Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Alexander Kabbaz, Mar 7, 2005.
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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.
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.
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.
U-lasts shoes retailed for $1195 at Louis Boston, which has relatively low markups compared to other stores of its caliber.
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.
Doesn't really matter what the deal is if the shoes you end up receiving do not fit properly. Â 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. Â Thus, I am leery about dropping that kind of money for a pair that I have tried on in the proper size. Â 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. Â Only thing I don't know is the size and that is the most crucial factor. Â I will contact Gabor tomorrow to figure this out.
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.
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
Gabor, I will call you tomorrow to talk about placing an order. Â And you are correct, you did not push anyone into purchasing. Â I was very appreciative of that. Â
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.
My poor wallet cannot take this punishment. I must restrain myself until the next convention. This makes me sad.
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.
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.
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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