Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Creative Sole, Japanese Sneaker Culture is a book by Manami Okazaki that looks at Japan’s prolific presence in sneaker culture globally. Creative, covetable and cool, Japanese sneakers are some of the most highly sought after in the world today, with an incredible amount of designers, collaborators, artists and makers, all infusing their creative energy into this multi-billion dollar industry. This book includes hundreds of sneakers from the hottest Japanese designers, and collaborations ranging from the crazy to the chic, to vintage, rare and Japan exclusive items.
Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture
Creative Sole: Japanese Sneaker Culture

From Asics/Onitsuka Tiger’s Olympic archival items, to the entire portfolio of mita sneakers collabs, to historic Japan-made sneakers sourced from the vaults of Tokyo’s super collectors, this comprehensive book will thrill all lovers of design and fashion.

Included are over 350 sneaker photos, including collaboration kicks with a wide range of creators, from designers such as Comme des Garçons, street wear label BAPE, Nintendo game characters, artist Takashi Murakami, Hello Kitty to skaters like Christian Hosoi.

Interviews with famous designers, artists, creative directors, athletes and ad agency W+K provide exclusive contextual information into the world of kicks.

About the author
Manami Okazaki is an author and journalist. She has produced 10 books (coffee-table tomes/ visual culture collectibles) on Japanese culture, art, crafts and fashion, which have been widely acclaimed by international media. She specializes in traditional Japanese culture, popular culture, travel, style, fashion, and subcultures. She is one of the best-connected English speaking journalists for Japanese subculture material. Her long-term projects are represented in her books.

Her journalism commissions have taken her to explore anarchists in Greece, Lucha Libre in Mexico City, surf culture in Puerto Escondido, Paris fashion week, Muay Thai in Bangkok, HIV Buddhist temples in Lopburi, architecture in Berlin, and so on. An avid traveler, she has been to over 50 countries and has written countless travel stories both internationally and within Japan.

Publisher
Published by Kingyo Limited
Europe: August 2017
Book size: 23 x 79 x 108 mm
Hardcover: 280 pp.
Photographs: 350 color
Text in English
Price: € 29.99/$ 31.59

ISBN: 9789881250728

Photo sneakers 'Koi morph' by Yoske Nishiumi.

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - TeNeues published a new book called 'It's All About Shoes' by British photographer Suzanne Middlemass. A variety of exciting and inspiring street style images with a 'sole' focus on shoes! A must have for or students of footwear fashion, cultural anthropology, fans and admirers of innovative street style fashion, or anyone looking for creative personal style inspiration.
It's All About Shoes
It's All About Shoes

About the Book
Shoes are a staple in every person's wardrobe, but depending on the wearer, they can transform from basic functionality to a unique and compelling fashion accessory that can 'make or break' an outfit as a distinct expression of personal style. From vintage and quirky, to edgy and Goth, and sleek and high-end,' It's All About Shoes' shows an eclectic mix of what fashion-forward mavens choose to put on their feet each morning to make a statement on the everyday runway of city streets.

In an increasingly globalized and homogenized culture, it is these daring individuals, whether devoted followers of fashion or completely devoid of trend, that street style photographer Suzanne Middlemass has captured for their bold, beautiful, strange, yet always interesting choices in footwear that make them truly stand out.
Shoe street style represented by the major fashion capitals of the world: Paris, Milan, New York, London, Berlin and Copenhagen.

About the Author
Suzanne Middlemass is a British photographer living in London. She has been commissioned by such publications as British Vogue, Elle UK, Elle Italy, Elle Taiwan, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Company Magazine, Cosmo On Campus, GQ USA. She works for clients: Elle Uk, LOOK!, Womens Health, GQ USA, Furla, Havaianas Shoes, Hearst Publishing, Glamour UK, Grazia UK and Vogue UK. Her passion for fashion, photography, and travel has taken her across Europe and the U.S. to the most influential Fashion Weeks in the world.

Follow @suzannemiddlemass on Instagram.

