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What's the story on R. MARTEGANI?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The_Foxx, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    I'm still in the market for a pair of well-priced, very well made antiqued brown shoes that would go well with a fall/ winter weight SB suit. I've been eyeing the R. MARTEGANI
    shoes on Franco's website, anyone know the story on this label/ how they stack up in quality to other brands?
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Senior member

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    Here's Jcusey's review of a pair of Marteganis he received from Ron. There's a brief history of the company on page 4 of the thread. I've posted pictures of my Martegani special orders here and here. The pics don't do them justice, generally. EDIT: Was it a member here who ordered the canvas and blue calf spectators on the Franco's site? They've inspired me to perhaps eventually get some blue shoes of my own.
     
  3. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    I love mine. I just recieved a pair and the leathers are beautifuly tanned and incredibly soft. I had to size down to a 9, i'm usually a 10C for them to fit property. For the price I think they are an incredible deal and i'm hopefully going to be getting another pair in the next month or two.
     
  4. jcusey

    jcusey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Once our intensive brain-washing of Manton has completed, he'll say the same. Martegani makes good shoes, and they are a significant bargain. I wrote more about them here.
     
  5. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    R. MARTEGANI used to have their wholesale showroom on 57th street in the sambuilding as Alex K and Firovanti. Peter Finney the salesman at the time is a great guy. He wold invite me up to the sample sales all the time. The problem was that their sshoes are way to narrow for my fat foot.
    I always felt that their styling was a bit too Slick.

    Carl
     
  6. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Good memory. Yes, Martegani was actually one of the first Italians to open a showroom in NYC and had a very good business throughout the late 70's and the 80's with the 'typical' Italian production at the time...light weight soles, construction, low vamps, etc. In the 90's the family pulled back and concentrated on production for other labels, which was very profitable as marketing took over the business and many of the 'brands' (not too different today) were really just advertising companies with real-estate. Cole-Haan was huge at the time, and they really perfected this concept. About two years ago, with no heirs from the family, the Martegani's sold the factory to the Corti family, which had operated a small factory specializing in more traditional production, and were looking to expand their capacity as well as presence. The two families had worked together on some other projects, so the transition was easy. Today, the Martegani production is far different than the 'old style' Italian shoes (they call it the Artioli type shoes) and the Blake/Rapid construction is the main 'work' of the factory, as well as straight Blake, Norvegese, and a few twists on each as Giancarlo Corti is always tinkering with the constructions. Also, this is the genesis of the 'Handmade' program I am finalizing the details on, as this workshop has been maintained from the Cortina days. The most unique aspect of the new Martegani is probably the openness of the factory to produce customized orders on a one-by-one basis at a reasonable cost and delivery...this is rare and really fits into how the industry has evolved here in the US, with tailored clothing stores becoming the main points of distribution for better shoes as the quality/numbers of good shoe shops has declined tremendously over the last decade here.
     
  7. caledoniasoul2

    caledoniasoul2 Well-Known Member

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    Ron is the corti family the ones behind the antic cacuoieria brand the "http://www.anticacuoieria.com/index.htm Also dont forgot to let us know when your nyc road trip will be...we have to budget accordigly.
     
  8. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    No...never heard of them before.
    Should have everything finalized in the next few days... [​IMG]
     
  9. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    Not affiliated with Ron in any way business-wise but we've spoke on the phone and numerous customers of mine do business with him regularly and I've never heard anything but superlative reviews on his service and product.  The nice thing I found with Ron is that it is his HOBBY as well as his job so he has encyclopedic knowledge of the subject and is happy to work with you and explain the answer to every dumb question without making you feel like a moron for asking.

    ...one of the fine gentlemen of the shoe trade IMHO.
     
  10. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Why thank you - that's very nice.

    My grasp on reality is a little skewed for sure...

    Thursday night I was driving Rt. 13 (middle of nowhere) to play in a golf tournament with my father (my real hobby) and I spun a bearing...1 am and I'm sitting dead, cars' shot, my 12 year old getting a little nervous about things.  My father makes it down around 2:30 to fetch us (car is still sitting there, last I heard) and driving back to his place at around 3am he asks what I am thinking about...I answered honestly, 'brandy scotch grain Shell Cordovan loafers'.

    Haven't figured out what to do about the car, but I did decide to do the Cordovan loafers...
     

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