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adventures in bespoke: Paolo Scafora pictorial

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by medtech_expat, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. w.o.e.is.me.

    w.o.e.is.me. Senior member

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    I will add to the chorus of thank you's, Medtech: I love the photos and reports like these make SF an immensely better place.
     
  3. medtech_expat

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    That alligator chukka boot is singing to me.

    Paolo had me dip my hand inside those chukkas... they're lined with fur! [​IMG]

    Love those shoes you snapped. Any pics of what your finished product would look like?

    I had a shot of the double-monk alongside a different shoe with the color I ordered, but the pic tipped over 5MB and imageshak won't let me upload...

    Bravo Eddie. Le scarpe sono belle. Ma la piu bella e la tua compagna [​IMG]

    I was with her and Dino at the shop when she read this, you'll be glad to know it gave her a really good laugh. [​IMG]

    The workshop is surprisingly modern and new. I wouldn't have thought that.

    I was really surprised as well, given that my first factory tour in Northampton on Thursday was my only baseline (pictorial in the AS thread). btw, I've decided to make up an odd waistcoat in that LP shepherds check you wore to Mama's.

    What's the price ratio between bespoke and RTW for similar shoes?

    I don't believe they sell direct at the factory, but from the retail prices I saw this morning in Naples (compared to the US bespoke price), it's about an 80%-100% premium.

    Just curious; what are you weaing here though?

    Borrelli RTW
    Cucinelli v-neck
    Nudie Average Joe dry selvedge
    EG Greshams on 888
    Lange 1 MP platinum on custom ABP croc strap with contrast stitch
    bead bracelets (ebony wood & tiger eye) - courtesy of Mrs. Spoo
     
  4. medtech_expat

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    I figured out the imageshak workaround for large files. Below is the double monk, alongside a captoe in the intended color. Yep, that captoe is pretty sweet too.

    [​IMG]
     
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    IMO Scafora's best value is from the antiquing and the Norwegian welt. I have considered getting a 3 eyelet antiqued brown wholecut with Norvegese stitching. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I figured out the imageshak workaround for large files. Below is the double monk, alongside a captoe in the intended color. Yep, that captoe is pretty sweet too.

    [​IMG]


    IMO Scafora's best value is from the antiquing and the Norwegian welt. I have considered getting a 3 eyelet antiqued brown wholecut with Norvegese stitching.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Absolutely lovely.

    Look forward to seeing the finished products.

    Clint
     
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    I figured out the imageshak workaround for large files. Below is the double monk, alongside a captoe in the intended color. Yep, that captoe is pretty sweet too.

    [​IMG]


    Oh my [​IMG]
     
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    wow, with all the recent pictorials, you are really living the life, medtech.
    I tip my hat to you.
    Thanks!
     
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    Niiiiiiiiceeeeee....your taste in watches mite be even better though [​IMG]
     
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    Really can say thanks enough for all your recent posts, great stuff all around.

    After the factory, we went next door to his gorgeous showroom to conduct the foot tracing and have a coffee (which was wonderful). The pictures here really speak for themselves. With 15 last shapes to choose from, I decided on a soft chiseled toe midway between the EG888 and 82. Simple double-monk with captoe, burnished espresso, 8mm sole with fiddleback and my initials. Paolo travels regularly to NYC, and as luck would have it his next visit at the end of February will coincide with my own. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my trial shoe will be ready for that trip. Will continue to update this thread as my first-ever bespoke shoe commission unfolds.

    Is the last you chose in any of the pictures? Sounds like it would be up my alley.
     
  12. TheTukker

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    Borrelli RTW
    Cucinelli v-neck
    Nudie Average Joe dry selvedge
    EG Greshams on 888
    Lange 1 MP platinum on custom ABP croc strap with contrast stitch
    bead bracelets (ebony wood & tiger eye) - courtesy of Mrs. Spoo


    Just meant to ask about the shoes, but thanks for the full description.
     
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    Nice shoes and another great thread. Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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    Mildly off topic - any idea on the jeans worn by the tailor (?) in the last photo? Brand/model?
     
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    update 02/27

    Had an appointment yesterday for my fitting shoes in NYC. Paolo had me walk around for a few minutes to get a sense of how they feel. There was some tightness across the vamp and in the heel, and he spent the next 10 minutes marking up the shoes and taking notes. He's comfortable that we can move directly to the production shoes, and we're targeting April for completion.

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    update 02/27

    Had an appointment yesterday for my fitting shoes in NYC. Paolo had me walk around for a few minutes to get a sense of how they feel. There was some tightness across the vamp and in the heel, and he spent the next 10 minutes marking up the shoes and taking notes. He's comfortable that we can move directly to the production shoes, and we're targeting April for completion.


    promising news. congrats.
     
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    Bump, can we get an update please?

    btw OP, youre my hero.
     
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    Following the changes noted during my fitting, Paolo felt confident to proceed directly to the finished product. I'm fortunate that the 888, 82, TG73, MH71 and StC Classic lasts all fit me very, very well. Only after walking around in the Scaforas last month in Naples did I surprisingly notice the degree to which fit was enhanced. My heel was firmly secured and the arch well-supported to an extent I have never before experienced.

    As pleased as I was with the fit, however, the shape of the toe was unfortunately what I'll describe as blobby. I think there was a miscommunication somewhere along the way, but Paolo offered to make it right and is in the process of redoing the shoes. I'll post pics once they're complete.
     
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    I must go to Italy!
     

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