"ISETAN JAPAN SENSES "MEN'S FESTIVAL OF JAPANESE CRAFTSMEN", Saturday April 6th, 2013
Marquess (Kawaguchi Shoji)
First Impression: understated, classic English
Look closely, they are finished to the nth degree
Full brogues. Dead stock Freudenburg calfskin
Workdesk on site
Mr.Kawaguchi's lovely wife Yuriko (also English trained, they met in England) is the other half of Marquess. She does the patterning, clicking and closing. Husband Shoji is in charge of last making and bottom making. Very charming couple
The silhouette is absolutely stunning. I can really tell Kawaguchi-san's soft spoken character reflected on these. He doesn't like flashy. His signature Marquess Round has a smooth silhouette, and it seemed well thought through and calculated.
Marquess sole. I've seen pictures of lovely fiddlebacks done by him. But personally, he much prefers this soft and lightly bevelled waist sole. Fiddle waists also tend to make the sole look bulged. With all the fiddle waists around, this almost looks fresh
Black diamond. Deadstock Freudenburg calf hide proudly hangs above his booth.
Mr. and Mrs. Kawaguchi are undoubtedly skilled with solid resumes, yet I was really struck at how humble he was. A really nice fellow to chat with. He's not a kind who's eager to assert or prove a point. His works do all the talking.
I told Mr.Kawaguchi I will post his photo here, but being a bit apprehensive, he said 'not if it looks ugly'. Unfortunately for me, his eyes were shut, so I will keep the pics to myself. Sorry Kawaguchi-san!
Marquess bespoke starts from ¥330,000 yen. definitely a bargain. Sooner or later, I believe the price will be raised to ¥400,000. so fly to Japan and line up boys, Lead time is 1 year.Edited by nutcracker - 4/8/13 at 4:28am