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Shoe Fans Gathering in Taipei, Taiwan!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by nutcracker, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    The mother of all shoe fans gathering took place today, Nov.9, in Taipei Taiwan. Named 十人十色 (10 Individuals, 10 Flavors), the event was co-sponsored by John Lobb Taiwan, MClassic (St.Crispin distributor), Timeless Fashions (G&G distributor), and Gentry (Taiwanese online fashion forum, a Chinese version of SF or sorts). A conference room in the chic W Hotel Taipei was rented out for the day to display the sponsors` shoes, and more importantly, the dazzling collection of shoes gathered from local Taiwanese shoe aficionados. I had the privilege to be invited to the event, and I also contributed some of my own shoes for display.

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    The event itself was non-commercial in nature (no transactions), and visitors were encouraged to touch, compare, and discuss between shoes from 20 or so brands, hi and low ends, bespoke and RTW, new and used. Pretty amazed by the number of shoe aficionados in Taiwan who showed up, and I was told that through the past two incarnations (the previous one took place in Summer), the scale of this event has doubled.

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    John Lobb Booth

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    Gaziano & Girling

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    A wall of Gaziano & Girling shoes. Must have been close to 40 pairs.

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    Saint Crispin`s booth

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    Saint Crispin`s Seemless Wholecut

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    Herring Shoes display

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    Famaco polishes, from France

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    Table full of shoes borrowed from local shoe owners

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    G&G agent and JLP rep in shoe discussion....

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    Family outing.... a lot of men actually brought their families to the event

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    Taiwanese dandies

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    A Man and a shoe

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    Lots of choices @ Saint Crispin booth

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    An awe inspiring number of G&Gs

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    The room was well lit with natural light

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    Girls interested in men`s shoes

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    `Look at the hand-stitched bottom on this bespoke!`

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    From right to left: Ricardo Besteti, Zonkey Boots, John Lobb, Vass, G&G Deco...... unbelievable sight

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    Joshua, the JLP rep

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    JLP booth, always busy

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    Vass U Last and Spigola Last..... cousins, side by side

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    New and aged Trickers

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    My favorite StC from the show.... 2-Eyelet Apron Front Derby in Russian Calf w/ Norvegese stitching

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    Yes, I had to make sure some Japanese shoemakers were represented here!!

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    `Won`t I look cool in these white shoes??`

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    W Hotel`s Strategy Room (aka conference room)

    Kudos to the organisers of this event! I`ll be looking forward to the next incarnation, probably with even more sponsors and collectors joining the fray.
     
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  2. BespokeMakers

    BespokeMakers Well-Known Member

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    This is an epoch-making event.[​IMG]

    Keep up the fantastic work!
     
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  3. chogall

    chogall Well-Known Member

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    Nice!! Missed the event by several weeks or I would bring my loot.
     
  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Everyone expected JLP to bring some or all of their bespoke samples from their Taipei boutique, but they didn`t...... your`s would have been saved the day :D
    Several guys I met today actually asked about you.... :)
     
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