5/30/2012

Introducing NSF Denim


NSF is a southern California men's and women's fashion label that focuses on a modern expression of American style and known for their clean aesthetic and understated charm. The label was founded in 2005 by Nick Friedberg who continues to expand and grow his line each season. Now Nick is focusing on a new diffusion label called NSF Denim which we will be proud to introduce come this July. NSF Denim's goal is simply to make the best 5-pocket jean that is clean, authentic, and made for a modern audience.

Nick recruited the best in the business to guide the creative direction of NSF Denim, Simon Miller (above). Simon is already well known in the hard core denim community for his work under the label that also shares his name, Simon Miller Jeans. He has a reputation as a man that delivers a great fitting denim and a clean design! Simon and Nick share the same the aesthetic and a common goal and with Simon's influence, NSF Denim will be going in the right direction.

What we expect from NSF Denim is a great fitting selvedge 5-pocket design that will work on nearly any physic. The details will be minimal and clean, but the hidden details that lie in the construction will be the best possible for a USA made denim. The fabrics will be all selvedge that are also clean and modern and primarily sourced from the best denim mills from Okayama, Japan. Price points will be in the low $200s for a standard raw selvedge. Basically this is going to be a great fitting denim that hits the right price point for the fabric, details, and construction quality that they achieve and it will really compliment the other denims currently stocked at Blue Owl. We look forward to introducing the first shipment of NSF Denim very soon!

5/25/2012

Momotaro x Blue Owl "Vintage" Skinny Straight 15.7oz Raw Selvedge - Model BOM002


With our 2nd denim in the Momotaro x Blue Owl collaboration series, we wanted something clean and minimalistic, something with no additional embellishments that will satisfy any denim purist, and we wanted a slim modern fit. We feel the best denim that Momotaro makes is the Vintage Label 0701, thus we did not change a single detail except for the fit. This collaboration denim uses the same fabric and same details as used on the 0701 but has a skinnier fit that has a low rise, runs slim throughout the legs with a moderate taper, and has a narrow leg opening. We are proud to introduce the "Vintage" Skinny Straight BOM002 denim.

Momotaro x Blue Owl "Vintage" Skinny Straight 15.7oz Raw Selvedge - Model BOM002. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes 29-34, 36. Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro x Blue Owl 15.7oz "skinny straight" raw denim, click here.

The fabric is a 15.7oz super-dense 6s yarn made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton and dyed to a deep blue natural indigo. The fabric has a hairy surface with a good amount of slub and character.

The pink selvedge and pink thread along the interior inseam are common features of Momotaro denim. The pink (peach) color has come to represent both the region of Okayama (which is known for peaches) and the peach from the Japanese folklore story of "Momotaro".

Custom engraved buttons with Momotaro logos along the button fly.

Hidden selvedge detail along the coin pocket is a nice touch. Notice the subtle hint of pink selvedge showing along the edge just below the copper rivet.

Deer skin patch.

5/23/2012

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 15.7oz "Tight Straight" 0705sp - Restocked


Their Backl! The Momotaro 0705sp is one of our most popular denim models and another restock has just arrived. The "Going to Battle" series uses the same 15.7oz selvedge fabric as used on the Vintage Label line, except the "Going to Battle" series is a one wash denim. The denim has been washed one time using sea water from Okayama coast. The wash shrinks the fabric down so that it is ready to wear as is and no further shrinkage is expected. It also has less starch and is less rigid compared to the Vintage Label, making it comfortable to wear immediately, yet it will still produce amazing fades from prolong wear. The fit is the same "tight straight" fit which is the same as the Vintage Label 0701, but since the fabric is a one wash the measurements will be different and the fabric will lay differently. Please use the posted measurements to choose your size, or contact us for sizing advice.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 15.7oz "tight straight" raw selvedge denim - model 0705sp. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" 15.7oz "tight straight" raw denim, click here.

The "Going to Battle" stripes is one of the signature designs of the Momotaro label. The "Going to Battle" stripes are a symbol of Japanese tradition representing honor and strength. The warrior stripes also represent the flag carried by "Momotaro" in the original folklore story.

