After working in factories and shoe repair shops, Hender Scheme founder Ryo Kashiwazaki considers himself a “maker” rather than a designer. The cult Japanese footwear brand, fittingly, focuses on fine craftsmanship above all. Its one-of-a-kind, premium leather shoes feature clean silhouettes and meticulous leatherwork, fusing modern style with traditional manufacturing techniques. Exploring the intersections of artisanal and mass-market production methods, the brand’s “Manual Industrial Products” collection features reproductions of iconic, mass-produced sportswear sneakers handcrafted entirely in high quality vegetable-tanned leathers. Hender Scheme’s womenswear offerings transcend gender, featuring minimal sneakers and ankle boots in unisex styles.
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