… So Michiko and I were in this hard-to-spot store in Aoyama, Valve at 81. And as we were chatting with that super nice sales assistant, she told us she wanted to introduce us to a special designer. So we followed her to a little gallery up on the second floor and met Noritaka Tatehana, a Japanese shoes designer I had (as I have to admit) never heard of before. As per his website, he started to design when he was 15 years old. He graduated at Tokyo University of Arts and is specialized in Japanese dyeing techniques called Yuzen and Katazome. One of his most famous clients is Lady Gaga, you can tell – just look at his creations…
We could have tried the shoes on – even though it looked like an exhibition, all shoes were available for sale – but I didn’t want to break my legs. But doesn’t Noritaka Tatehana look like a real sweetheart?
Valve at 81 was one of the nicest experiences I’ve had in Tokyo! Happy people!
The following images are from their website. Check it out here.