The fabric is a 15.7oz super-dense 6s yarn made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton and dyed to a deep blue natural indigo. The fabric has a hairy surface with a good amount of slub and character.

Custom engraved buttons with Momotaro logos along the button fly.

The pink selvedge and pink thread along the interior inseam are common features of Momotaro denim. The pink (peach) color has come to represent both the region of Okayama (which is known for peaches) and the peach from the Japanese folklore story of "Momotaro".

Close up of top left corner of coin pocket which has a hidden selvedge detail. Notice the subtle hint of pink selvedge showing along the edge just below the copper rivet.

Back side of copper rivets are custom engraved with Momotaro's peach symbol. Pocket bags are a heavy cotton gauze which is soft, yet very sturdy.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe Cotton T-Shirt - Restock


A small restock of "Going to Battle" series t-shirts just arrived. If we ran out of your size from the first shipment, most likely it is in stock now. This season features 4 colors: Orange, White, Black, and Red.
Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirts feature a slim fit, the heavy 5.2oz weight fabric made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton which is extremely soft and durable, and the signature Momotaro battle stripes. The "Going to Battle" stripes are a symbol of Japanese tradition representing honor and strength. The warrior stripes also represent the flag carried by "Momotaro" in the original folklore story.
Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in orange model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in orange, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in white model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in white, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in black model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in black, click here.

Momotaro "Going to Battle" 5.2oz 100% Zimbabwe cotton t-shirt in red model MT301. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $80. For more information on the Momotaro "Going to Battle" t-shirt in red, click here.

Simple design, good weight, extremely comfortable, and made with care in Kojima, Japan.

5/21/2012

Coming Soon! Momotaro x Blue Owl Vintage 15.7oz "Skinny Straight" Raw Selvedge - Model BOM002


The Momotaro x Blue Owl collaboration #2 model BOM002 has just finished production and shipped from Japan. They arrive later this week. More details will be available upon arrival. Stay tuned!

5/20/2012

Naked & Famous Sale Denims: Hemp, LHT, Japan Heritage, Wax Coated, Momotaro Weird Guy

Today we decided to discount a few Naked and Famous denims which we are down to only a few sizes left and that we are not able to restock, at least for a while. LHT and Japan Heritage will probably be back again, but we still want to clear out the current stock to make room for other items now. So take a look at the available size and maybe you will get lucky!

Naked and Famous "Skinny Guy" hemp blend 13oz selvedge denim. 70% hemp, 30% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Available in size 32, 33, 34. Original retail price $165. Current sale price $125. For more information on the Naked and Famous skinny guy hemp blend, click here.

Naked and Famous "Skinny Guy" Japan heritage 14oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Available in size 31. Original retail price $200. Current sale price $150. For more information on the Naked and Famous skinny guy Japan heritage, click here.

Naked and Famous "Skinny Guy" left hand twill 13.75oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Available in size 31 (ran large and this is more like tag 32). Original retail price $140. Current sale price $100. For more information on the Naked and Famous skinny guy LHT, click here.

Naked and Famous "Weird Guy" left hand twill 13.75oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Available in size 31, 33 (review measurements, work as 32 and 34). Original retail price $140. Current sale price $100. For more information on the Naked and Famous weird guy LHT, click here.

Momotaro x Naked and Famous Collaboration "Weird Guy" selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Made in Japan. Available in size 34. Original retail price $265. Current sale price $175. For more information on the Naked and Famous x Momotaro Weird Guy, click here.

Naked and Famous "Skinny Guy" wax coated indigo stretch denim. 98% cotton, 2% stretch. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Canada. Available in size 33, 34. Original retail price $140. Current sale price $100. For more information on the Naked and Famous skinny guy wax coated, click here.

5/19/2012

Corter Leather "Bottle Opener" Key Hooks


I wish I had one of these when I was in college! Eric Heins, the designer and one-man-show who is Corter Leather, came up with a creative little masterpiece. It is a key hook which fits easily around a belt loop on your denim and it works as a functional bottle opener. It is forged from cast steel in a metal shop in California and comes with solid copper o-rings from Montana and a leather tab that is hand cut by Eric in his Boston workshop. The forged cast steel is solid metal that will be durable and made to last. And just like denim or leather, these metals will age and patina the longer you use them.

