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post #1801 of 2543

Yeah, will probably look for deadstock when the time comes around if Ilcea are not resurrected.  One of the nicest green I've seen so far.  How does it looks in sunshine?

post #1802 of 2543
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

extremely beautiful.

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Originally Posted by barky View Post

Yeah, will probably look for deadstock when the time comes around if Ilcea are not resurrected.  One of the nicest green I've seen so far.  How does it looks in sunshine?

It's a dark and subtle green, probably a shade darker/muted than the British racing green.
The green does pop up in natural light (like in the pictures).
post #1803 of 2543
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It's a dark and subtle green, probably a shade darker/muted than the British racing green.
The green does pop up in natural light (like in the pictures).

 

its radica/museum calf, ya?

post #1804 of 2543
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

its radica/museum calf, ya?

It's actually Moss Green from Ilcea's Horse Lux collection. Despite the name, its calfskin, not horse hide. smile.gif
post #1805 of 2543
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TYE Shoemaker by Tsuyoshi Ohno

Single-piece Oxford Shoes





These are the completed pair based on the trial shoes that I have previously documented.


and some more pictures from TYE Shoemaker Blog / Diary....

Trial shoes for a customer... A lovely pair of tarsal/ball strap driving shoes in 2 variations (for the client to choose)




and the Artisan himself with his signature riding boots




TYE Shoemaker Diary
post #1806 of 2543
Nutcracker, I must reiterate, you are smashing it with this thread.
I will say that:devil: if you have a pair or three from every artisan you have posted, I will be somewhat envious.
post #1807 of 2543
Another winner, NC! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pairs.
post #1808 of 2543
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Originally Posted by gambit50 View Post

Nutcracker, I must reiterate, you are smashing it with this thread.
I will say that:devil: if you have a pair or three from every artisan you have posted, I will be somewhat envious.

Thanks!
but that would be quite a lot of expensive shoes.... lol8[1].gif

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Originally Posted by jasonmx3 View Post

Another winner, NC! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pairs.

Just digging for pics from the internet. smile.gif
The TYE bespoke is from their blog, not my shoes!!!!
post #1809 of 2543
A quick question: does anyone happen to know when Isetan's January sale is going to be? I would like to try to be in Tokyo for it. If I recall correctly, the last one started on 18 January?
post #1810 of 2543
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Originally Posted by The False Prophet View Post

A quick question: does anyone happen to know when Isetan's January sale is going to be? I would like to try to be in Tokyo for it. If I recall correctly, the last one started on 18 January?

Yes, the mother of all sales in Japan (aka Isetan's Winter sale) started on Jan.18 this year, approximately 2 weeks after all other sales started. I was one of the 4000 people lining up the door prior to opening. (I did manage to get what I was eyeing at) smile.gif
I assume it will be held at a similar date for the upcoming Winter sale (yet to be announced)
post #1811 of 2543
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A splendid interview of Ryota Hayafuji on KEIKARI. Kudos to our friend VRaivio!



Interview with Ryota Hayafuji
post #1812 of 2543
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A Visit to Bench Work Studies, Tokyo

Bench Work Studies is a shoemaking school founded in 2004 by Yukiko Bassett Okawa, an accomplished shoemaker best known for her tenure at Lobb St.James. I had a chance to visit the workshop during their annual 'Open Day', when student works are exhibited and alumni display their latest creations.

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Shoemaking procedures, from start to finish. Students learn at their own pace, either once or twice a week.


1st year students learn the bottom making process, and are supplied with pre-made lasts and uppers. Last-making/carving and upper construction classes are offered for 2nd year+ students.

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Completed works. Casual students take a year or so to complete.

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Student works.


Over the years, some of Okawa's students have taken their passions and made it into their professions.

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Alumni's works on display.
In front: Inamori Kutsu
Back: Annonymous

and... some bespoke works by Okawa san herself, offered under the Benchmade brand. Okawa san is a graduate of the Cordwainers College, and subsequently became the first Japanese employed by Lobb St. James (for 8 years).

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Oxfords with straight caps.

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Golosh oxfords

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U-tip derbies with hand stitched sides

Our friend Vraivio has a great interview with her on KEIKARI.



Benchmade by Yukiko Bassett Okawa English Page
post #1813 of 2543
I think I might have to talk to DW and make my own shoes!!
post #1814 of 2543
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

I think I might have to talk to DW and make my own shoes!!

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Those wholecuts made by DW's client/student (here) do indeed look awesome....
post #1815 of 2543
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

I think I might have to talk to DW and make my own shoes!!

 

This. I need to learn how to make shoes! :D

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