Wildsmith shoe brand resurrected

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  1. Fiddler

    Fiddler Senior member

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    Have the royalty cheques from The Hardy Boys not been forthcoming?
     
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    No more the lack of Nancy Drew really :D
     
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    What are you missing? A sense of good old English pride, that's what! No attempt was made to keep a family run business off at least 166 years standing within the family. I'm sure, unless you have been in the same situation you couldn't possibly understand. Wildsmith men have put love, sweat and *sole into that business and ended their days on the shop floor keeping it going for the upcoming generations. I was named after the founder with the view that my future would be as six generations before me was. That aside, there are plenty of other family members that could have been considered when he who shall not be named decided to sell out....

    Just because other brands have previously done the same does not mean that I have to like it or agree with it.
    What right do I have to moan? "By divine right if I have to!"

    So stick that in your American pipe and smoke it!
     
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    This is getting sadder & sadder with each post. The highlighted text sums it up for me for what it's worth.
    Wish you the best mr. Wildsmith . . . .
     
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  5. Eustace Tilley

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    Jesus, give it a rest. This is getting pathetic.
     
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    This.
     
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    For an outsider, this is a fascinating story about confrontation among English Tradition and Pride and English Pragmatism and Business savvy.
     
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    Fiddler is on fire in this thread
     
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    I agree. The way I look at it - Mr Wildsmith who sold the company - so that it may grow and keep the name going. Its like giving it a chance to survive rather than letting it die. So yeah I wish all the best to the new owners and hope them success.
     
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    Wildsmith, would you consider buying the Ilcea tannery so you can start your new, old line again?
     
  11. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's not strictly true. The company did die, closed down and was dissolved some ten years ago.

    Now Mr John Wildsmith has done a licensing deal for a new company (established 2012) to use the 'Wildsmith' name.
     
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    The new site is full functional and some nice designs, at a decent price point and made by Alfred sargent.

    http://www.wildsmith.com/
     
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    Shoes look good and the CAtD team will, no doubt, bring the brand great success. Well done to them!
     
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    There is no need for caustic posts like this. Family businesses are different as some members attach themselves and identify with the company strongly. Heckling online won't help Mr Wildsmith to accept the loss and move past it.
     
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