Corter Leather "bottle opener" key hook in aged pewter. 100% forged steel. One size. Made in USA. $36.50. For more information on the Corter Leather bottle opener in aged pewter, click here.

Corter Leather "bottle opener" key hook in copper. 100% forged steel. One size. Made in USA. $36.50. For more information on the Corter Leather bottle opener in copper, click here.

5/16/2012

Unbranded Denim - Restock!


We are doing our best to never be out of stock on Unbranded. A new shipment just arrived filling us up again. As of today, we are now fully stocked in all 6 Unbranded denim models in sizes 28-38.

Unbranded "skinny leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in indigo model UB101. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB101 tapered indigo denim, click here.

Unbranded "tapered leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in indigo model UB206. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB206 tapered gray denim, click here.

Unbranded "tapered leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in indigo model UB201. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB201 tapered indigo denim, click here.

Unbranded "straight leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in indigo model UB301. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB301 tapered indigo denim, click here.

Unbranded "tapered leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in black model UB204. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB204 tapered black denim, click here.

Unbranded "skinny leg" 14.5oz selvedge denim in black model UB104. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan, denim assembled in Macau. Sizes 28-34, 36, 38. $78. For more information on the Unbranded UB204 skinny black denim, click here.

5/15/2012

Corter Leather "Standard" Belts - Now Available in 3 Styles


A new shipment from Corter has just arrived and we are excited to have 3 different styles of their "standard" belt in store. This shipment includes a restock of the classic vegetable tanned natural leather belt and 2 new styles including a Latigo in burgundy and an oiled dyed black English bridle. The design is simple, and well made. The leather is thick, heavy, durable and will withstand time and abuse as well as age and patina the more you wear it.

Corter Leather 14oz Latigo leather "standard" belt in burgundy. 100% cowhide leather. Sizes 32, 34, 36, 38. Made in USA. $55. For more information on the Corter Leather standard belt in burgundy, click here.

Made with 100% Latigo cowhide leather. Latigo is like the waxed cotton of leathers, in that it is impregnated with oils and waxes to make it nice and durable and even slightly waterproof. The leather has a smooth glossy finish from the wax and oils, yet the grain shows through and will continue to age and patina with wear. It is oil dyed and waxed at tannery, hand-cut to expose raw edges, and finished with a brass-plated roller buckle and two Chicago screws.
Corter Leather 14oz English bridle leather "standard" belt in black. 100% cowhide leather. Sizes 32, 34, 36, 38. Made in USA. $55. For more information on the Corter Leather standard belt in black, click here.

Made with 100% English bridle leather cowhide that is oil dyed at the tannery, hand-cut exposing raw edges and finished with a nickel-plated roller buckle and two Chicago screws. The leather is oiled to a very dark black, yet graining will still show through.

Corter Leather 14oz vegetable tanned leather "standard" belt in natural. 100% cowhide leather. Sizes 30, 32, 34, 36, 38. Made in USA. $55. For more information on the Corter Leather standard belt in natural, click here.

Made with 100% English bridle vegetable tanned cowhide leather that is hand cut and finished with a nickel-plated roller buckle and two Chicago screws. It will patina and age beautifully with extensive wear.

5/13/2012

Vintage Machinery: Circular Knit Machines


Circular knit machines were produced back in the 1940's and 1950's which produce a knit fabric that is ultra-soft, durable, and becomes softer with wear.  This factory in Montreal is one of the few which is continuing the tradition of using these original vintage circular knit machines to produce their spectacular fabrics. I am not an expert on the subject, but from my understanding these circular knit machines are a later generation of the original loopwheel machines from the 1920's through the 1930's. Bottom line, these machines are old and move very slowly and because of the slower weave and the painstaking process, they are able to achieve a much softer and more durable fabric compared to newer generations of the circular knit machine which are computerized and built more for mass production purposes.
 
The factory is a small family owned business that is just a few doors down from the Naked & Famous main office in Montreal and make the Naked & Famous cicular knit t-shirts that we just received. These photos are from around the 1950's and show the machinery used and the sew shop which probably looks very similar to this today.