‘Gender’ means social and cultural differences about sex, while ‘sex’ refers to physical and biological differences. Hender Scheme proposes a concept which surpasses the ‘gender’ schema based on society, but returns to the idea of ‘sex’ based on one’s appearance.
Hender Scheme is a Japanese footwear and accessories label based in Tokyo, Japan founded by designer Ryo Kashiwazaki. Hender Scheme is notable for reproducing popular sneaker models, such as Nike’s Air Force 1 and Air Jordan IV, completely by hand in premium leather as part of its Manual Industrial Products (MIP) line. Aside from sneakers, Hender Scheme also produces an array of high-quality handcrafted leather accessories such as belts, bucket hats, folios, laptop sleeves, notebooks, and keychains. Spotted on the heels of high-profile footwear enthusiasts such as Justin Bieber and Diddy, Hender Scheme has quickly become a favourite among the celebrity set.
The footwear offerings are centered around the latest in Hender Scheme’s Manual Industrial Products line of silhouettes — the Manual Industrial Product 22, a handcrafted homage to Nike‘s Air Force 1 Low. This marks a first for Hender Scheme: it’s created an Air Force 1 High in the past, but this is its first go-around with the low-top version. The remaining footwear offerings include styles like chunky wingtips juxtaposed with bold neon cinch laces, slip-on suede Chelsea boots with a crepe sole that’s almost rocker bottom style in nature, leather strap sandals with cork footbeds and supple leather slip-ons.