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Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. laufer

    laufer Well-Known Member

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    Where do you get that water bottle shown at 1:50?
     
  2. BespokeMakers

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    I quite agree[​IMG]
     
  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Those are solvent dispensers
    You can get them (in various shapes) from amazon

    Of course, you can get them at Brift H too :)
     
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    I'm too late ! [​IMG]
     
  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    One of the younger fellows at Brift H, Niida-san, showed me how the dispenser is used with a goat hair brush. Goat hair brushes are incredibly soft, it feels like a lambswool. He moistened the brush by tapping it directly on the spout (releases about a drop of water), and started (wet) buffing the shoes (after a polish had been built). I recall him going back and forth between this and using a polish cloth to get the final shine. I may want to go back and document the process more carefully....
     
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  7. chogall

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    Now this is a pair of true fiddle back shoes.
     
  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    These are samples of an upcoming collection of Regal shoes designed by a fashion blogger called 'M'

    The designs are more or less based on Regal's classic models from the 1960's (in the middle of the 'Ivy' fad in Japan)
    What's potentially unique about these shoes is the combination of Horween and Japanese cordovan.
    On each model, Horween's Whisky shell is paired with Japanese cordovan in either tan, wine, and olive.
    While I'm not exactly sure how the Japanese cordovans are processed, they apparently age differently from Horween's shell variety.
    The best of both worlds....I suppose

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    Whisky + Tan

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    Whisky + Wine

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    Whisky + Olive

    From Editor's Blog 'M'
     
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  9. Fang66

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    Where to cop? I think I must have those whiskey and tan bluchers.
     
  10. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    I think they will be available in Isetan this Fall....
     
  11. nutcracker

    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Shoeshiners @ Yurakucho, Tokyo

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    snapped these pics with my phone....too bad I was wearing suede today
     
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    nutcracker Well-Known Member

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    Shoe Shopping in Ginza, Tokyo Part 1

    Ginza is the Fifth Avenue of Tokyo, its premier shopping district. Anchored by 7 or so large department stores, and a countless number of boutiques with familiar names, it's easy to get lost here. While most visitors settle for either one of the department stores, there are plenty of gems if you know where to look. While Ginza is also the sartorial capital of Japan, for my purpose, I'll be listing places where you can find some real shoes for men.

    On this post, I'll be listing the shoe brands available in the larger institutions of the area: Department stores and large Select Stores.

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    The Ginza landmark: Wako Department Store

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    East Ginza landmark: Kabuki Theater, anyone?

    Ok lets get started...

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    Hankyu Men's
    Corthay
    Gaziano & Girling (incl. RTW Deco)
    Crocket & Jones
    Santoni
    Magnanni
    Paraboot
    Napolitano Rachelle
    Stefano Branchini
    Alfred Sargent
    Church's
    Yanko
    Jalan Sriwijaya
    Harrys of London
    Perfetto
    Regal
    Union Imperial
    Scotch Grain

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    Barneys New York
    Edward Green
    Alden
    Crockett & Jones
    Max Verre
    Gerard Sene
    Trickers
    Paraboots

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    Ginza Mitsukoshi
    Edward Green
    Mercariello
    Silvano Lattanzi
    Crockett & Jones
    Santoni
    Magnanni
    Meermin
    Sanyo Yamacho
    Otsuka
    Regal
    Scotch Grain

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    Beams Ginza
    George Cleverley
    Church's
    Alden
    Enzo Bonafe
    Crockett & Jones
    Santoni
    Paraboot
    Beams (house brand)

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    Tomorrowland Ginza
    Gaziano & Girling
    Hidetaka Fukaya
    Crockett & Jones
    JM Weston
    Church's

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    United Arrows Ginza
    John Lobb
    Church's
    Crockett & Jones
    Alden
    Paraboot
    Sanders
    United Arrows (house brand)
     
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  13. nutcracker

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    Shoe Shopping in Ginza, Tokyo Part 2

    Shoe Stores, Big and Small

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    Trading Post Ginza
    Saint Crispins
    Zonkey Boots
    Carmina
    Crockett & Jones
    Allen Edmonds
    Trickers
    Sofice Solid
    Trading Post (house brand)

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    World Footwear Gallery
    Sutor Mantelassi
    Bolllini
    Silvano Sassetti
    Santoni
    Ducal
    Di Mella
    Lobb's
    Miyagi Kogyo RTW
    Central
    Perfetto

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    Regal Tokyo: Bespoke salon on the 2nd floor

