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Meermin. Carmina 2nd brand? - Page 69
I can't see gemming in the posted GY-2 construction picture (it's there on GY-1 as expected, though).
Don't know how they manage to offer this at a low price. I guess not-so-good leather and finishing...
GY2 is hand welted thus no gemming? Also, price of labor costs and margin. Probably cheaper to hire a hand welting laborer in Spain/Romania than, say, France/UK.
Ive been meaning to order some Vass but Carmina has me by the balls, atm. Perfect styling, exceptional quality, and variety of shell colors at reasonable prices are reasons why ill continue to buy Carmina. Still waiting for my Meermin MTO to compare quality.
Meermin hand lasted shoes costs EUR 285 including trees. Vass is EUR 390, EUR 420 for Ugolini collab. EUR 105 might be 'a lot', but not double by any math.
Customer service/shipping/etc is another story.