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post #2551 of 2750
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A Visit to Masaru Okuyama, Hong Kong

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Masaru Okuyama is a Japanese shoemaker who runs a bespoke shoemaking practice in Hong Kong. A fascinating, and a very brave career decision in his part, and his talent and hard work seemed to have paid off. Not only has he garnered a healthy list of international clientele (mostly from HK and China), he is now among the most recognised and acclaimed Japanese shoemakers in the world (most recently being featured for Tudor watch ad). I finally had the chance to travel to Hong Kong, and visited Okuyama-san at his well adorned atelier in Wan Chai.

Okuyama`s shoes have a certain calligraphic simplicity to them, like they`ve been shaped by just a couple of brush strokes. The lines and curves seem to be connected, and the shoes look great from many angles. A very elegant shape indeed, and on top of that, there is a touch of finesse (in details) that is now a trademark for Japanese craftsmen. Stylistically, I see his shoes more in the company of Gaziano & Girling, Aubercy, and Bestetti, than with most other Japanese shoes that I`ve seen before. Somehow I find the cosmopolitan culture and taste of Hong Kong to be more suitable, and receptive, for his style than back home in Japan. Yet himself being a protege of Chihiro Yamaguchi (Guild of Crafts), he expresses his highest admiration towards his Japanese peers, and continues to see them as good rivals. It`s certainly fascinating to see a Japanese shoemaker having a success overseas, and I can only see him prosper even more creatively from catering to a multicultural clientele from his base in Hong Kong, and maybe elsewhere in the world soon. I wish him the very best!

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Okuyama`s atelier is a little oasis tucked above the busy streets of Wan Chai.

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Bespoke samples on display. Okuyama favors clean, uncluttered designs that emphasise the shapes of his lasts.

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Shoes have to look good from every angle

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The Okuyama profile. A 2 eyelet derby in Llama skin

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Single buckle monk

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My favorite angle on Okuyama`s signature whole cut shoe

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Insole (up in the waist)

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The curved up insole provides ample support for not so shapely feet

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The workbench. The small workshop is tucked behind the showroom.

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Mr. Masaru Okuyama


Masaru Okuyama
13/F Goodfit Commercial Building, 7 FlemingRoad, Wan Chai
TEL : (+852) 2413-3999
www.masaruokuyama.com
contact@masaruokuyama.com
Edited by nutcracker - 4/27/14 at 6:54am
post #2552 of 2750

Wow, thanks for posting this. Would like to hear about the price range for Okuyama's shoes.

post #2553 of 2750
Yes, pricing would be of interest.
Wish I knew about Okuyama-san when I was in HK for awhile.
Some of those examples have an especially understated elegance that you notice if you know. Much appreciated by those who go for this type of excellence. Very nice.
Another cracker of a post, Nutcracker.
post #2554 of 2750
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Is your completed shoes also going to be purple??? smile.gif

Hello Nutcracker

I actually made two orders with Mr Okuyama. The first shoe will be a seamless wholecut in purple hatchgrain (AA crack stock). The second shoe will be a wholecut lazyman in black calfskin.

I have asked the purple shoe to have his house chisel shape and the black in English chisel. I believe he will start making the second one after he finishes the first last.

It was very nice to meet you on that day. I am terrible sorry that my cold was killing me at that time. Please let me know when you come to HK next time.
post #2555 of 2750

I really like his llama derby and wholecut...

 

wish I could go to asia often enough to do bespoke through these makers...

post #2556 of 2750
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Wow, thanks for posting this. Would like to hear about the price range for Okuyama's shoes.

I believe they go for 38,000 HKD, in line with British makers (around 2,900 GBP, or 3,500 EUR)
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I believe they go for 38,000 HKD, in line with British makers (around 2,900 GBP, or 3,500 EUR)

Also noted that for complicated designs, extra charge will apply.

In my case, my seamless wholecut cost HKD1,000 extra.
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It was very nice to meet you on that day. I am terrible sorry that my cold was killing me at that time. Please let me know when you come to HK next time.

It was great meeting you too! A lot of stores were closed that day (Bank holiday), including TA Pedder store, so I would definitely be back to HK for more soon! fing02[1].gif
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It was great meeting you too! A lot of stores were closed that day (Bank holiday), including TA Pedder store, so I would definitely be back to HK for more soon! fing02[1].gif

We should have a small gathering for SF bespoke shoe lovers in HKG!
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We should have a small gathering for SF bespoke shoe lovers in HKG!

A gathering like last time in Causeway Bay will be prefect.

Although I did not stay at the gathering very long but I recall there are a few interesting workboot lovers.

I think a general Styleforum + HK discuss gathering will be a desirable event.
post #2561 of 2750

Your articles are always very interesting and beautiful. Compliments.

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Your articles are always very interesting and beautiful. Compliments.

Thank you Gianni!
post #2563 of 2750
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Originally Posted by Fishball View Post

We should have a small gathering for SF bespoke shoe lovers in HKG!

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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

A gathering like last time in Causeway Bay will be prefect.

Although I did not stay at the gathering very long but I recall there are a few interesting workboot lovers.

I think a general Styleforum + HK discuss gathering will be a desirable event.

That sounds terrific. Hopefully we can all meet in near future!
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Got yours??

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LAST Issue 06 (on sale 4/30)
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Couple of pictures of a really beautiful derby by Marquess (found on his blog). Really like the leather used in these shoes.

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