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.
Last Thursday, February 4, 2016, we had a pleasure to co-host Jake Ferrato of @JBFCustoms for an interview with @bespokeandfor. His dedication to the craft is #incomparable. From painting kicks, to deconstructing and reconstructing, he had always challenged himself to do more, and to have fun. He loves his work so much, as much as we all shoe-nerds do, and you can see him working 12 hours on shoes. Custom sneakers can be ordered via his website. Take-away from his talk? is to Work hard, keep on making your (awesome) art, and people will follow/find you. Make sure to use your social media and grab the world's hearts.
BKSS will have this hard-working sweet shoemaker in the house for about a month, while he apprentices with @yuji_nyc on handwelting a Norwegian welt (Goiser welt) which he calls the spin stitch. AND! even better, he will be teaching a sneaker making workshop, based off of his style of kicks.
The last week of October we had two amazing students in for our 5 day Boot Making Intensive. They left with two gorgeous pairs of boots of their own design, and we even learned some new skills here at BKSS from Emily's amazing leather tooling. The tooled leather vest earned her a free lunch that Friday- that's a skill worth sharing!