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Report – Fugee bagmaker

The fact that customers continue to place orders despite the waiting time of over seven years (!) says a lot about the status of the Tokyo based bagmaker Fugee. Completely hand stitched bags with hardware designed and made in house to the highest possible level. Fugee has been the gold standard for bespoke leather bags and accessories since the 80’s, and a report from their showroom and workshop should interest all shoe nerds that also admire superb craftsmanship.

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Shoegazing Podcast

Shoegazing Podcast – Ep. 11, Takashi Fukuda, Isetan, about Isetan Men’s influence on the quality shoe scene

The shoe department at Isetan Men’s in Tokyo is often called shoe heaven, with over 1,000 shoe models on display. The department has been highly influential on the men’s shoe scene in Japan, and abroad. Hear the head buyer Takashi Fukuda talk about this topic, about how they work when bringing in new brands, how they are going to keep its relevance in the increasingly digital world, and more.

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Report – Alte Art

Alte Art is relatively unknown, even though one founder is one of the pioneers of the thriving Japanese bespoke shoe scene, and the brand has been around for almost two decades. And despite the fact that they create very well-made bespoke shoes, and also some of the most inspiring and fascinating art shoes I have ever seen.

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