Top 10 Japanese Selvedge Denim Brand

Found this article at Denimfuture.com and it’s worth a read if you are choosing for a pair. My favourite Eternal is featured. http://www.denimfuture.com/

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1. Samurai S5000vx
Rare and unique fabrics from Japan, high quality and satire play on our celebrity obsessed culture. The list wouldn’t be complete without this warrior, of course. We love its uniqueness of how the selvage line contains intertwining strands of Red and Silver lamé which symbolize the bleeding passion of the samurai’s soul and the gleam of the razor sharp sword which he possesses. If you are for fades, the jeans fade exceedingly well, giving a contrast between the dark hand-dyed indigo and bright white cotton that is impossible to achieve with mass-produced jeans. Win.

Details
– Name: Samurai S5000vx
– Weight: 17 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge, Unwashed (will shrink with washing)
– Fit: Slim
– Other: 100% Cotton, pure indigo dyeing, made in Japan, A leather patch, copper rivet, impermanence of all things sleek, button fried food, cotton yarn sewing, a Bushido cell bitch, a red tab, Front pocket bags have an original Jacquard pattern interwoven with thin Beige threads which reads “Shogyo Mujo” meaning all things are transience.

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2. Flat Head 3001
Here is one of their most popular fits from the Pioneer series. It has a classic slim silhouette with a low rise. The pair got a feeling of produced by an old power loom irregularity and the 14.5oz DENIM use that a strong omission long appears if there are quite common feelings and wears it. Well, this is wicked. You know, in the competition, amongst the realm of showing off fades, this pair was the one whose fade bring together our three denim gurus to it at once.

Details
– Name: The Flat Head Model 3001
– Weight: 14.5 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge, unsanforized denim woven on shuttle looms
– Fit: Slim, low-rise
– Other: Steel (copper plating) Hidden rivets, zip fly, double chain stitched back yoke with number 8 yarn (the thickest of the Flat Head range), bulging belt loops, goatskin leather patch, Made in Japan.

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3. Pure Blue Japan xx-005
Need help picking your next pair of jeans? The denim nerds in our team threw out their spicy opinions a lot and decided we should go for this very PBJ xx-005. The pair is all woven using the same single shuttle loom machine which was manipulated and rigged in such a way as to create this unique loose and uneven weave, and only for use by Pure Blue Japan. Just these denims mentioned above are woven on this one machine which must be shared and divided into small productions of each denim throughout the year. Because of this, the productions are small and infrequent which makes these denims that much more special and unique.

Details
– Name: Pure Blue Japan xx-005
– Weight: 14 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge, woven on shuttle looms
– Fit: Slim Straight Leg
– Other: 100% Cotton, pure indigo, sheepskin leather patch, 100% cotton thread sewing construction, Leaf Logo on back right pocket, made in Japan.

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4. Studio D’Artisan SD-103
Don’t want to spend almost 300 if you’re not getting the best for your money?… or do you assume any of the price range’re all good and just pick whichever? No, it’s not. Pick this, due to its shrink-to-fit feature, your legs will thank it later. The strong nep weave with the white cotton tufts sewn in, standing out even better given the fair hefty 15 Oz. denim. And if you want any pair to come out a brownish blue color after a wear, pick this too. The result is excellent, really.

Details
– Name: Studio D’Artisan SD-103
– Weight: 15 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge, unsanforized / shrink to fit (will shrink roughly 3% – 5% with washing)
– Fit: Mid/Low Rise Taper Leg
– Other: Pure indigo, hidden rivets, 100% cotton, 6×6 Warp x Weft weave, made in Japan.

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5. Skull s5010
Despite being hard to find, Skull Jeans’ selective line up is impressive. One of our favorite is this 14.5 oz s5010, a piece we would recommend taking a look at. Made from a special blend of cottons harvested from California and Arizona. Why so special? Most notably the extra long staple cotton of Arizona, more commonly referred to as Pima Cotton, world renowned for it’s long and luxurious fibers as well as it’s strength and durability. Win not? Win.

Details
– Name: Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6
– Weight: 14.5 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge
– Fit: Slim tapered cut
– Other: Pure indigo, hidden rivets, 100% Pima Cotton, 6×6 Warp x Weft weave, made in Japan.

