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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. bamboo

    bamboo Senior member

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    Guild of Crafts MTO. This pair was bought in 2006/7, back then their shoe trees were normal 3 pieces one.

    After couple of years, it became a bit loose. It is partly because my preference change, but I think they tend to make shoes slightly roomier.


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    add911_11 Senior member

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    That is pretty impressive. The shoe must look good for the feet, but not on picture.
     
  3. bamboo

    bamboo Senior member

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    Thanks. I bought one two eyelet derby prior to this and got this one as I liked the style. I have to admit that I do not see any other particular style I like from their offerings.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    The brand seems to do best unique designs in the Japanese bespoke shoe market. I am not surprised if most of them are not the taste of an ordinary shoe-lover.
     
  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    very very nice!
    Is that Guild's Rusty? I don't own a pair of Guild, but I've handled them quite a bit. Although the styling looks quite iffy on photos, I found their shoes quite palatable in person. My biggest impression was that these shoes were made very very well. btw they still have wooden trees. Their infamous leather shoe trees are optional, I think.
     
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  6. TehBunny

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    Those Spigola grained split toes are jizz worthy nice job!
     
  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is Koji still visiting the States? I know at one point he was going to NYC and I foolishly missed out.
     
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    The shoe on center fore front in lilac with purple tip, what a sublime patination. Simply outstanding. It's amazing how much talent these japanese makers have in all aspects.
     
  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes that was some time ago, but I say why not again? All he needs is an assurance that he'll get enough orders during the visit, and judging from the interest I see on this thread, I don't see that as a problem at all.

    I won't be surprised if he is already working with some retailers/sponsors for a comeback show.....just a speculation
     
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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why don't you get in touch with him and ask?
     
  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    During a show in Tokyo, I asked Koji's brother about possible overseas shows other than Hong Kong, and I don't recall him saying yes. But sure, I can email him and ask :)

    I'm more interested to know about Suzuki being hired as a director/designer of the new shoe collection by a "world famous" Fashion brand....so far the name is yet to be revealed, but the news have been around in several fashion publications
     
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  13. mimo

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    A patinated purple lazyboy of serious quality, with a natural shape and rakish chiseled toe. I can barely think of anything better to make one feel smug in weekend wear. Brilliant.
     
  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A bigger photo :D
     
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    rikod Senior member

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    Wow!, what a shoe
     
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    Thank you for the link, nutcracker! I really was blown away by the shapes Okuyama has sculpted on the monk pair pictured with the interview, as well as the wholecut model I placed after the last chapter. The lands of the rising sun also house plenty of rising cordwaining talent. Asia will rise.
     
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    Thank you for the link, nutcracker! I really was blown away by the shapes Okuyama has sculpted on the monk pair pictured with the interview, as well as the wholecut model I placed after the last chapter. The lands of the rising sun also house plenty of rising cordwaining talent. Asia will rise.
     
  18. Xenon

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    Yes sir!!! Thank you Nutcracker.
     
  19. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes the monk strap was the first one to catch my eye too! Really nice

    Of all the Japanese shoemakers, Okuyama-san seems to be among the few that has the total package. His craft is spectacular, but he also knows how to present/market himself very well (in English, and in Chinese?). And then he also has a roster of international clientele for being in Hong Kong. Quite surprised that he went straight to Hong Kong to start his practice (instead of Japan), but looks like it worked out for him :)

    I remember a SF member showed several of his Okuyama shoes on the Hardcore Porn thread.....
     
  20. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Another show coming up this weekend

    Yuki Shirahama Bottier is having a trunk show @ Mitsukoshi Isetan Department store in Osaka from 4/27~4/28.

    Isetan is the Barney's, Neiman, and Saks of Japan, so it is huge for craftsman of any discipline to get their attention/support. This is great news for Shirahama Bottier.

    Members living or visiting in Osaka should go check out what this guy is all about! or maybe even order :)

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