Hello! My name's Louise and I'm a Dunedin
teacher. I'm bringing Japanese Master shoemaker Takano Keitaro
and his English speaking Assistant to Dunedin in March 2016.
Takano creates bespoke and made-to-order leather shoes
from his workshop in Ginza, Tokyo's most glamourous district. I met
Takano during an internship in Tokyo in 2015 and was inspired by
the generosity of my sensei. Because I believe he will inspire
others I promised to bring him to New Zealand. It's an ambitious
promise, and one that relies on the support of my wider community
to help fund their travel costs.
I am now arranging an exhibition and viewing event of
Takano's Clematis Ginza shoes at
Historic Home in Dunedin in March 2016. 'Japanese Handmade
Shoes by Master Takano Keitaro' will be an Associated Event of iD
Dunedin Fashion Week and Olveston Historic Home
is the perfect venue. Furnished with fine art, furniture and
artefacts, including items collected from Japan, its grandeur is a
fitting place for an exhibition of Clematis Ginza shoes. The house
and its crafted contents are echoes of a time when artisan
businesses thrived in New Zealand.
The Clematis Ginza workshop seems a world away from
Dunedin. However, once upon a time Dunedin's streets were lined
with shoemakers and everyone was wearing handmade shoes. The
tradition of making and wearing handmade shoes is no longer
commonplace in New Zealand; hand skills have given way to mass
production and much of our manufacturing industries have moved
offshore. Takano's beautifully handcrafted shoes provide a link to
the shoemaking traditions of New Zealand's past and this Boosted
campaign is your opportunity to revive them.
Thank you for your donation and for sharing this with your
friends and family.