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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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    That jacket can be found at ICHO boutique in Aoyama, Tokyo. I believe they are available for full order/bespoke only, and not available off the rack (RTW).

    Link: ICHO
     
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    Thanks a lot! Alas, means it's out of my reach. Literally.
     
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    nutcracker, thanks for the wonderful write up! As I live in Munich, I would like to know where shall I find Hayafuji-san? I tried to look him up in the internet, but found nothing quite relevant.
     
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    very very special ... but some are
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks for your kind words! You can also find his interview with our friend VRaivio @ Keikari.

    Please check your PM box! :)
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Having spoken with Yokoyama-san recently, I learned that Saion has closed its atelier at ABC Mart, Ginza. The brand will relaunch itself as a Bespoke-only operation (no more pattern order / MTO), available via appointment only. The price is also scheduled for a change, and he plans to make it more accessible/lower. Their excellent MTO shoes were basically identical to bespoke shoes in construction (minus the last), for less than half the money. While its unfortunate that they aren`t available anymore, I suppose Yokoyama-san can now fully devote his creativity on bespoke shoemaking.

    Looking back at Saion`s archive (on their now defunct blog), here is one pair that I think showcases the otherworldly sensibility of Saion. Best luck with his new endeavour!

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    Seamless side aced whole cut? I wonder can Spigola can make me one.
     
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    Could you please pm me the details as well? I'm in Munich on business once in a while and would certainly visit.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    These Saion wholecuts (from 6yrs ago) aren`t seamless.

    I highly doubt Spigola will turn down your request for a seemless one.
    I know his wholecuts look spectacular, I will definitely look forward to see what you come up with him!
     
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    Hi, I'm sure this has been discussed before but i was hoping that someone could speak to the quality and general thoughts on Scotch Grain (the Japanese brand) shoes. I came across some derbies that I liked and was gonna pull the trigger soon I think.
     
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    In my experience, Scotch Grain make decent, Goodyear-welted shoes of reasonable quality. Not outstanding, but certainly not bad, either. From memory, most of their shoes cost around Y30 000.

    They do have a couple of higher-end lines, Imperial and Imperial Prestige, that sell shoes for around Y45 000 and Y70 000 respectively. I think that the price increase is primarily due to the quality of the leather used.
     
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    Basically, in terms of RTW, if you can get a good fit and you like the look, you get a good quality RTW shoe here. However, from what I've seen in the past year, I really don't think you get anything more from Japanese RTW shoe companies than you do from British, French and Italian ones. It's the Made-to-Order and bespoke makers here that are truly outstanding.
     
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    Guys, anybody heard of Elm & Khan?
     
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    cagra by Taizo Higuchi

    Bepsoke Lazyman made of Ezo Deer Suede

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  18. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Happy Chinese New Years Folks!

    I hope everyone celebrating the occasion are eating good food over the weekend.

    I noticed a recent post on The Parisian Gentleman FB (link) featuring the lovely side laced wingtips by Ms. Reiko Tsukui. I thought it would be nice to post it here since its getting so many `like`s :)

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    These were handmade MTO shoes made for the now defunct shoes collection made for Oguri Tailor, Kyoto.
     
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  20. BespokeMakers

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    Corno blu MTO available size UK 5 (23.5cm) 〜 UK 8 3/4 (27.25cm).

    http://www.corno-blu.com/
     

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