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post #46 of 134
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Originally Posted by TimH View Post

Similar things have happened to me with regard to using my name but hey ho?

Best,

Tim Hardy

 

 

Have the royalty cheques from The Hardy Boys not been forthcoming?

post #47 of 134
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Originally Posted by Fiddler View Post

Have the royalty cheques from The Hardy Boys not been forthcoming?
No more the lack of Nancy Drew really biggrin.gif
post #48 of 134
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Originally Posted by Grammaton Cleric View Post

I have plodded through every one of your whiny comments on this thread. As per your own admission, you have had no involvement with the business, but now, all of a sudden, you feel grief, disappointment, and disgust at the way a sale has happened. Huh? - what am I missing here?

When your young children, sitting on your knee, ask the inevitable follow-up question, "But, Daddy - what did you do to stop these bastards from stealing our company?" - you can proudly reply, "I went and whined on an internet forum, sonny!"

This whole matter of the date of incorporation is a bit of nonsense. It is common practice that the acquirer gets to use all the trademarks and elements of the acquired entity. When Blancpain or A. Lange & Sohne were resurrected a few years ago, despite them being defunct for decades, the original dates of incorporation from the 18th / 19th centuries were used. There is nothing unusual in that. It's a bit disingenuous, but the entire luxury products industry is guilty of your charge.

What I find most amusing about this whole episode is how you sniff and slander a couple of entrepreneurs who are making a concentrated effort to revive a great old brand. Rather than focusing on how they're rebuilding something from scratch, you have narrowed in on your own petty insecurities.

What are you missing? A sense of good old English pride, that's what! No attempt was made to keep a family run business off at least 166 years standing within the family. I'm sure, unless you have been in the same situation you couldn't possibly understand. Wildsmith men have put love, sweat and *sole into that business and ended their days on the shop floor keeping it going for the upcoming generations. I was named after the founder with the view that my future would be as six generations before me was. That aside, there are plenty of other family members that could have been considered when he who shall not be named decided to sell out....

Just because other brands have previously done the same does not mean that I have to like it or agree with it.
What right do I have to moan? "By divine right if I have to!"

So stick that in your American pipe and smoke it!
post #49 of 134
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith View Post

What are you missing?
No attempt was made to keep a family run business of at least 166 years standing within the family.

So stick that in your American pipe and smoke it!

 

   This is getting sadder & sadder with each post. The highlighted text sums it up for me for what it's worth.

   Wish you the best mr. Wildsmith . . . .

post #50 of 134
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Originally Posted by Wildsmith View Post


What are you missing? A sense of good old English pride, that's what! No attempt was made to keep a family run business off at least 166 years standing within the family. I'm sure, unless you have been in the same situation you couldn't possibly understand. Wildsmith men have put love, sweat and *sole into that business and ended their days on the shop floor keeping it going for the upcoming generations. I was named after the founder with the view that my future would be as six generations before me was. That aside, there are plenty of other family members that could have been considered when he who shall not be named decided to sell out....

Just because other brands have previously done the same does not mean that I have to like it or agree with it.
What right do I have to moan? "By divine right if I have to!"

So stick that in your American pipe and smoke it!

 

Jesus, give it a rest. This is getting pathetic.

post #51 of 134
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

Jesus, give it a rest. This is getting pathetic.

This.
post #52 of 134
For an outsider, this is a fascinating story about confrontation among English Tradition and Pride and English Pragmatism and Business savvy.
post #53 of 134
Fiddler is on fire in this thread
post #54 of 134
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Originally Posted by Grammaton Cleric View Post

The 'real' Wildsmith can pout all he wants, but the simple fact remains that under his family's stewardship the company declined first into mediocrity and eventually dissolution. The CATD team is welcome to take a crack at resurrecting a once-great brand, and the use of the original date of incorporation is common practice (they did, after all, buy the brand). Sour grapes.

I agree. The way I look at it - Mr Wildsmith who sold the company - so that it may grow and keep the name going. Its like giving it a chance to survive rather than letting it die. So yeah I wish all the best to the new owners and hope them success.
post #55 of 134

Wildsmith, would you consider buying the Ilcea tannery so you can start your new, old line again?

post #56 of 134
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Originally Posted by md2010 View Post

The way I look at it - Mr Wildsmith who sold the company - so that it may grow and keep the name going. Its like giving it a chance to survive rather than letting it die.

That's not strictly true. The company did die, closed down and was dissolved some ten years ago.

Now Mr John Wildsmith has done a licensing deal for a new company (established 2012) to use the 'Wildsmith' name.
post #57 of 134
The new site is full functional and some nice designs, at a decent price point and made by Alfred sargent.

http://www.wildsmith.com/
post #58 of 134
Shoes look good and the CAtD team will, no doubt, bring the brand great success. Well done to them!
post #59 of 134
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Originally Posted by Fiddler View Post

Wildsmith, would you consider buying the Ilcea tannery so you can start your new, old line again?

There is no need for caustic posts like this. Family businesses are different as some members attach themselves and identify with the company strongly. Heckling online won't help Mr Wildsmith to accept the loss and move past it.
post #60 of 134
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

There is no need for caustic posts like this. Family businesses are different as some members attach themselves and identify with the company strongly. Heckling online won't help Mr Wildsmith to accept the loss and move past it.

 

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