A true maker, Boris Mateev of Kabo Leather spoke about his passion and how he creates his bags last Thursday, October 9, 2016. He handsews everything. He is at the tipping point and looking for a good handbag factory that can replicate his handwork, to fulfill his wholesale orders. His samples that he brought to the event purposefully had no lining on one of the bags, some stitches were not finished, to show the process of his bags. You can see his fine meticulous work below.
We had such a fun evening with Dominic of The Shoe Surgeon- honest, humble and hardworking and uber talented shoemaker from LA. After the event, a late-night setup for the pop-up shop started, and boom, the BKSS space transformed into The Shoe Surgeon's world. So great to see the space turn into something else. Monday - Friday August 1 - 5, Dominic taught eight students his knowledge on how to deconstruct and reconstruct the shoes. Everyone's shoes were pretty advanced for a first-time maker. So many pieces... First time stitching... Many obstacles, but they did it! Dedication!! Some came early mornings, some stayed late nights. During the class, Jeff Staples of the Reed Space and DJ Clark Kent came by to inspire the aspiring sneaker customizers/makers. A great crew of shoemakers! Their journey just started. --Summer 2016.
Dominic's journey continues, and he will be hosting L.A. Classes, so stay tuned! www.theshoesurgeon.com
Ever since BKSS started offering classes, there had always been Sneakerheads inquiring about making sneakers. In February, Jake of @JBFCustoms taught a class based on his style of sneakers using the Margom Outsoles. From high demand, we have posted a class taught by our members, where you can make any style sneaker you wish. @JBFCustoms will be back again in June, and BKSS hosts another sneaker workshop in July. There are future classes on Deconstructing and Reconstructing sneakers. Out of all the shoes made so far, Sneaker making classes are by far the most colorful and diverse use of materials of all. It is so much fun! Come see for yourself! and catch your sneaker fever! book at: http://www.brooklynshoespace.com/booking
We had a privilege to co-host Paul Cunningham of Leather Head Sports this past Thursday, the 31st of March amidst the March Madness. Beautiful craft, beautifully executed with heart and soul by only a few hands, based in NJ.
The gathering was organic and full of leather goods enthusiasts as well as baseball fans. The takeaway was, to 1. create your own niche, 2. to keep at your craft, and don't give up, and 3. to share your knowledge, your resources, so that the local vendors can get more business so they can stay open, for your own self! and 4. to keep on learning. and finally, 5. customer is god.
The "lemonballs" are available for sale at our shop at a special event price, so be sure to check it out!
With @Bespokeandfor, BKSS stands to highlight and celebrate leather workers and shoemakers. We host free events with a meet and greet as well as the meaty interview by @bespokeandfor. We will keep on making!
@JBFCustoms maximized his stay at the BKSS studios by learning handwelting. Jake brought his uppers, immaculately stitched up. With @yuji_nyc he learned how to cut and form the midsoles, prepare the welt, make the thread, stitch up the welts. All by hand. No grinder. Using Japanese knives different from knives he was used to. It was such fun few weeks to see the shoes come to life. Here are a few photos to share.