We hinted at a second collaboration when the Deep Indigo Monser was introduced, and we are finally ready to announce it! Blue Owl Workshop is happy to bring to you the Japan Blue x Blue Owl 12oz "Hanpu" Sulphur Dyed Tapered Selvedge Chino. This chino is an amazing mix of Japanese history and modern design. Hanpu canvas has its roots in Hyogo Prefecture, where in the late 1700's the first cotton canvas was hand woven as a durable, light, and inexpensive material. The fabric was used as sails for ships, as bags for workers and children, as canvas for art, and mawashi for sumo wrestlers. During the Meiji period the material was widely used to support daily life of the common people, some say it bore the weight of Japan's rapid industrial expansion.
The chino we have created with Japan Blue uses a light 12oz Hanpu fabric from a blend of USA and Australian cottons. The chino will be available only in a tapered fit, in a limited run of 100 pairs. The driving force behind this collaboration was Jay's dream of a perfect summer pant: a lightweight and sturdy chino that can be worn like raw denim. The fabric's dye has been sulphur stabilized, meaning that it will age very gradually without any bleeding. Our friends at Rampuya likened the fabric to gold rush worker's wear, saying that it will gradually become softer with very nice fading.
The fabric itself is very comfortable from the first wear. With a standard 5 pocket design and the exceptional material, these will feel like a pair of well-loved jeans. Here you can see the copper rivets and peeking selvedge on the coin pocket.
The chino uses our Japan Blue x Blue Owl standard collaboration patch, made using a natural cowhide leather.
Custom Japan Blue branded doughnut buttons, and indigo chambray pocket bags.
The selvedge line of this fabric is very subtle and clean. Japan Blue's blue inseam detail adds a bit of color while keeping it subdued enough to wear at any occasion. The chino is in production now, and will be available online in 4-6 weeks!