Autumn/Winter 2018 sees the arrival of new shoe brand, the eponymous collection helmed by Taro Ishida. Intent of redefining the boundaries and definition of luxury (which, owing to its ubiquity, has somewhat lost its meaning), Ishida is elevating and recharging it with a preciousness and rarity that is almost sacred.

Since childhood, Amsterdam-born but Japanese educated Ishida has been fascinated with high heels and the way that a woman’s posture and demeanour changes completely when she slips them on; they heighten both her strength and fragility. They are, he believes, plinths for the body.

This obsession is translated into Ishida’s flawless debut collection, in which even the most miniscule details are fine-tuned to perfection. Fierce, feminine designs are supercharged with an unapologetic glamour and drama: pointed pumps, ankle boots and thigh high boots are set atop towering 10.5 cm heels (which look more like 12 cm heels thanks to clever optical illusions in the design).

Ishida’s superlative craftsmanship is matched by his use of the finest materials: embroidered, custom-dyed and hand painted python which is polished using natural stones, patent leather, buttery suede and sumptuous velvets come in a custom palette of golds, greens, blues and reds. Sculptural mouldings create a subtly surreal flourish and many designs are finished with hand-cut and faceted semi-precious stones set into the point of the toe, a visual metaphor for the collection’s combination of strength and fragility. The effect is at once modern and eternal – these shoes are feel pitch-perfect for now but will also be hero additions to the modern woman’s forever wardrobe. They are a sublime melding of function and fantasy.

 

Growing up in an artistic family in Amsterdam, experimenting with music and graffiti, Ishida always knew he would go in a creative direction. In 2009, he moved to Rotterdam and enrolled at the Technical University in Delft, where he studied architecture. Alongside his studies, Ishida spent time working with his mentor, architect Nick Albers at a multidisciplinary design firm.

However, shoes – specifically high heels – had always been a particular point of interest for Ishida. Fascinated by the way that a woman’s posture and demeanour changes completely when she slips them on and how they heighten both her strength and fragility, he saw them as architecture for the body.

In 2014 Ishida decided to take this obsession to the next level, and spontaneously moved to Milan to study shoemaking at Ars Sutoria.

From there he spent a year travelling to the best factories and meeting with master artisans. In 2016, he moved to Tokyo to study under bespoke shoemaker Noriyuki Misawa, who is widely considered to be the most skilled shoe artisan in the world.

Autumn/Winter 2018 sees the arrival of new shoe brand, the eponymous collection helmed by Taro Ishida. Intent of redefining the boundaries and definition of luxury (which, owing to its ubiquity, has somewhat lost its meaning), Ishida is elevating and recharging it with a preciousness and rarity that is almost sacred.

Since childhood, Amsterdam-born but Japanese educated Ishida has been fascinated with high heels and the way that a woman’s posture and demeanour changes completely when she slips them on; they heighten both her strength and fragility. They are, he believes, plinths for the body.

This obsession is translated into Ishida’s flawless debut collection, in which even the most miniscule details are fine-tuned to perfection. Fierce, feminine designs are supercharged with an unapologetic glamour and drama: pointed pumps, ankle boots and thigh high boots are set atop towering 10.5 cm heels (which look more like 12 cm heels thanks to clever optical illusions in the design).

Ishida’s superlative craftsmanship is matched by his use of the finest materials: embroidered, custom-dyed and hand painted python which is polished using natural stones, patent leather, buttery suede and sumptuous velvets come in a custom palette of golds, greens, blues and reds. Sculptural mouldings create a subtly surreal flourish and many designs are finished with hand-cut and faceted semi-precious stones set into the point of the toe, a visual metaphor for the collection’s combination of strength and fragility. The effect is at once modern and eternal – these shoes are feel pitch-perfect for now but will also be hero additions to the modern woman’s forever wardrobe. They are a sublime melding of function and fantasy.

Growing up in an artistic family in Amsterdam, experimenting with music and graffiti, Ishida always knew he would go in a creative direction. In 2009, he moved to Rotterdam and enrolled at the Technical University in Delft, where he studied architecture. Alongside his studies, Ishida spent time working with his mentor, architect Nick Albers at a multidisciplinary design firm.

However, shoes – specifically high heels – had always been a particular point of interest for Ishida. Fascinated by the way that a woman’s posture and demeanour changes completely when she slips them on and how they heighten both her strength and fragility, he saw them as architecture for the body.

In 2014 Ishida decided to take this obsession to the next level, and spontaneously moved to Milan to study shoemaking at Ars Sutoria.

From there he spent a year travelling to the best factories and meeting with master artisans. In 2016, he moved to Tokyo to study under bespoke shoemaker Noriyuki Misawa, who is widely considered to be the most skilled shoe artisan in the world.