Tokyo Bespoke Trunk Show @ Concierge de WFG
Many of you have probably seen these gorgeous shoes via some images hitting style-related tumblers by storm, and yes, they are even more lovely in person. Qnai apprenticed under Roberto Ugolini, like his 2 famous compatriots Suzuki and Seigaku before him. After returning to Japan, he also went through apprenticeships at some notable Japanese workshops, where precision and meticulousness are valued above all and taught like a military drill. Started Il Quadrifoglio
with his wife Yuka (also an Italian trained artisan) in Kobe, 2010.
Qnai has an obvious love and respect for the Italian style, and he also sources his materials from Italy (he says the cheap yen is quite a pain). Stylistically, I say his shoes are quite different from other Japanese-Italian makers (Spigola and Corno Blu), seems like he is more daring to let his sense take over. Shoes (in fact art in general) often reflect the sensibility and the experience of the maker, and perhaps he's currently inspired by sleek exotic cars, not sure, but his shoes surely do look good.
Lovely lilac/blue patina. + Lizard in crazy green.
All of his sample shoes have something to talk about
A seal sandwitched between 2 horses.
Sleek and curvy.
What is this leather called?
Mr. Qnai Atsushi. Quite photogenic