@ Gallery Rybina
A joint effort between Hiro Yanagimachi
(leather bags), and Hitsujiya
(tailor), Real Bespoke
is not only a showcase for the extraordinary handcrafts made by these top Japanese artisans, but also a celebration of the Bespoke-making culture in Japan. The exhibit is organized into 3 zones. The first zone shows the design and construction process (predominantly by hand) from each of the 3 disciplines. The second zone is a showcase of their new creations, tied together with a theme (formal, town use etc..). The third zone brings together actual bespoken goods that have aged through time (borrowed from the owners).
I was fortunate to be invited and to take pictures along with the press before the crowd was expected to arrive (its free btw). I would strongly recommend anyone in Tokyo to visit, it`s also a great chance to meet and talk with the craftsmen. For those who obviously can`t, I hope these pictures would give you folks a good idea of this exhibit. For the purpose of this thread, I`m mainly posting pictures of Hiro Yanagimachi`s shoes.Zone 1 Process & Technique
A very neat way to show how a foot is measuredWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Zone 2 Scene Coordination
Measurement and last making is done by Hiro Yanagimachi himself. Very comprehensive to say the least. The exhibit allows you to see and touch the wooden last and compare it to the cast model of the foot (the last is based on).
Upper pattern and construction
The talented Ms. Konomi Egawa, patterner/clicker/closer. Visit her instagram
Bottom making process, from hand welting to outstitching to sole finishing.
`Classic Formal` scene. Nakano-san`s (Hitsujiya) full-hand sewn coat looks dashing.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Zone 3 Customer`s Models
A luxurious duet of Hiro Yanagimachi and Fugee.
Classic black/grey buttoned-up boots
Custom made button hook. Stirling silver and buffalo horn
Side laced plaintoe oxfords
Essentially a 2 piece construction, the back piece sits above the front/vamp piece on the quarter seem (like a derby), yet is tucked under at the lacestay (like an oxford). The laces are woven silk with sterling silver tips.
A Croc vallet stunner by Fugee
Long vamp wingtip derbies in burgundy cordovan. An instant winner!
Triple monk boots in natty Chromexel
Lizard / canvas combo
A pair of suede ghillies. Meant to be worn casually and barefooted, the topline is designed like a loafer
Well worn suits, bags, and shoes assembled for the exhibit.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Mr. Hiro Yanagimachi
Great looking shoes for himself
The exhibition starts today 3/18 (Tues) and ends on 3/23 (Sunday)
@ Gallery Rybina, Omotesando. Entrance is free
http://realbespoke.infoFacebookEdited by nutcracker - 3/18/14 at 5:27pm