Originally Posted by masterphotog
Why get a C&J shoe from Foster and Son rather than getting a C&J shoe. Does C&J do something different to shoes made for other retailers? Why not just get the C&J shoe rather than having the shoe made for a retailer for them to simply put their name on it?
In other words.... if this is an accurate description of what's going on: If a camera store named Campbells sells cameras, but Nikon is making the camera and Campbells is simply putting their name on it, why not just get the camera from Nikon?
In the case of technology, the Nikon camera that you buy at Best Buy is the same that you would buy at B & H Camera.
In the case of shoes, a retailer might carry stocklist Edward Green or Crockett & Jones. Therefore, one Humphrey 707 on the 999 last is the same from shop to shop. Yes, some retailers merely stick their name on the label although it is the identical shoe being sold elsewhere.
However, that high-end retailers and those with custom operations (e.g, Cleverley and Foster), have the manufacturer make-up shoes on lasts or in models exclusive to that retailer. This is so for Cleverley for its RTW and MTO shoes.
It is also possible that the retailer may order a higher grade of leather or more or different hand work.