5/31/2011

Naked & Famous Japan Heritage Selvedge Denim - Fade Picks


In about 2 weeks, we are expecting the arrival on the Naked & Famous Japan Heritage denim. Here are a few fade pictures of a Japan Heritage Weird Guy that has been worn for 3-4 months and has been soaked one time.

We will continue accepting pre-orders through next week for the Japan Heritage Weird Guy and Skinny Guy denim. For information on how to pre-order and reserve a pair of the "Japan Heritage Selvedge" denim from our delivery, please send us an e-mail to sales@blueowl.us. Cost will be $200 shipped worldwide and will ship from Blue Owl when we receive our shipment.

5/30/2011

Shuttle Loom Graveyard


These ancient machines are difficult to kept running. They have been obsolete for decades and spare parts are hard to come by. What often happens is some shuttle looms cannot be repaired and are retired to the fields where they are occasionally picked over for spare parts to keep the other machines in working order.

These machines are at a small denim mill in Okayama. It is sad to see these historic machines just sitting in a field, but like keeping a vintage muscle car in working order, there needs to be a source for the parts. Hopefully when one of the working shuttle looms breaks downs, the shuttle loom graveyard will have the necessary pieces to keep them moving.

5/25/2011

Corter Leather 14oz Vegetable Tanned Leather Standard Belts


Our newest shipment from C0rter brings a new design to their classic premium leather belt. The new design features an English bridle leather that is imported exclusively for Corter. The leather is a 16oz vegetable tanned leather that has skived down to approximately 12-14oz. The leather then is hand cut and finished with a strong nickel plated roller buckle and two Chicago screws. It is a simple design, but quality and will withstand time and abuse. The black version is oil dyed in house, the natural is kept simple and will darken with wear.

Corter Leather 14oz vegetable tanned leather standard belt in natural. 100% leather. Sizes 30, 32, 34, 36. Made in USA. $55. For more information on the Corter Leather standard belt in natural, click here.

Corter Leather 14oz vegetable tanned leather standard belt in black. 100% leather. Sizes 30, 32, 34, 36. Made in USA. $55. For more information on the Corter Leather standard belt in black, click here.

5/20/2011

Pre-Order: Naked & Famous Japan Heritage Selvedge Denim - June Delivery


As of today, we will begin accepting pre-orders for the Naked & Famous "Japan Heritage Selvedge" denim which will be in store approximately the 2nd week of June. This is predicted to be a very popular model and may sell quickly as it is a limited production. This denim is available in Weird Guy (as photographed above) and Skinny Guy. The Japan Heritage Weird Guy was part of the regular collection, but the Skinny Guy was not offered and even few pairs were made of this model. For information on how to pre-order and reserve a pair of the "Japan Heritage Selvedge" denim from our delivery, please send us an e-mail to sales@blueowl.us. Cost will be $200 shipped worldwide and will ship from Blue Owl when we receive our shipment.

The fabric is a 14oz selvedge made in Japan which has an inconsistent weave and yarn size giving a vintage look and texture. The selvedge line will be white with red accent. Notice the light tones coming through the indigo yarn. This fabric is traditionally used by Japanese cult heritage denim brands.

The surface has a hairy texture and a soft touch and the dye used gives a rich indigo color, yet is inconsistent due to the weave of the yarns.

5/19/2011

Momotaro Grand Indigo 15oz "Tight Straight" Raw Selvedge Denim - Model ER007-2B


Our newest edition to our Momotaro collection just arrived - Grand Indigo raw selvedge in the tight straight fit. The Momotaro Grand Indigo denim features a seriously deep indigo color which is achieved by the natural indigo Zimbabwe cotton warp yarns and the sulphur dyed black weft yarns.

Momotaro Grand Indigo 15oz "tight straight" raw selvedge denim. Model number ER007-2B. Zimbabwe cotton. 100% natural cotton thread. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro Grand Indigo selvedge denim, click here.

Momotaro's "tight straight" denim fit is slim in the top block, has a low rise, runs slim in the leg, and tapers slightly towards the leg opening.

Notice the stark black color of the sulphur dyed weft yarn.

