What is Bench Made?

I worked for 8 years at a long established bespoke shoemakers “John Lobb”. I have lived since then to use my experience from working at that shop. I will endeavor to make shoes for each customer, which they will be able to wear for 30 years with repair and care.

There are as 20 different feet for every 10 people. I give careful consideration to each foot when making shoes, which allow the wearer to experience stress free walking. I discuss in detail with every customer each pair shoes paying special attention to their life style and desires. From these consultations I will make for each customer a completely individual one off pair of shoes.

For the purpose of fitting and design, I make trial shoes, which I will adjust at fitting sessions until you feel satisfied. After completion of the initial order, each time you walk it will soften the insole and adapt you personally. Continued wear makes moderate creases on the shoes, and constant polishing makes the color more impressive. The shoes and the customer walk together and as you walk they will grow to become a part of you. Please enjoy a new first step with BENCH MADE shoes.

1992 I first learnt how to the make shoes at Moge Workshop。
1995 I entered the shoe making technology course at Cordwainers College in London.I began to learn how to make hand sewn welted shoes from Paul Wilson who is a John Lobb bespoke shoe maker.
I started work experience in John Lobb's bootmakers at St James's street in London.
1996 I won the young designer of the year sponsored by the Shoe & leather news.
1997 I graduated with an HND from the shoe making technology department of Cordwainers Colledge. I became the first Japanese shoe maker employed at John Lobbs. After I Joined the company I specialized in Clicking, pattern cutting and closing. I worked at John Lobbs for 8 years. While there I had the pleasure of making shoes for Queen Elizabeth.
2004 I left John Lobb's and came back to Japan and opened "Benchwork study" shoe making school.
2005 I started my own bespoke shoe brand "Bench Made" by Yukiko Basett Okawa" in coraboration with MIYUKI HUNDRED CLUB in Ginza.
2006 I moved my "Bench made" brand to setagaya Tokyo.

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Seijyo 6-5-25, Daiichi Sumino Bld. 408, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0066 Japan
Tel/Fax: 03 3484 6133
E-mail: benchworkstudy@yahoo.co.jp
Access: Odakyu-Line Seijogakuenmae North-Exit.

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