The finale of the annual celebration of Japanese artisans, JAPAN SENSES, kicked off today at the Isetan Department store. 25 or so of the country`s best known artisans gathered for this weekend`s event, giving us a rare opportunity to meet and chat with them. The artisans themselves seemed to have been enjoying the occasion as well, to find time to meet their peers and rivals.
Co sponsored by MEN`S EX magazine, the exhibition also featured talk shows with fashionable celebrities
Who`s Who from Japan`s tailoring and craftsmaking world have gathered for this event
Our favourite shoemaker, Shoji-san from Marquess
Takes my breath away, every time I see them
I`m starting to really like Marquess`s Classic Round last (the center shoe in ocre calf). The chestnut calf wingtip on the left is on Marquess Round, an equally stunning last.
More greating looking Marquess shoes
Last shaping demonstration
Mr. Yohei Fukuda, checking on the foot measurements.
An absolutely stunning Imitation full brogue balmoral oxford in faded black calf. Fukuda-san carefully removes a thin layer of pigment, to reveal the greens, blues, and browns that are the base colors of the black (chrome tanned) leather.
Yohei Fukuda`s immaculate silhouette.
A newcomer to this year`s show, Mr. Hironori Kamo from Otsuka Shoes.
Tools for bottom making
Needle sharp tough boar`s hair is the preferred material for outstitching.
Like many other Japanese shoemakers, Kamo san`s outstitching is done by eye, without the use of marking wheels. This method allows the maker to use his sense and experience to adjust the pitch where necessary. The toe section is stitched tighter to keep the pitch uniform throughout the shoe.
Otsuka`s high end RTW shoes. Fully hand made by the bespoke team. Workmanship is flawless.
The extra thin edges, made possible by bevelling the sole, is one of Otsuka`s signature details.
A glamorous looking sole.
The show ends tomorrow! Be there if you can!!