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post #2041 of 2750
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post

try the impala, ver similar in texture

Yes very true. The grain isn't as prominent, but probably softer.
post #2042 of 2750

il Quadrifoglio Bespoke Balmoral Shoes

ilcea Burgundy Calf

“il Chianti Classico”

Photos from: The Shoesrealist

                                                                   “il Violino Nero”

 

 

                      

post #2043 of 2750
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Yes very true. The grain isn't as prominent, but probably softer.

are there any wholesale markets, perhaps you can source some for us????biggrin.gif:D
post #2044 of 2750
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are there any wholesale markets, perhaps you can source some for us????biggrin.gif:D

I think Suzuki-san travels to Rome few times a year to source the llama skins.

On the side note, I recall seeing a very nice pair llama-skin shoes made by Okuyama-san on his website. Not sure where he sources his leather.
post #2045 of 2750
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That is a great shot of the beautiful soles! fing02[1].gif
post #2046 of 2750
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

I think Suzuki-san travels to Rome few times a year to source the llama skins.

On the side note, I recall seeing a very nice pair llama-skin shoes made by Okuyama-san on his website. Not sure where he sources his leather.

perhaps you could ask in passing next time, but i know my impala's kin was source in italy because Tony told me so
post #2047 of 2750
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A lovely pair of bespoke loafers by gentille & 79

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The whole process has been documented by Endou san on his blog and Facebook page.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
post #2048 of 2750
This thread hurts my heart. There is a time in every boys life where he believes he will be satisfied completely by one woman. Then he walks down the street and sees a beautiful woman, one so wonderful it hurts his heart to see her and know he can never possess her in her entirety. The next day, or perhaps even a week later, or a month or even a year, he sees another girl that makes him think the same thing, and she is so beautiful that it hurts him to his soul. And then he realises this beauty he sees is so absolute in its
Perfection, he must either spend his whole life in pursuit of it or resign for something inferior.

Well, i am not prepared to resign myself for something inferior. God bless you, god bless you all
post #2049 of 2750
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Originally Posted by lukejackson View Post

This thread hurts my heart. There is a time in every boys life where he believes he will be satisfied completely by one woman. Then he walks down the street and sees a beautiful woman, one so wonderful it hurts his heart to see her and know he can never possess her in her entirety. The next day, or perhaps even a week later, or a month or even a year, he sees another girl that makes him think the same thing, and she is so beautiful that it hurts him to his soul. And then he realises this beauty he sees is so absolute in its
Perfection, he must either spend his whole life in pursuit of it or resign for something inferior.

Well, i am not prepared to resign myself for something inferior. God bless you, god bless you all

I hope your wife doesn't get to read this.
post #2050 of 2750
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Imai Hiroki, the maker of some of the most striking (and outlandish) hand stained shoes, quietly launched his online store last month. Each pair is made to order at Imai-san's workshop (of 3 craftsmen) in Himeji City, and are priced generously from ¥42K~¥78K JPY. RTW shoes are all blake/Mackay constructed (with single/double soles), but Imai-san can also do custom jobs using blake rapid or handsewn welted construction upon request.

http://shop.imaihiroki.com




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post #2051 of 2750
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Imai Hiroki, the maker of some of the most striking (and outlandish) hand stained shoes, quietly launched his online store last month. Each pair is made to order at Imai-san's workshop (of 3 craftsmen) in Himeji City, and are priced generously from ¥42K~¥78K JPY. RTW shoes are all blake/Mackay constructed (with single/double soles), but Imai-san can also do custom jobs using blake rapid or handsewn welted construction upon request.

http://shop.imaihiroki.com

 

Oh dear... my bank account is already trembling in fear.

post #2052 of 2750
Does he do hand staining on request? (As in I bring my shoes to be hand stained)
post #2053 of 2750
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Does he do hand staining on request? (As in I bring my shoes to be hand stained)

You mean your own shoes? I'm not sure if Imai-san does that (I highly doubt it), but there are several patina artists out there who specialises in doing just that. Nobuaki Fujisawa from Fg-Trente, and Yusuke Itou (formerly from Corthay) comes to mind.

Fujisawa-san does his shows @ World Footwear Gallery in Tokyo (as well as Mitsukoshi Isetan in Osaka) once every few months. I think he charges ¥15000+ for shoes, and less for leather goods like wallets.

Here are some pics from our friend Bespokemakers' blog. Ain't too shabby




I can post a PSA when the next one is coming up in Tokyo.
post #2054 of 2750
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For those who understands French, Hiroki Imai was featured in the shoe magazine Pointure

Open the link for higher resolution of the article.






from: Imai Hiroki Website
post #2055 of 2750

Wow oh wow. One of those may just be my next order. Is there a reliable way to translate the site?

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