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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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    That is some true attention to detail by Okuyama.

    Some English shoemakers intentionally tack at the heel counter to hint the shoes are bespoke. And for my G&G orders, I specifically requested to not tack at the heel counter to avoid that not-so-carefully-concealed hole. But such request is null at JLP.
     
  2. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They're not particularly deep in content, but a nice set of handbooks with lotsa visuals (of Ivy-boys, of course!)
     
  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thats a clever and a thoughtful trick indeed! :D
     
  4. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    OK, here is something that is truly amazing.....

    Below are the pictures of a brand new pair of bespoke croc (nubuck) loafers made by TYE Shoemaker for an eccentric client. This gentleman apparently has a penchant for wearing multiple layers (4 layers) of socks. The loafers (in a style of JMW's 180 and Alden's LHS) came out a bit on a wider side as a result, but I think TYE did a good job putting it all together....

    The client also asked Ohno to somehow have his own name marked on the shoes to make them more personal. He envisioned something like his initials stitched on the shoes' quarters etc.... but left it for Ohno to decide.

    This is what Ohno-san came up with to surprise his client.

    Since the shoes were penny loafers, he designed a pair of sterling silver coins with the client's face on one side, and his family crest on the other to be inserted into the shoes.

    I was speechless when Ohno-san showed me the coins. I can only imagine how his client reacted to this surprise. Perhaps this is something that was practiced long ago in the UK or US?? Not sure, but still, an amazing effort.

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    Penny loafers in Croc Nubuck w/ sterling silver coins (with the client's face and family crest)

    Seriously, I would like to see if anyone can top this :worship:

    TYE Shoemaker Facebook
     
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  5. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Harder to be born into aristocracy than having a pair of croc loafers made lol.

    Is this the omakase type of order? Clever way of filling the spec.
     
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    Despite the incredible skill involved, I've got to say that those are just over my personal line dividing uniquely beautiful from ridiculous.
     
  7. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Other than the coin surprise, I think the design/spec was reviewed and agreed upon, considering the high price of the material....
    The client seemed to have a pretty clear idea of what he wanted. A croc loafer in the style of LHS or 180, to be worn with multiple layers of socks...... maybe he has a medical condition :uhoh:
     
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  8. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Some great photos of Spigola from the folks @ The Armoury

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    from Rugged Old Salt
     
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  9. wurger

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    Ethan gives full justice to beautiful shoes with his photo shots!
     
  10. davesmith

    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Best product photography out there.
     
  11. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A great interview of Chihiro Yamaguchi (Guild of Crafts) by our very own VRaivio on Keikari
    Link to Interview

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    btw, my very own interview on Keikari is also up! A hundred thanks to VRaivio for that :)
     
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  12. Alter

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    Great interview, NC!
     
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    +1!
     
  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks! Appreciate that! :)
     
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    Interesting, thanks. In the interview he talks about getting his clothes made at Idem in Ginza - but if you check their website (which is tricky to find anyway), they only seem to make women's clothes... I will have to go down and check it out myself.
     
  16. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The tailor, I.D.E.M., shares the showroom with Guild. I recall they are tucked in the back of the store (the front part is Guild). and yes, they do make men's clothing.
     
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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    2 Bespoke shows going on this weekend at Harajuku, Tokyo

    SPIGOLA Trunk Show @ United Arrows Harajuku Men's, Tokyo
    in conjunction with COL
    9/7 (Sat) ~9/8 (Sun)

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    Bespoke: starting from ¥399,000 JPY for full handmade, ¥252,000 JPY for MaKay (blake)
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    George Cleverley Trunk Show @ International Gallery BEAMS Harajuku, Tokyo
    in conjunction with Fallan & Harvey
    9/6 (Fir) ~9/7 (Sat)

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    BEAMS link
     
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  18. clee1982

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    Nice!
     
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  19. bozzkeren

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    great interview session,
    at last we can see the man himself [​IMG]
     
  20. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    haha, thanks! I'm just an internet small timer, so I must thank Villie for considering me as a person of interest :)
     

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