Tamano – Shoemaker

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

What fills me the most is to make something with my own hands, and it’s been like that since I was a child, I actually used to do knitting and also work with ceramics. Somehow it all came natural to me.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

Something really important to me is that believing I can make something with my own hands translates in the fact I believe in myself. You see, thanks to technology today we can make things rather quickly, but some traditions will not change, I hope. I mean, there’s nothing like handmade.

THE SURVIVING STORY

Tamano Nagashima runs a shoes shop in the “Passage Moliere”, centre of Paris, she’s a Japanese designer who wanted to create shoes and when she came to Paris twenty years ago she had an unexpected meeting with the master shoemaker Mr.Maurice Arnoult (who was 82 years old) in Belleville. She was so fascinated by his craft that she asked him if he would teach her. Arnoult was very pleased and for a few years they worked together until his death. Tamano than decided she had to continue his craft and since he told her she can do this work, she opened a shop which is also her workshop, where she makes handcrafted shoes.

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