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Press Release : World Shoe Shine Championship Winner 2018

For immediate release

16 April 2016

 

World Shoe Shine Championship 2018

The World Shoe Shining Championship is an annual event organised by the leading authorities on classic shoes for men, Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. The championship was held at The London Super Trunk Show, where brands from all over the world gather to promote their craft. Last year’s world shoe shine championship was won by Yuya Hasegawa who runs Brift.H, a very successful shoe shine business in Japan.

The World Shoe Shining Championship was held at The Music Room in London where three finalists competed against each another. They were given one side of a shoe to be polished in 20 minutes. The 3 finalists were chosen based on their submissions prior to the event; a photo of their work was submitted to the panel of shoe specialist judges. 

John Chung, a Singaporean who is the founder of Mason and Smith was one of the finalists competing against Pete and Thomas Kalflo. Pete has been working with shoes for 16 years in UK while Thomas who originated from France has been in the shoe industry for at least 5 years. The shoes were inspected by 4 judges according to the colour, shine and finesse. The judges include people who have been in the shoe industry for more than 10 years. John Chung’s shine impressed the judges and beat the other finalists to arrive in 1st place, winning The World Shoe Shining Champion of 2018. This is the first time a Singaporean has enter this international championship as a finalist and also the first time a Singapore won the World Shoe Shining Championship.

 

 



About Mason and Smith

John Chung, a shoe enthusiast, owns Mason and Smith, a shoe shine bar providing shoe polishing and shoe repair services at Telok Ayer. Mason and Smith was started in 2013, when John Chung was 21.


Although John was offered a place in Nanyang Technological University right after National Service, John decided not to pursue a degree and started his business. Despite having parents who strongly disagreed with the decision, John was determined to be an entrepreneur in the shoe industry.


Initially, Mason and Smith sold second hand vintage mens shoes at the local flea market, running pop ups once or twice a month. These shoes were procured using his savings from national service, however margins were slim as not many clients were willing to purchase second hand shoes.

It was difficult for John as he struggled to sustain his business, but this did not stop him from pursuing his dream. John picked up the skill of polishing shoes through working with second hand vintage shoes. The vintage shoes typically arrived in the store in a tired condition, John cleaned them up before putting them on sale. He started to provide shoe polishing services at the local flea markets because he thought it might attract more people to come to his booth at the markets.

After 6 months of pop up at local flea markets, John was approached by Marina Bay Sands hotel to provide the hotel’s first shoe shine stand for 1 year in 2013. After the Marina Bay Sands contract ended, Mason and Smith moved into a shared space with Kevin Seah, a bespoke tailor located at Boat Quay. In 2018, Mason and Smith relocated to 147a Telok Ayer in a shared space.


Mason and Smith is Singapore’s first artisan shoe shining and leather care store that restores vintage men’s shoes. The store provides one of the most comprehensive polishing services in Singapore, ranging from a quick express shine of about 10 minutes to a complete overhaul of an old pair of shoes. When sending in shoes for polishing, clients may also choose between the different levels of shine (soft, medium or hard). Apart from shoe shining, their craftsmen are also able to restore women’s handbags and small leather goods. Other services includ

e recoloring, resoling, suede cleaning, sneaker cleaning and leather restorative works. Each and every piece of leather brought in is polished strictly by hand and treated with the best leather care products available to lovingly restore its deserved lustre. All items that arrive in the workshop are handled with care and carefully returned to their former glory. 


For more information about Mason and Smith

Address : 147a Telok Ayer Singapore 068606 (2nd Floor)
Website : www.masonandsmith.com
Email : info@masonandsmith.com
Instagram : www.instagram.com/masonandsmith
Facebook : www.facebook.com/masonxsmith
Contact person : John +65 92961462



For more information about the event

Live Streaming Recordings : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLN2mu_kKrQ

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· Shoe Snob : http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2018/04/london-super-trunk-show-2018-april-7th-the-music-room-info-for-the-day.html
· Shoe Gazing : http://www.shoegazing.se/2018/04/05/live-streaming-fran-london-super-trunk-show/

 

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World Shoe Shine Championship Winner 2018

The World Shoe Shining Championship is an annual event organised by the leading authorities on classic shoes for men, Shoegazing and The Shoe Snob. The championship was held at The London Super Trunk Show, where brands from all over the world gather to promote their craft. Last year’s world shoe shine championship was won by Yuya Hasegawa who runs Brift.H, a very successful shoe shine business in Japan.

The World Shoe Shining Championship was held at The Music Room in London where three finalists competed against each another. They were given one side of a shoe to be polished in 20 minutes
The 3 finalists were chosen based on their submissions prior to the event; a photo of their work was submitted to the panel of shoe specialist judges. 

John Chung, a Singaporean who is the founder of Mason and Smith was one of the finalists competing against Pete and Thomas Kalflo. Pete has been working with shoes for 16 years in UK while Thomas who originated from France has been in the shoe industry for at least 5 years. The shoes were inspected by 4 judges according to the colour, shine and finesse. The judges include people who have been in the shoe industry for more than 10 years. John Chung’s shine impressed the judges and beat the other finalists to arrive in 1st place, winning The World Shoe Shining Champion of 2018. This is the first time a Singaporean has enter this international championship as a finalist and also the first time a Singapore won the World Shoe Shining Championship.
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Mason and Smithとして私John Chung がロンドンで開催された"The World Shoe Shining Championship 2018" にて優勝しましたことをここにご報告致します。

この大会を主催して頂きましたShoegazing様とThe Shoe Snob様、そして大会に足を運んで頂いた皆様に心からお礼申し上げます。

イベントについての詳細は追ってご報告致します。
 
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Jesper, owner of Shoegazing, organizer of the London Super Trunk Show
Justin Fitzpatrick, owner of Jfitzpatrick Footwear and The Shoe Snob Blog. Also one of the organizers for the London Super Trunk Show
One of the finalist in the shoe shine champsionship, Thomas Kalflo
More pictures about the event in the next post
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World Shoe Shine Championship

We are pleased to be one of the finalist for the World Shoe Shine Championship taking place tomorrow. Swing by the London Super Trunk Show at The Music Room, South Moulton Lane, Mayfair if you happen to be in Uk! Shoe shine competition will probably be streamed via Shoegazing.se at 3pm (UK time) . For more information about the event, visit www.shoegazing.se/english
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Notice of Relocation

With plans to grow and accommodate other projects...
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Mason and Smith's Shoe Shine Workshop 24th February 2017

SHOE SHINE WORKSHOP 

At Mason and Smith, we run shoe shine workshops every month to educate and share the art of polishing shoes with anybody who is interested to learn. During this session, you will learn how to achieve a mirror shine as well as the basic ways of maintaining your leather shoes.
All you have to do is just bring a pair of shoes along with you. Participants will work on their own shoe during the workshop. The session will run for 1 hour each, with slots available from 12-4pm. Participants will also be entitled to a 10% discount on all products purchased on the day of the workshop.
Register HERE
For more inquiries, email us at info@masonandsmith.com or call us at +65 9351 5420 (24 hours)
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