question about the italian brand Vicini

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hermes man, May 28, 2012.

  1. hermes man

    hermes man Senior member

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    Hi recently i ve been watching this korean drama called The Greatest Love

    I was very interested with the style of the protagonist in the movie , where the protagonist mainly wears Comme Des Garcon and John Galliano.

    it moved me to went to the capital city of my country to a multi label boutique called Hit Gallery, where they bring Galliano stuffs however to my disappointment the boutique no longer carry Galliano stuffs (could be because the drop in popularity as of late due to Galliano racial remark , well the series is 2 years old)

    anyway influenced from the same series, I was also looking for a velvet loafer , as in the series the protagonist often wears velvet loafer (sockless) when he wears shirts or jackets (the loafer picture is below worn by the male lead in white shirt)

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    so I thought I must have velvet loafers too

    then i remember that Louis Vuitton has a beautiful looking loafer on their spring collection called "Louis Vuitton Prom Velvet"

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    albeit not exactly same like the one in the movie because it has a slight Louis Vuitton's Don twist to the loafer

    unfortunately the loafer which is priced at 2,900.00 MYR (919.613 USD) is sold out

    with much disappointed i recall there was a new multibrand boutique name Leo which self proclaimed themselves as the gentlemen's club

    they carry brands such as Vicini, Dsquared2, Trussardi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Junya Watanabe, Viktor & Rolf, Fratelli Rossetti, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Stefanobi, Cesare Paciotti, Soldini, Kenzo, Calvin Klein, John Galliano, Comme des Garcons, Cesare P, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Paul & Joe and Pollini. (<- seriously? half of the brand I've never heard of them before)

    however this boutique only sell men's accessories such as shoes and belt .. sadly no garment ..

    seeing so many shoes there , so i tried my luck looking for a velvet loafer.. so I was introduced to a brand called "Vicini by Giuseppe Zanotti"

    and there was only two velvet loafer , one from Roberto Cavalli and another is from Vicini

    however the Roberto Cavalli has a logo (probably Roberto Cavalli's logo) with sparkling "diamond" thing which look too tacky. So I was only down to 1 choice, a velvet loafer from Vicini. Despite having a price tag of 2,065.00 MYR (655.826 USD) and Made in Italy tag I was still unconvinced because I have near heard of this brand before..

    as i inquired more about the brand origin ,I was told that it is the second line of Giuseppe Zanotti (yea sounds familiar but did not ring any bell) so I was still reluctant until the sales assistant told me that Giuseppe Zanotti is a renowned shoe maker so i am like oh yea maybe he is one of those guys like John Lobb of Paris so without further hesitation I bought the loafer.

    So now I would like to know if any of fellow Style Forum users have ever heard of this brand before or had any experience with it

    feel free to share here . will post picture of the loafer later (this is the first shoe I bought without a dust bag so I am somewhat skeptical about the brand)
     
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  2. hermes man

    hermes man Senior member

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    ok i just used the search button and found out that Vicini is a mid tier shoe maker that used to make shoes for dsquared and ferre

    my question is did i overpay for 655.826 USD ? or is that normal for a Vicini shoe . thanks
     
  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Available from local supermarket. Price is around 40RMB, that's about 6 bucks USD...
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    BTW never heard of Vicini.
     
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    hermes man Senior member

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    what ? are u serious? this LV velvet shoe is being sold in supermarket?

    yes i am a brand conscious person.. so i am really concerned and worried about this brand.. i am afraid people would judge for using an unknown brand shoe
     
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    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Since when has Hermes man worried about looking too tacky?
     
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    meister Senior member

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    :crackup:
     
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    Yup...our local supermarket carries a complete range of Louis Vuitton, as well as Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Armani, Burberry and Versace branded products. Sometimes the spelling is wrong and the quality can be rather variable.


    Hermes Man, we're all brand concious here as well... can't be seen to be wearing a brand that nobody has ever heard of....absolutely unthinkable.
     
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    You were lucky the Louis Vuitton was sold out judging by that picture. Consider you dodged an expensive bullet here.

    Regarding the Vicini, it is a mid to lower tier brand, similar in quality to diffusion lines of the fashion labels (D&G, Emporio Armani etc...). In more Styleforum language, I put the brand alongside Bruno Magli, Magnanni, Bally etc...

    Post pics of your shoes, I hope they are nice.

    You paid way too much though, someone was ripping you off.
     
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    hermes man Senior member

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    thanks this post pretty has been great help

    I guess if its around Bally,D&G,Bruno Magli and Emporio Armani level than its not that bad then

    but yes i think its a rip off after i bought it.. but i am curious why they cost slightly more than a roberto cavalli shoe (from the same store) ...

    Will post the picture up soon

    i ve noticed alot of this knock off products with wrong spelling..

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    i havent worn my LV monogram stuffs for over a year...
     
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    Where I am, and in much of rural China, the correct spelling of a lux designer brand doesn't seem to matter too much. Most people here can't read English, French or Italian anyway. As long it looks OK, has the name or logo or monogram or whatever, that's good enough.
     
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    picture quality is very bad

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    You can say that again.
     
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    They look better than the Louis Vuitton loafers. Overall not bad at all.
     
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  14. hermes man

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    wow really? glad to hear that :happy: but i felt i overpaid for it, guess I shoulda waited for discounts

    anyway stopped over at Gucci few days ago and saw their velvet slippers has their trademark horsebit in difference colors

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    hope this picture can give better view of the slipper as they are taken from a better phone camera
     
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    Gucci would look a lot better than those horrible Louis Vuittons posted earlier, thats for sure. I don't think the Gucci's look as nice as those Vicini's either come to think of it.

    I think you did quite well here. Hell, I want a pair of those :lol:

    Just a hint, anything at full retail is overpaying for clothing.
     
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