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Well, here it is, finally (or another?), a thread devoted to shoemaking from the Land of the Rising Sun

Unfortunately there is very limited information in English about the vibrant world of Bespoke shoemaking in Japan. As some of you know, there are quite a few Japanese bespoke shoemakers out there, and for me personally, living in Tokyo has provided me with lotsa eye(shoe)candies

I've also seen some forum members interested in the RTW brands, what is there, are they good? etc....and not getting answers

Lets have this thread change that, because honestly, we're missing out on some serious Japanese porn! Discuss and share!

In order to remove the clout of mystery (frankly from the lack of available information in English), I'll do the honour of listing all the decent Japanese shoemakers RTW and Bespoke that I know.


List of notable Bespoke Shoemakers in Japan 2013

Tokyo and Kanto Area

Marquess (Kawaguchi Shoji): http://marquess-bespoke.blogspot.jp/
Yohei Fukuda: http://yoheifukuda.jp/
Benchwork Study (Yukiko Bassett-Okawa): http://www.benchmade.jp/
o.e. (Egawa Osamu): http://www.h6.dion.ne.jp/~snug/
Hiro Yanagimachi: http://www.hiroyanagimachi.com/
Tsukui Reiko (Lecott): http://lecott.blogspot.jp/
Misawa & Workshop (Misawa Noriyuki): http://www.misawa-and-workshop.com/
Clematis (Takano Keitaro): http://www.clematis-ginza.com/
Arai Hiroshi: http://h-arai.com
Guild of Crafts (Yamaguchi Chihiro): http://www.footwear.co.jp/
Tetsujiya (Ueda Tetsuji): http://tetsujiya.com/
Ogasawara Shoes / συναντω: http://sinando.jp/
Otsuka Shoes: http://www.otsuka-shoe.com/
Ginza Yoshinoya: http://www.ginza-yoshinoya.co.jp/
Saion (Yokoyama Naoto):
Emori Custom Shoemaker (Emori Daizo): http://web.mac.com/shoemaker_emori/emori/Top.html
Inamori Kutsuten (Tohohiro Inamori): http://inakutsu.com/
Le Scarpe Di Cabiria (Wada Yoshiaki): http://www.yo.rim.or.jp/~local/index.html
Rikhugi (Okubo Takauji): http://bespoker.exblog.jp/
Shoe Republic (Takayama Junichi): http://shoe-republic.com/
Furuhata Masahito: http://m-furuhata.com/
T. Shirakashi (Shirakashi Tetsuya): http://www.shirakashi.jp/index.html
Takayuki Maruyama Handmade Shoes:
Cool Strutting (Yokoo Tadashi): http://www.coolstrutting.com
Anonymous (Akasaka Hidenori): www.anonymous-shoe.com
REGAL TOKYO: http://www.regal.co.jp/regaltokyo/
Bottega Tramoda (Okayasu Keisuke): http://bottegatramoda.web.fc2.com/
TYE Shoemaker (Ohno Tsuyoshi): http://www.tyeshoemaker.com/
Main D'or (Murata Eiji):
Ameno Spazio (Nakagaki Tomohiro): http://www.amenospazio.com
gentille (Endo Koji): http://www.geocities.jp/gentille_79/
Atelier Matsumoto: http://gguild.s300.xrea.com/matsumotoshoes/


Nagoya and Central Japan

Bolero Bespoke Shoe & Bootmaker (Watanabe Tomoyuki): www.boleroshoe.jimdo.com
Shoes Bonanza: http://shoesbonanza.com/
Yamazaki Kutsuten: http://www.yamazaki1927.jp
Nagomigutsu (Ota Katsuhisa): http://katsu-bespoke.com/pg26.html
KOKON: http://kanazawakokon.com/page3.html


Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe

Spigola (Suzuki Koji): http://www.spigola.jp
Sforzo. Opera (Yoshida Tsutomu): http://www.sforzo-opera.com/
Ryuta Gutsu: http://ryuta-gutsu.com/
Atelier Grandpa (Yada Atsuki): http://www.ateliergrandpa.com
Shoe Scape (Hagihara Hiroyuki): http://shoe-scape.jugem.jp/
Shoe & Sewn: http://shoe-and-sewn.jp/
Il Quadrifoglio (Qnai Atsushi): http://ilquadrifoglio.tumblr.com
Il Vagabundo (Suga Motoji): http://miescarpe.exblog.jp/
Bonta (Hasegawa Ippei): http://bonta-bonta.com/
Atsuta Kutsuten (Atsuta Koji):


KYUSHU

Corno Blu (Seikaku Yutaka): http://cornoblu.ciao.jp/wordpress/
Yuki Shirahama Bottier: http://ys-bottier.com/
Nihil Bespoke Shoe: http://nihil-bs.com
Matsuda Akinobu
Yamamura Seikaten (Yamamura Koji): http://www.yamamuraseikaten.com/

HOKKAIDO

Cagra: http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~cagra/


OVERSEAS
Il Micio (Fukaya Hidetaka): @ Florence
Hayafuji Ryota: @ Munich
Masaru Okuyama: @ Hong Kong http://www.masaruokuyama.com
Emiko Matsuda: @ Foster & Sons
Kuroki Satoshi: @ John Lobb Paris


Dress Shoe Manufactures (Ready Made)

Regal Shoes: www.regalshoes.co.jp
Otsuka Shoes: www.otsuka-shoe.com
Ginza Yoshinoya: www.ginza-yoshinoya.co.jp
Miyagi Kogyo: www.miyagikogyo.co.jp
Scotch Grain: www.scotchgrain.co.jp
Union Imperial: www.union-royal.jp
Madras: www.madras.co.jp
Sanyo Yamacho: www.sanyoyamacho.com
forme: www.formeofficial.com
Yoshiharu Hasegawa
Central Shoes
Perfetto: www.vinaseiko.com
Artistocrat: http://www.daiwa-kk.jp
Chausser: www.chausser.net
Foot the Coacher: www.galleryofauthentic.jp
Authentic Shoes & Co.: www.galleryofauthentic.jp
H? Katsukawa from Tokyo: www.hkatsukawafromtokyo.net
Hiroshi Tsubouchi: www.id-limited.com
Pegman: www.lacota.co.jp/pegman
Hall & Marks (RTW): http://www.footwear.co.jp/
Corno Blu (RTW): http://cornoblu.ciao.jp/wordpress/
Spigola (RTW): http://www.spigola.jp
Edited by nutcracker - 4/12/13 at 7:27pm
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Here is a list of Japanese shoemakers with OVERSEAS training, education, and apprenticeship

Marquess (Kawaguchi Shoji): Tresham Institute>Paul Wilson>Outworker
Yohei Fukuda: Tresham Institute>Ian Wood>Jason Amesbury>G.J.Cleverley>Outworker
Benchwork Study (Yukiko Bassett-Okawa): Cordwainer's College>John Lobb St.James
Yanagimachi Hiro: Cordwainer's College
Misawa & Workshop (Misawa Noriyuki): Guild > Materna
Hasegawa Yoshiharu: Cordwainer's College
Guild of Crafts) Yamaguchi Chihiro: Cordwainer's College>Len Robinson (EG/Trickers)
Tetsujiya (Ueda Tetsuji): Mannina
Rikhugi (Okubo Takauji): Cordwainer's College
Shoe Republic (Takayama Junichi): Tresham Institute
Furuhata Masahito: Gato>Messina
Bottega Tramoda (Okayasu Keisuke): Roberto Ugolini
Spigola (Suzuki Koji): Roberto Ugolini
Il Quadrifoglio (Qnai Atsushi): Roberto Ugolini
Corno Blu (Seikaku Yutaka): Roberto Ugolini
Il Vagabundo (Suga Motoji): Roberto Ugolini
Yuki Shirahama Bottier: Guild>Spigola>Altan Bottier
Cool Strutting (Yokoo Tadashi): Cordwainer's College>Guild
Bonta (Hasegawa Ippei):Silvano Lattanzi>Guild
Atsuta Kutsuten (Atsuta Koji): Tresham Institute>Frank Harvey>Stefano Bemer
Ameno Spazio (Nakagaki Tomohiro): Zintala
Matsuda Akinobu: Roberto Ugolini
Eiichi Katsukawa: Tresham Institute>Paul Harnden
Gentile (Endo Koji): Anthony Delos

