Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide – 2023 Up...

June 7th 2023

  Tokyo is one of the most varied, creative and stimulating retail experiences in the world. Not only is the city huge, but each area has a distinct feel and atmosphere, reflected in its shopping. There are small, niche brands everywhere, as...

Tokyo: A sartorial shopping guide – 2023 Up...

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It do remember it being less, and probably even more so now with the low exchange rate, but I'm afraid I can't remember how much less, sorry...

Bags - Belts and walletsJune 7th 2023

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

May 12th 2023

Five or six years ago, it was easy to find young people that wanted to be shoemakers in Japan. The wave of enthusiasm for both craft and menswear elsewhere in the world had washed up here just as strongly. Today, with Covid having only just effecti...

The struggles with shoemaking in Japan

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ShoesMay 12th 2023

Inspiring Japan: The 2023 trip

April 24th 2023

Last week I was in Japan for 10 days, mainly in Tokyo but also travelling around to Kobe, Osaka and Wakayama prefecture. It was the fourth time I’d been to Japan, but only the third for PS, and one of those had been for only a few days around ...

Inspiring Japan: The 2023 trip

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Potentially quite a strange comment, this, and one I wasn't sure where to post but thought seemed most appropriate here. Here goes: has Simon or any other PS contributor seen Godzilla Minus One? It's one of the most plea...

April 24th 2023

New black bullskin tote, and angled DBs

July 16th 2021

A new black version of our bullhide tote, a collaboration with Frank Clegg, goes on sale today. It’s available on the Frank Clegg site (not ours) alongside a restock of the dark brown. I shot some pictures of it with Alex last week, and it re...

New black bullskin tote, and angled DBs

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I haven't, no, it's done very well. The brown will probably be more versatile, but it's mostly a question of what you wear it with, your style...

July 16th 2021

The (17) bespoke shoemakers I have known

March 10th 2021

  This article was originally written back in 2014. Back then I had tried seven bespoke shoemakers, and nothing in Japan. Seven years later, the number has more than doubled, and the spread is wider – also encompassing some semi-be...

The (17) bespoke shoemakers I have known

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Bespoke: - Yohei Fukuda - Seiji McCarthy - Nicholas Templeman RTW/MTO: - Edward Green - Alden - Crockett & Jones...

ShoesMarch 10th 2021

Kenjiro Suzuki bespoke, Paris: Review

July 1st 2020

Kenjiro Suzuki is a superb technician. I think that’s the key take away from this review, aside from the normal points of fit, style and make. The work that went into this cotton suit he made me is just palpable, both in the handwork visible...

Kenjiro Suzuki bespoke, Paris: Review

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The material was the 9oz pure cotton from Holland & Sherry. Used to be called 'So Cotton'. Not sure what it's called now. The chambray shirt material was from Canclini but I think it might have been one of the more seaso...

SuitsJuly 1st 2020

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: Review

April 17th 2020

As mentioned in my recent article on Yohei Fukuda, I ordered a pair of bespoke shoes from him last year, when I was in Tokyo. However, I opted for bespoke without a fitting. Why? Well, at the moment I seem to be getting to Tokyo every three years ...

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: Review

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Thanks again....

ShoesApril 17th 2020

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: The style and shop today

March 11th 2020

Yohei Fukuda is one of the finest shoemakers in the world. And given his longevity - he set up on his own 12 years ago - he’s been at the forefront of Japan emerging as the primary world force in bespoke. But like many Japanese, it's taken hi...

Yohei Fukuda bespoke shoes: The style and shop today

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Many thanks. Excellent point....

ShoesMarch 11th 2020

The Japanese Bespoke Symposium, Tokyo

May 29th 2019

I was more nervous than usual at this, our first Symposium in Japan. Partly I think it was because of the speakers: sitting alongside Kamoshita-san (above) is intimidating for anyone. But mostly it was cultural. I was very conscious of being the onl...

The Japanese Bespoke Symposium, Tokyo

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I don't know of any Dominic, no, and to be fair haven't tried Yamagami's work either. I think it's fair to say that the shoemakers have really stood out for delivering work better than some places they trained with - tha...

May 29th 2019

Robb Report: The beauty of bags, and Japanese art...

March 14th 2017

The most recent issue of Robb Report UK included a couple of my pieces: a column singing the praises of good leather accessories, and a feature highlighting the Japanese artisans we visited last year. I have reproduced the column below. The detail ...

Robb Report: The beauty of bags, and Japanese art...

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Definitely dark brown... I know tan is tempting, but brown will be so much subtler and still have a nice deep colour over time...

BagsMarch 14th 2017

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki...

November 28th 2016

There is a bewildering number of shoemakers in Japan, somewhere between 35 and 40 depending on how you count. Although many have people working for them, they are all essentially sole operators. One person founded the house, is in charge, and there ...

Japanese shoemakers: Yohei Fukuda, Marquess, Yuki...

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It wasn't that good if I recall correctly Dominic, but it was a few years ago so I'm not absolutely sure...

ShoesNovember 28th 2016