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I'll bet your dad doesn't know all of your expensive habits either.
My dad's of the age that London bespoke prices were actually reasonable by today's standards. When he started shopping there in the late 1950's a Savile Row suit was less than £100. He says he doesn't remember bespoke shoes being priced that low ... but says they could have been.

When I became an adult, my father encouraged me to be my own man. He was always available for talk, but
my decisions were my decisions.
 
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A meditation on Michelangelo's David... *ahem*

The object of Jonathan's love
Slew Goliath, who was hardly a dove.
When word got to Saul,
He said "That kid's got balls!
And-- you know?-- he's a real cut above!
 

thesartorialistbanker

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Polish master shoemaker Tadeusz Januszkiewicz just made me a pair of bespoke captoe oxfords in black calf. He hand lasts and hand welts all his shoes as well as carves bespoke lasts and even makes the lasted shoe trees himself.
TJ as we call him in the Polish bespoke community makes his bespoke shoes without trial shoes.

He is 94 years old and got his master shoemaker diploma in 1947. He has been making shoes since he was 13 years old (since 1939) and has trained in orthopedic shoemaking as well, which makes him one of the most incredible shoemakers I’ve ever met. He can talk about shoes and shoemaking for hours.

Incredible cordwainer and amazing bespoke shoes. The best part is the competitive pricing. Given they are hand made in Warsaw, Poland they cost only about $720 (2700 PLN) which is incredibly competitive compared to British, Italian, French, German or Japanese bespoke shoemakers. The uppers and soles are made from Polish calf leather.

I highly recommend Tadeusz Januszkiewicz’s shoes and would be willing to help you commission a pair if you decide to go to Warsaw and get a fitting. I am happy to help with translation and ordering process as TJ doesn’t speak English. I am happy to share photos of all the sample shoes I’ve seen at TJ’s workshop in Warsaw.

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thesartorialistbanker

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TJ is a very modest man but an incredible artisan and master of his craft.

Unfortunately he never trained an apprentice so once he is gone all his knowledge will be gone as well.

Given TJ’s age I already decided my next commission will be a pair of bespoke Polish cavalry riding boots made to the standard that my great grandfather wore in Polish cavalry in 1920s-1930s.

The model looks just like the black riding boots TJ is holding in the photos below.

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Polish master shoemaker Tadeusz Januszkiewicz just made me a pair of bespoke captoe oxfords in black calf. He hand lasts and hand welts all his shoes as well as carves bespoke lasts and even makes the lasted shoe trees himself.
TJ as we call him in the Polish bespoke community makes his bespoke shoes without trial shoes.

He is 94 years old and got his master shoemaker diploma in 1947. He has been making shoes since he was 13 years old (since 1939) and has trained in orthopedic shoemaking as well, which makes him one of the most incredible shoemakers I’ve ever met. He can talk about shoes and shoemaking for hours.

Incredible cordwainer and amazing bespoke shoes. The best part is the competitive pricing. Given they are hand made in Warsaw, Poland they cost only about $720 (2700 PLN) which is incredibly competitive compared to British, Italian, French, German or Japanese bespoke shoemakers. The uppers and soles are made from Polish calf leather.

I highly recommend Tadeusz Januszkiewicz’s shoes and would be willing to help you commission a pair if you decide to go to Warsaw and get a fitting. I am happy to help with translation and ordering process as TJ doesn’t speak English. I am happy to share photos of all the sample shoes I’ve seen at TJ’s workshop in Warsaw.

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Thank you very much for sharing, I love it.
He does not need anyone nor does he depend on anyone, he is solely responsible.
The variety of their works and their execution is fantastic.
Thanks again.
 

Wild Strawberry Rabbit

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At only $720, incredibly competitive is a massive understatement.
I think it’s generally the case for all Polish bespoke makers, not only shoemakers but also tailors. Jan Kielman shoes cost around 1k USD (https://instagram.com/jankielman?igshid=9coe0amvfwwk), there is also Aga Prus, which also costs something around that (https://instagram.com/agaprusmen?igshid=1d1ifgjxb8n55)
For suits you can have a suit at Zaremba for less than a pair of Savile Row trousers (and he is most expensive tailor in Poland, there are few other that are good and cheaper, e.g. the one that I’m using), etc.
 
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