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What Gaziano & Girling models are you ordering at the trunk show?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Artisan Fan, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    Handwringers stand aside, let the playas thru.
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    Laron, i would pay anything to own that burgundy plain toe with medallion. one of the most beautiful shoes in the world.
     
  3. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just 1540 pounds...
     
  4. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm sitting this one out. Too many other irons in the fire.
     
  5. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    I get the sense that Tony's venture is well capitalized but it's just a guess based on what I have seen. Maybe it is colored by my love of the designs in the catalog.
     
  6. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Classic. [​IMG] Amen, bro.

    Is it possible EG is supporting this venture on the MTO manufacturing side? They seemed to part ways awefully on very friendly terms...maybe they got a manufacturing deal from it...?
     
  7. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    In a word, I'm takin' it to the hole!

    Isn't that six words?
     
  8. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    Isn't that six words?

    [​IMG] touche
     
  9. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    Laron, i would pay anything to own that burgundy plain toe with medallion. one of the most beautiful shoes in the world.

    Actually, since they offer a RTW version, the true price is far less than "anything"; its only 450 pounds sterling.
     
  10. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Which is just under $900...not bad if at or above Edward Green in quality.
     
  11. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When you combine the two, you get this:
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    Grant Mitchell - Popular character in the BBC soap Eastenders

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/east..._grant_m.shtml


    yeah i know when i was talking with dean i said the the same and asked jokingly if he was an eastenders or corro fan (no reply and i hope he did not take offence to the joke) so maybe in the future if they have a ross and a kemp then we will know![​IMG]
     
  12. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    However, won't the finishing be done by G&G in-house? Jcusey, could you tell us what you understand of the overall process for MTO? My understanding was that the shoes would be made--up to the finishing part--by the contracted factory, with the finishing being done entirely by G&G and their employees. If this is the case, a flood of orders could, indeed, result in delays, could it not?

    To the best of my knowledge, the only craftsmen who are employed by GG are Tony and Dean Girling. It is possible that the plan initially is for Dean to do some post-making work (using the sole iron to press the waist to the upper to accentuate the bevel) and to have the shoes finished by a bespoke finisher outworker. However, this model won't last very long. If they're going to sell anything more than a couple of hundred of pairs of RTW shoes per year, someone at the factory will have to be trained to perform these tasks to GG's specifications.
     
  13. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    jcusey,

    Is it possible that Edward Green will help out? They are in the same town as well...

    Tony's got the lasts and designs so doing the work would employ I assume the same process but maybe a few changes in materials...
     
  14. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is it possible that Edward Green will help out? They are in the same town as well...

    My understanding is that Northampton is an incestuous town, but remember that Tony is competing against Edward Green with these shoes and that they consequently have very little incentive to help him out unless the price is right.
     
  15. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    With Tony overseeing the design and manufacture of these shoes, I think the 'who is the maker' question is not going to be of much importance.
     
  16. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I don't understand the rush to order shoes no one's seen outside of a catalog or tried on. I know the lasts are based on well-known lasts, but doesn't it seem a bit foolhardy to order very expensive shoes without even seeing them in the flesh or trying them on to see how they actually look on your feet?

    I remembered looking at pictures of Kiton shoes and liking them in pictures, but really disliking them when I saw them in real life. I hope there won't be many cases of buyer's remorse 6 months from now.

    --Andre
     
  17. chorse123

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    Buyers will presumably be trying on shoes in the lasts at the trunk shows. I'm sure the G&G rep will have a large number of samples.
     
  18. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    I don't understand the rush to order shoes no one's seen outside of a catalog or tried on. I know the lasts are based on well-known lasts, but doesn't it seem a bit foolhardy to order very expensive shoes without even seeing them in the flesh or trying them on to see how they actually look on your feet?

    I remembered looking at pictures of Kiton shoes and liking them in pictures, but really disliking them when I saw them in real life. I hope there won't be many cases of buyer's remorse 6 months from now.

    --Andre


    With all due respect Andre, I'm not sure what "rush" you're speaking of, nor if there was/is a rush -- or if people are prepared to order "very expensive shoes" that they like, whether you think it foolhardy or not -- why either should concern you. We're all big boys here, and most members on this thread are quite comfortable and experienced with high end clothing. They know what they want, and why they want it.

    As to the suggestion of a rush: as you know Messrs. Gaziano and Girling have designated only a few days for their trip to the U.S., and have scheduled appointments. Inasmuch as we had no involvement in setting that schedule, and cannot alter it, and must appear at our appointed hour -- a truly measured process, city-by-city, day-by-day and hour-by-hour -- where do you see a rush?

    Is your real concern a) the fact that members have the capacity to become excited about a planned purchase, b) that they're discussing their plans with other like-minded forum members, or c) that they may not be able to afford the shoes? (which would suggest a paternalistic concern one might express for minimum wage workers spending their paychecks in Vegas)

    I, for one, am both excited (the way I used to be when new electric football sets came out when I was a kid), and am pleased to have a community I can turn to that shares my enthusiasm for high level craftsmanship.

    To be honest, your concern sounds more like vicarious handwringing than anything else. Relax, those of us willing to take the plunge will be OK; I promise.
     
  19. Tomasso

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    I guess that I just don't see what makes these shoes so special.
    Party pooper.[​IMG]
     
  20. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    LARon,

    You are right: people are free to spend their money how they like. I'm just expressing amazement that people are committing to expensive purchases of products they have not yet seen.

    --Andre
     

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