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PSA: Great Source for Gaziano & Girling and Vass Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 2ManyShoes, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I don't know exactly how new this news is, but based on the prices I'm seeing and have paid (here and elsewhere), Boutique Margo and Ralph in Beligium has the best prices in the world on G&G and Vass. (According to Ralph, they are now the the official distributors of G&G in France and Belgium; I don't know their relationship to Vass.) In fact, I almost couldn't believe the prices I got and held off posting anything about them here until the three pairs I bought from Ralph arrived. These were:

    G&G St. James, vintage cedar, size 10 UK

    G&G Hayes, black, size 10 UK

    Vass Old English Oxford, black, size 44


    All three arrived in pefect condition, are NOT seconds, and include the original lasted shoe trees and bags. (The original boxes weren't included, but I don't know if that's because I didn't ask for them.) Talk about a "Sacred crap!" moment when I opened the boxes! [​IMG] The cost was substantially less than I've seen anywhere else without the trees. If you want to know what I paid, PM me.

    I should note that I didn't buy via the website, where the prices are good but not insane. Instead, I contacted Ralph directly at contact@margoandralph.com and talked to him for quite a while, then bought two pairs of G&G. A few days later I plunked for the Vass, so part of the price I got on those was probably the back and forth we had and the purchase of the two G&Gs.

    I discovered the Boutique by following a link in Ralph's e-mail signature after some back and forth about an item he had on eBay. Ralph is a courteous, knowledgable, and helpful guy. The entire transaction was perfect.

    If you're wondering if I have any skin in the game, the answer is "maybe a tiny bit." After the shoes arrived, Ralph asked if I could spread the word about the Boutique, and I said I would. I'm happy to do that anyway, but if you say that Larry sent you, I'm sure it it wouldn't hurt next time I can afford another pair of shoes.

    OK, so that's the story., No kidding, Ralph is the bomb. Cheers.
     
  2. Maccimus

    Maccimus Well-Known Member

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    IIRC there was a thread about the shop one or two months ago.
     
  3. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    I just checked, and your're right. There was a thread called "Vass Online" in January. (I missed it b/c I only searched for "Margo & Ralph" in topic titles). In that thread, people were curious about what experience people had had with Ralph, but there was no follow-up.

    IIRC there was a thread about the shop one or two months ago.
     
  4. sf_esq

    sf_esq Well-Known Member

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    Was wondering about these guys, curious how much shipping cost and if you got hit with customs fees (assuming you are in the U.S.).
     
  5. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I'm in the U.S. Shipping was inlcuded in the prices I paid, and there were no customs fees.


    Was wondering about these guys, curious how much shipping cost and if you got hit with customs fees (assuming you are in the U.S.).
     
  6. alphaO888

    alphaO888 Well-Known Member

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    Is the price you got it at the 700 Euros minus 15% for the VAT? I just sent them an email telling them you referred me. Thanks for the tip!
     
  7. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    No, it was quite a bit less than that, and included the shoe trees (which the 700 euro base price does not).

    Is the price you got it at the 700 Euros minus 15% for the VAT? I just sent them an email telling them you referred me. Thanks for the tip!
     
  8. BrooklynWeGoHard

    BrooklynWeGoHard Well-Known Member

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    No, it was quite a bit less than that, and included the shoe trees (which the 700 euro base price does not).

    how much was it?
     
  9. Bartolo

    Bartolo Well-Known Member

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    How can they be the 'official distributor in Belgium' if they don't have a real storefront? At least as far as I can tell, they are online-only sellers. I travel to Belgium a few times a year . . . but it doesn't seem they have a real storefront. What am I missing?
     
  10. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Well-Known Member

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    how much was it?

    +1 - Curious about the final price after your behind the scenes negotiations.
     
  11. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Well-Known Member

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    looks like a really good deal.
    nothing in my size i'm interested in pulling the trigger on at the moment though.
     
  12. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    As I mentioned in the original post, please PM me for the prices I paid.

    how much was it?
     
  13. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    Two of the pairs I bought weren't on the site, but Ralph was able to get for me.

    looks like a really good deal.
    nothing in my size i'm interested in pulling the trigger on at the moment though.
     
  14. 2ManyShoes

    2ManyShoes Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, that's just what Ralph told me.

    How can they be the 'official distributor in Belgium' if they don't have a real storefront? At least as far as I can tell, they are online-only sellers. I travel to Belgium a few times a year . . . but it doesn't seem they have a real storefront. What am I missing?
     
  15. Fishball

    Fishball Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, that's just what Ralph told me.

    G&G website said it also.
     

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