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6. Sugarcane 1947
Appreciate the myriad of nuances and character found in the finest single-malt scotch, the clearest, most colorless diamond or a handcrafted, centuries-old Persian rug. In other words, Sugar Cane selvage denim is the creme de la crème. Overstated? Never. Manufactured from the finest double ring-spun Zimbabwe cotton (considered the finest in the world for denim manufacture), these were the premium, authentic, heavy-weight, selvage-denim dungarees worn by real cowboys and laborers in the first half of the 20th century.

Details
– Name: Skull Jeans 5010xx 6×6
– Weight: 14.5 Oz
– Denim: Raw Japanese Selvedge
– Fit: Dungaree Waist Overalls
– Other: 100% Cotton, Button-fly, five-pocket construction, made in Japan

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7. Eternal 811
While “greatness” sounds like a pretty lofty word to use, it’s not without reason here. These jeans are one of the most popular pairs running in our fiery contest. This very model perceives as having character or fades above and beyond the realm of an average pair. Trust us and prove this yourself; the pair has that ability to transform from plain and uniform indigo to a pair of jeans that have tremendous character and displayed the capabilities of Eternal’s famous Kurashiki denim.

Details
– Name: Eternal 811
– Weight: 14.5 Oz
– Denim: 100% Japanese Cotton, Kurashiki Selvedge Denim
– Fit: Regular Straight
– Other: 100% Cotton, half-lined back pockets, 6 oz. indigo-dyed pocket bags, leather patch, made in Japan.

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8. Oni Shoai’s Natural Indigo
Do not overlook this 19oz original Japanese selvage denim. The pair is all hand dyed with natural indigo harvested from the Tokushima prefecture in Japan by one of only a handful of indigo craftsmen capable of this dyeing technique certified by the Japanese government to be a national living treasure. Hope we don’t lose your attention. This denim is woven with the same low tension and irregular manner as Oni’s regular medium weight denim but done so with heavier and more uneven threads giving it an extra slubby texture. And by special request, some of them consists of deerskin leather patches using the older and original style “Oni Face” patch design embossed atop of an ink stamp reading “Natural Indigo.”

Details
– Name: Oni Shoai’s Natural Indigo
– Weight: 19 Oz
– Denim: 100% Japanese Cotton, Original Selvedge Denim, Unwashed denim (with shrink approx 6-8% with machine washing)
– Fit: Blu Fit
– Other: 100% Cotton thread sewing construction, indigo-dyed pocket bags, custom leather patch, made in Japan.

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9. The Real McCoy’s – Joe McCoy Lot 906S
If you want a new pair and hope they ain’t jerkin’ tight, here is the one come out with a better cut for people with bigger thighs, reassured by the big-thigh denim guru in our team. This model is woven with cotton yarns which have been dyed by legendary craftsmen prefecture of Japan using indigo. Well, great cut with great fade result and great fit. Here is the one.

Details
– Name: The Real McCoy’s – Joe McCoy Lot 906S
– Weight: 14.75 Oz
– Denim: 100% Japanese Cotton, Original Selvedge Denim, Unwashed denim (with shrink approx 4-6% with machine washing)
– Fit: Straight Leg Fit
– Other: 100% Cotton thread sewing construction, indigo-dyed pocket bags, custom leather patch, made in Japan.

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10. Warehouse 1000
Cheers for the 6×6 Special Weave (this model uses a special weave of #6 indigo warp threads and #6 ecru weft yarns which make it slightly heavier in weight and giving it a slightly darker Blue color than the lighter weight 7×6 weave of the regular 1000XX denim). Warehouse 1000 is one of the primary staples of heavyweight denim for good reason. Honestly, this pair is as tough as nails.

Details
– Name: Warehouse 1000
– Weight: 14.5 Oz
– Denim: 100% Japanese Cotton, Original Selvedge Denim, Unwashed denim (with shrink approx 4-6% with machine washing)
– Fit: Straight Leg Fit
– Other: 100% cotton thread top stitching, 100% Memphis USA Cotton, pure indigo, warehouse embossed steel tack buttons & steel punch through rivets, deer skin leather patch, made in Japan.

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