These Saion wholecuts (from 6yrs ago) aren`t seamless.I highly doubt Spigola will turn down your request for a seemless one.I know his wholecuts look spectacular, I will definitely look forward to see what you come up with him!
Having spoken with Yokoyama-san recently, I learned that Saion has closed its atelier at ABC Mart, Ginza. The brand will relaunch itself as a Bespoke-only operation (no more pattern order / MTO), available via appointment only. The price is also scheduled for a change, and he plans to make it more accessible/lower. Their excellent MTO shoes were basically identical to bespoke shoes in construction (minus the last), for less than half the money. While its unfortunate...
I hope everyone is checking out the new English website of HIRO YANAGIMACHI Workshop. The contents are comprehensive (including ways to order for visitors), and the photos do a great job showcasing their legendary attention to details.
There are also some nice slideshows detailing every step of their typical shoemaking process.
more on the gallery page
I just noticed that HIRO YANAGIMACHI WORKSHOP has an all-English website! I knew he was working on it (from our last conversation), but the site came out far more impressive than I imagined it would be, and it includes a whole lot of contents in English. Quite possibly the best site (in English) from any Japanese shoemaker so far for showcasing their work and philosophy. A big kudos to Hiro-san for the effort (who is an alumnus of the Cordwainer's College in UK). ...