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Museum Calf Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. OzzyJones

    OzzyJones Senior member

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    Meermin dark brown MTO#1. The poor quality Ilcea leather unfortunately. Worn about 15 times now
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  2. wurger

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    Ozzy! Some close ups please, :D
     
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    Of which ones?
     
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    Hopefully get another sunny day tomorro and I'll try to get some decent shots. Fwiw I really like the new gold museum; I think it'll age beautifully
     
  6. wurger

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    Kent Wang Handgrade Brogue, Navy Museum Calf

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  7. samiur

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    Many thanks to wurger for posting the Navy museum calf shoes by Kent Wang, those are the exact shoes I am thinking of buying.

    I own 2 pairs of museum calf shoes (pics to follow after the rainstorm): 1) used JL tan color - very rich mottled effect, visibly uneven pattern in room lightning, absolutely gorgeous under bright sunlight; 2) "Burgundy" Radica (which presumably refers to Ilcea's radica...but it can mean other things too) Gravati shoes (sold by Beren Shoes) - looks like black/dark brown in room condition. Under moderate sunlight there is a "hint" of burgundy here and there over the dark brown "body". I am not sure whether the difference in mottled effect is due to the JL being second hand and thus somewhat aged, or because JL uses better quality leather


    My question to you, sir, is: do the navy shoes show the mottled in room lightning? Further, do they look navy under room lightning, or black (as I see from my monitor)?

    Thank you

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  8. wurger

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    The photos on Kent's site is very accurate, as when I first got them, there is no way you can tell that there is any mottling. I had to apply some renovateur, realised some polishing is coming off, to speed that up I washed the shoe with soap to remove any black/navy polish.

    and reapply renovateur after the shoes are dry, reapply navy cream polish to get a mottled effect.

    So mottling in room lighting, and it's navy when you have a pair of black shoes next to it, but it's pretty dark.
     
  9. samiur

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    Wurger, thanks for the detailed response. May I ask if you own any other pair of museum calf shoes? Do you regret buying the Kent Wang (since the Signature mottled effect is so diminished)?

    Further, are you satisfied with the mottled effect after the Navy shoe cream?

    I am seriously considering pulling the trigger on the Kent Wang but it bugs me beyond words how they have dimmed down the mottled effect. It seems all their shoes have the flat smooth appearance (except the Sienna monk)
     
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    Hm, some what, but they did tell me via email that the photos on the site is accurate, so Kent's team is not to blame at all.

    It would be better if the mottling is more obvious, but I appreciate my own labour.
     
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    wurger - blue shoes now? You are really branching out colour-wise. These look very nice indeed. I have some navy museum on order from Vass - I sure hope the mottling is evident.
     
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    Thanks Roger, I actually have a lot of non black shoes, it's just that I decided to document the black ones first.
     
  13. OzzyJones

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    Closeups of dark brown ilcea by Meermin and gold museum by Vass as requested by @wurger
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    My pair of parisian brown museum calf william II from JL!:) had to save a year for these!
     
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    Thanks for those pics! i'v been looking at those Lobbs for quite some time but i haven't decided between the William 2 or the Camberely model. I'm still confused though between the Parisian brown museum calf and dark brown museum calf. When i saw Parisian brown in person at the London store it didn't look like it had any variation in colour ('mottling') compared to dark brown. But the colour tones of your parisian brown are awesome!
     
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    Fan-freaking-tastic.
     
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    OzzyJones why do you say the leather on your brown Meermin is poor? Any specific quality problem I should look out for?

    I have placed an order for plum museum calf by Meermin, wondering if I should cancel that.


    Does anyone know if there is any other brand that makes museum calf/radica shoes by Ilcea (or Haas?) I only know JL, Vass MTO, Kent Wang, Meermin and Gravati (quite a huge selection)
     
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    Cross-post from KW thread.

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    I think it may have been in the former Ilceas dying days and they were sending out lower quality stuff. Meermin being Meermin just used it anyway. A lot of what looks like grade 3 leather found its way into my shoes. Disappointing considering it was the first time they'd used the stuff! Anyway, The new Ilcea owner has been on this thread stating they've sorted the quality issues and Meermin have a lot more experience with the material so I wouldn't worry any more than you always should when buying Meermin, ime! :D
     

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