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Thanks!Yeah I wish I can order from all the shoemakers I`ve met For this particular instance, I inquired several local and foreign makers about this specific vintage style/look that I was looking for. I actually asked Otsuka, since their vintage bespoke samples from Meiji ~ early Showa were what inspired me in the first place. However they didn`t seem interested in making a pair that would look like a replica of their old samples.Then I revisited Hayafuji-san, and he...
I had a reunion of sort with shoemaker Ryota Hayafuji last weekend. He travels to Tokyo/Osaka twice a year from Munich (where he is based), and meeting him again, I was reaffirmed with how fascinating this character really is (for my previous encounter with Hayafuji, please check out here). His equally fascinating shoes could be described as thoroughly cosmopolitan. I can imagine the shoes belonging to a well travelled gentleman during the 1920`s, who's taste in shoes...
Thanx! 4 times zones / movements....
A pair of spectacular shoes that a fellow Japanese (an actor, in fact) commissioned from F&S. If I`m correct, the fellow asked the shoes to be made in the style of the good old Henry Maxwell sample that he saw at the show. He even asked the shoes to be labelled as Henry Maxwell. Henry Maxwell logo The `soft` fiddle back waist is a`new` addition, though The original Henry Maxwell Sample Shoe: The new version Link to blog
Thanks for the thought!The show took place at a fine watches gallery after all
While Shoji-san (Marquess) has a much closer and personal ties with G&G, Yohei Fukuda is stylistically closer to G&G. Like Tony, Fukuda looks back to the 1920`s (Deco age) for his inspiration.Also, while I see nothing wrong with trying out the MTM shoes by the shoemakers above, you may also want to consider bespoke shoes (since you`ll be in Japan regularly). Misawa & Workshop, Egawa Custom Shoemaker, gentile 79, Annonymous, Le Scarpe di Cabiria, and Bottega Tramoda are...
OK, I assume you`re coming to Tokyo. If so, Otsuka, o.e., Yoshinoya, Regal, Ogasawara Shoes, Clematis and Yohei Fukuda are the better known bespoke makers that also offer MTM shoes that requires no extra fitting session, and also allows lasts to be modified. (aside Yanagimachi and Guild of Crafts)Otsuka is probably the best deal (at around ¥157K for full handmade MTO)Clematis (¥163K~ for machine bottomed, and ¥253K for full handmade), is located in Ginza (like Guild). ...
TYE Shoemaker Bespoke Samples To the joy of his fans (myself included), Ohno san (TYE Shoemaker) has finally made some bespoke sample shoes for everyone to see! (all other shoes featured here or on his website are commissioned shoes) Here is a stunner: Single monk in cognac calf and a 18K WG original buckle TYE Shoemaker Diary
Mystery solved! That watch on Andrew`s wrist looks quite intriguing too...
Fantastic!! A big congrats to your bespoke endeavour with Marquess. A pair of blind brogues in their chiseled last will be gorgeous. I also love their ocher calf, and how they finish it so immaculately.
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