Il Micio (Fukaya Hidetaka): Alessandro Stella>Roberto Ugolini
Hayafuji Ryota: Cordwainer's College>Paul Wilson>Dmitri Gomez
Emiko Matsuda: Cordwainer's College>Foster & Sons (current)
Kuroki Satoshi: Cordwainer's College>JL Paris (current)
Edited by nutcracker - 4/10/13 at 5:32pm
post #3 of 2869
A really impressive list. - Obviously a labour of love!
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

A really impressive list. - Obviously a labour of love!

Thanks! not too much work though! a lot of the bespoke makers are mentioned in Japanese forums....just had to dig a bit deeper to find their resume or interviews fing02[1].gif
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Yes Nutcraker! Now we have a real in-depth thread. Thanks for all the work.
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Thanks! not too much work though! a lot of the bespoke makers are mentioned in Japanese forums....just had to dig a bit deeper to find their resume or interviews fing02[1].gif

Impressive list NC - be great to kick off this thread with pictures galore from the land of the rising sun...

 

I am aware the Japanese are BIG consumers of high end shoes, wasn't aware they're keen 

on the supply side...the list looks more comprehensive than the current British contingent.

 

Your list given me a good reason to visit Japan!

 

Well Done.

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Fantastic list nutcracker;now i'm all ready for my Japan trip.

 

thank you again fo this great contribution icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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Masaru Okuyama: @ Hong Kong http://www.masaruokuyama.com

 

looks greaticon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

how much are their shoes?

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Originally Posted by coloRLOw View Post

Masaru Okuyama: @ Hong Kong http://www.masaruokuyama.com

 

looks greaticon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

how much are their shoes?

First piece of p0rn...from Masaru Okuyama

 

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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

Yes Nutcraker! Now we have a real in-depth thread. Thanks for all the work.

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Originally Posted by Ilovelobbs View Post

Impressive list NC - be great to kick off this thread with pictures galore from the land of the rising sun...

I am aware the Japanese are BIG consumers of high end shoes, wasn't aware they're keen 
on the supply side...the list looks more comprehensive than the current British contingent.

Your list given me a good reason to visit Japan!

Well Done.

Yes there is a whole lot of them. But I think what makes Japanese bespoke scene different is that there is so much diverse styles available (English, Italian, French, Austrian, and local Japanese) just in Tokyo alone

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Fantastic list nutcracker;now i'm all ready for my Japan trip.

thank you again fo this great contribution icon_gu_b_slayer%5B1%5D.gif

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quite a few of the bespoke makers offer handmade MTO shoes with lasts to choose from. Usually don't include a fitting session, and cost 1/2 or less of full bespoke. I suppose you can order on spot, and have it shipped once done. On top of my head, Saion, Spigola, Guild (Hall & Marks), Clematis does it
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Originally Posted by coloRLOw View Post

Masaru Okuyama: @ Hong Kong 
http://www.masaruokuyama.com


looks greaticon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

how much are their shoes?

If I recall, 38,000 HKD
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First piece of p0rn...from Masaru Okuyama




very very nice. I remember some forum member had a couple of Okuyama bespokes (from Hardcore Porn thread?)
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If I recall, 38,000 HKD
very very nice. I remember some forum member had a couple of Okuyama bespokes (from Hardcore Porn thread?)

I have actually line up with him a visit once I am back Home. Will be able to tell in the next 2 months.
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Marquess: The round toe last = love











There is Bespokepalooza party event going on at Isetan this Saturday, with 20 bespoke artists (shoes, tailors etc...) showing up all at once to take orders....
I'll pay a visit to Marquess and Yohei Fukuda at the event, hopely I can snap some pics
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Misawa Noriyuki's brogues: Viennese Style (with a lil bit of Materna's DNA)




post #15 of 2869
nutcracker, you are the man! How many of these makers speak English? I've approached some Japanese cordwainers with my interview requests; some have not understood me while some have professional level grasp of the tongue.
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