Japan has in only two decades gone from a more or less non-existing bespoke market, up to being perhaps the leading market in the world for bespoke shoes with loads of makers. How did this happen? The famous bespoke shoemaker Hiro Yanagimachi let’s us know in the fifth episode of the Shoegazing Podcast.


Hiro Yanagimachi in his workshop in central Tokyo.

Hiro Yanagimachi, one of the pioneers of the new wave of Japanese bespoke shoemakers. When he started his business two decades ago there were only a few Japanese making bespoke shoes, today there’s more than 50 bespoke shoemakers in the country, now one of the leading scenes in the world. How did this came to be is what we focused our discussion around.

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