a small discount, and expedite the production. It works very smoothly most of the time, but problems have occurred from time to time. I can't totally prevent them, but I can hopefully make things right with anyone who's affected.

In terms of the overdue shoes that we're discussing here:

1) The midnight jodphurs are INSANELY late. No getting around that We discussed them last season, and the central problem was getting the navy calfskin fabric in a consistent enough quality to make the large pieces that a Jodphur boot requires. From my last update with Carmina, they are still scheduled to arrive this season, and I was told in the Summer that they had a new supplier for navy calf. Everyone on this order was given the option to cancel or to remain on the order with a 30% discount upon delivery. That is still open to anyone who wants to take advantage of it. At the moment, only three people are on the order, so we'll have several units for open stock already.

2) Midnight Calf Balmoral is in the same boat, but should be here this season as well. As such, we'll also be happy to offer the same 30% discount that we extended to the Midnight Jodphur customers

3) Loden Suede Shoes and most recent Python shoes that were pitched did not make the minimum for production, so they were canceled and any customers who ordered were given a refund one week after their deposit was placed.

I also hear you guys and value your feedback greatly. We should have a stronger presence here and we should have a more organized system of communication. I don't have a way to automate emails to everyone, but how about we post a running list of all styles in work and what's expected to be delivered? I don't get a production schedule from Carmina, but I generally know what styles are arriving about a week before I ship them, so we can always update the list when that happens. Would that work? I'm open to suggestions as well. The shoe group buy concept isn't a perfect system but we're ready and willing to improve it however we can to make things better and more satisfying.
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Originally Posted by venividivicibj View Post

Money being taken away? Did they make you buy a shoe without your permission?

If you want to know more, you have email addresses and phone numbers that you can call. They are extremely helpful if you reach out through those means.

I have tried all sorts of communication. Its money that has been paid that cannot be returned unless theres a huge delay in shoes or a cancellation of shoes. I have sent PM's and emails where I have asked almost every week or 2 weeks to find no answer. My frustration maybe unwarranted but I have done over 15 pairs of MTO's and on my others through different manufacturers/stores I have always gotten an answer within a few days as opposed to weeks/months at a time.
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