Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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

  1. laufer

    laufer Senior member

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    Seriously guys is goat hair brush really that much better. I bought one too from Collonil and I will test it but did any of you notice any difference? I mean we horsehair, goat hair and now I hear about yak hair??
     


  2. Ilovelobbs

    Ilovelobbs Senior member

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    Quote:I always pick up a few brushes during their sale period - win/win situation...they tell me it's close to their wholesale prices...
     


  3. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Goat hair is commonly used for makeup brushes, but squirrel hairs are even softer :lol:
     


  4. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    Seriously :satisfied: ... what else is out there that I am missing?
     


  5. JermynStreet

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    I suppose all the wet shavers out there could use their super silver badger brushes???
     


  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A Visit to MISAWA & WORKSHOP, Tokyo

    At the age of 32, Noriyuki Misawa already has 10 years of experience and numerous prizes under his belt. He spent the bulk of his career at Guild, where he split his time as a bespoke craftsman and as an instructor at their shoemaking academy. In addition to being a shoemaker, Misawa is also an accomplished artist. As a avid admirer of Viennese arts and crafts (and of course, shoes), he spent a year in Vienna studying art while working at several notable workshops, including Materna. Upon his return, he established MISAWA & WORKSHOP in 2011.

    Although Misawa`s shoes aren`t necessarily rooted in the Viennese tradition, he considers the culture of the Viennese fin de siecle a major source of his inspiration. He consciously adheres to the classic shapes/patterns, and has a particular fondness for ornamentation and broguing (also the reason why he went to Materna).

    Misawa-san does full handmade bespoke shoes only. Lead time is 6 months (incl. a fitting session). The quality of workmanship and the attention to detail are top notch, and the materials used are also top grade (vintage Carl Freudenburg, Baker soles etc...). So at the starting price of ¥200,000 yen (and even lower for the 2nd pair), I think these are an absolute steal.


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    Spectators.... quite stunning (open link for high rez)

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    I really like this pair of derbies. Just the right amount of volume

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    Sleek lazyman in red.

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    The stitchwork is impeccable

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    Another lazyman in deadstock Carl Freudenburg calfskin.

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    Punch cap oxfords. "My most conservative shoes"....

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    Country boots for ladies

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    Buttons and heel

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    A gold medal! He received it while he apprenticed at Materna.

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    The medal winner

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    Atelier/showroom interior.

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    Display case. Lots of wonderful brogue shoes

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    Mr. Misawa Noriyuki. The object on the wall is also his creation.

    My thanks to Misawa-san!

    MISAWA & WORKSHOP
    www.misawa-and-workshop.com
     


  7. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Holy gladiator!!! That's going to be my next project after the current batch finishes. At JPY 200K, its an absolute steal even comparing to the usual British RTW suspects.

    Who makes his shoe trees?

    p.s., talked to Paul Wilson and got a confirmation that the Marquese couple worked for and were trained by him. He still talks with Shogi over skype regularly and receives packages of dry fishes. He spoke highly of the wife, a former kitchen (or home?) designer.
     


  8. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    JPY 200K, that looks amazing for full bespoke
     


  9. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, the price is quite unbelievable, considering he doesn`t skimp on using quality materials. He makes the shoes all by himself.
    The atelier is actually located in the outskirt of the city, and he says the cheap rent allows him to keep the price at bay. Regardless, its a win win situation of us consumers :D

    oh, those old shoe trees are for display only :)
    I believe he uses standard shoe trees shaped to custom fit each shoes

    And yeah, Yuriko-san is the other half of Marquess, and does the patterns, clicking/closing. Extremely talented to say the least.
     
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  10. bozzkeren

    bozzkeren Senior member

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    another home run by NC [​IMG]
    love viennese influence on that shoes
    by chance do you plan to sort your trips to bespoke artisan on first page?
     


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    Agree, absolutley stunning pair with perfect balance!
     


  12. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks!!

    I can't edit the first page anymore. I think you only get 14 days or so to edit your older posts.
     


  13. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yamauchi Chihiro (Guild of Crafts) seems to be quite popular in Hong Kong. He just did a trunk show this past April. Now he's going to be on a TV show :D

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  14. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    R&D, the former importer for La Cordonnerie Anglaise shoecare products, will be selling off their remaining stocks of LCA trees.
    Online sale (from their webstore) starts from 7/3/12 12:00. All models are priced at ¥3150 yen, a phenomenal deal.
    Sorry I won't be able to to proxy for overseas members (I expect them to be sold out quickly), though members living in Japan may want to take advantage of this sale :)

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    http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/resources-shoecare/a5a2a5a6a5.html
     
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  15. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    That is a very nice price for LCA trees.
     


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