3/31/2012

Introducing the Momotaro x Blue Owl Collaboration Series


We are proud to officially introduce the Momotaro x Blue Owl collaboration series. This series combines the expert artisan craftsmanship of Momotaro with the vision and creativity of the Blue Owl Workshop to develop limited edition denims and fashion items. This series will begin with 3 different denims being released this spring and summer limited to only 40 pairs per denim run. The first collaboration denim is complete and has already shipped from Kojima, Japan and will arrive next week. More details of each denim will be available upon arrival, but here is what to expect.

The first 3 denims in the Momotaro x Blue Owl series will feature a new fit that has never been used on the Momotaro main line, skinny straight. The Skinny Straight fit is slim in the top block, has a low rise, runs slim in the leg, and tapers slightly from the thigh to the leg opening. All 3 denims use unsanforized raw selvedge denim made with Zimbabwe cotton produced by the Rampuya denim mill and sewn by the factories of Momotaro in Kojima, Okayama.

Available Early April: Momotaro x Blue Owl "Midnight Warrior" Skinny Straight 15.7oz Raw Selvedge - Model BOM001

With our 1st collaboration we wanted a super dark denim, but not black. We wanted something that was unique and memorable, yet also minimalistic. The result is a creative denim that uses a super dark indigo with black stitching and details that makes the denim look black, yet will fade to a beautiful indigo full of variations. We used the same fabric from the Momotaro Vintage Series which is rope dyed in pure indigo and already super dark. We used black stitching throughout and a black deer skin patch to give a clean look making the denim look black, at least until the fabric starts to fade. Finally with a tribute to the Going to Battle series and what has become one of the recognizable symbols of the Momotaro label we added the battle stripes, but in black. Thus we are proud to introduce the "Midnight Warrior" denim.

Available late June: Momotaro x Blue Owl Vintage 15.7oz "Skinny Straight" Raw Selvedge - Model BOM002

With our 2nd collaboration we wanted to keep it simple. Basically we feel the Momotaro Vintage Label is the best possible denim Momotaro can produce, so why change it? Thus the BOM002 will feature the same fabric and details as used in the Momotaro Vintage Series and use the skinny straight fit.

Comparing the BOM001 and the BOM002 side x side, you can see how the black stitching and details truly make the BOM001 look like a black denim, but in actuality both of these denims use the same indigo dyed fabric. The fabric is a 15.7oz super-dense 6s yarn made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton and rope dyed to a super dark deep indigo using pure indigo. The fabric has a hairy surface with a good amount of slub and character and fades beautifully.

Available late August/early September: Momotaro x Blue Owl Deep Indigo "Skinny Straight" 15oz Raw Selvedge - Model BOM003

The BOM003 "Deep Indigo" denim will feature the Zimbabwe cotton super dark pure indigo warp and sulphur dyed weft fabric that is currently used on the Deep Indigo 0702, but our version has a little twist. First, the fit will be the skinny straight fit, same as the first two collaborations. Second, the fabric is unsanforized rather than the sanforized fabric of the 0702. Both of these factors will allow for the slimmest possible fit and one of the best fabrics to ever come out of the Rampuya denim mill.

3/29/2012

The West is Dead "Slim Tapered" 10oz Cotton Duck Canvas Pant: 2 New Colors (Rust Beetle & Ash Grey)


Introducing 2 new colors from the West is Dead 10oz duck pant series: Rust Beetle Red & Ash Grey. West is Dead's biggest strength is their choice of colors which are always refreshing and versatile. Rust Beetle is just as vivid in person as it is in photograph and Ash Grey is clean and understated.

The West is Dead "slim tapered" 10oz cotton duck canvas pant in rust beetle red. 100% cotton. Made in USA. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on The West is Dead's slim tapered duck canvas pant in rust beetle, click here.

The West is Dead "slim tapered" 10oz cotton duck canvas pant in ash grey. 100% cotton. Made in USA. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on The West is Dead's slim tapered duck canvas pant in ash grey, click here.