Notice the pink (peach) interior thread along the inseam. The pink thread represents the peach from the "Momotaro" folklore story and is one of the signature features of Momotaro denim.

Antique copper rivets. Notice the subtle hint of selvedge hidden under the coin pocket. Hidden coin pocket selvedge in another feature of Momotaro denim.

Deer skin patch.

5oz indigo chambray pocket bags. Antique copper rivets custom engraved with Momotaro peach logo.

Custom engraved "Momotaro/Rampuya" bronze anodized buttons. Rampuya is the denim mill behind the Momotaro denim collection.

5/18/2011

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5oz Chambray Work Shirt in Indigo


Momotaro has made their name as the denim collection label produced by Rampuya, one of the most famous denim mills in Okayama, Japan, but they do much more than just denim. Momotaro's shirting are also made with delicate care and detailed works of sewing, washing, weaving, and dying, all of which using traditional methods passed down from generations of denim artisans. We just received our first work shirt style from Momotaro from their "Going to Battle" series.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5oz chambray work shirt in indigo. 100% cotton. Sizes 38, 40, 42. Made in Japan. $210. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" work shirt, click here.

The "Going to Battle" work shirt features the Japan "2-line" stripes on the sleeve, 5oz selvedge chambray fabric, triple needle construction throughout, and a modern fit as it has a slight taper through the body, has high arm holes, and is slim in the arms.

The "Going to Battle" stripes are a symbol of Japanese tradition representing honor and strength. The warrior stripes have been used in many contexts in Japanese history and culture. One of the most well known associations is from the Japanese folklore story of "Momotaro" who carried a flag with two white stripes as he left to battle a band of marauding Oni (ogres) on a distant island who terrorized the region.

Double front pocket design, pointed collar.

Pima cotton lined placket.

Pima cotton lined cuffs.

Chainstitching run-off along side vents. Selvedge.

5/17/2011

Japan Blue - Arrives Next Month!


Our first shipment from Japan Blue is almost ready and we expect it to be in store by mid-June. Japan Blue is a new concept by fabric maker Collect, Co, LTD and makes its official debut outside of Japan this summer. Collect is the same fabric manufacture behind Momotaro denim and has a deep routed tradition of denim making in Kojima, Okayama. For its debut season outside of Japan, Japan Blue teamed with Momotaro to make several collaborative works. We will have more details about Japan Blue and the denims we will receive very soon!

5/14/2011

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 14oz Sulphur Dyed Selvedge Denim in Solid Black


Just arrived, the Naked & Famous "weird guy" sulpur dyed selvedge denim. This denim features a "solid black" Japanese selvedge with a black warp and weft in the N&F weird guy fit which runs slim with a medium rise and tapers to the leg opening.

Naked & Famous "weird guy" 14oz sulphur dyed selvedge denim solid black. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-36. $165. For more information on the N&F weird guy solid black denim, click here.

Made with a 14oz Japanese red & white selvedge. Fabric has been sulphur dyed creating the black warp and weft.

Due to the sulphur dye process, this denim will maintain its stark black color after prolong wear. The fabric also has a soft hand, smooth surface, and a slightly glossy texture.

5/13/2011

3sixteen: Arrives Next Week!


3sixteen's long awaited new denim production is finally ready and we expect them to land in store next week. With this season's production, 3sixteen is introducing a new fabric which has been custom designed and exclusive to 3sixteen. It is a 14.5oz high slub selvedge denim woven in Japan which has been sanforized, skewed, and singed. Though the fabric has been singed, it is still not heavily processed and the surface will have a hairiness and slub. What we like about it is that to the untrained eye, it looks clean and uniform (so it functions well as a dressier jean), but for someone who knows what they're looking for, they'll be able to spot some interesting facets about the textile. Compared to the 3sixteen previous fabric, this denim will be slightly heavier and have an even softer feel with more intricate details.

Founded in 2003 in New York City's Lower East Side, 3sixteen aims to create collections that demonstrate longevity in both design and construction by producing clothing that will hold up to extensive wear and remain relevant season after season. The brand's aesthetic is built upon utilitarian silhouettes from decades past that are updated with premium materials and modern fits. The majority of the collection is handsewn in the USA of the finest fabrics, ensuring that every piece has a compelling story to tell.

