6/29/2012

Baldwin Denim 12.5oz Kaihara Selvedge Denim in Indigo: "The Reed" & "The Henley"


Since their launch in 2010, Kansas City's Baldwin Denim has been slowly growing to expand their label to offer a variety of modern denim fits and collection items. The label is named after the designer, Matt Baldwin, who works and designs all items in the great Midwest of the USA. The label is inspired by timeless classic aesthetics while using all USA factories and construction combined with some of the best selvedge fabrics from around the world.

Baldwin Denim "The Reed" 12.5oz Kaihara selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in USA. $220. For more information on the Baldwin "Reed" Kaihara selvedge denim, click here.

The "Reed" is Badwin's classic slim straight leg fit that is tailored in the right places and will work for basically anyone. It has a medium to low rise, slim in the thigh, has a slight taper yet remains pretty straight from the knee to the leg opening. It is a classic fit that has a great silhouette. The back pocket design on the Reed is slightly larger than typical and runs deep, a good look for a slim straight fit.

Baldwin Denim "The Henley" 12.5oz Kaihara selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in USA. $220. For more information on the Baldwin "Henley" Kaihara selvedge denim, click here.

The "Henley" is Badwin's classic slim tapered fit. It has a medium to low rise, runs tight in the thigh, tapers from upper thigh to lower leg, and has a narrow leg opening. It is a slim fit that has a great silhouette. The back pocket design on the Henley is slightly smaller and angled, a nice touch on a slimmer profile.

Some of the identifying features of Baldwin denim include the single exposed back pocket rivet, a triple stitched reinforced yoke, chain stitching throughout, hidden selvedge details, and a 4oz Missouri steerhide leather patch.

This model uses a 12.5 oz sanforized right hand twill selvedge denim woven on vintage shuttle looms in Japan from Kaihara Mills. The selvedge is white with red accents.

5 pocket, button fly closure, custom engraved hardware with Baldwin logos.

Hidden selvedge coin pocket detail

3/16" thick natural leather patch from steer raised in Missouri

6/28/2012

Momotaro Denim Restocks - Grand Indigo ER007-2B & Deep Indigo 0702


More restocks from Momotaro are here! In our recent shipment, we have received full restocks of both the Momotaro Deep Indigo 0702 (left) and the Grand Indigo (right) which fills us on all sizes 28-36. Comparing these two denims side x side you can really see how different the color truly is. Essentially they are the same denim. They are using a similar fabric with the same fit and many of the same details, difference is the color. Both feature the sulphur dyed weft, but the warp yarns use a different type of natural indigo dye giving the Grand Indigo a deep sea blue color and the Deep Indigo a dark midnight blue color.

Deep Indigo (left), Grand Indigo (right).

Grand Indigo (left), Deep Indigo (right).

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 Deep Indigo 15oz "tight straight" raw selvedge denim. Model number 0702. Zimbabwe cotton. 100% natural cotton thread. Sizes 28-34, 36. Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro Deep Indigo selvedge denim, click here.

6/27/2012

Momotaro Denim Restocks: 0705sp Going to Battle, 0701 Vintage Label, and 0201 Vintage Label


A new shipment of restock denim has just arrived from Kojima and we received restocks of 3 denim series from the Momotaro line. Back in stock in all sizes 28-36 are the 0701 "Tight Straight" Vintage Label denim, 0705sp "Tight Straight" Going to Battle denim, and 0201 "Slim Straight" Vintage Label denim.

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" 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.

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.

Momotaro vintage label 15.7oz "slim straight" raw selvedge denim - model 0201. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36 (38, 40, 42 via special order). Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro vintage label "slim straight" raw denim, click here.

Momotaro's "slim straight" denim fit is slim in the top block, has a low rise, and visually appears as a straight leg but does have a minimal taper from mid-thigh to the leg opening. This fit has a touch more room in the thigh and leg compared to the "tight straight" fit.

Momotaro vintage label 15.7oz "tight straight" raw selvedge denim - model 0701. 100% Zimbabwe cotton. Sizes 28-34, 36 (38, 40, 42 via special order). Made in Japan. $295. For more information on the Momotaro vintage label "tight straight" raw 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 torwards the leg opening.

The fabric used on all 3 denims 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. Here are some other features used in all 3 denims:

Custom engravedg 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 hiden 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.

