Northampton haul

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  1. MPS

    MPS Senior member

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    Thought I'd post a few pics of recent acquisitions from Northampton. First up, the JL Canasta. More to follow. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    Does the "R" indicate that they were rejected by the Lobb's quality control. Hard to believe that such beautiful shoes don't meet their standards. Look forward to more pics.
     


  3. MPS

    MPS Senior member

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    Yes, the R means that they were turfed by JL. There is a small scratch on the left toe.
     


  4. timekeeping

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    What's the JL factory store stock level like (I'm uk size 9)?

    I intend to make a day trip to Northhampton when I visit the UK (from Australia so it's a long way) in Nov/Dec...

    On the other hand, I suppose the Edward Green factory tour itself is enough an attraction.

    Any other factory stores worth visiting in that area?
     


  5. MPS

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    Stocks are very low for sizes 8-10 at JL at the moment - they had a sale a few months ago. There are tons of 7's for those out there with small feet.

    EG factory - you need to phone ahead and talk to Suzie Jones. She's a smart lady in her late 40's/early 50's with a rather attractive speaking voice. Visits by appointment only (they can tell you what they have in stock before you head there - it avoids wasting their, and your, time).

    JL factory - has a dedicated factory shop run by Jean Lack. Great sales about twice a year. All of their seconds have very minor defects, and they sell quite a few samples.

    C & J - The factory shop is open on Friday and Saturday. You can get some unusual designs there (e.g. those made for the Paris store and for the Japanese market - I have a wholecut made for the latter and will post photos of it soon).

    Tricker's - Excellent shop with very friendly staff. Open 9-4.30 Monday to Friday. They also have their own parking.
     


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    I wonder what the dates of the sales are for each of these shops?
     


  7. MPS

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    JL have factory sales whenever they have "enough stock" - this usually occurs twice a year. They send out postcards to those in the UK who are on their mailing list a few weeks before a sale. I don't know the sale dates for Tricker's or C&J; EG don't have factory sales.
     


  8. timekeeping

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    hmmm... Hopefully, the master craftsmen at Lobb's will make enough mistakes with size 9s to ensure a good selection by the time I get there. :)

    MPS, thanks for the tip with the EG tour. I'll make sure I call in advance. A Chelsea or something wholecut will be great.

    What are the prices like at the factory stores? How much below retail should I expect?
     


  9. MPS

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    Expect to pay:

    EG £285
    JL £125-£200
    C & J £90 (£200 for handgrades)
    Tricker's £75
     


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    tattersall Senior member

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    Such beautiful shoes. I look forward to seeing your other purchases.
     


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    These shoes are beautiful.

    Could you please post the contact details of the JL and the EG shops?

    Thank you very much in advance.
     


  12. MPS

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    I've been in Switzerland for the last 3 days. I'll post more photos in the next few days (after I get my digital images sorted out). I'll also try taking a photo of the antique leather on the cover of a book I bought in Switzerland (which was printed and bound in 1775) I'm sure the leather lovers out there will appreciate it.

    The details of the factories are:

    Edward Green & Co Ltd, The Chelsea Workshops, 74 - 76 Cowper Street, Northampton, NN1 3QR, UK
    Tel: 01604 460666 Fax: 01604 460333

    John Lobb & Co Ltd. Oliver St. Northampton. NN27JL, UK. Tel: 01604 715011 Fax: 01640 712762
     


  13. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Forget the shoes (well, not really); tell us about the book.

    AlanC
    Bibliophile
     


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    Two more pictures: JL Chelmer on the 4800 last: [​IMG] C&J handgrade wholecut. This was made for the Japanese market and is on a last that I hadn't seen before. It's reminiscent of the EG 606: [​IMG]
     


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    Those C&J whole-cuts are fantastic. Did they have anymore? [​IMG]
     


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