Masaru Okuyama

Robb Report Singapore - - The Bespoke Issue -

Hong Kong-based Masaru Okuyama was work­ing for a Ja­panese jew­ellery com­pany be­fore he dis­cov­ered a pas­sion for be­spoke shoe­mak­ing. Af­ter knock­ing on the door of a shoe­mak­ing school in Tokyo, he soon be­came a pro­tege of es­teemed Ja­panese footwear crafts­man, Chi­hiro Ya­m­aguchi. “I started mak­ing shoes for my fam­ily and their friends in my own garage. In that pe­riod, I faced the dif­fi­cul­ties of sat­is­fy­ing each in­di­vid­ual’s re­quire­ments,” says Okuyama, who sub­se­quently set up his own work­shop in 2010. A pur­veyor of ar­ti­sanal crafts­man­ship, Okuyama is known for his flair in per­fect­ing the tini­est of de­tails, and credit was given when he won the gold medal in the Cus­tom-Made Shoes Cat­e­gory of the Ger­man In­ter­na­tional Shoe­mak­ers’ Com­pe­ti­tion in 2010. Okuyama’s be­spoke ser­vice has a start­ing price of HK$38,000.

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