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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. BespokeMakers

    BespokeMakers Senior member

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    Hi,NC!
    Thank you for sharing photo.
    Fantastic!
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    :) its actually from a GQ article
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Will be snowing hard in Tokyo for the next 2 days... will be a bummer for the Il Micio Show

    Last weekend, Spigola`s Tokyo bespoke show was also hit with a massive snow storm....what is up with that :facepalm:
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoemaker MASARU OKUYAMA from Hong Kong featured on Wallpaper Tudor Style File (including a video interview)

    Link to Wallpaper

    Some of the excellent pictures from the lengthy feature:
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    Hi NC,

    Apologies for quoting an old post but may I know if Tokyu Hands stocks the Cordovan creme series from Saphir as well?
    May I know how much do these saphir products sell for on average?

    Thanks again for providing us all these interesting information from Japan :slayer:
     
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    Here's a recrafting fairytale come true from Guild of Crafts, complete with sound effects to boot!

     
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    Ugh I remember Tokyu Hands. I bought a great knife there a few years ago. Still by far my favorite.

    Can't have been more than $80 at the time, but still cuts far better than some of the $200 plus ones Ive tried from William Sonoma.
     
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    No machine is involved. I am speechless
     
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    Btw, I am heading to Tokyo in early March. Beside the Menswear Dept in Isetan, Ginza, TOMORROWLAND, Beams, Tokyu Hands...where else should I visit (for clothing and shoes)? I will be there for 3 nights only.
     
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    United Arrows and Estnation also have wide selection of men's wear. (There are quite similiar to BEAMS and Tomorrowland, though.)
    These stores have outlets throughout Tokyo, but in my opinion around Tokyo Station (also called Marunouchi) in the Shin-Marunouchi Tower and Marunouchi Tower you will most likely find these stores without getting lost and at one place if you don't have that much time.

    Also there is a Barney's New York outlet in Ginza.
    Mitsukoshi and Matsuya, two of the most famous Japanese department stores, in Giza also offer a broad selction.
     
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    Many thanks for the info!
     
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    Great info! plus 1 on Marunouchi / Ginza area. Sovereign House, Strasburgo, are also great places for classic menswear in Marunouchi. At Ginza, you can also find World Footwear Gallery, Guild of Crafts (for MTO), BEAMS Ginza (equally good as the one in Marunouchi) and Trading Post, aside from the usual suspects of European brand boutiques.
     
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    If you also want to check out more fashion-oriented but very high quality menswear in that area, I would take a look at the Hankyu Men's Department Store, also in Ginza, a very short walk from the Yurakucho JR Yamanote line station. It's fascinating even if you don't want to buy Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto et al., and they also have some very good CM shops, inc. MTM / bespoke stuff and an alterations tailors.
     
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    Thanks letsi!

    Yes, Tokyu Hands Shinjuku (where I took pictures at) do stock the Cordovan creams by Saphir (the square ones), in 4 colors. I recall they also stock cordovan creams made by Columbus (Japanese). The good thing about TH is that they also allow you to test the products out (on the shoes you`re wearing). If Shinjuku store is not convenient for you, Tokyu Hands in Ginza (above United Arrows) has an equally good selection of shoe care products.

    Bamboo is right on with the price. 1800 for shoe cream, 2100 for cordovan cream / Reno.
     
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    lexmann, with GoC's prices, using machines would just be naughty. If memory serves, nutcracker mentioned that they are the most expensive Japanese cordwainer shop.
     
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    Guild`s repair shop (`Guild Arms`) charges ¥31K~ JPY (310 USD) for Hand rewetting, and ¥10K~ JPY (100 USD) for hand out stitching. The boots on the video probably goes for ¥41K JPY and up ($410 USD).

    The boots above were factory made (maker unknown) that were recrafted by hand at Guild (apparently the original manufacturer refused to repair). Guild also offers exclusive service for repairing bespoke shoes (from any maker).

    http://www.guild-arms.com/Repair_Menu/repair.html
    http://www.guild-arms.com/Repair_Menu/handsewn.html
     
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    Some great advice, and certainly the Ginza/Marunouchi area has an outstanding selection of different menswear and department stores.

    After you've visited the very narrow World Footwear Gallery store (which, if I remember correctly, is all of about 2m wide!), you could go next door and have a refreshing cup of tea at the Mariage Freres teahouse.
     
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