The 10oz cotton duck fabric will show subtle irregularities due to the multiple wash processes making each pant slightly different. Above is rust beetle.

Custom forged brass fisheye hardware for the button fly. Chambray lined waist line. Ash grey shown above.

If you do not like the back pockets being different styles, the back left pocket can be tucked in for a cleaner look.

All garments by the West is Dead are hand made in USA.

3/28/2012

The West is Dead "Slim Tapered" 10oz Cotton Duck Canvas Pant: Spring 2012 Collection Restocks


Just in from the West is Dead: Slim Tapered Ducks. This shipment included 5 different colors (3 shown above are restocks that carry over from last season - - more details on the other 2 will be online soon).

The West is Dead's take on the classic chino uses a 10oz cotton duck canvas which goes through 3 completely different wash processes to add weight and soften the hand. The fabric is lightweight enough for everyday wear and the nature of duck twill gives it the perfect amount of structure. The fit is designed with comfort in mind to allow for additional room in the lower hip giving the extra fabric needed to keep your pants from riding up when you're walking, bending or leaning, but they won’t sag when you're standing tall. The fit is truly slim as they taper from the thigh down to a narrow leg opening. Bottom line: these are comfortable pants fit for any occasion.

The West is Dead "slim tapered" 10oz cotton duck canvas pant in gold dust. 100% cotton. Made in USA. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on The West is Dead's slim tapered duck canvas pant in gold dust, click here.

The West is Dead "slim tapered" 10oz cotton duck canvas pant in moss. 100% cotton. Made in USA. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on The West is Dead's slim tapered duck canvas pant in moss, click here.

The West is Dead "slim tapered" 10oz cotton duck canvas pant in charcoal. 100% cotton. Made in USA. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on The West is Dead's slim tapered duck canvas pant in charcoal, click here.

Custom forged brass fisheye hardware for the button fly. Chambray lined waist line. Gold dust shown above.

The 10oz cotton duck fabric will show subtle irregularities due to the multiple wash processes making each pant slightly different. Above is moss.

Simple construction enhancements like sewing the belt loops into the waist band add to the overall durability. Above is charcoal.

All garments by the West is Dead are hand made in USA.

Naked & Famous Denim Restocks

Another much needed restock denim shipment from Naked & Famous has arrived. The most notable denim in this restock is the Weird Guy deep indigo 15oz selvedge which has been sold out for months. We were also lucky enough to get a few more pieces of greencast denims in limited sizes, not a complete run by we filled out most missing sizes. Here is a complete list of denims that have been restocked this week.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 15oz deep indigo selvedge. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on the N&F weird guy deep indigo, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" greencast broken-twill selvedge. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $155. For more information on the N&F skinny guy greencast, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" greencast broken-twill selvedge. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $155. For more information on the N&F weird guy greencast, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 13oz gray selevedge selvedge. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $140. For more information on the N&F weird guy gray selevedge, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" 13.5oz broken-twill selvedge in indigo. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $140. For more information on the N&F skinny guy broken twill, click here.

Naked & Famous "Elephant 2" skinny guy 22oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on the N&F skinny guy elephant 2, click here.

Naked & Famous "Elephant 2" weird guy 22oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $165. For more information on the N&F weird guy elephant 2, click here.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 13oz indigo selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $135. For more information on the N&F weird guy indigo selvedge, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" gray stretch. 98% cotton, 2% stretch. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $140. For more information on the N&F skinny guy gray stretch, click here.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" black power stretch. 95% cotton, 5% stretch. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $140. For more information on the N&F skinny guy black power stretch, click here.

3/27/2012

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Japan Heritage 14oz Selvedge Denim


Japan Heritage is back! The Japan Heritage denim was first released in June 2011 and was one of the most popular denims Naked & Famous had released to date. The current production run was made in limited quantity and is available in Weird Guy only. As for the name "Japan Heritage", here is what Naked & Famous has to say....

