Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can get a digital version from zinio, itunes etc....
     
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    Re: English guild bee cream...can you elaborate on the purpose/usage? It's not a simple cream & not a std polish. (I say this given the basic listed ingredients) The sales clerks at hankyu couldn't differentiate it

    Thank you
     
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    Hi Nutcracker, Do you have a twitter account or something where you post these type of info as well?
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I`m pretty sure the English Guild Bees Rich Cream is a standard cream shoe polish, and should be used like one. For high polish, they have a separate mirror wax polish (in tin cans). While I`ve never bought or used it (I did smell it though), I assume the quality and performance are in line with the square Saphirs. Sorry I can`t really comment on the ingredients.

    I`ve read some good reviews on it, here is one by Iijima san. He says the English Guild`s black polish has a similar bluish tint of an old Meltonian up til the early 90`s (which is good, I suppose).

    As far as I know, English Guild offers consumer grade polishes (with their name on) only in Japan.

    If you have time, you may want to visit the shoe maintenance store FANS @ Aoyama. The store is operated by R&D, the importer of English Guild polishes, so I assume their sales clerk/repairers are quite knowledgable on their own products.
     
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    At risk of going off topic, does anyone have experience with Ring Jacket MTM? I am sorely tempted to order one on my next visit, and would love to PM someone with some inside info...
     
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    Yes, PM ConradWu on this site...

    David.
     
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    Thanks David.

    I've talked to Conrad about getting RTW Ring Jacket, didn't know he'd gone MTM...
     
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    FYI, Ring MTM costs significantly more (30% or so, if I recall correctly) than their RTW collection, and none of the 'Ring Exclusive' fabrics are available.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Il Micio has a wonderful (printed) catalog that used to be available @ Tie Your Tie. I would really love to get of a copy.....
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Aside from Hide Fukaya, there are quite a few Japanese shoemakers currently working in Florence. Very few have taken steps to open their own shop (in Italy), and here is one.

    La Calzolaia (Shoko Matsuoka)
    Ms. Matsuoka did her apprenticeship at Maninna, and opened her store earlier this year.

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    With End of Year parties coming up, local shoeshiners are the busiest this time of the year.

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    Brift H, currently with 100 pairs on backorder, waiting to be polished.

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    wowsers!
     
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    She has good taste!
     
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