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The site of the Zara store in Bourke St has been gutted. They're doing a complete refit on all levels. Will be interesting.
post #4592 of 55975
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
What would the name of said establishment be?

I will be in Melbourne for two days in June with work so it sounds I like I should have a look.

Bonaparte's Men's Boutique. 235 Lygon St.

Definitely worth a visit. I found it first though... fxh is just riding on my coat tails

BTW Beggar Man thief in South Melbourne is having a sale on selected styles. The Loake 1880 Burford is at $320.
post #4593 of 55975
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Originally Posted by appolyon View Post
Judging by the flock of C&J lovers that are now flocking to Carmina I would say they would probably be a touch up in quality.

Could it be that the C&J lovers are now a bit distressed at the sudden popularity of C&J and are just moving to Carmina because they are still 'unique'?

Regrading shoes : I have a bad habit of rubbing my rubber heels against my leather uppers whilst my feet are under my desk at work. This leaves black scuff marks on the uppers. Anyway I can clean these off before polishing them? Or do I just polish over them?
post #4594 of 55975
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Originally Posted by elvish View Post
I think you'll find it's an Australian based company. The product is made offshore.

I'd say made by hand is the same ad made in Italy...

It means nothing without substance

That makes sense.
post #4595 of 55975
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Originally Posted by Archibald Longfellow View Post
Well unlike some other people I hope you liked the heads up. I thought a forum like this was to share things we know with other members. Like Herringbone sales in Perth

One of my colleagues in the office is friend with the owner.

Hi there,

Have you had any experience with the 'custom shirts'?

I'm tentative to risk $399 on a suit, but would be willing to gamble $149 on three custom shirts...

Look forward to your thoughts.
post #4596 of 55975
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Originally Posted by appolyon View Post
I believe its Napoleon's Menswear ... walk up and down the street its not hard to miss

er - cough cough

Bonaparte Mens Boutique
235 Lygon Street
Carlton VIC 3053
(03) 9347 3218
post #4597 of 55975
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Could it be that the C&J lovers are now a bit distressed at the sudden popularity of C&J and are just moving to Carmina because they are still 'unique'?

Regrading shoes : I have a bad habit of rubbing my rubber heels against my leather uppers whilst my feet are under my desk at work. This leaves black scuff marks on the uppers. Anyway I can clean these off before polishing them? Or do I just polish over them?
I think this is the more likely scenario. That and they can't adequately fill their consumerist desire to buy as many shoes as possible due to the current restrictions in supply of C&J... so they look elsewhere for their next brand-you've-never-heard-of pair of shoes... in this instance, Carmina.

Not saying anything against their quality, but their sudden popularity is more a result of the perception of those buying them than any intrinsic property of the shoes I feel.
post #4598 of 55975
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Bonaparte's Men's Boutique. 235 Lygon St.

Definitely worth a visit. I found it first though... fxh is just riding on my coat tails :

.

This is true - but at least I'm shameless about it.

The guy there is a very nice fellow as well.

Its not cheap not expensive
post #4599 of 55975
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Could it be that the C&J lovers are now a bit distressed at the sudden popularity of C&J and are just moving to Carmina because they are still 'unique'?

Regrading shoes : I have a bad habit of rubbing my rubber heels against my leather uppers whilst my feet are under my desk at work. This leaves black scuff marks on the uppers. Anyway I can clean these off before polishing them? Or do I just polish over them?

Interesting observation. Try wearing dub monks and see what damage you can do to your beautiful shoes.
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G'day all

I've got a bit of a problem and am hoping you guys might be able to help me out with some info.

I recently bought a pair of Church's Balmorals off of Ebay and they arrived today.

I got them for a great price (less than $200 inc. shipping from the US). They are a beautiful pair of shoes but when I pulled them out of the box and had a good look at them I noticed that the lower sole is coming away from the upper sole in the instep of the right shoe.

While this has given me a better understanding of goodyear welting and how everything all fits together (I had a 'so that's what goodyear welting is' moment), I would rather get the shoes fixed than send them back to the original seller. The damage isn't too extensive and there is a lot of life left in the soles.

What I am after is the name of a cobbler or shoe store where I can get these fixed for a reasonable price. I know that I could send them back to Church's for a refurb but I would rather get them fixed locally if possible.

I have done a bit of searching on this thread and come up with McClouds as a company that could help but that is it.

So, does anyone have any alternative cobblers / shoe stores that are worthwhile checking out and contacting? As I live in Canberra I would prefer somewhere close by. I am not expecting to find anywhere in Canberra that might be able to provide this service but Sydney might be good.

LPS

I am also going to have to get some more shoe trees as Ebay has been good to me lately.
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Depending on how bad the damage is, a reputable local cobbler migt be able to restitch it for you which might be worthwhile given the life left in the soles. Dont know any cobblers in Canberra but if you plan to be in Sydney anytime soon I'd suggest dropping in to "Shoe Works" in the Chifley Centre. They did a great job of (Goodyear) resoling some shoes for me. I seem to recall paying about $100 for full resole. Mind you, I think Church's refurb service is GBP 85 which isn't a huge amount more given exchange rate these days.
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I figure this is the best place to post an ad for a Claude Maus leather bomber jacket, I bought it in feb this year for $1100 from the store in Manchester lane Melbourne. Its a black sheekskin leather with a cotton jersey lining. Made in Australia. I havn't gotten around to posting a thread for it, so PM me if interested.
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Originally Posted by zach_br View Post
I figure this is the best place to post an ad for a Claude Maus leather bomber jacket, I bought it in feb this year for $1100 from the store in Manchester lane Melbourne. Its a black sheekskin leather with a cotton jersey lining. Made in Australia. I havn't gotten around to posting a thread for it, so PM me if interested.

No needs to go in B&S.
post #4604 of 55975
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Originally Posted by Lowly Public Servant View Post
G'day all

I've got a bit of a problem and am hoping you guys might be able to help me out with some info.

I recently bought a pair of Church's Balmorals off of Ebay and they arrived today.

I got them for a great price (less than $200 inc. shipping from the US). They are a beautiful pair of shoes but when I pulled them out of the box and had a good look at them I noticed that the lower sole is coming away from the upper sole in the instep of the right shoe.

While this has given me a better understanding of goodyear welting and how everything all fits together (I had a 'so that's what goodyear welting is' moment), I would rather get the shoes fixed than send them back to the original seller. The damage isn't too extensive and there is a lot of life left in the soles.

What I am after is the name of a cobbler or shoe store where I can get these fixed for a reasonable price. I know that I could send them back to Church's for a refurb but I would rather get them fixed locally if possible.

I have done a bit of searching on this thread and come up with McClouds as a company that could help but that is it.

So, does anyone have any alternative cobblers / shoe stores that are worthwhile checking out and contacting? As I live in Canberra I would prefer somewhere close by. I am not expecting to find anywhere in Canberra that might be able to provide this service but Sydney might be good.

LPS

I am also going to have to get some more shoe trees as Ebay has been good to me lately.

One of the Canberra guys will know a place. A cobbler will do it. If you are having problems PM me and we could get it done in Sydney for you. It may only need glueing down but then again it may be a stitch down goodyear resole. Postage to UK there and back will be expensive vs Sydney.
post #4605 of 55975
Bad news for those on a budget, Herring now makes the following shoes in Graphite (i.e. medium grey) Herring Gladstone Herring Churchill
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