AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger
AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger
AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger
AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger
AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger
AW (Brad Ripe) - donandswagger


Brad Ripe

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Fabric: 13oz sanforized organic cotton, organic indigo rope-dyed selvedge from Kaihara mills that has undergone our '6 month' artisan factory wash process to produce a stressed 'vintage' faded denim. The color is a beautiful sky blue with tan whisker and honeycombs distress markers, the inner weft has also taken on the tan color. The jeans feature our signature peach and mustard stitching throughout. The denim is soft to the touch and still retains a fuzzy exterior upon close inspection. They are comfortable to wear. Details: • White cotton pocket bags and belt loop lining • All Weather logo custom engraved bronze waistline button • All Weather logo engraved bronze rivets • 4 Button fly • Traditional 5 pocket design, XL coin pocket • Redline selvedge ID • Signature single pleat mid-backpocket design • Signature red zig-zag stitch, Cowhide leather patch • Signature cotton weave ounce tab secured under red zig-zag stitch • Signature V back belt loop • DTM stitching Fit: Athletic. A medium rise, a roomy top block and thighs & a moderate taper from the knee to the hem. A truly athletic cut, good for those with above average thighs for their waist. Selvedge-   These jeans are made from 100% organic cotton which is environmentally friendly. Our choice of dye is a natural indigo dye that has been extracted from plants, and not the synthetic indigo dyes used in regular denim jeans that have been artificially derived from petroleum. 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. Selvedge refers to the narrow, tightly woven band on the edges of denim fabric. A selvedge (or “self-edge”) prevents the denim from unravelling and shows a clean, finished look. Why is so sought-after? Denim with a selvedge is usually a higher-quality denim than typical denim. Selvedge denim is made out of denim woven on an old-style shuttle loom, with a continuous weft. This process retains the irregularities and rough-hewn nature of true denim. Modern weaving machines use larger swaths of less-costly denim, cutting the weft yarn on every pick and resulting in a fringed end.



Japanese Selvedge

Reason one

Initially known as 'self-edge', the selvedge is the narrow , tightly woven band on both edges of the denim fabric. A selvedge end prevents the edge of the denim from unravelling and shows a clean, finished look.

Old shuttle looms produce denim where selvedges are closed. Alternatively, on larger modern weaving machines, the weft yarn is cut on every pick, resulting in a fringed edge. 

Reason two

But one may ask, why is selvedge denim so desirable? There are a few reasons for this, one being that the shuttle-loom production process creates a denser weave than non-selvedge. This makes for better quality. Another reason is that the shuttle-loom process is older technology. The same reason someone would want a hand-made wooden table or chair, the character of the traditional method can be seen and felt. The process of the shuttle loom can be slightly inconsistent which leads to variations in the look of the denim which is quite unique for an industry where mass-production and uniformity is the norm. In the world of fast fashion, it is refreshing for some to buy a piece of clothing that will be with them for years to come, gracefully wear and evolve. .

Selvedge VS non-selvedge

One way to identify selvedge from non-selvedge is what is called the selvedge ID. Selvedge ID color varies with the brand and producer. For instance, colored thread was used by Cone Mills to identify the particular fabric used by it's major manufacturers. Vintage Levi's jeans were originally an all white strip and later had a single red striped selvedge. Lee's had a blue or green strip along one and Wrangler's was yellow. Nowadays, many selvedge denim brands get creative with their selvedge IDs because they know that customers love to show them off. 

Why Japanese Selvedge?

At one point in time, most of the world's denim was produced in the United States. As time passed, the quality suffered as mass production took priority over more time intensive traditional methods. So where does Japanese denim come in? In the 1960s, Japan entered into the denim business. Jeans became popularized by observing the denim worn by US soldiers after World War II and became fashionable across Japan. As Japanese craftsmen began producing denim, some decided to stay true to the traditional methods and dedicated themselves to produce higher quality denim than other regions. Japan is one of the only places to stay committed to the vintage shuttle-loom produced denim manufacturing process which is costlier and more time intensive. Today, Japan is considered to produce the best quality denim in the world. Their high quality standards and attention to detail has refueled an appetite across the globe for higher quality jeans.

At our source of the Japanese Mill, there is an intensive process of rope-dying and shuttle-loom weaving taking place. This meticulous process and finished result is what makes Japanese selvedge denim the most sought after in the world. Japanese Mill specializes in sanforized denim, which refers to the pre-shrinking of the fabric to less than 1%. This reduces unwanted size changes. That means if you like the fit when you try on KATO', you most likely will continue liking it as time passes.