My friend Gerard/"Gman-17" over at AAAC visited the Allen Edmonds factory back in June to observe first had the crafting of his special order double monk strap Moras (the trip is documented here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=95708). He now has a pair of shell cordovan Strands on special order, and AE CEO Paul Grangaard has generously offered to host a sartorialist tour of the factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin (just north of Milwaukee) on Tuesday, December 22nd, where we'll observe the crafting of Gerard's Strands firsthand. So far, "Francisco d'Anconia" and I have committed to joining this visit. Paul, AE's Director of Manufacturing Jim Kass and Director of International Sales Colin Hall all attended our Chicago meet-up on September 24th, and we all appreciated their generosity and time. Please let me know if you would like to attend, either by posting to this thread or by PM, and I will follow up here with more details (e.g. organizing transportation). I'd like to get an idea of the headcount so we can deal with transportation, lunch, etc.