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post #736 of 2750
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

Spigola MTO starts from ¥108,000 JPY direct from Suzuki's Kobe studio (as of March 2013). That is $1,050 USD, or $8,170 HKD.
They start a bit more @ the Tokyo Trunk Show. Price here starts from ¥126,000 JPY. That is $1,230 USD, or $9,530 HKD.
You can probably shave off 5% VAT from that (not much though...)

Price doesn't include Shoe trees.

I'm not sure if The Armoury includes shoe trees in their price. If not, I say their upcharge is quite steep in today's currency. $15,000 HKD = ($1,930 USD / ¥198,000 JPY )

Yes. Wow That's a rather significant 500 GBP difference if you ask me. Worth flying to Tokyo and visit the places, and have the shoes made up there!

Have heard many gd things abt these Japanese shoemakers -- that their finishing on the shoes are the best bar none.

Are Suzuki's MTO shoes hand-welted?
post #737 of 2750
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Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post

Yes. Wow That's a rather significant 500 GBP difference if you ask me. Worth flying to Tokyo and visit the places, and have the shoes made up there!

Have heard many gd things abt these Japanese shoemakers -- that their finishing are the best bar none.

Are Suzuki's MTO shoes hand-welted?

Yes, they are hand lasted and hand sewn welted. The bottoms are machine stitched (for their basic price), but it doesn't look shabby at all (mine is machine bottomed).
post #738 of 2750
You'd recommend Suzuki as an entry point to the world of Japanese-made shoes?

Who's Inoue Shinkai and Osaka Masamune btw? LOL.
post #739 of 2750
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Originally Posted by bboysdontcryy View Post

You'd recommend Suzuki as an entry point to the world of Japanese-made shoes?

Who's Inoue Shinkai and Osaka Masamune btw? LOL.

Quite a few Japanese bespoke makers offer MTO shoes, and are priced relatively similar to Suzuki's (¥100K ~ ¥200K range). It's really a matter of taste. Spigola's are quite Italian in flavor (and fit). I personally dig the look, but it may not be suited for everyone, IMO. Some makers accommodate fitting / last customisations, and as far as I know, Spigola MTO doesn't offer that.

But one thing I am certain is that Spigola has the best leather selection out of all Japanese makers.

Masamune and Shinkai are Japanese sword makers. You probably heard the names from old Nintendo / PS games like FF.... lol8[1].gif
post #740 of 2750
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Originally Posted by VRaivio View Post

This may be a re-post, but here we go: Koji 'Spigola' Suzuki. I just love the contours and proportions on this model so much I'm calling this a Masterpiece.

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Those are breathtaking...perfect.

post #741 of 2750
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Visit to Hiro Yanagimachi Workshop, Tokyo Part 1

I had a chance to visit and try Hiro Yanagimachi shoes this past weekend.
Formerly an industrial designer, and trained at the Cordwainer's College in UK (he graduated first in class), Bespoke shoemaker Hiro Yanagimachi has been a major presence in the Tokyo Bespoke scene since opening his workshop in 1999. Today, he heads a small group of highly trained craftsmen (ie his apprentices) from his spacious atelier in Harajuku.

Though the studio is relatively large (5 to 7 personals) compared to most Bespoke operations in Japan (2 or 3 man jobs), Yanagimachi makes sure each team member takes a broad role/responsibility to strengthen the group synergy. The result is a very smooth work flow and an incredible degree of quality control that Hiro's shoes are renowned for.



The showroom (adjacent to the workshop space)


Quiet Sunday afternoon....the workshop was closed....The place is so tidy, yet quite homey


Upper construction tables.


Testing out a new pattern


Ziipppp! Leather pieces are thinned with this contraption.


Bottom making worktables.....


A customised last (for boots)


Due to the high humidity, plastic last is preferred by many Japanese shoemakers....they are easily shaped and are quite durable



Japanese forge welded tools.....well honed


Hiro Yanagimachi and Ms. Konomi Egawa, Pattern Cutter / Closer

www.hiroyanagimachi.com
Edited by nutcracker - 5/21/13 at 8:45pm
post #742 of 2750
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Hiro Yanagimachi Workshop, Tokyo Part 2

The semi-annual Pattern Order Fair is currently running from 5/18 to 6/2, and the atelier is open for anyone to visit. Limited to 5 staple designs and 5 leathers to select, these MTO shoes are handsewn welted, machine soled, and shares the same quality standard Hiro's Bespoke shoes are known for. Due to the limited run, these limited MTO shoes are priced ¥30K ($300) lower than his regular MTO shoes (good news). Price starts from ¥115,500, or $1150 USD.

Full handmade MTO shoes (with over 50 designs to choose from) and full Bespoke shoes are available for order at all times.

Bespoke and MTO Samples

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Saddle Loafer in Croc: quite stunning....


Baby Croc Detail

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Chukka Profile


Single Monk....simple and refined


Bevelled Waist....Crisp details

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Wingtip Boots: Classic Country
The casual / country shoes lineup is quite strong for a Japanese bespoke.


Pattern Order Fair Samples MTO Shoes, Handsewn Welted

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5 Models and 5 Leathers

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Ghillie oxfords, Hiro Yanagimachi's signature design

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Apron Derby

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Full brogues


Punched Captoes

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Plaintoe Derby

Sizes available from 23.5cm~28cm (in D,E width). Custom shoe trees also available.

MTO Test Fitting

True to his Bespoke roots, Hiro's MTO shoes are meant to provide a 'tailored' fit, unavailable form RTW shoes. The sample shoes provided ample support for the arch, a tight heel, and perhaps most importantly a great support on the instep. While the last itself can not be re-shaped, custom leather insoles could be made on the spot (behind at the workshop), and brought out to adjust the fit. I needed a lil more push up from under the ball of my feet, so an insole with varied thickness (extra layer right at the spot) was made. After a few tries, I must say the fit was spot on, not something I expect from non-Bespoke shoes.



Please pardon my clown socks....

my thanks to Mr.Yanagimachi & Ms.Egawa

http://www.hiroyanagimachi.com
Edited by nutcracker - 5/21/13 at 8:43pm
post #743 of 2750
That "country" boot is still quite sleek by my book. Nice report, pricing?
post #744 of 2750
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post

That "country" boot is still quite sleek by my book. Nice report, pricing?

Thanks CC!

Hiro Yanagimachi has a 3 tier order system

Full Scratch Order: ¥350K~¥400K (for initial order). ¥200K~¥250K for second+: Full Bespoke. Last is made from scratch

Modified Order: ¥250K~¥350K (for initial order). ¥200K~¥250K for second+: MTO with a customizable base last

Pattern Order: ¥140K~¥200K: Standard MTO. No last modification

The order fair going right now fits in the 3rd category, with a ¥30K discount
Edited by nutcracker - 5/21/13 at 7:58pm
post #745 of 2750
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post

That "country" boot is still quite sleek by my book. Nice report, pricing?

great boot!
post #746 of 2750
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

great boot!

A few more pics of the Full Brogue Half Boots

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post #747 of 2750
Wow. Mr.Yanagimach's work is amazing.
post #748 of 2750
Which do you fancy?
post #749 of 2750

All of them?

 

If I'm greedy, one of the crocs.  But more reasonably, I love those boots.

post #750 of 2750

There is not one bad shoe in that lot....all of them amazing. But I do love the colour of the suede on those brogues, the ghillies  and the derby with baby croc detailing. 

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