This thread is to provide info on, and share appreciation for, the works of Leather Arts & Crafts MOTO---makers of fine leather and silver goods in Aoyama--Tokyo, Japan. Leather Arts & Crafts MOTO is the name of the umbrella enterprise formed by three affiliated leather and silverworks and retailers in the Aoyama neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan: 1) Leather Arts Hideo Motoike 2) Leather &Silver MOTO 3) MOTOR Main webpage: http://www.motostyle.jp/ Leather Arts & Crafts MOTO was established in 1971 and is the brainchild of Hideo Motoike, a talented sculptor currently working in Yonago City, Japan and the artist behind Leather Arts Hideo Motoike: Main Webpage: http://www.motostyle.jp/hideoartwork/hideo-top.html Profile: http://www.motostyle.jp/hideoartwork/profile/profile.html Leather & Silver MOTO was a spin-off venture initiated in 1996 by the son of the founder, Sakuto Motoike. Over the past 15 years, MOTO has become well-recognized among Japanese leather connoisseurs as a top maker of a wide range of leather goods; including men's and women's shoes, wallets, bags, belts etc. Main webpage: http://www.motostyle.jp/leather-silver/item/item-top.html Location: Tokyo Minato-ku Kita-Aoyama 3-10-2 MOTOR is the most recent spin-off of MOTO. Initiated in 2011 as a platform for crafting a range of goods based on the aesthetic paradigm of a "Working Man's Garage", MOTOR is only starting to spin its wheels, but looks set to head in very interesting directions. Main webpage: http://www.motostyle.jp/motor/motor-top.html Location: Tokyo Minato-ku Minami-Aoyama 4-17-9 Leather & Silver offers a wide range of men's shoes and boots, but only in limited (and smaller) sizes. http://www.motostyle.jp/leather-silver/item/item-top.html One interesting feature of their homepage is a collection of photos of shoes and boots well worn in and aged to a prized patina by their customers (click on "aging" [in Japanese], the eight and final of the options on the left hand menu and the option boxed in red in the following image. Pics of the new boots will show up, but if you click on them a window showing the before and after pics will appear.): Here is a fine example of a pair of new Long Chukka boots in natural CXL: And after 8 months of hard wear: The product line-up of MOTOR is still expanding, but highlights include these: Engineer Boots http://www.motostyle.jp/motor/boots/engineer.html Lace-up Boots http://www.motostyle.jp/motor/boots/engineer.html Looking forward to more discussion, questions, comments, and pics of the finely crafted goods of MOTO.