6/23/2012

Naked & Famous "Big Slub" 18oz Selvedge Denim - Weird Guy & Slim Guy


The "Big Slub" denim was introduced in February 2008 as part of the Naked & Famous spring 2008 collection, which was also Naked & Famous' first season as a brand. It was offered in Slim Guy only and has was never made again, until now. Over the years, there have been numerous requests to remake the "Big Slub" denim and finally with the fall winter 2012 collection the "Big Slub" returns and this time available in both Weird Guy and Slim Guy. Weird Guy shown above. The fabric features an 18oz heavyweight selvedge with a tremendous amount of slub yarns which is the identical fabric used on the original release.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Big Slub 18oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Fabric is woven in Japan, denim made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $215. For more information on the Naked & Famous weird guy big slub, click here.

Naked & Famous "Slim Guy" Big Slub 18oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Fabric is woven in Japan, denim made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $215. For more information on the Naked & Famous slim guy big slub, click here.

The "Big Slub" is an 18oz heavyweight dark indigo selvedge that has a bumpy and irregular texture. The yarn used to make the fabric is wavy, bumpy, and has random thickness creating the irregularities on the surface. The fabric has a very dark indigo shade and in the right lighting you can clearly see the irregularities as shown above.

Uses an 18 oz sanforized right hand twill selvedge denim with an irregular weave woven on vintage shuttle looms in Japan. The selvedge is white with pink accents.

Above shows a brand new "Big Slub" Slim Guy featured with a well worn "Big Slub" Slim Guy that has been worn for about 1 year and washed at least 5 time. This will be a fun denim to break in and see fade!

6/22/2012

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Red Core 14oz Selvedge Denim in Indigo


Introducing another new denim from the Naked & Famous fall winter 2012 collection....Weird Guy "Red Core" selvedge. Yes, it is an indigo denim that will fade to red! When we first saw this denim in person, we immediately felt it was one of the best of the season. The color is beautiful and what is even more impressive is how they fade and the rich red tones that develop. This is definitely one of Brandon's best creations!

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Red Core 14oz selvedge denim in indigo. 100% cotton. Fabric is woven in Japan, denim made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $215. For more information on the Naked & Famous weird guy red core, click here.

The "Red Core" fabric uses a weft yarn that has been dyed red to the center of the yarn using a permanent red Thyrene dye, then it is rope-dyed in indigo. The rope-dying process allows only the surface of the yarn to soak up the indigo leaving the center of the yarn its original color. So after a little wear, the indigo starts to rub off and fade exposing the red from the core of the warp yarns.

The fabric is a 14oz sanforized right hand twill with a touch of slub and irregularity. It is good weight for year round wear.

Exposed selvedge coin pocket detail, button fly, and all custom engraved Naked & Famous hardware.

Even the patch is red and painted indigo, so it will also show red after the indigo flakes off.

Here is a slightly worn red core denim lying on top of a brand new pair. This is approximately 5 months of wear without a wash. Imagine the potential!

Naked & Famous 13.75oz Left Hand Twill Selvedge Denim in Indigo


LHT is Back!  Naked & Famous first introduced the Left Hand Twill fabric with the fall 2011 collection which was extremely popular due to its simplicity.  It has a beautiful indigo color, a weight that can easily be worn year round, classic details, and a great price at only $140.  Left hand twill, also known as "s twill", is a weave in which the grain line runs from the top-left hand corner of the fabric to the bottom right which is the opposite of right hand twill. It was originally used by Lee denim as its basic denim and now used in many premium denim companies such as 45rpm, Lee Japan, Kicking Mule Workshop, and Naked & Famous. Left hand twill tends to wear down softer than right hand twill and thus a softer hand feel after washing. Left hand twill will also have different wear patterns as the fabric can emphasize streakiness or vertical fading.

Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" Left Hand Twill 13.75oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan, denim made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $140. For more information on the N&F Left Hand Twill Weird Guy, click here.

The "Weird Guy" fit is slim with medium rise and tapers from knee to the leg opening.

Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" Left Hand Twill 13.75oz selvedge denim. 100% cotton. Fabric woven in Japan, denim made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $140. For more information on the N&F Left Hand Twill Skinny Guy, click here.

The "Skinny Guy" fit is slim in the thigh with medium rise and has a slight taper from mid-thigh to the leg opening.

The N&F left hand twill fabric has a smooth clean surface.

White selvedge line with blue accent on one side. Notice the direction of the left hand twill weft.

Custom engraved rivets.

Custom engraved doughnut buttons used on button fly.