Ah, I see, it's just you've posted only one link in the first place.
It seems I was correct, but this guy definitely overexaggerates things (and Geoffrey was quite harsh himself). I wasn't interested in this market back then (and I was too young anyway) so my opinion doesn't matter much but it hasn't lead to Carpe's downfall for sure since there were no Carpe's downfall. It was just shut down and definitely not because of the lack of demand from customers.
The issue of Guidi making similar designs is indeed real (however their lasts are original for sure and we've seen MUCH worse examples of almost-blatant copying, mostly by a1923), and the issue of selling their salesman to the same boutiques which were selling Carpe is real indeed. It's shrewd but it's, well, business. This is why Guidi were called businessmen, not artisans.
Let me find the original post: http://stylezeitgeist.com/forums/showpost.php?p=30408&postcount=30
And if I can name any person who stands for its word about what happened back then it would be Geoffrey indeed.
yea i missed the link.
Altieri is bouncing back with MM so all is well, i just wanna see some zip boots. But i can go to MA+ for that which i still think is the closest thing to CD. A1923 has plenty of cool designs where thy don't need to do the "copy/Inspiration" thing.
Guidi has some cool shit but i won't wear their sock like stuff.