3sixteen has a strong following among denim enthusiast and what makes 3sixteen stand out in the denim world is their minimalistic approach in design, the custom made fabrics from Japan, and their two staple fits. Our first shipment will include both of the 3sixteen denim fits (slim straight, slim tapered) in raw selvedge indigo and slim tapered in raw selvedge black.

5/12/2011

Back in Stock! Naked & Famous 15oz Premium Leather Belts


Back in stock! Naked & Famous 15oz premium leather belt in natural. 100% bovine leather. Sizes 30, 32, 34, 36. $85. For more information on the Naked & Famous natural belt, click here.

The natural belt will patina well the more you wear it. The darker belt in the above photo is the same natural belt after just over a year of wear. No oils or treatment, just daily abuse! Nice patina!

5/10/2011

Restocked! Naked & Famous Weird Guy 13oz Selvedge Chino


Restocks are here of the Naked & Famous Weird Guy selvedge chino. This spring's version of the Naked & Famous weird guy selvedge chino is made with a red line 13oz Japanese selvedge chino fabric. The fabric has a soft texture and a comfortable feel, a lustrous finish, and a weight and color perfect for any season.

Naked & Famous "weird guy" 13oz selvedge chino in beige. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan. Assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $145. For more information on the N&F weird guy selvedge chino, click here.

Features N&F minimalist design and made in the weird guy fit which is slim in the legs, has a medium rise, and tapers from the knee to the leg opening. Button fly.

Medium size back pockets, brown leather patch.

13oz selvedge Japanese chino fabric.

5/08/2011

Restocks! Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belts with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle


Kicking Mule Workshop belts are now available in all 3 colors. We just received a new shipment and are now fully stocked in all sizes of natural and dark brown, black is available for special order.

Kicking Mule Workshop's English saddle leather belts are hand-crafted by Japanese artisans. The leather originates in the USA as cowhide and is hand selected for its unique qualities and characters. Then is shipped to Japan where artisans use ancient methods of hand dipping, sun drying, and vegetable tanning. Fish oil is added during the tanning process, a very old Japanese technique for finishing leather. The result is a heavy duty, thick, beautifully crafted leather belt which with wear will continue to develop unique characteristics and patina that is far more beautiful than any dyed leather. Available in 3 colors (natural, black, and dark brown).

In stock now: Kicking Mule Workshop hand-crafted English saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle in dark brown. 100% English saddle leather. Sizes 32, 34, 36. Made in Japan. $360. For more information on the KMW English saddle leather belt in dark brown, click here.

In stock now: Kicking Mule Workshop hand-crafted English saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle in natural. 100% English saddle leather. Sizes 32, 34, 36. Made in Japan. $360. For more information on the KMW English saddle leather belt in natural, click here.

Available for pre-order for fall delivery: Kicking Mule Workshop hand-crafted English saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle in black. 100% English saddle leather. Sizes 32, 34, 36. Made in Japan. $360. For more information on the KMW English saddle leather belt in black, click here.

5/06/2011

Now Available in Black! Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt


Kicking Mule Workshop hand-crafted English saddle leather belts are now available in the color black. Beginning with our fall 2011 KMW deliveries, Blue Owl will begin stocking all 3 color options of the KMW belt. As of now, we will begin accepting pre-orders for the color black from our up-coming fall delivery which arrives in September 2011.
Kicking Mule Workshop hand-crafted English saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle in black. Available for pre-order for September delivery. Sizes 32, 34, 36. Made in Japan. $360. For more information on the KMW hand-crafted leather belt in black, click here.

KMW's English Saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle are hand-crafted by Japanese artisans. The leather originates in the USA as cowhide and is hand selected for its unique qualities and characters. Then is shipped to Japan where artisans use ancient methods of hand dipping, sun drying, and vegetable tanning. Fish oil is added during the tanning process, a very old Japanese technique for finishing leather. The result is a heavy duty, thick, beautifully crafted leather belt which with wear will continue to develop unique characteristics and patina that is far more beautiful than any dyed leather.

Leather is 3/8" thick, 1-1/2" wide. Buckle measures 4"x2.5".

6 Holes punched 1.1" apart.