Yanko - Made In Spain Shoes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. VRaivio

    VRaivio Senior member

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    I hope the mods won't bust me for posting this old interview with José Albaladejo Pujadas, but it sheds a bit of light on this Yanko/Carmina question:

    http://www.keikari.com/english/interview-with-jose-albaladejo-pujadas/

    '...I have been working in shoes for 57 years, as designer, patternmaker and businessman since the 60′s, when I began a small family business and soon it was a big shoe company, Yanko. It was a very known company in Spain and abroad. The company was sold and there is nothing left of the ancient company nowadays.'
     
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  2. asturiano

    asturiano Senior member

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    In 1997 Albaladejo sold Yanko to a Catalan family called Camps for the symbolic price of 1 peseta (anyone remember pesetas) The company was bankrupt at that time and had 190 employees. In 2005 Yanko was again in bad shape and had to declare in what Americans called chapter 11.

    The situation was a bit more complex than before as the company had purchased another company called Pielsa (manufacturers of boat shoes) the collateral for the money loaned by the banks to purchase Pielsa was the Yanko brand name.

    Afterthat I lost track but it is possible that Yanko is now in hands of totally different company.
     


  3. NAMOR

    NAMOR Senior member

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    Great pics, zielschuss. You da man!
     


  4. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Nope.....honestly, I can't answer for what the buyers in Japan or EU are requesting - the factory needs to ship shoes - but what I am doing here is, what I consider, top shelf, RTW goods:

    https://www.facebook.com/ron.rider1/posts/4914765039403?notif_t=like

    My only concern is the USA, and putting a nice product on the market.
     


  5. Tomboys

    Tomboys Senior member

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    Thanks for the great comparison pics. I was seriously considering Carmina because I love the shape of the Rain last. However, I wanted a sole that was slightly thicker. Understandably, I could've gone the MTO route, but I didn't feel like spending another 30 - 40% for it.
    Thanks Ron. It's always great to have a trusted source provide feedback. With that, I just pulled the trigger. My pair should be here sometime next week.
     


  6. RIDER

    RIDER Senior member

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    Surely - and please feel free to DM me any feedback -
     


  7. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    looks interesting
     


  8. Tomboys

    Tomboys Senior member

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    Sounds great.

    Thanks.
     


  9. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    Cool that this thread popped up. I saw these in barca a year ago and didn't know the company. Was with friends and in a hurry so I only had time to quickly take two shots through the window of this to me unknown brand that seemed to make decent shoes. Just found the pics in my own archive.



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  10. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Those shoes in the Barcelona store look much better than anything I've ever seen by this company. Maybe they have recently stepped up their game?
     


  11. Harvitz81

    Harvitz81 Senior member

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    Anyone get a shipping notice from CSC?

    I ordered on Saturday and no shipping notice and no responses to email. Was hoping they would get here this week, but not looking like it...
     


  12. Tomboys

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    Nope. Didn't get a shipping notice either (ordered on Sunday). Called them today and they gave me the UPS tracking number, so it's all good. I opted for the 3-day shipping thinking that they would be here by Friday because I wanted to take them to have the soles Topy'd on Saturday. Unfortunately, they won't be here until Monday which was bad planning on my behalf. My shoes are coming from NY, going to California and (on Monday), I'll be in Chicago. :facepalm:
     


  13. Harvitz81

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    Ahh - same here (NY to Cali). Might call them up tomorrow just to get tracking.

    Hope they sent them Fedex or UPS as I've had serious issues with USPS losing a couple packages of mine this past week (thankfully both were under $20, but still makes me nervous with them now still).
     


  14. 02///M3

    02///M3 Senior member

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    So I went to CSC the other day and bought the same pair that zielschuss bought. Admittedly I'm not the very knowledgeable when it comes to shoes, but I did chat about Yanko for a few minutes with one of the founders. FWIW, he says they use the same exact calf leather as Carmina and that their construction is so similar that the companies used to accuse each other of stealing their machines to make the shoes.

    I don't personally own any Carminas, but I've seen them in person several times at Epaulet and to the untrained eye, these seem very similar quality-wise. Will let you guys know how they turn out as I get to wearing them.
     


  15. minervau

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    Have ordered that same pair from the online sale, and I'm optimistic.
     


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