Face the shoes firmly and repair to make them [Hudson Shoe Store]
Site of this issue
[Job Category] Shoemaker
[Takumi] Hudson Shoe Store Base Murakami
[Place] Yokohama/Kanagawa Ward
Carefully, carefully, and with all your thoughts.
A corner introducing manufacturing sites that make the most of handwork.
This time, if you can't repair at other stores from all over the world
"Denyed" shoes gather,
It can be called a savior of the shoes world
To the shoe repair workshop "Hudson Shoe Store".
Murakami became the second generation of the Hudson Shoe Store seven years ago, following on from the thoughts of the former handmade shoemaker in Yokohama. On the shelves in the workshop, there are shoes waiting for repair, and around them are leather knives, crocodile, and other shoe tools that are not ready for work. Ms. Murakami who learned the details of repairs while stealing technology while watching the movements of the previous generation. "The leather knife is also sharpened by yourself, and the needles and threads are adjusted according to the shoes, and you have to make your own changes." Hudson's style is to spend the full amount of time, deciding, "Because it is important to listen closely to the customer's thoughts and requests regarding the shoes, we will hold the prior meeting until the customer is satisfied." "Shoe repair shops with a lot of meetings"...love pouring into shoesThe feeling is deep.
“In a niche place in Yokohama,” says Mr. Murakami, “Hudson Shoe Store” is a 5-minute walk from Tanmachi Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, in the corner of Matsumoto 3-chome shopping street. In 1961 (Showa 36), Mr. Masatoshi Sato, a former generation who has been working on shoes for many famous people such as former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, set up a store for 56 years this year. "It seems that most people in the Shutters shopping area didn't know that there were such great shoemakers in this place. I wonder if there was someone here who made the shoes worn by the Japanese prime minister." The Hudson Shoe Store, which had been shuttered for about a year after the death of its predecessor, was succeeded by Mr. Murakami seven years ago.
As I wrote at the beginning, shoes refused all over the country gather here. Shoes that are said to be unable to respond due to difficult repairs are brought in through word of mouth or the Internet at shoe repair shops of franchise which are increasing in the city. It seems that Mr. Murakami's reputation as a shoemaker has spread to foreign countries, and he seems to have sent shoes from Belgium over the sea the other day.
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Shoe repairs at the Hudson Shoe Store begin with a long reception. Especially for first-time customers, one pair of shoes is said to be done over a couple of hours. “Of course, not only with technology, but because we had to go to our shop after investigating on the Internet, I think it's natural for customers to take care of themselves and repair it. At first, people around me waste time. I was worried that I would make less money (laughs), but I decided to spend my time at the reception until the customer was satisfied. Then, the time will gradually decrease from the next time."
Murakami's repairs are self-taught. Of course, it is based on what I have gained through the experience of being piled up, including the previous generation, but face the shoes of the day... From that point on, the craftsmen and shoes will have a once-in-a-lifetime relationship.
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"My focus is on repairing as if I were making shoes. The idea is not to repair, but to say "remake." In front of the shoes to be remade, the dialogue with the shoes starts from here. In front of you are shoes brought to you by other stores. What is the best way to remake this? What kind of materials are used, what tools are used and what process is used to proceed... Anyway, "I spend a lot of time looking at my shoes."
For example, here. The leather sandals I was about to start working on.
Look at the sandals for a while, pick them up, put them on the workbench, look at them again, look at the tools, and silence continues. And finally the repair method was decided.
"This sandal has leather on the front but rubber on the back. So even if you make a hole with a normal perforation, the rubber will close immediately. I was worried about how to solve it." Even though I could see how to proceed, it seems that from here I will try more and more while confirming the condition of the shoes.
Murakami. It doesn't seem to meet any order. “I don't want to repair the shoes even if they destroy the atmosphere. Since I'm originally manufacturing, my main purpose is to make repairs like a shaving blade just because I know how many craftsmen make these shoes. I'm sorry, but when I really can't accept it, I'm sorry but sometimes I refuse." I think that's the attitude because they seriously face the shoes.
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If you've been to the Hudson Shoe Store, you'll notice the beauty of the tools Murakami uses. For example, this leather knife.
"Tools are a life for craftsmen. I actually visited a sharpener in Asakusa, learned how to sharpen with a whetstone, and sharpened the blade by myself. Sharpen this leather knife yourself It is said that shoemakers will start after they are able to do this. That kind of foundation is important for shoe repair."
In addition, Murakami uses needles and threads that he has modified to suit the shoes to be repaired.
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The tool case used by the previous generation.
The machine that the previous generation used was also working hard.
When asked Ms. Murakami about your future plans, "I will open a shoe store made-to-order in a room 200 to 300 meters away from this store next year. About 72 pairs of pattern orders. I will have it ready," Hudson fans were happy with. The shoe brand logo has already been decided.
“I realized more that I became a shoemaker and inherited this shop, but I think that the old Japanese craftsmen were really doing their jobs.” As a craftsman, I would like to work carefully so that the customers will appreciate it as a "professional in the middle," says Murakami. The neat tools, the big machines waiting for an active turn, and above all, Mr. Murakami's hand with a pine tarIt shows the love for shoes.
At the Hudson Shoe Store, we think of "repairing shoes" = "recovering memories" and repairing shoes. Shoes spend a lot of time with you. Time for travel, school, work, family, lovers, and friends. Shoes share various memories. Depending on the condition, it may be cheaper to buy a new one than to repair it. I think that more "memories" are shared with shoes that are repaired even under such conditions. We are proud to have your shoes repaired at the same time, and we hope the repaired shoes will support your health from the bottom of your foot, spend more time with you and share more memories.
Address3-26-3 Matsumoto-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
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