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    Sanyo Yamacho Ginza: high end RTW shoes

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    ABC Mart (Bespoke Salon Saion is on the 2nd Floor)

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    Lloyd Footwear for fine English shoes

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    Ginza Washington for shoes of every price range

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    Edifice for Joseph Cheaney shoes

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    Scotch Grain: Fine Japanese welted shoes

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    Madras: Try their MTO program with computer assisted measuring

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    Taya: A tie manufacturer (Miyagi Kogyo MTO available for order)

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    Yoshinoya Ginza: A Ginza institution. Handsewn welted RTW shoes

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    Berluti

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    Union Works: Shoe Repair & Sundry: They also stock Schneider Boots + Trickers

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    Sarto / Ball Works: Repair Specialists: Get your polishes and fine Edoya shoebrushes here

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    Guild: Bespoke and MTO orders (Hall & Marks)

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    Tetsujiya: Bespoke shoes

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    Sartoria Mario Pecora Ginza: Authentic Milanese Bespoke Suits. You can order Marquess Bespoke shoes here

    So there you go. My comprehensive list of shoes available in the Ginza area (possibly the first in English) :). Pretty much every known RTW brands are available one way or another. If not enough, you can head to the neighbouring upscale Marunouchi area for more. :fonz:
     
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  14. clee1982

    clee1982 Well-Known Member

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    looks like the only thing not there is Testoni and Vass. I assume you didn't list Ferragamo because you forgot, I wouldn't count Tramezza out as being nice shoes. I also assume they sell Zegna shoes in Japan?
     
  15. nutcracker

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    Yeah, there is a large A.Testoni, several Zegna stores (one large one, and 2 small outlets in department stores), and a massive Ferragamo building here in Ginza.
    I haven't had a chance to walk into a Zegna store in Tokyo (there are 11 I think), but I assume they sell shoes in one of the larger ones (like the 'Global' store in Shinjuku).
    I might go back to Ginza to see whats up.

    No Vass in Ginza. Only in Isetan, Shinjuku.
     
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  16. clee1982

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    well in any case, you can pretty much buy anything in Japan. You won't get the same range of offering in NYC/London or Paris
     
  17. Ilovelobbs

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    I went back 5 pages and couldn't find the Bespoke Pron Thread....so I thought I'll add this pair of bespoke boots made in the 1920's somewhere in the City.
     
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    Shoe Shopping in Isetan, Tokyo

    Isetan in an upscale department store located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. A.k.a. the 'Fashion Museum', the Art Deco structure dating from the early 1930's is quite impressive, and just about every luxury brand is represented here. Isetan Mens, a satellite wing devoted to men's fashion, also happens to have a massive selection of high-end shoes.

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    The current Isetan was built in 1933, in a Neo-Gothic / Art Deco style

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    External details. Quite pretty

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    The men's shoes floor. Domestic Shoes on the left side, and nicer shoes on the right. A repair/polishing shop is located on the far left. There are about 20 sales associates here

    Entry Price Shoes
    Isetan Men's (house brand)
    Jalan Sriwijaya
    Madras
    Regal
    Otsuka Since 1872
    Scotch Grain
    Shetland Fox
    Union Imperial
    +whole bunch of other minor brands I never heard of

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    The area on the right is the Upper range RTW shoes / Italian shoes section
    Upper Range Section
    Alden
    Alfred Sargent
    Brooks Brothers
    Cheaney
    Church's
    Corno Blu
    Crockett & Jones
    Grenson
    Meermin
    Otsuka Shoten
    Paraboots
    Perfetto
    Sanyo Yamacho
    Trickers

    Italian Section
    A. Testoni
    Bally
    Betanin Venturi
    Campanile
    Frateli Rossetti
    Magnanni
    Mercariello by Napolitano
    Santoni
    Salvatore Ferragamo
    Tod's

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    The Prestige / High End Area is semi enclosed, so small timers like me won't walk in by mistake.

    Anthony Cleverley
    Corthay
    Edward Green
    JM Weston
    John Lobb
    Napolitano Rachele
    Otsuka Limited
    Santoni Limited
    Silvano Lattanzi
    Stephano Bemer
    Vass
    Zintala
    Yohei Fukuda (MTO & Bespoke)

    There are about 8 or so of Yohei Fukuda's sample shoes displayed at all times. You'll see my fingerprints on each and every one of them :lol:

    So there you go. If you're lucky, you may bump into an order fair /bespoke show of some sort, or even better, visit during the semi-annual sale when most brands go 30% off or more.
     
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