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Gaziano & Girling Deco Range 2010

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Maverick972, Oct 8, 2010.

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  1. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    G&G are nowhere near EG in terms of quality. They're quite far in fact. But G&G's last is marvellous. So very Italian. EG seems to me to be trending a little British with rounder, stubbier lasts.

    Bold statement...what are you basing this on?

    Exactly my reaction to this. My guess is not much if anything.
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
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    He had RTW and Bespoke on display and neither of us could tell the difference between them. The shape and quality just did not look that good to us, and the fact that he wanted to charge us about 75% over the normal price left a sour taste. When I asked for the real price, he said that was the real price but as a favour we could order one of the shoes from the Bespoke collection and he would make it RTW at no extra charge. waste of time because they all looked the same quality to begin with

    Maybe he is capable of good work, but his samples did not show off his capabilities.


    So, you basically think his shoes were "absolute shit" because of the pricing? [​IMG]

    As an aside, he makes his RTW and bespoke shoes to the same level of construction (i.e. the quality of the leathers, amount of handwork etc. is the same). That's why (in the U.S. and most elsewhere) he charges only ~25% more for the bespoke. Lattanzi, for example, does the same.
     
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    Bold statement...what are you basing this on?

    +1
     
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    Pics or it didn't happen.

    It's definitely happening, I have seen them in person but that is all i can say
     
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    It's definitely happening, I have seen them in person but that is all i can say

    There are two shoe manufacturers in Kettering (used to be far more): Loake and Gaziano-Girling.
     
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    There are two shoe manufacturers in Kettering (used to be far more): Loake and Gaziano-Girling.

    Bengal-stripe, you know your stuff!! Looks like you read my blog, thank you!
     
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    So, you basically think his shoes were "absolute shit" because of the pricing? [​IMG]

    As an aside, he makes his RTW and bespoke shoes to the same level of construction (i.e. the quality of the leathers, amount of handwork etc. is the same). That's why (in the U.S. and most elsewhere) he charges only ~25% more for the bespoke. Lattanzi, for example, does the same.


    Based on pricing. I went there knowing what he normally charges and saw shoes that were not particularly great, then I get told they are about 3,000 Euros a pair. Which I know is just a massive mark up. Based on that they were very poor value for money. Even at half that price I was not impressed
     
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    I think Scafora may have the best value if you want the Norwegian welt or some of their other fancy welting. They make a very Italian looking shoe with very nice antiquing. One day I might go for their 3 eyelet wholecut that looks very much like the iconic Berluti version but I would do it with the Norwegian welt. My hesitation is that this kind of construction is renders a stiffer sole than a regular Goodyear welt, at least that's what Paulo told me. Also $2000 is a very good price for bespoke, that is if you like his style.

    For 3000 euro I'd prefer to try Corthay, but I think he is quite a bit more expensive now.
     
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    Based on pricing. I went there knowing what he normally charges and saw shoes that were not particularly great, then I get told they are about 3,000 Euros a pair. Which I know is just a massive mark up. Based on that they were very poor value for money. Even at half that price I was not impressed

    I hate to belabour the point, but you've put forward the point that you're somewhat knowledgeable on shoes. So, what specifically did you not like about the shoes? Was it the quality of the uppers, the standard of hand stitching, the poor tanning etc. I've still not quite understood what warranted you to describe his shoes as "absolute shit."
     
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    You're being far too polite here Eustace. We both know what happened:-

    He went to the Hong Kong store hoping to buy Scafora's for $2G. But when he learned that Scafora was charging substantially more to his HK customers (probably at the behest of the store owner) he became upset. Throw in the fact that many of Scafora's display shoes are, eh, aggressively styled and antiqued, he gained an easy excuse to vent his anger by calling the shoes "shit."

    He can't give you specifics because he isn't a 'shoe guy' and is primarily just angry over the HK pricing.
     
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    You're being far too polite here Eustace. We both know what happened:-

    He went to the Hong Kong store hoping to buy Scafora's for $2G. But when he learned that Scafora was charging substantially more to his HK customers (probably at the behest of the store owner) he became upset. Throw in the fact that many of Scafora's display shoes are, eh, aggressively styled and antiqued, he gained an easy excuse to vent his anger by calling the shoes "shit."

    He can't give you specifics because he isn't a 'shoe guy' and is primarily just angry over the HK pricing.


