John Lobb Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dddrees, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Nikola

    Nikola Senior member

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    You wouldn't believe how many there are. Russians, Middle East, East Europe .. Those with fresh money who recently heard for " one of the best shoe brands" (which JL has the Aura of) but still the standard style line would be too classical for them. It's more of a profit calculation.
     


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    Let's face it. JL has to adapt and change with the market. They have to capture new market share and new customers from emerging markets. They owe existing customers nothing. If we don't like it, go somewhere else.

    Maybe another ex JL shoemaker, Cordwainer or last maker with private equity funding will start his/her own brand and become the flavour of the month in SF. Then all of a sudden this new brand becomes the 'go to' trunk shows and MTO programs. Until it gets bought out by LVMH, Prada or Hermes and the whole cycle repeats.
     
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    JL is evolving like the other players on the market...

    The emerging markets Eastern European and Asian markets are part of their global strategy...

    I do think their current new models are under par .

    They recently brought back to life a few revamped classic models which is the proof of the limited success of the new lines.
     


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    jujujoo11 Senior member

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    revamped classic models?? Ohh really?!!!
     


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    lasbar Senior member

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    Williams II City III and so on...

    They brought back the City II because they're the best entry model..

    The Jermyn is another one.

    They need to bring back the old classic models .

    JM WESTON still sell their iconic models..
     
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  6. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Sad if they kill the goose that originally laid the golden eggs. They have such a rich heritage
     


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    chogall Senior member

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    They did?

    Thank god...

    Discontinuing classic models is akin to Chanel not selling quilted bags. Bad idea.
     


  8. WiredandTired

    WiredandTired Senior member

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    For reference again.

    A young designer named Paula Gerbase was hired to modernize the brand. You can google it.

    I personally seen to think JL has moved to compete directly against Berluti. One cannot deny Berluti shoes are eye catching and unique, whether or not in good taste through a classical lens is another matter.
     


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    I haven't followed very closely for a few years now JL artistic line...

    JM WESTON with Michel Perry and another designer now have developed new lines and kept their classic iconic models..

    It might be the way to go...

    Berluti for me is Bespoke...

    I have a pair of Alessandro and that's the only pair I would ever buy ,apart from the Demesure, from them.
     


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    I mean..... I understand trying to modernize it. But I don't understand the boot with laces and one buckle thingy..... It looks like a eye sore to me. But hey maybe someone likes it.
     


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    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    With the exception of maybe the Loafer don't get that collection at all. Why pay Lobb for a pair of trainers/sneakers/whatever they are? This is the difficulty in diversifying your range I guess - the old fashioned types sneer at your reinvention

    Charlie
     
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  14. ike_hiking_boots

    ike_hiking_boots Senior member

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    It's a direct response to Berlutti:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/14/business/international/john-lobbs-shoes-paula-gerbase.html?_r=2

    The most pronounced swing of the pendulum took place at Berluti, the former boutique shoemaker now owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. In 2011, the company appointed an artistic director, Alessandro Sartori, who rolled out a fashion collection, opened stores worldwide and began to show his designs on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. There, every look was accessorized with a $1,580 sneaker called, significantly enough, Playtime.

    Make of this what you will:

    change has arrived in the form of Paula Gerbase, a London fashion designer known for her slightly esoteric tailored clothing line, 1205.

    She has never before designed shoes.
     


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    Haha Charlie, may be you can try making a belt inspired by the Chapel double monk, I own this monk shoes & love it a lot.

    In museum calf the best.
     
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