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Stefano Bemer

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Naturlaut II, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Naturlaut II

    Naturlaut II Senior Member

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    Just heard the news that Bemer just passed away. This is the official statement:


    Last night our brother, friend, mentor and guiding light, Stefano left this world. His life had recently been made miserable by ill-health and even he, with his incredible joy of living and faith in the future, could not fight his fate.
    We will do our utmost to continue that incredible adventure he started on 1983 and to value the extraordinary legacy he leaves us in terms of expertise knowledge and love for our work.
    Stefano, wherever you are please rest assure that we will carry on, in your name and in the name of excellence you promoted all your shortlife.
    Rest in Peace!
     

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    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    Sorry to hear that - RIP Stefano.
     

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    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    Wow. Very sad. My wife and I met him a few weeks ago. He was very nice to us. Looked a little sad and tired, but seemed healthy. I wonder what he died of.

    Here's google's translation of the article DWD linked to:
     

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    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    A beautiful video of him and his work

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]
     

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    Eustace Tilley Distinguished Member

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    This is very sad. His work looked exceptional.

    RIP.
     

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    shoefan Senior Member

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    Very sad indeed.

    Sic transit gloria mundi.
     

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    Very sad news. He was an extremely passionate shoemaker.

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    I spent a week with him for a personal project and am disappointed that he never got to see the final outcome.

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    RIP.
     
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    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Very, very sad news. RIP.

    Gaz, what project were you working on? Am I mistaken or was T4Phage also working with him on things?
     

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    What an artist, sad indeed.

    I'm going to speculate that it was probably some sort of blood dyscrasia (e.g. leukemia) or other cancer (if he smoked) based on his profession and high contact with aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g. naptha and byproducts in shoe polish).

    I cringe every time I see someone polish shoes with bare hands. Sure the romance is there, but that stuff's toxic (or should be labeled and treated as such) - and washing one's hands aferwards doesn't necessarily get rid of all of the stuff.

    As the saying go, "Disease comes through the mouth; (and Misfortune out of it)."

    RIP.

    - M
     

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    Pliny Distinguished Member

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    Naturlaut I would like to extend my condolonces - Bemer's life and work lives on in the people that loved him and worked with him and in those that share the products of his craft. What a good life- to carry on a great practical and artistic tradition and to have taken that art into places it has not been before.



    If I'm not mistaken the great Koji Suzuki apprenticed with Bemer, along with Daniel Day Lewis of course.
     
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    Sorry to hear. RIP.
     

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    Well said, Pliny.

    Koji apprenticed under Roberto Ugolini not Stefano. DDL was of course his celebrity apprentice but his most accomplished apprentice, who is now an independent shoemaker, was Saskia Witmer.
     

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