Originally Posted by dawei94
Thanks for the info. For those makers (and any others that you contacted), did you have to be put on a waitlist
or anything like that, or was it just "let me make sure I am around during those days and don't have conflicting appointments. If so, make an appointment and come by." I had read that back in the day Spigola had a long waitlist, and given that most of these places are small shops, I just wanted to make sure no one else did either
In general, I think the Japanese bespoke makers won't turn you away because of a long wait list.
I am sure they understand that their foreign clients can't change flight plans on a whim.
If they have many many outstanding orders, I reckon they would just tell you that it might take longer to get your first fitting (typically 6mths), or your final completed shoes (typically 1 year). They won't tell you to bug off for your first appointment though. And you're right, you should email well in advance just to make sure they are at the shop on your chosen day and fix an appointment.
With regards to my experience, Fukuda-san was a pleasure to deal with. I typically email him 3 months prior to firming up my travel plans and give him a rough idea of when I'd be coming (say... first week of Dec, second week of Dec), just to give him an idea. Once he gives an all clear, I firm up my travel plans and buy my tickets, email him again and tell him the specifics (exact day and time). I did the same with Main D'Or.