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A Harris, my understanding was that these rejects ended up on sale at JL's Northampton factory store. Could you clarify the criteria JL uses to send some rejected shoes back to the leather supplier and others to be sold at the factory store?Those shoes were rejected by John Lobb and returned to the Northampton leather supplier who sold Lobb the calfskin, for the reason stated in the auction - Lobb had a hard time polishing them to their standards. The seller is either the leather supplier, or someone closely associated with them. I have this info on good authority.
Shoefan, you are probably right about the "S" stamp being for sale items. However, this is probably only in the UK as I have not noticed that practice in the US.Perhaps "sale" item, so that future returns of the shoe aren't given full-price credit. Â I shouldn't think that Lobb would have seconds/rejects on sale at a normal retail location. Â Have you ever seen seconds of anything at high-end a retailer?
The C&J seconds at the Jermyn Street store are all Handgrade shoes, which they don't sell at the Northampton factory shop. Â (Damn.)I do not recollect seeing rejects/seconds at JL retail/Hermes stores. However, I have seen C&J seconds (they call it "SUBS" at their flagship Jermyn street store, which I thought was unusual, especially since they too have a Northampton factory store...