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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes very true. The grain isn't as prominent, but probably softer.
     
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    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    are there any wholesale markets, perhaps you can source some for us????:D:D
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think Suzuki-san travels to Rome few times a year to source the llama skins.

    On the side note, I recall seeing a very nice pair llama-skin shoes made by Okuyama-san on his website. Not sure where he sources his leather.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That is a great shot of the beautiful soles! :fonz:
     
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    perhaps you could ask in passing next time, but i know my impala's kin was source in italy because Tony told me so
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A lovely pair of bespoke loafers by gentille & 79

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    The whole process has been documented by Endou san on his blog and Facebook page.


     
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    This thread hurts my heart. There is a time in every boys life where he believes he will be satisfied completely by one woman. Then he walks down the street and sees a beautiful woman, one so wonderful it hurts his heart to see her and know he can never possess her in her entirety. The next day, or perhaps even a week later, or a month or even a year, he sees another girl that makes him think the same thing, and she is so beautiful that it hurts him to his soul. And then he realises this beauty he sees is so absolute in its
    Perfection, he must either spend his whole life in pursuit of it or resign for something inferior.

    Well, i am not prepared to resign myself for something inferior. God bless you, god bless you all
     
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    I hope your wife doesn't get to read this.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Imai Hiroki, the maker of some of the most striking (and outlandish) hand stained shoes, quietly launched his online store last month. Each pair is made to order at Imai-san's workshop (of 3 craftsmen) in Himeji City, and are priced generously from ¥42K~¥78K JPY. RTW shoes are all blake/Mackay constructed (with single/double soles), but Imai-san can also do custom jobs using blake rapid or handsewn welted construction upon request.

    http://shop.imaihiroki.com

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    Oh dear... my bank account is already trembling in fear.
     
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    Does he do hand staining on request? (As in I bring my shoes to be hand stained)
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You mean your own shoes? I'm not sure if Imai-san does that (I highly doubt it), but there are several patina artists out there who specialises in doing just that. Nobuaki Fujisawa from Fg-Trente, and Yusuke Itou (formerly from Corthay) comes to mind.

    Fujisawa-san does his shows @ World Footwear Gallery in Tokyo (as well as Mitsukoshi Isetan in Osaka) once every few months. I think he charges ¥15000+ for shoes, and less for leather goods like wallets.

    Here are some pics from our friend Bespokemakers' blog. Ain't too shabby

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    I can post a PSA when the next one is coming up in Tokyo.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For those who understands French, Hiroki Imai was featured in the shoe magazine Pointure

    Open the link for higher resolution of the article.

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    from: Imai Hiroki Website
     
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    Wow oh wow. One of those may just be my next order. Is there a reliable way to translate the site?
     
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    I don't think Imai takes orders from overseas at this point (at least from his online store). Hopefully that will change soon.
     
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    ^are those prices representative for spigola? the only other price quote i've seen for them is 1800 USD (~190,000 JPY) via the armoury (although that is for spigola MTM) -- is this an instance of the armoury massively upcharging, or what?
     
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    Spigola charges a bit less if purchased direct from them ( ¥97K~). Their website has the price listed.

    United Arrows in Tokyo charges the quoted price above (with ¥20K or so upcharge).

    The Armoury charges more, obviously for including the transportation/lodging/shipping fee from Japan. I assume TA price also includes the shoe trees, but I may be wrong.

    Either way, Spigola is raising their prices significantly starting next Spring (after the January Trunk Show).
     
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