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The Ultimate Vass (Footwear) Thread (Pictures, reviews, sizing, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by luk-cha, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. DavidAE

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    I am not very familiar with the product. Will it lighten the spot?
     
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    Thank you all for the responses. You're all probably right, selling them is my best option. Shame to take a loss on them though. I guess there are bigger problems...
     
  3. The Shoe Snob

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    To those discussing Museum calf allow me to explain a bit.

    Museum calf was originally created by Ilcea out of Italy. This is the one that Lobb uses and I am sure that VASS does too. Museum calf is just a term created by John Lobb. It's real name is Radica leather. Only one other tannery (Italian) that I am currently aware of (until I go to Lineapelle in Sept to see if more have followed suit) has since copied the idea of Museum calf. But ilcea is the most famous and I am sure where most get their 'Museum Calf' from.

    Now for the mottled affect, this has nothing to do with VASS but rather the tannery and how each batch will come out differently. I also noticed that my plum museum is not really that mottled where as Lobb's is greatly so. I also presume that VASS and myself being small brands in the grand scheme of things, probably gets the last resort leather, not bad per se, but the least 'mottled' as I never see a lack of patina like look on Lobb's shoes. The sad but true nature of business.....

    To try and bring out the lighter tones, polish your shoes with a tan wax polish (or neutral but I prefer tan). That will help to bring up the undertones and get a bit more variation out of your leather.

    To read a bit more on Ilcea and Museum calf see the link below

    http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2014/09/a-trip-to-ilcea-leather-tannery.html
     
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  4. DavidAE

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    Interesting suggestion. I can see how tan wax polish would work for brown museum. Are you sure about your recommendation for plum?

    I liked your blog and subscribed to it
     
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    Yes, I am quite sure as I do it all of the time when sending out my shoes. Wax is not strong in pigment so it won't affect the color but rather simply bring out the undertones.

    And thank you for your subscription, I do appreciate that.
     
  6. DavidAE

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    Thank you for clarification. Can you recommend any particular one?
     
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    well, we sell wax polish at www.theshoesnob.com or you could always use Saphir who makes a very good product
     
  8. DavidAE

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    I bought your Tan Bees Wax Shoe Polish. Looking forward to try it. Thanks again
     
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    So what polishes do we all use for gold museum calf and for Vass oxblood calf?
     
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    I use reno and neutral wax.
     
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    I use TheShoeSnob or Saphir Tan wax for gold museum calf.
     
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    Thank you David, I appreciate that and hope that you will be pleased with it
     
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    Thanks.

    I have been using Saphir neutral on all my museums, but just got a scuff on the strap of my gold monk chukka that will need something more.

    I'll check it out.
     
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    Quick question. Where are all the US people ordering there Vass? I reached out to Rezso and was told they don't ship directly to the US and to go through Ascot Shoes. Is this the best option? If anyone has other avenues I would appreciate hearing about them. Feel free to PM me.

    Thanks!
     
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    If you're in the US, you can't buy directly from Vass unless you've visited the Budapest storefront. You'll have to buy from a retailer, which also means paying something like 40% more than what Vass would charge directly at their store.
     
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    Ouch... 40% is steep! Looks like I need to plan a trip :nodding:
     
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    Is this true? I know of individuals who purchase directly from VASS to USA and i know they have never been to budapest.
     
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    I received an email from Rezso this morning stating this. I was told Ascot is the US retailer.
     
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    No man walks alone also retails them.
    Interesting did not know that. I guess they must have changed policy now.
    I know someone who just contacted budapest and buys from them direct but maybe they changed their policy. Dont know when he started buying from there
     

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