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Shoes outside the usual suspects

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by sanmateo, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. sanmateo

    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    I'm doing research for a possible story about bespoke shoes outside of the usual suspects ie. England and Italy.

    So far, I've thought of Saint Crispins in (I think) Vienna, Koji Suzuki in Japan (Tokyo, I think) and Vass in Budapest. Any thoughts/info on those three would be much appreciated, but I'm also interested in any other ideas.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
     


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    If my memory serves me correctly, there is an Iron Shoemaker in Warsaw, Poland, by the name of Jan Kielmann. IMMSMC there are also Himer & Himer in Baden-Baden, Taylor and Son in London, Perry Ercolino in New York, Pierre Corthay, Aubercy, Berluti, Raymond Massaro, Altan and Marc Guyot in Paris (as well as John Lobb Paris), Georg Materna in Vienna, Peron e Peron in Spain, and I am sure there are many others about whom my memory does not serve me correctly. ALLEZ CUISINE.........
     


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    Apparently Perry Ercolino no longer goes to New York regularly and works out of his place in Doylestown. Mr.Ercolino used to meet clients at Leonard Logsdail's shop.
     


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    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    No, never talked to them. Jann Melkersson in Sweden, though. If you are in need of direction, you should contact D.A. Saguto at the Williamsburg, Virginia Historical Society - the Shoemaking Shop.
     


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    Here's a website set up by a Japanese client of Mr. Melkersson. The interesting thing about him (Mr. Melkersson, I mean) is that he apparently is a former pupil of Tex Robin, a well-known Texas bootmaker. How many Swedes could there possibly be who know how to make a proper cowboy boot?
     


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    Get yourself a copy of Vass's Handmade Shoes for Men and both volumes of the Japanese Mex's Ex The World of High-End Shoes. There are a number of rather obscure makers in each of those. Besides the ones others have already mentioned, there are also Oliver Moore and Vincent & Edgar in New York City.
     


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    jcusey Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Peron & Peron is based in Bologna, isn't it?
     


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    sanmateo Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen --

    Many thanks for your advice.
     


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    I'm on a photo-taking rampage. Here is a photo of my bespoke Kow Hoo shoes from Hong Kong. They go well with my tweed suits: [​IMG]
     


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    Very nice. May I ask how much they set you back?

    koji
     


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    Koji,

    I bought them in 2000 and they were about HK$ 2700. I think that the quality is about level, or slightly better than the C & J regular line. They're happy to make shoes to your requirements (from last shape to the design of the shoe itself). The soles can be stitched aloft or channelled.
     


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    There is also a custom shoemaker named Dan Freeman in Middlebury, Vermont.
     


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