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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. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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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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  2. LARon

    LARon Senior member

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    And that's where the old saw, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, comes in. For me, the three pair of shoes I'm eyeing are simply stunning; I've seen nothing like them in RTW anywhere, and I must have them. Which calls to mind another saying: what separates men from boys is the price of their toys. (If you've ever dated a pretty woman you probably already know that. As I'm currently single, its time to spend a little jingle -- on me!). Play on, playa.
     
  3. aportnoy

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    Leaving the specific merits of G&G shoes out of it, I have also been known to purcahse shoes based upon only a photo. You see it and you know you need to have it.

    It's relaly no different than ordering something from an online store or from Ebay. I think most of us have done that too.

    Plus, these folks will be seeing the shoes in the flesh when G&G come to town and can always change their mind at that time.
     
  4. Pickwick

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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?

    Very salient point that never occured to me.

    In my view, from the illustrations found in the brochures, I have a pretty good idea what the "sort" of shoes ought to look like, especially having seen variations of them by all the big name makers in Wilkes, Niemans, Saks, et al.

    Of course, I have no idea of the fit. If their fit charactersistics are similar to EGs, the fit should be fine. For me, I've found the shoe sizes +/- a size in either C or D widths always fit. Perhaps, I'm just not too particular; or, I'm just not refined enough to know any better.

    You do make a very good point. I just had not considered it.
     
  5. LARon

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    In the case of people flirting with bespoke, fit should not be an issue, consideriong GandGs' respective reputations.
     
  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Party pooper.[​IMG]
    I am going to say this and duck: I think there is better to be had at better prices elsewhere.
     
  7. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am going to say this and duck:

    I think there is better to be had at better prices elsewhere.


    Hard to say without having seen them in person but given that they are in the Vass price range, a case could certainly be made simply by that alone.
     
  8. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hard to say without having seen them in person but given that they are in the Vass price range, a case could certainly be made simply by that alone.
    I was just thinking about the bespoke shoes, but you do have a point there as well. Especially at the prices that Vass fetch when not sold at bergdorf [​IMG].
     
  9. LARon

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    There's no reason to "duck" really, as its all a matter of personal preference. There's enough room for GG, Lobb, Latanzi, EG, Vass, Santoni, et al. There simply is no right or wrong; just personal preference.

    It just happens that this thread concerns a particular house, around the time of its maiden debut. In addition to loving the product, I want to be part of the launch, to be able to say in the future, "I was there at the beginning.". No need to hate on those of us whob feel that way just because someone prefers another maker.
     
  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There's no reason to "duck" really, as its all a matter of personal preference. There's enough room for GG, Lobb, Latanzi, EG, Vass, Santoni, et al. There simply is no right or wrong; just personal preference. It just happens that this thread concerns a particular house, around the time of its maiden debut. In addition to loving the product, I want to be part of the launch, to be able to say in the future, "I was there at the beginning.". No need to hate on those of us whob feel that way just because someone prefers another maker.
    I hear you, and I do think the styles look nice. I just don't really see how they are very different than other English shoe brands. I don't necessarily prefer another maker, I just feel that English bespoke shoes are very pricey when compared to bespoke in Italy. It really comes down to a matter of opinion. I am sure that you will get fantastic shoes, they just don't tickle my fancy. However, if you need my help selecting, I will only be a few blocks away from the Huntington [​IMG].
     
  11. whoopee

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    I'm considering placing a bespoke order and possiblyt a MTO order. iammatt is probably right in that more finely constructed shoes could be had for less, yet the aesthetics as well as the fit, if not going bespoke, would likely be poles apart. Logistics is also an issue; GG visit the States. I'd love to hear of any reputable Italian maker that does the same (I am aware of Lattanzi). The catalogue pics don't do much for me, but pictures of actual samples posted a week or so earlier were sufficiently enticing for a look-see.

    It seems that there was an assumption that some posters would be ordering MTO GG shoes without trying them on or seeing them in person. I trust no one here is that moronic. Especially since the titular question was directed at people attending the trunk show.
     
  12. LARon

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    Iammatt,

    Recognizing the validity of your point, what was your motivation in expressing it in this particular thread? -- to be purposefully provocative or to try and discourage those who are interested in GG shoes? or to try and save them from themselves?
     
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    I'd love to hear of any reputable Italian maker that does the same (I am aware of Lattanzi).

    Paolo Scafora comes to NYC several times per year with his next visit being in two weks...samples of his bespoke work below which is virtually all handmade:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I made an appt. at their Dallas show. I'm considering the Hughes in vintage oak or vintage cognac and /or the Astair
    as shown on the web site. This will be my first look at even contemplating shoes in this price range. I want to see and try them in person. Any tips from those more experienced with this trunk show process would be appreciated.
     
  15. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Iammatt,

    Recognizing the validity of your point, what was your motivation in expressing it in this particular thread? -- to be purposefully provocative or to try and discourage those who are interested in GG shoes? or to try and save them from themselves?

    Just to discuss.
     
  16. LARon

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    Can't argue with honesty.

    Those Scaforas are hot; anyone know how much they run?
     
  17. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Can't argue with honesty. Those Scaforas are hot; anyone know how much they run?
    Somewhere around 1.8k bespoke. I just picked up a pair of RTW for around Eu750 in Naples last week. They are all handmade. I do have to admit that the rainbow shoe is not really to my liking.
     
  18. whoopee

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    Those Scaforas are a breath of fresh air. Now to think of a design...
     
  19. LARon

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    I made an appt. at their Dallas show. I'm considering the Hughes in vintage oak or vintage cognac and /or the Astair
    as shown on the web site. This will be my first look at even contemplating shoes in this price range. I want to see and try them in person. Any tips from those more experienced with this trunk show process would be appreciated.


    Mine too; and I'm also interested from hearing from someone who's already had the experience (oh, wait: SF is the first stop on the U.S. tour and I'm on the first day. Maybe I'll be the one providing the update).
     
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    Somewhere around 1.8k bespoke. I just picked up a pair of RTW for around Eu750 in Naples last week. They are all handmade.

    I do have to admit that the rainbow shoe is not really to my liking.


    Really like the split toe and the black perforated cap toe; niiiiiiiiiiiiiice! (but still not as nice as:
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