Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    oh Nutcracker....

    when my feet are set upon these beauty ..
    making love to my wife will be no duty......
     
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    Kuro Senior member

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    great list
     
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    That's a lot of hard work, thanks man. How many of these guys sell oversea though?
     
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    really rare, most only take domestic orders. Thats why they have the capacity to work their absolute best in their product.
     
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    or they just don't know how to scale...
     
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    that's essentially Anglo-American business thinking. Not necessary the Japs.
     
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    Well if Vass and G&G can do it, you would think they can too, not so much about scales, rather just start taking orders from HK/South Korea/Taiwan/Shanghai/Beijing (RTW ones, I wonder how lean their inventories are). Maybe they're doing it already, though not to my knowledge, at least not in Taiwan.
     
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    What a wonderful thread. I love what I've seen from the Japanese makers like Koji Suzuki. The creativity and the attention to detail is wonderful.
     
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    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Stuff from: Hiro Yanagimachi

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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    you know what? Check the 2nd post on this thread where I listed the foreign trained shoemakers. A lot of them had training at the UK (Cordwainer's College, Tresham Institue), I assume they should know English to be able to graduate? :lol:
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    so far I know Guild of Crafts and Spigola do shows in Hong Kong.

    I talked to other shoemakers who were also interested in Honk Kong for some reason?

    Ryoto Hayafuji has a stellar reputation and may be among the best independent Japanese shoemakers around. He lives and sell shoes in Munich Germany, I presume all his clients are from Europe.
     
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    To me HK makes most sense for them, the culture is there. Even though Taiwan has larger population, I bet the market is smaller compare to HK for this kind of stuff, for reason you and I both know :satisfied: I wonder what's the case in Mainland China and South Korea though, will need some heavy marketing/word of mouth to get started I suppose...
     
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    Isetan must had a long list of Japanese cordwainers to team up with and in the end they went with Roberto Ugolino for design and Vass
    to scale the production front.

    I guess it's possibly economics and logistics of: shortage of skilled labour coupled with production cost in Japan. So the niche to target the
    high-end & high-margin bespoke market.
     

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