" We call this denim 'Japan Heritage' because, in our opinion, it is a fabric that represents Japan's perception of what is special about vintage denim. The fabric is special because it is the opposite of mass produced denim. It's shuttle woven on a dangerous low-tension setting that creates loom chatter; it uses a slubby/bumpy yarn and has an irregular warp size, which create a beautiful and random texture and appearance." - - Naked & Famous

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Japan Heritage 14oz selvedge denim. The "Weird Guy" fit is slim with medium rise and tapers from knee to the leg opening. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $200. For more information on the N&F Japan Heritage Weird Guy, click here.

The Japan Heritage denim uses a 14oz sanforized raw Japanese selvedge using slub yarns of different thicknesses giving an unbalanced vintage feel. During fabrication, the yarns are dyed in pure indigo and as the yarns have different thicknesses the indigo will penetrate the yarn in different amounts creating tremendous depth and variation in the color. The shuttle looms are set at low tension so the denim is not packed as tightly when woven, which is a common characteristic in Japanese cult denim brands. The result is a a fabric with a soft feel and lustrous texture and denim that will fade to different shades of blue in different portions of the jean.

Other details include the 5 pocket design, button fly, and custom engraved buttons.

14oz selvedge made in Japan with red & white accents.

The above denim has 3-4 months of wear and has been soaked one time.

3/22/2012

Momotaro Copper Label 14.7oz "Tight Straight" Raw Selvedge Denim - Model G017-MB


Introducing the newest denim release from Momotaro - Copper Label Tight Straight G017-MB. The Copper Label is one of the core series produced by Momotaro which up until now we have not stocked, but we are glad to have in store now. The Copper Label denims feature copper accent hardware and a 14.7oz weight selvedge which is slightly lighter compared to the other Momotaro denim series. What makes this release special is the indigo used. Prior to this release, the Copper Label denims featured more vintage style indigos being much lighter shades of indigo and more true to the originals they are modeled after. The new release is a deep indigo that is the same pure indigo used on the Vintage Label denims like the 0701 and on the Going to Battle denims like the 0705sp.

Momotaro Copper Label 14.7oz "tight straight" raw selvedge denim - Model G017-MB. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro Copper Label 14.7oz "tight straight" raw denim, click here.

The fabric is a 14.7oz selvedge made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton and rope dyed to a deep indigo. The fabric has a hairy surface and a good amount of slub and tremendous character. The denim is a one wash (washed one time using sea water from Okayama coast) and is already shrank down to size, so further shrinkage is minimal. The Copper Label features the custom engraved copper buttons and rivets used throughout.

Pink selvedge, pink interior thread - both representing the peach from the "Momotaro" folklore story.

1/8" thick cowhide leather patch branded with the Momotaro "Japan Blue" logo

Heavy duty flannel pocket bags dyed in pure indigo are a nice touch.

The back yolk is lined with flannel material also dyed in pure indigo. Notice the hidden back pocket rivets and the copper rivets used throughout, all custom engraved with the standard Momotaro "peach" logo.

Interior of the flannel pocket bags has a tag of samurai and the Japan Blue logo.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" Indigo Power Stretch Denim


Introducing the Naked & Famous Skinny Guy indigo power stretch. This model uses the identical fabric as used on the Skinny Guy black power stretch, except in indigo. It was first offered in fall 2011 and was recently released in a new production run and will become a core denim continuously offered each season. We are proud to have it in store as we continue to expand our Naked & Famous denim selection.

Naked & Famous skinny guy indigo power stretch denim. 95% cotton, 5% stretch fiber. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34. $155. For more information on the N&F skinny guy indigo power denim, click here.

The indigo power stretch is a 12oz Japanese stretch fabric with a composition of 95% cotton and 5% elastic. The stretch fiber has a good amount of recovery, so it will stretch to mold with the body but not loose its shape with continuous wear.