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Although I have never seen any of the shoes in the flesh (to be honest, never seen any Japanese bespoke shoes in real life) my vote would go to Shoji Kawaguchi "Marquess". I have never seen shoes with such perfect proportions, like a pearl, glowing quietly, whispering and never shouting.

I could imagine, Kawaguchi might not hit the sweet spot of many Japanese shoe lovers as they seem to prefer stronger stuff: shoes that have a definite "Look at me!" message. Some makers who shall remain nameless (to be honest, I have difficulties remembering the various Japanese names), trying to draw attention, come up with some rather weird products.

Not so the work of Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi; the shoes are restraint, but never boring, the lasts express a gentle self-assuredness.Shoji's and my path might never cross; nevertheless, thank you, Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi



http://marquess-bespoke.blogspot.jp/
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

Although I have never seen any of the shoes in the flesh (to be honest, never seen any Japanese bespoke shoes in real life) my vote would go to Shoji Kawaguchi "Marquess". I have never seen shoes with such perfect proportions, like a pearl, glowing quietly, whispering and never shouting.

I could imagine, Kawaguchi might not hit the sweet spot of many Japanese shoe lovers as they seem to prefer stronger stuff: shoes that have a definite "Look at me!" message. Some makers who shall remain nameless (to be honest, I have difficulties remembering the various Japanese names), trying to draw attention, come up with some rather weird products.

Not so the work of Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi; the shoes are restraint, but never boring, the lasts express a gentle self-assuredness.Shoji's and my path might never cross; nevertheless, thank you, Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi



http://marquess-bespoke.blogspot.jp/

I agree. Obviously I'm biased as I have a pair on the way, but there really is something about the shoes that I find hard to describe in words. Extremely elegant lines, without being too much.

post #2253 of 2844

Those are perfect to me. It's a shame I probably won't ever have the money to buy a pair. Maybe one day when I'm retired...

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post

Although I have never seen any of the shoes in the flesh (to be honest, never seen any Japanese bespoke shoes in real life) my vote would go to Shoji Kawaguchi "Marquess". I have never seen shoes with such perfect proportions, like a pearl, glowing quietly, whispering and never shouting.

I could imagine, Kawaguchi might not hit the sweet spot of many Japanese shoe lovers as they seem to prefer stronger stuff: shoes that have a definite "Look at me!" message. Some makers who shall remain nameless (to be honest, I have difficulties remembering the various Japanese names), trying to draw attention, come up with some rather weird products.

Not so the work of Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi; the shoes are restraint, but never boring, the lasts express a gentle self-assuredness.Shoji's and my path might never cross; nevertheless, thank you, Mr and Mrs Kawaguchi

I couldn`t have said it better smile.gif
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gentille&79 (Koji Endo Bottier)

Another textured beauty made from the unusual Kurozan leather (urushi lacquered leather)

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gentille&79 FB
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gentille&79 (Koji Endo Bottier)

Another textured beauty made from the unusual Kurozan leather (urushi lacquered leather)

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gentille&79 FB


Beautiful model...fantastic.

post #2257 of 2844
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To both of you Bespokemakers and Nutcracker a big thank you for being the pioneers of this thread. There are so many bespoke makers that it becomes difficult for me to fully comprehend the nuances that each maker brings let alone understand them completely.

I would like to know your opinion as to who would you think as the top three of Japanese bespoke at the present time?
Cheers

Thanks a lot !

It's too difficult.

My taste is quite different from yours.

Taste is the best guide in the choice of shoes.

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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
 

Parisian Gentleman on FB  today's featured picture

 

Chukka boots by Le Scalpe De Cabiria (Toshiaki Wada) in Japan. Green is beautiful.

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Parisian Gentleman on FB  today's featured picture



Chukka boots by Le Scalpe De Cabiria (Toshiaki Wada) in Japan. Green is beautiful.

Wow! Not sure if Wada-san knows PG, but that post has tons of `like`s!! smile.gif

Those hilo boots are not green btw. They are made from burgundy cordovan.
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Parisian Gentleman on FB  today's featured picture

 

Chukka boots by Le Scalpe De Cabiria (Toshiaki Wada) in Japan. Green is beautiful.


Very nice shoes

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Yamamura Seikaten by Koji Yamamura

 

Official Site: http://www.yamamuraseikaten.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/yamamura.seikaten

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by BespokeMakers - 2/7/14 at 4:40am
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I like the shape of his shoes. I have not heard of him before. Could you provide his background?
He is based in Oita, Kyushu....how many bespoke shoe makers exist in Japan??
post #2263 of 2844
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I like the shape of his shoes. I have not heard of him before. Could you provide his background?
He is based in Oita, Kyushu....how many bespoke shoe makers exist in Japan??

Hi,bamboo
Unfortunately,I don't know the details.

 

From His Official Profile
 
Koji Yamamura was born in 1976  Oita Japan. 
He graduated from vocational school of engineers.
He opened "shoe workshop e-job" in January, 2006.
It was renamed  "Yamamura Seikaten" in April 2009.

 

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Yamamura Seikaten by Koji Yamamura

 

Official Site: http://www.yamamuraseikaten.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/yamamura.seikaten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very elegant

post #2265 of 2844
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From His Official Profile

Koji Yamamura was born in 1976  Oita Japan. 

He graduated from vocational school of engineers.

He opened "shoe workshop e-job" in January, 2006.

It was renamed  "Yamamura Seikaten" in April 2009.

Yamamura-san also apprenticed under a local shoemaker for 7 years before he set up his own atelier / shoe repair shop.

The island of Kyushu seems to be blessed with a number of talented shoemakers. Others include Yuki Shirahama, Yutaka Seikaku (Corno Blu) and Matsuda Akinobu (both who apprenticed under Roberto Ugolini). Shoji Kawaguchi (Marquess) also hails from Kyushu (though now in Tokyo)
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