To most people Kurabo, Nisshinbo, Kuroki and Kaihara are exotic-sounding but largely meaningless words. To these same people, a pair of jeans is likely to be a nondescript, commodity product – something to do the gardening in or wear down the pub. But then, on the flip side, there are others who will recognise these as the names of the four main mills producing denim in Japan, arguably home to the world’s best denim.
Japanese denim is known for its premium construction and the skilled, artisanal craft required to make it.
That Japan should be the source of the best take on what is a quintessentially American product may seem unlikely. But strangely, in Japan, World War II gave rise not to some desire to embrace a more homegrown look, but that of the occupying forces. It spawned a youth cult for all things Americana and, a few decades later, a fledgling Japanese fashion industry seeking to recreate American raw blue jeans better than the Americans.
This process uses a special eco-friendly dyeing method which reduces CO2 emissions by 50% compared to conventional methods and a washing process that is completely chemical-free. While it is typically a challenge to replicate the usual intensity with natural indigo dye, this method repeatedly dips the product in an indigo bath before resting it as many as 16 times to create an exceptionally intense hue.
This Selvedge denim material made in Japan is organic, natural, and eco-friendly, making it the perfect choice for producing vintage denim jeans.