Publisher
Published by TeNeues
Europe: March 2017
Overseas: April 2017
Book size: 19,4 x 24 cm
Hardcover: 256 pp.
Photographs: 300 color
Text in English and French
Price: € 29,90, $ 45, £ 29.95
ISBN: 9783832769048

Photo © 2017 Suzanne Middlemass

Thursday, September 01, 2016 - Looking for a challenge in crafting leather? Lisa Sorell: 'As far as I know, this is the first book written about the craft of leather inlay and overlay. I’m thrilled to be able to add a written resource to leather craft.' This book was over two years in the making, the result of more than two decades of honing her craft.
The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay by Lisa Sorell
The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay by Lisa Sorell

The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay. A Guide to Technique for Top results
Although a pair of Sorrell’s custom boots are featured on the cover, Sorrell emphasized the book is about the unique craft of hand crafted underlays and overlays, an art form she says is slowly disappearing, and can be applied to shoes, apparel and accessories.In addition to crafting techniques this book covers the history of leather inlay and overlay, choosing the best leather and how to pattern and create art. It also provides an illustrated step-by-step guide to three leather projects. 'Many people are interested in learning to make boots and shoes by hand,' said Sorrell, who envisions her book as a textbook on the subject. In addition to her own work, she sometimes offers boot making classes at leather shows were she exhibits her work.

More than 470 color photos bring in-depth detail to this comprehensive look at the almost forgotten decorative art of leather inlay and overlay. Leather is an often-overlooked textile, with very little documentation on its tools and techniques, and this guide fills a crucial gap for the aspiring leatherworker. These skills have historically been passed along orally, and the book begins with a brief introduction of the cowboy boot, since thisis the discipline that’s become a repository for the art of leatherinlay and overlay. Learn what these decorative methods can bring to your work with details on the tools and machinery needed, and clear explanations of the techniques. Also covered are the history of leather inlay and overlay, choosing the best leather, how to pattern and create leather art, and basic sewingmachine maintenance. The book finishes with anillustrated, step-by-step guide to three leather projects.

About the author
Lisa Sorell is a bespoke cowboy boot maker. Sorrell’s handmade boots don’t come cheap, averaging between $5,000 and $10,000. However, she personally fits customers and works with them on designs. All of her boots are commissioned by clients, that require a personal meeting for measuring, and are built by Sorell personally in her Oklahoma studio. She works as an ambassador for the craft of cowboy boot making: speaking, demonstrating, and teaching to preserve and promote this historic craft.

More info at customboots.net

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
For many years I have been a great fan of Lisa Sorell's amazing, special decorated and colorful cowboy boots. I am intrigued by her craftsmanship and now there is this book in where she step for step visualizes and clearly explains her various and special techniques. I found examples I never have seen before. Its sculpting with leather. I think this is a very inspiring book for everybody who works with leather. A must have!

The Art or Leather Inlay and Overlay
Author: Lisa Sorell
Format: 8 1/2” x 11”
Features: Full color, 470 color photos of the technique
Hardcover: 176 pages
Price: $34.99 
Published by Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5121-1
Published in June 2016

More shoes by Lisa Sorell at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Monday, April 25, 2016 - From the 2nd of April until the 11th of September 2016 Fashion Museum Hasselt in Belgium presents ‘Haute-à-Porter’, curated by the internationally acclaimed costume designer, journalist and photographer Filep Motwary. Haute couture is synonymous with craftsmanship, luxury, extravagance and spectacle. But aren’t these typical features of contemporary prêt-à-porter?
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion

The exhibition examines this question further and researches the changing relationship and cross-fertilization between haute couture and ready to wear. Through a variety of themes and a selection of spectacular silhouettes and accessories from high end designers and fashion houses, the exhibition highlights the significance of haute couture for contemporary fashion. Completed with photography, film, art and music, Haute-à-Porter offers a unique insight into the fashion industry of the last 30 years.

Participant designers and houses: Dior, Chanel, Erdem, Burberry, Lanvin, Rochas, Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Roger Vivier, Prada, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten, Christian Lacroix, Delpozo, Mary Katrantzou, Jil Sander, Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Alberta Ferretti, Thierry Mugler, Anna Molinari, Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Rick Owens, Blumarine, Undercover, Giles, Christian Louboutin, Thom Browne, Marios Schwab, Sacai, Alexander McQueen, Herve L.Leroux, Anrealage, Schiaparelli, A.F. Vandevorst, Olivier Theyskens, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Stephen Jones, Alexis Mabille, Jay Briggs, Giuseppe Zanotti, Anya Caliendo, Iris Schieferstein, Erik Halley, Norita Katatehana, Maison Martin Margiela, Roger Vivier...

