Why Lobb Paris Bespoke Is The $#!+

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  1. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    In discussing the 'quality' of the various firms' shoes, it seems to me there are a number of issues one can consider. First of all, quality is a function of both materials and construction. As to the former, I believe all of the British bespoke firms buy some (all?) of their upper leather from A&A Crack, a leather merchant in Northampton, whereas the French, Italians, and others get their uppers somewhere else. I wouldn't be surprised if Lobb Paris gets leather from the tanneries, given Hermes' status as a major buyer of the highest-quality leather for bags, wallets, and saddlery. If nothing else, I would think the folks at Lobb Paris get the benefit of Hermes' expertise in evaluating the quality of the hides they purchase. Furthermore, given the Lobb Paris price point, they can afford to pay more for leather and/or be more discriminating in what parts of a hide they use. Thus, I wouldn't be surprised that the quality of the upper leather would be at least slightly different between the UK and continental firms. Likewise, the UK firms use Bakers leather for their insoles, outsoles, welts, counters, toe puffs, and heel lifts. The non-UK firms likely use other suppliers, though some may use Bakers. So, again, different suppliers will have different qualities, though whose is better I cannot say.

    I was basically told the same thing by a Lobb Paris employee that apprenticed at X London firm, worked at Y London firm and left for Lobb Paris; in his view the materials that Lobb Paris and the other French houses use are [whatever adjective you like] than the London firms. Yes he has an incentive to be biased, but he seems like a straight-forward gentleman to me and I didn't get the sense he was trying to denigrate the competition (and at their prices it would be nice if it is true).

    anybody want to see my 5 pairs of JLP bespoke shoes? I can't wear them now since I have put on like 35 lb since I had received them (10 years ago I think).
    Besides, I work for GG so it is not exactly appropriate to "wear"them I suppose..........


    はい, おねがいします. みせてください!!![​IMG]
     


  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here is a pair of JL(Paris).
    I saved the image a while back from an eBay auction.

    [​IMG]

    These shoes are so graceful!
     


  3. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    These shoes are so graceful!

    Graceful = grauenhaft, right?
     


  4. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Graceful = grauenhaft, right?

    No, = Griesvelt.
     


  5. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    No, = Griesvelt.

    Ah, you are right, thanks [​IMG]
     


  6. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I actually really like that pair bengal posted. Better than some of the nasty Lobb St James clodhoppers that have acquired a certain notoriety on the fora...
     


  7. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Graceful = grauenhaft, right?
    Don't worry, nobody ever, will call you graceful!
     


  8. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I think that the best descriptor for Parisian shoes is this one from Dimitri Gomez. While it is obviously not an English shoe, it does not fall victim to the tackiness of much of what you see from the more avant-garde parisian makers like Corthay. Lobb strikes me as much the same in style. [​IMG]
     


  9. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    I think that the best descriptor for Parisian shoes is this one from Dimitri Gomez.
    I don't know, I think of this shoe he made for teh French Alan Flusser, Marc Guyot. It has that Parisian dandy pink:

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    Come to think of it, I'm surprised you don't have a matching pair to go with your glasses. [​IMG]
     


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    Brad Senior member

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    ^ There's something very strangely appealing about that shoe. [​IMG]
     


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    Here is a pair of JL(Paris).
    I saved the image a while back from an eBay auction.

    [​IMG]

    These shoes are so graceful!


    My Massaros look a bit like that.
     


  12. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    My Massaros look a bit like that.

    Pics please.

    kthxbai.
     


  13. LabelKing

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    Pics please.

    kthxbai.


    They haven't arrived yet.
     


  14. Kuro

    Kuro Senior member

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    Here is a pair of JL(Paris).
    I saved the image a while back from an eBay auction.

    [​IMG]

    These shoes are so graceful!


    I like these, but they are named after him:
     


  15. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    That's why shoe p0rn does not generally feature the wearer.
     


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