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VASS SHOES SARTORIAL EXCELLENCE PRICES

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alexander Kabbaz, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    bry2000 Senior member

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    What will the prices be after 3/8/05? I did not think the prices were a special offer. At least that is the impression Gabor gave me. Perhaps, he can weigh in on the pricing. If he had a sample in my size at the exhibit, I would have placed an order on Saturday. I don't want to buy a pair of MTO shoes only to find out the size is wrong or they are uncomfortable. That is not a good way to spend $650.
     
  3. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    I was "weighing in" for Gabor. A few members asked if they could still buy at those prices and Gabor, at my request, agreed to hold back sending in the master order from Sartorial Excellence for another day. That way, any orders which reach him before he sends the order to Hungary will be at the event pricing.

    I do not know what regular prices are. I only know that A. Harris, West Coast rep for Vass, says these prices are much lower than usual. Oh ... I also know that I made sure my order is already in Gabor's hands.
     
  4. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    Uhm... these prices were a LOT lower than normal. $650 for the ones I picked out is a major bargain - the handcrafting got me. (damn you Gabor, Damn you, Sir....) ...I saw $2000 shoes around the city on Sunday that were not nearly as well made. I think there is something like 25 hours worth of handwork in a pair of these??? It really is fascinating to see the demo shoes at various stages to see how they are made.
     
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    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    U-lasts shoes retailed for $1195 at Louis Boston, which has relatively low markups compared to other stores of its caliber.
     
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    I would love to order a pair of these, but I have no idea how they fit, what they look like, or anything else. ??? And how do they make a shoe for you if you aren't available for sizing? Is this possible? I want to pick up a pair.
     
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    Doesn't really matter what the deal is if the shoes you end up receiving do not fit properly.  I have never paid that much for a pair and my collection includes comparably (retail) priced shoes such as Lobb, EG, C&J Handgrade, Tanino Crisci, Peluso, among others.  Thus, I am leery about dropping that kind of money for a pair that I have tried on in the proper size.  Having spent a lot of time looking at the different lasts and styles, I know exactly what I want in what color, with which last, with which detailing.  Only thing I don't know is the size and that is the most crucial factor.  I will contact Gabor tomorrow to figure this out.
     
  8. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Gabor offered certain prices at the show with permission from Mr. Vass. After requests from members, it was I who prevailed upon him to extend that deadline.

    Gabor is an honorable person. As far as I (whose size was also unavailable) am aware, he will offer to get you a more appropriate size if the ones you receive are not appropriate.
     
  9. Gabor Halmos

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    Thank you Alex. Anybody who attended the show and placed an order knows in case there is a problem, we will not leave them with an ill fitting pair. We had a similar special event at Louis Boston last year, where all the orders came back perfect. Vass Shoes
     
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    Gabor, I will call you tomorrow to talk about placing an order.   And you are correct, you did not push anyone into purchasing.  I was very appreciative of that.  
     
  11. Smooth Jazz

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    For what its worth -- I special ordered a pair of Vass shoes from Gabor almost a year ago. He made it perfectly clear that if the shoes did not fit, he would take them back -- no questions asked. Gabor even called me later to verify that I was 100% happy with the shoes. Gabor is an absolute gentleman and I take him at his word that he will ensure you are completely happy with your shoes.
     
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    My poor wallet cannot take this punishment. I must restrain myself until the next convention. This makes me sad. [​IMG]
     
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    Another vote of confidence for Gabor here. He has never used any high pressure tactics to get me to buy anything, and he is a perfect gentleman before, during, and especially after the transaction.
     
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    I realize that I'm late to the party here, but I'll second (or third or fourth or whatever) what everyone has been saying. Gabor is a perfect gentleman and is wonderful to do business with (and the same thing goes for A Harris, too); and Vass shoes are superlative products. The cheapest pair of shoes that you'll find in NYC that equals the quality of construction retails for $2600.
     
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    Darn right you're late to the party. Ignoring your posting duties to go off and play in New York perhaps?
     
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    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Being in New York isn't play. It's hard work. Especially when you're around. [​IMG]
     
  17. Alexander Kabbaz

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    Yeah, I've heard it all. I have no sympathy ... Gabor got me too.
     
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    Gabor has a very nasty sales pitch... he pretends to have his hands full and then asks you "Could you hold this for me for a moment please?"

    ...next thing you know you are the proud owner of a pair of Medallion Oxfords in Cognac.

    Bry2K - which model melted your heart? ...or can you narrow it down to a single pair?

    Note: I blame you all... I was perfectly happy with my cheap Ferragamos and AE's until you guys came along. A couple years ago if you asked me about the last in my shoes I'd have said "I dunno, a year or two".

    May your wives develop an affinity for Jimmy Choos and your children attend Ivy League schools.
     
  19. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Regarding the prices... Where should I start?? The Sartorial Excellence price are appx. 30% off Louis retail, and Louis retail is 10-20% lower than it would be in other stores. Plus there is no 10-15% surcharge for the fact that they are custom orders, which is standard. Even at $1000 plus for the standard calf shoes Vass would be an incredible deal, as a comparable shoe from any other make would run you $2000 plus. At $650, lets just say that Gabor is being EXTREMELY generous. To put in perspective, this would be like finding a Kiton quality suit retailing for $2400 instead of $6000, and then getting an opportunity to have one made-to-measure exactly the way you like it for $1500... These opportunities don't come along every day, and aren't going to last, so if you want Vass shoes I suggest you order them now  [​IMG] Oh, and Gabor is not trying to rush anyone, it's just that this is a special arrangement and the orders have to go in together, or not at all. Edit - plus, the custom shoe trees are included. Any other brand would charge you an extra $100 for those, and they wouldn't be as nice...
     
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    Just to chime in, I purchased a pair of Vass Budapests (Budapest last) back when Vass offered its special promotion to Styleforum members through AHarris. I never tried on a pair, but gave the sizes of several shoes which I owned to AHarris, who then suggested the appropriate size for me.

    Needless to say, the size was perfect. I wear the shoes frequently, and they are extremely comfortable and look great. I should also say that both AHarris and Gabor were excellent with regard to customer service.

    I highly recommend picking up a pair (personally, I'm having a hard time resisting the urge myself). You won't be dissapointed.

    Regards,

    Jeff
     

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