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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nutcracker, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    As always, thanks B-S!
    I remember G&G up charging 200 GBP for old Feudenburgs in Brown (a while ago). Not sure if they still have them.
     
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    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    A Visit to Tokyu Hands Shinjuku

    There's quite a lot of places in Tokyo where you can buy fine shoe care products. However, the most extensive collection can be found in Tokyu Hands, a big box home improvement center with 10 or so locations in the city. I managed to snap some photos at a Tokyo Hands in Shinjuku.

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    The shoecare section is massive. It goes all the way back to the elevators.

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    Shoe polishes and brushes. Saphir (blue and black), Colonil, Kiwi, Woly, Lexol, Boot Black, M.Mowbray, Columbus etc...

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    Shoe Trees

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    Demos

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    Try as much as you want

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    The exceptional Hirano brushes for M.Mowbray

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    Hirano's ultimate suede brush
     
  3. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Well-Known Member

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    that place is insane. theres nothing that cant be found @ tokyu hands
     
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  4. TehBunny

    TehBunny Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info guys :)
     
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    That's what we need in Manhattan, make it much easier to compare between products
     
  7. nutcracker

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    Yeah definitely would be nice, but most stores may not be willing to carry a full lineup of polishes from multiple brands. Tokyu Hands is the only place I know that offers this service in Japan.

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  8. nutcracker

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    Not that intrecciato for shoes is new, but its' quite fascinating to see the whole process done by one craftsman. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] TYE Shoemaker FB
     
  9. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nutcracker,

    I wanted to find out if the shoe tree between #s 14 and 15 (in your shoe tree photo) were actually boot trees?

    Thanks!
     
  10. nutcracker

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    TD,

    The photo is not very clear (from iphone), but they do seem like ankle boot trees. Not sure of the brand though.
    That store used to carry the nice boot trees by La Cordonerrie Anglaise, but not anymore
     
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    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. Any way to find out the pricing of those boot trees?

    =)
     
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    That Tokyu Hands place feels like all those cloth/electronics/cellphone component sales buildings in Shenzhen...
     
  13. nutcracker

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    :lol: yeah, Tokyu Hands started as a DIY hardware store, now they sell practically everything. The craziest thing I've seen there was an escape pod in case of tsunami disaster.
     
  14. nutcracker

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    Seems like the Summer trunk show season is coming along.....

    Yuki Shirahama Bottier is having his Tokyo Bespoke Show on 6/29~6/30 @ L'Antico Guardaroba in Harajuku
    Priced from ¥294,000 ($3000 USD or so)

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    I took these pics the last time I was there. Mr. Bottier will bring along many more samples.
     
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  15. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Well-Known Member

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    Gorgeous!
     
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    do they do a live demo too :p, I am actually curious to see it...
     
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    Very aggressive waist treatment on the black slip on , is this a recent in a fashion thing lately, or they're just more following the English since Day 1
     
  18. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Well-Known Member

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    Actually, most English shoe makers (to my understanding) don't really make shoes with an aggressive waist save for Girling. Always thought it was the Italians, and maybe the Japanese who pushed the conventions. Correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    I have no idea, probably my view was influenced by seeing all the G&G...
     
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    Mr. Bottier offers 2 very different styles: the full bodied look of French trad (from Altan Bottier, where he apprenticed), and the aggressive Italian style influenced from Spigola. I say the slip ons fits the latter style. He spent some time living in France, so I won't be surprised if he's been influenced by some of the big names such as Corthay, or even G&G.
     

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