S&S x Brass Tokyo MTO Event

October 5th - 8th, 2023 at Standard & Strange NYC

It's happening, it's really happening - Brass Tokyo are coming stateside for their very first North American MTO event, and we'll be hosting them in-person for a Trunk Show weekend at S&S NYC this October (this also neatly lines up with Stitchdown's Boot Camp weekend)! We're very excited to also be offering appointments on custom made-to-order Clinch boots as well as available stock of a brand new style exclusive to Standard & Strange, during the weekend of October 5th through October 8th (Thursday to Sunday).

We're going to be offering multiple different leathers, hardware choices, and boot silhouettes, but spaces are limited, as we only have so much time in the day, and Clinch can only make so many boots in a timely manner - so we strongly suggest booking an appointment before spots fill up. Some of the Brass Tokyo team, including Minoru, will be there all weekend as well to help guide you through the ordering process, answer questions (to the best of their abilities) and to show off their wares.


  • MTO Boots are available by Appointment Only
    • Orders only accepted in-person at the event. No phone, email, or instagram orders.
  • All MTO boots are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged
  • $100 non-refundable deposit required to make an appointment - this will be deducted from the final price of your MTO boots
  • 50% deposit required to order MTO boots at the event, remaining 50% will be due upon completion of the boots
  • Estimated production lead time of 18-24 months after ordering
  • In-stock boots will also be available for purchase at the event

Clinch is made by BRASS, one of the first high-end shoe repair shops to open in Japan, owned and operated by Minoru Matsuura. They quickly evolved from shoe repair; to re-lasting to their custom lasts; to building incredible footwear around their custom lasts. These lasts are where the magic is. Most modern lasts are optimized for mass-production. Wider, straighter, easier to pump through a production line, and easier to fit every single person into. Clinch's lasts start narrow, with a tight fit and a lot of contours to them, much like the lasts of the early 20th century.

Their constuction is equally superior, employing a highly precise welting method that utilizes "old-world" manufacturing processes in tandem with Clinch's custom lasts & patterns. First, the insole is soaked, then molded to the bottom of the last. From there, the boot is build around that insole. Every step of the welting process is done by hand, except for the final sewing of the outsoles, a task best done by machine. This modified hand-lasting process results in a boot that is as elegant as it is durable, combining the very best artisanal techniques with the strength of the late industrial era.

For more on Clinch, you can check out this writeup from our friend Ben over at Stitchdown.com!


Thursday, October 5th until Sunday, October 8th
11am - 6pm

Standard & Strange NYC
238 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012