I went to the Newbury Street branch of Polo Boston today, and spoke to the store manager Kathy Connor and the shoe area associate, Alton. (I returned the hideous Corbens and was put on the phone to a Polo.com manager who didn't sound very... friendly.) They basically said Purple Label was adding an Italian line by the same manufacturer that services Gucci, but that they were not dropping the English line, i.e. Edward Green. Alton said he was inquiring about the MTO program on behalf of a couple of customers, for example. Thoughts? Whatever the truth is, I would encourage everyone who buys Polo shoes in Boston to give their business to this guy aptly named Alton. He knows what Edward Green and welted shoes are, can describe his personal sense of style well, and basically is a pleasure to talk to. He also made me try on the new Italian-made RLPL moc toe loafer which surprisingly fit me much better than the narrow EG made Barksdales. (I inferred that the Italian made line is cheaper than the English line, as far as the loafers are concerned.) Basically, this Alton is a guy who: 1) jokes that the RLPL Italian line is made by Lattanzi 2) with great indignance says that he would never wear a fused suit 3) takes the RLPL velvet slippers and says they're made by EG but have Ralph's initials on them so he'd only wear them if they had his initials 4) wears a white pocket square and the RLPL loafers on display to work 5) can make a convincing case that there are times you might justify wanting black RLPL loafers Far cry from Rodeo Drive's evil Todd.