There is no intimidation factor whatsoever. I was at the event last night, you will not find a more knowledgeable and friendly group of people and that includes the forum members as well as the esteemed experts. The event took place in 3 rooms of a large suite in the Regency, I'll start from the last room working my way forward. Alex reminds me of a university professor I had many years ago, extremely knowledgeable with a very sharp wit. He is a very interesting character, hard to miss with his chalk stripe suit and spectators. His shirts are nothing short of spectacular, the super silky fabrics are decadent. While I was there Alex showed a few of us how he cuts shirt collars, explaining the reason behind every step. Alex also has a nice selection of high quality socks, undergarments, several pocket squares and a few reptile skins. Next room was setup with a few of Darren's items with fabric swatches all over the place. At first I was not blown away by any of it until Darren asked me to try on the jacket he was wearing, now I am at least 2 sizes larger but the cut and fit came as a real shock to me. It was a 1 button jacket, I have never liked the look of a 1 button until last night. I liked it so much I was walking around with it for several minutes not wanting to take it off, I asked Darren if he wanted to trade, my suit pants and jacket for his jacket, oddly enough he politely declined. He never once commented on the fit of my suit until I asked him why certain details fit so well on his jacket as opposed to mine, he patiently proceeded to show me in front of a mirror how and why things were fitting the way they were. This is the 1st time I have not been told by the tailor/salesman how their suit will fit me better than the ill-fitting suit I have on. He is guy that I can't imagine anyone not seeing immediately that he loves his work. The 1st room was shared by Gabor and Chuck/Jill. Everything you have ever seen online or read about Vass shoes is not even close to what you will see in person. The Budapest model is striking, looks nothing like the pictures we have all seen. Truly a shoe lovers dream comes true. Gabor is reserved, polite and extremely helpful. He is a true European gentleman. Last but not least we come to Mr. Franke and the lovely Jill. Chuck has a passion for his products that is something that needs to be witnessed in person. The texture and hand that Chuck keeps on ranting about is truly what makes his ties special. The way the lights play on the surface of the ties is like nothing you see elsewhere. It was obvious to all that a lot of passion and hard work goes towards the creation of his wares. Chuck is a great guy that can and will spend hours answering all and any question you ask (If the silk worms are from China then isn't the tie technically made in China?...... sorry Chuck I was put up to that.) and Jill is a classy and beautiful woman who knows how to design a tie like it is nobody's business. I left knowing a lot more about fine clothing and enjoyed spending a few hours with a group of people that you can't help but admire. There was no pressure at all to purchase anything; I don't think I heard anything close to a sales pitch all evening. I ended up purchasing 4 ties from Chuck/Jill (3 paisleys and the new bottle green), and more then likely will be purchasing socks from Alex and shoes from Gabor (size 14 requires some investigation work on their part), Mr. Beaman will be commissioned once I decide what I want (too many damn choices and Darren preferred not take an order because the lighting was not up to his high standards). I know that I will be purchasing many things from each and every one of them in the future, the combination of outstanding products and great customer service is a formula that can't be beaten.