    I did not go there hoping to buy the shoes for $2G, I just went to take a look. I should not have used such harsh words as shit, lets just say they were not to my liking. Having seen all the following bespoke shoes in the flesh, GG, JLP, Cleverley and Fosters they just did not look in the same league, the leather quality, soles etc just looked very run of the mill machine made. I really think the choice of shoes on display did not show his true colours, many have said here they think the quality is great and they are guys with the other brands so there must be some truth to that, alas I did not see this. Then throw in the huge mark up and I left very unimpressed.
     
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    as my name has been dragged into this topic :-( i will say a few words

    Scaforia RTW price in HK were starting from HK $10k, which but them up above all other top brands that we currently have available in HK

    when inquiring dirrect to PS and talking with others on SF, then compaired to the price giving in HK was a huge difference, then it starts the alarm bells ringing as it goes from being tempting offer to WTF!

    as CDM has said it was very difficuld to seporate both RTW and BE and if they are made in the same way, just bespoke is with your own last then for me it is a poor ROI to start with a new maker esp at such a diparity in price in HK compaired to else where, as i am happy with what i have currently. i did not think the upper were any better or worse to my Vass and the same with the sole too. as for the antiquing that did not bother me nor is the aggressive styling as with bespoke i would hope i could have some say in the outcome of the design

    however i did find them stiff and heavy (RTW) compaired to all other brands i have tried or owned perhaps this is due to the very think sole PS prefers

    in conclusion it was a dissapointing night as i was hoping for something that little special both with the shoes and presentation of them but PS seened a nice guy and had a good sense of humor, it was just that we are just not right for each other

    just sayin'
     
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    as my name has been dragged into this topic :-( i will say a few words

    Scaforia RTW price in HK were starting from HK $10k, which but them up above all other top brands that we currently have available in HK

    when inquiring dirrect to PS and talking with others on SF, then compaired to the price giving in HK was a huge difference, then it starts the alarm bells ringing as it goes from being tempting offer to WTF!

    as CDM has said it was very difficuld to seporate both RTW and BE and if they are made in the same way, just bespoke is with your own last then for me it is a poor ROI to start with a new maker esp at such a diparity in price in HK compaired to else where, as i am happy with what i have currently. i did not think the upper were any better or worse to my Vass and the same with the sole too. as for the antiquing that did not bother me nor is the aggressive styling as with bespoke i would hope i could have some say in the outcome of the design

    however i did find them stiff and heavy (RTW) compaired to all other brands i have tried or owned perhaps this is due to the very think sole PS prefers

    in conclusion it was a dissapointing night as i was hoping for something that little special both with the shoes and presentation of them but PS seened a nice guy and had a good sense of humor, it was just that we are just not right for each other

    just sayin'


    I wondered where you had been, sorry I mentioned your name also.

    Perhaps my choice of words was not right. too many brandies in front of the lap top but thank you for putting another angle on it.
     
  18. Maverick972

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    From a recent chat with Tony, he confirms launch of the Deco range to be around "the turn of the new year." Also, from what I gathered (purely my own speculation), I believe the Deco range will be near $2K. Why? I think it's a given that we all know that EG TD and GC AC are better factory-made shoes, but Tony continues to stress the Deco range will feature "bespoke craftsmen." I didn't press for Tony to explain, but just hearing this from the enthusiastic Tony, I can't wait to see what they have in store.

    I aspire to have a collection like Andrew's but can't. Should one wait to pull the trigger on one of these? Say, perhaps wait a year or two? (Like how some people refuse to buy first-generation Apple products) From pictures, I see that from an aesthetic point of view, the shoes have gotten better looking over the years. I think when they moved out of the AS factory, Dean and Tony were able to tighten the quality control. Again, I don't have enough shoes from each time period to compare and contrast.

    All in all, these "bespoke craftmen" Tony talks about make me happy. BTW, I'm not associated to or with G&G in any way...just a shoe enthusiast like most of you.
     
  19. Maverick972

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    On a side note -- I was "researching" on what makes Christian Louboutin so expensive. Some come close, if not more, than bespoke shoes. One answer I read was, "because they use expensive fabric...like leather." That made me chuckle. Google it if you don't believe me. Oh, and I didn't find a satisfactory answer other than paying for a name and status.
     
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    On a side note -- I was "researching" on what makes Christian Louboutin so expensive. Some come close, if not more, than bespoke shoes. One answer I read was, "because they use expensive fabric...like leather." That made me chuckle. Google it if you don't believe me. Oh, and I didn't find a satisfactory answer other than paying for a name and status.

    Other than name and status, you got a pair of RED sole from CL.
     

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