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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
http://www.scheer.at/

Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.

yes i would, i think its very sad how things have turned out, like most things it boils down to not doing business with famly. My dad and Grandpa fell out and so my dad left, well he didnt feel that he was welcome to stay. i think it boils down to my grandpa being tight fisted, unless im mistaked there was a depression amungst bespoke businesses a few years ago. I am not as up to scratch on shoes as most of you gentlemen in hear, but i would love to carry on the family name. Can you understand that my dad feels hard done by? i think this is a very interesting site, and thank you for all the feedback im getting, i have a love for 'expensive quality' cloths and shoes, unfortunantly unlike most Wildsmiths before me, my bankbalance is trying to keep up with me, hehe. The only thing that i need to start up a company like that though is capital. I am a very keen businessman 'wannabe' i am studying applied business at 6th formand hope to be sucsessful in the future.as i said before iv learnt a little bit about how a shoe business is run, and how reputation and keeping up with competition is important, and along the lines as someone suggested, i think if i wrote a book about my family history, it would take me a long time to write.
post #32 of 34
Well, sorry if I've been a bit harsh on you. Good luck. It would be interesting if someone brought back the Wildsmith name. As the shop's closed, it's now just the shoes your grandfather-- whom I originally too you for -- sells on the bespoke trips to the US with John DeBoise and Hilditch & Key.

I think there's a room for directional elegant British shoes, like an English Aubercy or Berluti, but it would be hard to do without falling into being a Johnny Moke or Jeffrey-West.
post #33 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Rjman, give young Wildsmith some slack!

Wildsmith junior, do you have an interest in shoes in general?
Would you like to become a shoemaker and continue the family name?

Have a look at the Austrian firm of Scheer, that business has been run since 1816 by members of the same family.
http://www.scheer.at/

Maybe you write a little history of Wildsmith and post it here. If you have access to old catalogues or other materials, scan it, we'd love to see them. Or interview your grandfather about the bespoke shoe business in London at the time he started working for the family firm.
well my dad is in the process of obtaining a lot of the old wildsmith material, along the lines of designs etc, as my Grandpa is old and has no use for them. When my dad gets the mi would happily scan them for you all to look at, hopefuly in the near future. i think my family history is interesting and i love looking back at all the misshaps and happenings that occured in the past, for example, aparantly two wildsmiths fell out, much like my dad and grandpa, and a son went and opened another Wildsmiths shop at the other end of the street.
post #34 of 34
You should post some archival pictures like Nina for her father, R.Meledandri at the FNB site.
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