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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 that they aren`t available anymore, I suppose Yokoyama-san can now fully devote his creativity on bespoke shoemaking.

Looking back at Saion`s archive (on their now defunct blog), here is one pair that I think showcases the otherworldly sensibility of Saion. Best luck with his new endeavour!





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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 that they aren`t available anymore, I suppose Yokoyama-san can now fully devote his creativity on bespoke shoemaking.

Looking back at Saion`s archive (on their now defunct blog), here is one pair that I think showcases the otherworldly sensibility of Saion. Best luck with his new endeavour!






Seamless side aced whole cut? I wonder can Spigola can make me one.
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Thanks for your kind words! You can also find his interview with our friend VRaivio @ Keikari.

Please check your PM box! smile.gif

Could you please pm me the details as well? I'm in Munich on business once in a while and would certainly visit.
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Seamless side aced whole cut? I wonder can Spigola can make me one.

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!
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Hi, I'm sure this has been discussed before but i was hoping that someone could speak to the quality and general thoughts on Scotch Grain (the Japanese brand) shoes. I came across some derbies that I liked and was gonna pull the trigger soon I think.
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Hi, I'm sure this has been discussed before but i was hoping that someone could speak to the quality and general thoughts on Scotch Grain (the Japanese brand) shoes. I came across some derbies that I liked and was gonna pull the trigger soon I think.

In my experience, Scotch Grain make decent, Goodyear-welted shoes of reasonable quality. Not outstanding, but certainly not bad, either. From memory, most of their shoes cost around Y30 000.

They do have a couple of higher-end lines, Imperial and Imperial Prestige, that sell shoes for around Y45 000 and Y70 000 respectively. I think that the price increase is primarily due to the quality of the leather used.
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In my experience, Scotch Grain make decent, Goodyear-welted shoes of reasonable quality. Not outstanding, but certainly not bad, either. From memory, most of their shoes cost around Y30 000.

They do have a couple of higher-end lines, Imperial and Imperial Prestige, that sell shoes for around Y45 000 and Y70 000 respectively. I think that the price increase is primarily due to the quality of the leather used.

 

Basically, in terms of RTW, if you can get a good fit and you like the look, you get a good quality RTW shoe here. However, from what I've seen in the past year, I really don't think you get anything more from Japanese RTW shoe companies than you do from British, French and Italian ones. It's the Made-to-Order and bespoke makers here that are truly outstanding.

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Corno blu trunk show @ Milestone,Sapporo, Hokkaido JAPAN

Feb.15th&16th 2014

 

Website: http://milestone-spk.com/index.html

Blog: http://milestone8.exblog.jp/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/milestone.n8

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HERITAGE & CO.

MTO Full Brogue Derby

 

Photo from Bolero Bespoke shoe & Bootmaker

 

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Masako Bando, Shoemaker of Stefano Bemer

 

Article from Permanent Style

 

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Guys, anybody heard of Elm & Khan?
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cagra by Taizo Higuchi

 

Bepsoke Lazyman made of Ezo Deer Suede

 

Photos from cagra

 

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Happy Chinese New Years Folks!

I hope everyone celebrating the occasion are eating good food over the weekend.

I noticed a recent post on The Parisian Gentleman FB (link) featuring the lovely side laced wingtips by Ms. Reiko Tsukui. I thought it would be nice to post it here since its getting so many `like`s smile.gif



More pics




These were handmade MTO shoes made for the now defunct shoes collection made for Oguri Tailor, Kyoto.
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Corno blu trunk show @ Milestone,Sapporo, Hokkaido JAPAN
Feb.15th&16th 2014

Website: http://milestone-spk.com/index.html
Blog: http://milestone8.exblog.jp/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/milestone.n8
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love that loafer. avail in bigger sizes?
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love that loafer. avail in bigger sizes?

Corno blu MTO available size UK 5 (23.5cm) 〜 UK 8  3/4 (27.25cm).

 

http://www.corno-blu.com/

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