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Monthly Archives: January 2013


“Imagine that you are a warrior wielding a naked blade against your enemies…and they all look professional by way of blades. Some have bulging muscles, although the leather armor they wear is cheap and poorly constructed. Those have the largest numbers though, more than you could ever hope to match.
In contrast to them are other enemies, officers whose pricey blades and armor easily stand out among the rest. You know that despite their flair however, these enemies lack any real skill, thinking that an expensive sword will fight their battles for them. They look good though, and the rest of the minions, those without skill or money, still look impressive simply due to the sheer size of their numbers.
You know that you have better training, discipline, and talent than any of them, but how can you prove yourself among the sea of other contenders?”


This time I am talking about the products. I decided a long time ago, that I am going to make ready to wear products in a higher level: almost the same as bespoke. Same materials, same perfection, entirely handmade. I am sure I can’t sell a lot, but after all – I can’t make a lot. I am just wondering if this new approach to the market will work or not? I really think it will.

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This might have come as a surprise. What? Marcell Mrsan, master shoemaker, accessory professor does not suggest to start a shoe business? Well, not quite, but let me get there..  If you don’t want to be discouraged – just jump to the end, I am being supportive there!

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Here is my rough plan – note, the dates might (and probably will) change. If you want to participate, send me an inquiry mail, I will send you a registration form, so you can register and your seat will be reserved.

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Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 15.11.04Being in the USA means a big change in my life. Not just different food, different culture and a lot of other things, a long list I, we have to adopt, but different challenges. First of all: set up a new work environment. being in the old workshop, with all the necessary equipment, old tools, SPACE is just awesome. The only problem, you only learn how awesome it is, when you don’t have it anymore. I don’t. But I have a new country, new environment and way more appreciation, what a shoemaker can get in Hungary, which is great.

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