Ah, yes, I’ve missed these kinds of photos, too–they’re what made me fall in love with this site to begin with. Such a great reminder of the craftsmanship of fashion, rendered with such reverence. I love these images.
I think that I know exactly where this is. I studied photography in Florence. This is right around the corner from S. Lorenzo Church. Also around the corner from Il Porcuspino, one of the best restaurants in Florence, if not Italy.
Asian sweatshop in Florence, Italy?! This is a Japanese bespoke shoe maker, Mr. Fukaya Hidetaka of IL MICIO di Hidetaka Fukaya. Price? From 2950 Euros. (For more information see the magazine “Last” No. 7).
These kinds of posts are wonderful to see. I especially love the picture looking in through the front door. These pictures, and those of the previous post really highlight that your talents lie not only in finding great people or style to take pictures of, but that you also know how to take beautiful pictures. It’s one of the things that really sets “The Sartorialist” blog apart from most fashion blogs.
Have you had formal photography training? Informal training? Did you teach yourself? Just experiment?
This entry gives me that feeling that something wonderful is hiding just around the corner, to reward the curious and never be seen by the oblivious. I wonder how many people have walked by this place every day. I love the play between the traditional stlying of the shoe and it’s ultra-modern shape. I’ll take a pair with a 4 in heel underneath. :)
p.s. The juxtaposition in the front of the store of the modern, clean furnature with the wooden boxes covered in postage stamps is itself fantastic. The peek into the workshop shevles is just plain good seeing. Well done, Sart!
Asian model blogger: for someone with that kind of name, your views seem to be a tad racist. The suggestion that an Asian person cannot be an Italian (and yes, you do get Asians (race) who are Italian nationals) shoemaker, is both ignorant and disturbing. Just because the gentleman is Asian, you have to assume that its a “Chinese sweat shop”; that’s nonsense man.
My friend just returned from Paris and Venice full of stories, and up until now I’ve been dealing well with wanting to kill him. But these pictures have pushed me over the edge…I must go to Europe NOW.
I’ve been there last June during Pitti Uomo Exhibition. I thought that I’ve already seen everything in made to measure shoes (I’ve got a lot of aquaintances in this corporation) but Mr Fukaya’s work is simply amazing. Lasts are incredible! A long time since I felt such an emotion with shoes! Promised, my next MTM pair will be made by him.