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Ryota Hayafuji

Founded 2012 in Germany
Based in Munich

Shoe maker Ryota Hayafuji became interested in shoes when he was working at prominent select shop for shoes. Eventually he got passionate about shoe making and went to studied at Cordwainers College which is now knowns as department of London college of Fashion) in the UK. Even during and after he studies at Cordwainers, he visited different bespoke shoe makers in the UK. After his graduation, he went studied under prominent shoe makers in Paris. He came back to Japan in 2004 and took part in repair of shoes in Tokyo for while. But he moved to Munich and opened his own workshop there in 2012.


Munich, Germany



Construction methods

Hand welted

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