Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Shouldn't the need of these shoemakers putting their apprenticeship on their resume be a vote of confidence of the skill of their masters in UK/Europe?

    And as I've stated before, the Japanese makers combines their industrial cultural with the art form of their UK/Italy masters and became distinct and maybe sometimes superior choices. I think most of them are a cross of French and Italian shoes despite a lot of them learned their craft at the Cordwainers College and apprenticed under Lobb London and Cleverley.
     
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    add911_11 Senior member

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    I respectively agreed.
     
  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, Gomez told Hayafuji he needed 10 years of experience to be good. Fascinatingly, I think Hayafuji took his master's advice. After making shoes unofficially in Japan for 4 years though Tie Your Tie (he could have started a shoemaking career full time), he quit and went back to apprenticeship in Germany for 3 more years. He finally opened his business (officially) last year.

    Furuhata, who did 5 yrs at old Gatto and Messina, and another 5 yrs as as independent maker, apparently decided he needed more. He's folding his business and is going to work at Marini, Rome. Not sure how long he intends to stay there.



    Thanks!
    I asked him if there was less stiffeners. He said there was no skimping on it, fully standard. I assume it is waist to waist, but I can ask.
     
  4. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    I think the standard is just heel stiffeners. And if you want some arch or lateral foot support, they can go waist to waist. For beveled/fiddled waist, they usually go waist to waist to strengthen the shoes.
     
  5. BespokeMakers

    BespokeMakers Senior member

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    Great!
    Everything is configured by a curve,like an Italian luxury sports car.
    Color and design is well suited.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you! Yes, the design and last look surprisingly good either dressy or casual (as in the green sample shoes) :fonz:
     
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    where are those from?
     
  9. ThinkDerm

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    +1
     
  10. ThinkDerm

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    How can we order this? Is it available RTW?
     
  11. nate10184

    nate10184 Senior member

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    I saw them here.
     
  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Those are bespoke sample shoes by Il Quadrifoglio. Qnai said he made that several years ago. It is blue based with a bit of purple.
    While no patina job will look identical, Qnai says if requested, he can have it done almost the same.

    Il Quadrifoglio`s Tokyo Trunk Show is just ending today. He also does shows in Osaka and Kobe, I think. Or you can visit him at his Kobe atelier :)
     
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  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    oh my..... a Japanese leathergoods thread......believe it or not, I also have a comprehensive list of Japanese Bespoke malletiers, as well as RTW makers. Leather goods industry is way larger than shoe industry, its quite a different animal. I`m travelling aboard right now, so maybe I`ll pitch in some in that thread later.
     
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    Please do.
     
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    Interested in some hippo and elephant belts. is this available? Nutcracker - can you help?
     

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