OKAYAMA KOJIMA – Although just a small town in the prefecture of Okayama, Kojima has managed to play an integral role in the Japanese textile industry since the early twentieth century. Kojimas textile production history stretches back hundreds of years, but it wasn’t until post WWII that Japan became one of the largest producers of Japanese work wear and Japanese school uniforms. The first pair of Japanese jeans were produced in Kojima in the late 1960s.
In the span of a few decades, Japan has firmly established itself as one of the best denim producers in the world. As many of the High Fashion and American brands that inspired the first Japanese jeans chose to outsource their work overseas, the jean producers in Kojima chose to keep things local, refining their craft and continuing to use vintage looms and old techniques. The result is a culture of denim fanatics and an array of brands being headed up by true craftsman that care as much about their products as their most loyal customers.
Many of the brands in Kojima produce denim from vintage weaving machines known as shuttle looms. The result is a high quality denim fabric that is only half the width of the rolls produced by newer machines but one with a more durable finished edge, originally referred to as selvage.
Some denim houses still choose to indigo dye cotton by hand using the leaves from the indigo plant for their most premium jeans. This expensive and tedious process, as well as many of the other techniques used to make premium denim in Okayama has its roots in kimono production going back hundreds of years. The combination of old-world technique, with a modern silhouette in mind has earned Kojima a place in denim history.
Here’s something for the true STAR WARS maniac. Take a butchers at these Yoropiko STAR WARS Jeans.
Yoropiko Star Wars denim jeans by Martin Yat Ming. Embroidered storm troopers on sides embroidered starwars logo/trooper back pockets Removeable 18k gold rhodium finished copper waistband and fly buttons Vintage cut house selvedge raw denim Gold metal thread embroidered belt loop. Black velvet embroidered logo presentation bag Made in Hong Kong.
Take a look at these STAR WARS T-Shirts too:
Yoropiko x Headstone Limited Edition Star Wars t-shirt. Limited edition collectors item black crew neck regular fit t-shirt Printed Stormtroopers on front printed starwars on back of neck.
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Uniquely Japanese denim made from you guessed it sugar cane. For many years, Sugar Cane Jeans were a ferociously guarded Japanese secret but today the brand is attracting global attention. Interestingly, Sugar Cane prefer to use the vintage term dungarees in preference to the term jeans to describe their product: The word jeans has become the vernacular for faux denim fashion wear that masquerades as the tough, classic waist overalls history made famous.
We have thoroughly analyzed our forerunners jeans from the 1900s in chronicle order from yarn, dye, weave and construction to components . We have with us the actual results of fabric woven and colour fade test on the original pants worn. In order to create our own original jeans, it took over 20 years of research. To perfectly reproduce denim fabrics from 50 to 100 years ago in todays advanced period is extremely difficult. To begin with we had to look for old power looms that had worked to weave denim fabric in those days, restore them and adjust them to weave the fabric we have. It was not easy to revive the old machines that disappeared a long time ago due to rationalization. Nowadays, the old power looms are not so unusual but in the early research stage, satisfactory fabrics could not be woven on the old looms found. It was a joint operation with the weaver of trial and failure and advanced step by step.
Sugar Cane denim by traditional Japanese dyeing techniques by hand and not by machine. The first model Sugar Cane Awa is made of sugar cane denim dyed by Awa indigo. Awa used to be one of the popular places producing indigo, located in the western part of Japan. The second model Sugar Cane Okinawa is made of sugar cane fibre and indigo produced in the region of Okinawa, Japan. The third model Sugar Cane Hawaii is made from sugar cane and indigo imported from Hawaii.
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The fabric is a 14 ounce Japanese selvedge over-dyed black over indigo blue over a slubby yarn. This is a great Japanese fabric made by Kurabo that has been over-dyed by them. Very unique and should have some great wear and fade characters. The denim jacket will be sewn with our vintage stitched rmc tsunami rainbow embroidery and have the original rivet construction. The out seam will be sewn with a clean flat felled seam so it will look special and great for style.
This garment is made in the Okayama factory workshop in Japan on manual and vintage equipment. No out sourced subcontractors are used to ensure the highest quality.
This style of denim jacket is made for the real denim enthusiast and extra care should be taken when wearing and caring for them. The denim has very heavy dye that WILL bleed. You would need to stay away from ANYTHING light coloured when breaking these jackets in.
Once they have been well broken in for a few weeks the bleeding should settle. You should not wash these denim jackets at all. Dry clean only.
We recommend cuffing at least one fold to avoid bleeding on to your clothes.
Limited edition. Made by hand. Only enough fabric to make a few more.
This vintage was once an integral part of the one of one Japanese collection so RMC ORJ adopted this classic fitting five-pocket denim jean continuing to produce it true to its original form.
Featuring copper crotch rivets, donut fly buttons and the only style in the ORJ denim series to show the original RMC woven label on the back pocket and the original leather patch.
Thicker and specific tobacco colour threads are used to reinforce the authentic aesthetic. Reinforced half lined back pockets and Selvage coin pocket are standard on this model. The 13oz/13.5oz Akamimi Selvage fabric currently used within the RMC ORJ collection was originally developed exclusively with the denim history in mind.
Created by the One of One team of denim masters, the most esteemed people of the Japanese denim industry, and using the expertise of the most highly regarded fabric mill in Japan.
The Japanese indigo cast wears uniquely from the unwashed denim which is why this style is only ever available in its true, unwashed form.
The ORJ collection has been exclusively developed for 2015 for RMC Japans 13th anniversary celebrations.
Evisu has been one of the most widely discussed brands on the Kitmeout fashion forum. Take a butchers at this thread:
“Hi, i am doing some research on Evisu, and basically i would like to know what happened to Evisu… there was a period in the 90’s where it was an extremely popular brand, but now it has a certain stigma attached to it. i think this is a shame as they are doing some quite cool stuff right now, WHAT HAPPENED to their popularity, and what can they do to bring it back…
Full thread here: http://forum.kitmeout.com/talk-fashion/6874-evisu.html
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