Our man in Tokyo recently alerted us to this Japanese interview with Arthur Tarlow, president of Alden. In it Tarlow talks about how immigrant craftsmen from various European countries brought their own styles and techniques to the US, the confluence of which became a distinct style of shoemaking he calls “American Traditional.”
The video was produced by Beams+, “the best Americana outfitter in Japan,” according to our Tokyo contributor. For more on the retailer, see the recent post at A Continuous Lean. Beams also launched an English-language website earlier this month.
Alden makes a number of exclusive shoes for Beams+ (Beams Plus is the company’s Americana line), with cordovan models going for $1,000. — CC