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The Tellman and I: A Love Story

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Vintage Gent, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    It started, as most things do, so innocently. My daughter and I had gone ice skating at the Houston Galleria, hoping to escape the heat. Afterwards I went into the Ralph Lauren store, my wife and daughter watching the ice skaters who remained, thinking I would take but a brief stroll and emerge with my credit card unscathed. And then it happened. They called out, almost coquettishly, demurely suggesting I take a look. So I did. They were, as fate would have it, marked down to $349 from the original $595. But there was more--a sign offering an additional 30% off the lowest marked price. As I was crunching the numbers in my head, the salesman appeared, and suggested casually that $160 was a great price for "those shoes." $160? I looked at him incedulously, and he decamped for the cash register where he verified the price. So I brought in Mrs. Vintage Gent and daughter and tried on the shoes. So taken was my wife (in clinical parlance, we call this an enabler) that she scarcely batted an eye at the prospect of an additional hit on the credit card--this, in fact, after some $1,400 in Chan charges over the past two months. They are a truly wonderful pair of shoes, one of the finest in my modest but growing collection. I am in love.
     
  2. Roger

    Roger Well-Known Member

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    It started, as most things do, so innocently. My daughter and I had gone ice skating at the Houston Galleria, hoping to escape the heat. Afterwards I went into the Ralph Lauren store, my wife and daughter watching the ice skaters who remained, thinking I would take but a brief stroll and emerge with my credit card unscathed. And then it happened. They called out, almost coquettishly, demurely suggesting I take a look. So I did. They were, as fate would have it, marked down to $349 from the original $595. But there was more--a sign offering an additional 30% off the lowest marked price. As I was crunching the numbers in my head, the salesman appeared, and suggested casually that $160 was a great price for "those shoes." $160? I looked at him incedulously, and he decamped for the cash register where he verified the price. So I brought in Mrs. Vintage Gent and daughter and tried on the shoes. So taken was my wife (in clinical parlance, we call this an enabler) that she scarcely batted an eye at the prospect of an additional hit on the credit card--this, in fact, after some $1,400 in Chan charges over the past two months. They are a truly wonderful pair of shoes, one of the finest in my modest but growing collection. I am in love.
    But does your wife know that she's "enabling" this love affair that must end in tragedy? Your wife or the Tellmans? Just be sure not to put them on the bed between the two of you the way a certain shoe aficionado was wont to do. [​IMG]
     
  3. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    LOL. [​IMG]

    Sounds like a great deal as well...
     
  4. Alter

    Alter Well-Known Member

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    I bet there isn't a dry eye in the house. I wish you all the best in your relationship.
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations--a great buy!
     
  6. rnoldh

    rnoldh Well-Known Member

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    Great story and great purchase. May you wear them well!

    If they were marked down to $349, and then there was a further 30% off of the lowest marked price, that should come to $244.30! So if the salesman told you they were $160, then the Gods must have really wanted you to have them.

    BTW: The RL store and the Galleria are wonderful of course. But have you ever tried out the A. Taghi store, across the street. Mostly Italian clothing of course, featuring Brioni, but they will really make great deals, especially if they know you.
     
  7. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    The mark down I saw in July in SF at the RL store was to 229 (literally minutes after I had bought a pair from GVH for $212)!

    Well after returning to Scottsdale I went to my local RL store and the Tellman's were $595! So I mentioned it and the salesman called and yes they were supposed to be $229 so that is what they marked them.

    But I don't think the extra 30% off was supposed to apply. So you truly did deserve to have them.

    I have taken a small dab of cordovan cream and lightly applied that to the toe cap and the sides of the heels as your wife might apply her make up. Than wiped it in and polished it. Than took Meltonian London Tan (actually a bit darker cream/polish than the Tellman) and have used that on them and they have turned out to have just the perfect amount of antiquing to them. Not as much as my Edwardian Antique EGs but beautiful nonetheless.

    Great shoes!!

    Perry
     
  8. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Well-Known Member

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    You did great and the wife was happy too.
     
  9. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    The tellman is a lovely shoe, I got mine from GVH for something like $120. I have not yet worn them. Pkincy's suggestion of antiquing sounds great, that'll be my next project.
     
  10. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    nice prices on the tellman lee and vintage. mine were 191 total at beverly hills RL.

    for some reason the tellman leather is very easy to antique, like most have seen this pic before, i have turned my tellmans into a dark burnished brown.

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  11. mrchapel

    mrchapel Well-Known Member

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    This is, by far, the best story of a shoe deal I have read or heard in recent memory. Excellent deal! Perhaps some pictures to complement the story...[​IMG]
     
  12. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Well-Known Member

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    Dior,

    That color you got is just marvelous. I find the original tan a little bit to light to work into my shoe rotation, but an antique job like yours would be perfect. Like I said before, I got a project ahead of me. I find it very relaxing to shine/buff/polish and now antique my shoes.
     
  13. GQgeek

    GQgeek Well-Known Member

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    That's a terrific antiquing job you did.
     
  14. Quirk

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    It started, as most things do, so innocently...


    Great story, great deal.
     
  15. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    That's a terrific antiquing job you did.


    Here, here! Please describe the creams and polishes and techniques you used.

    Perry
     
  16. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    thanks gentlemen, i used kiwi brown wax polish and cordovan colored cream bought at nordstrom rack.

    dab cloth into cream and apply to leather. let dry for 10 minutes. buff with brush. repeat two more times.
    let sit dry for about an hour or two.
    use tightly wound cloth around index finger and apply wax, do not press hard as the solvent in the wax does tend to make the cream come off.

    after 3 minutes, buff with brush.
    repeat application this time buff with brush and then use tightly wound cltoh around index to buff quickly and lightly

    repeat buff this time with a little water on the index and a little dime shaped thin layer of wax and work the toe and heels. buff with water tiny bit when friction occurs. after 20 minutes of toil, depending on the quality of the leather, the mirror shine will appear.
     
  17. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, fellows, for the story kudos. A couple of questions for the shoe cognoscenti among us:

    (1) On what last is the Tellman? To my eyes, they look like the C&J Whitehall, but on the 337 last.

    (2) The shoes came with a green felt cloth (with a leather Polo patch) in addition to the shoe bags. Never having received such a thing with my other shoe purchases, I'm flummoxed. Is this supposed to be some kind of a high end polishing cloth?

    But have you ever tried out the A. Taghi store, across the street. Mostly Italian clothing of course, featuring Brioni, but they will really make great deals, especially if they know you.

    Haven't been to A. Taghi. I'll have to give it a whirl sometime. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
  18. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Well-Known Member

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    Bump for those who had never read VG's story of shoelove at 1st sight...

    C&J PRL Tellman
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    Together at last!
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    Then here's my contribution, PRL Tellman in Antique Tan:

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  19. ilvwhtgrls

    ilvwhtgrls Active Member

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    Wow great looking pair(s) of shoes... soo much to learn and so little money.
     
  20. imatlas

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    Great patina developing on the tan pair!
     

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