Photographers presented in the exhibition: Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Nagi Sakai, Luigi and Iango, Charles Fréger, Francesco Brigida, Emma Summerton, Mikael Jansson, Erik Madigan Heck, Matthias Vriens-McGrath, René Habermacher, Michael Thompson, Fabien Baron, Thanassis Krikis, David Dunan, François Berthoud, Krishna Godhead, Sheila Metzner, Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Michal Pudelka, Ali Mahdavi, Txema Yeste, Daniel Jackson, Kevin Tachman, Giampaolo Sgura, Sebastian Kim, Tim Richardson, Bill Georgoussis, Matthew Brookes...

Artists presented: Hedwig Snoeckx, Iris Van Dongen and Koen Vanmechelen.

About the Book ‘Haute-à-Porter’
Along with the exhibition a book will be published by Lannoo, with interviews and contributions from Angelo Flaccavento, Alexander Fury, Antonio Mancinelli, Colin McDowell, Farida Khelfa, Irene Silvagni, Maria Luisa Frisa, Robin Schulie, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Nicole Phelps, Pierre Hardy, Rick Owens, Stephen Jones, Thom Browne, Tim Blanks, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Zandra Rhodes completed with visuals by more than thirty renowned photographers and artists.

Book review from the Virtual Shoe Museum
The exhibition is divided into themes such as crinoline, volume, draping, classic, decoration. In the accompanying book, these themes are commented thoroughly. Motwary shows us interesting very stories, by combining historical handwork items from the museum’s private collection with iconic pieces from todays fashion visionairs. This book reflects the exhibition’s themes in a great mix of very interesting photography with Haute Couture masterpieces. The original compact interviews, with renowned fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto, literally dig deeper into the material. The book states great fashion quotes like Rupaul's 'We're all born naked, the rest is drag!'.

About the author
Filep Motwary started his career at the Greek editions of Vogue and L'Officiel in early 2000. He then worked for fashion houses such as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Chloe. Today he is Fashion Features Editor of Dapper Dan Magazine and has interviewed more than 200 fashion pioneers. Among others, he photographs for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Joyce.com, Giambatista Valli, Hyeres Festival. Motwary is still active as a costumes designer and he is the founder of The Kinsky.

Haute-à-Porter, Haute-Couture in Ready-To-Wear fashion
Editor: Filep Motwary (Lannoo)
Format: 23 cm x 28 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 208 pages
Price: € 45 
ISBN: 9789401429139

You can order your copy at Lannoo

Photo: Kristof Vrancken © Modemuseum Hasselt.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - As you know, adult coloring books are the latest thing. This time, you're the artist! Instead of just mindlessly filling in the usual geometric patterns, you get to have fun creating dazzling new color combinations for Claudia Lynch's original ShoeStories™ designs.
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch
ShoeStories Coloring Book by Claudia Lynch

All the original stories - complete with witty puns, lots of innuendo, and the occasional intentional typo - are included. Feeling even more inspired? Design your own unique shoes... elegant, pretty, sexy or silly... using the templates inside.

About the artist
Claudia Lynch has enjoyed a multifaceted career as theatrical costume designer, tutu maker, milliner, author, publisher, artist and illustrator. She relishes the variety of the artist's day, completing projects as varied as corporate brochures, fashion illustrations for a sewing magazine, faux Andy Warhol prints for a film, and ShoeStories™. ShoeStories™ have been featured in a number of locally shot films, HBO’s Treme, and the CW’s series The Carrie Diaries.

Why a shoe?
The graphic shape of a shoe, particularly without the constraint of functionality, lends itself perfectly to unusual architecture and applied embellishment - whatever is necessary to express a character, a situation or an entire story. Proportions are exaggerated, heightening the sexual connotation that has historically surrounded women’s shoes.

Why a typewriter?
In traditional illustration, a picture illuminates, explains or expands on the text. Here, the situation is reversed: the text illustrates the pictures, so it had to be an integral part of the work. The vintage pulp fiction that inspired ShoeStories™ featured quick, witty repartee with lots of “You-get-it-you-get-it-You-don’t-you-don’t” innuendo, and would have been written on a beat-up old typewriter. As luck would have it, I happened to have one of those in my basement.

How are the originals made?
ShoeStories™ are painted with gouache (an opaque watercolor paint) on watercolor paper. The stories are typed directly onto the paintings with an old typewriter.

ShoeStories™ Coloring Book
24 Pages + Cover
Softbound
ISBN 9781944248482
$15

Find your ShoeStories Coloring Book here.

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