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Sartorial Adventures in Vienna, Budapest & Warsaw

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gshen, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. gshen

    gshen Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    [Warning: picture heavy post!]

    Thought I would share some some photos of my recent 12 day sartorial adventures in Central-Eastern Europe, mostly shoemakers:

    We start with a certain Gerald Fischer in Vienna (Address: 1090 Wien, Liechtensteinstrasse 29):

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    Unfortunatley, I did not get to handle the shoes as they were closed for lunch. They have a website though, www.fischerschuhe.at Prices were listed:

    Maßschuhe (bespoke?) : 450E
    Holzgenagelta: 258E
    Goodyear: 168E
    Handmade belts: 64E


    Next, Abba schuhe, apparently made in Budapest(?), which also stocks Vass:
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    Cannot remember the name of this glove shop, but it was located on Herrengasse (I think!).
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    Balint was found on Singerstrasse. Very sexy lasts..:
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    We head to Budapest now, with a random shoemaker of dubious quality - Toth Istvan. Claims to be made in 'various workshops in Hungary'. About 250Eur, claimed to be bespoke.. I did not bite.
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    And of course... how can we miss Vass? It was quite the adventure finding the shop without having the address to start with:
    First I spotted a display in between 2 random shops:
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    Apparently, Vass is part of pop culture in Budapest:
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    The trail continues...show yourself already!
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    Seek and ye shall find:
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    Prices are confirmed at 115,000HFT for U and F lasts, with 5,000HFT more for lasted trees. Additional 20,000HFT charge for cordovan, if I don't remember wrongly. Both Evas in the shop speak english, but Eva Vass was quite obviously more fluent.

    Found an interesting fur shop on 1052 Budapest V., Vaci utca 10 1/4 (tel: 317-35-58). "No synthetics!", claims the owner proudly. He says that his family has been in the business 3 generations making fur, leather and wool products by hand. Very friendly chap.
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    And we head north to Warsaw to seek out Jan Kielman, maker of shoes for Cpt. Charles de Gaulle!
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    And some random pictures since life isn't all about shoes..
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  2. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Great photographs.


    - B
     


  3. HORNS

    HORNS Stylish Dinosaur

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    Thanks for sharing these photos. The shoes along the river bank - is that an instillation made of bronze?
     


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  5. gshen

    gshen Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Thanks folks. I had great fun indeed.

    HORNS - yes, I believe those are brass. They were found along the river on the Pest side of the river.
     


  6. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Great photographs.
    Thanks for sharing these photos.

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    .... I did not bite.

    Did you bite anywhere?
    (apart from biting into the Currywurst. I had no idea, they sold them in either Vienna or Budapest.)
     


  7. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior Member

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    Nice photo-tour of your trip.
     


  8. gshen

    gshen Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    Did you bite anywhere?
    (apart from biting into the Currywurst. I had no idea, they sold them in either Vienna or Budapest.)


    Yup... but you'll have to wait patiently with me to find out what i bit. The truth will be out in only a couple of weeks!!
     


  9. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Distinguished Member

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    That's a lot of bespoke shoemakers.

    Is shoemaking a big industry in Vienna/Budapest?

    Is Vass at the top of the heap among shoemakers there?
     


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    Wonderful thread. Any info on Kielman's pricing?
     


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    chorse123 Stylish Dinosaur

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    Next, Abba schuhe, apparently made in Budapest(?), which also stocks Vass:
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    I'll take the middle pair on the top, or the suede in the second photo. Thanks. [​IMG]
     


  12. Siggy

    Siggy Senior Member

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    I've bought some shoes from that Abba shop before. Decent prices on Vass, but they don't carry the U or F lasts. They do have great shoe trees though.
     


  13. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Any info on Kielman's pricing?

    You'll find a pricelist on their website:
    http://www.kielman.pl/en/index.php


    At today's exchange rate 1,000 PLN = 345 USD
     


  14. JohnGalt

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    Did you finish the full wiener schnitzel at Figlmueller? Hope you walked down the street to Plachutta too [​IMG]
     


  15. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Did you finish the full wiener schnitzel at Figlmueller?

    Yes, and he was still hungry. Then he had the Currywurst!

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