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Denim at Liberty Fair: Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount


The Denim Therapy team’s Market Week tour continued at Liberty Fairs held at Pier 94. The space was enormous with over one hundred booths to cover. We scoured the long aisles and prioritized. Our top priority?  Denim. Our featured picks from the show are all Japanese and American brands including Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount.

Feltraiger is a Brooklyn-based brand focused on making products you can pass down from generation to generation.  Their customer base ranges from hardcore motorcyclists to anyone inspired by American subcultures of the 20th century. Feltraiger’s new Core collection features their bestselling basics. We’re fans of the Destitute Vest in indigo available for Fall 2015.

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Th co-founder’s motorcycle parked in front of the new collection.

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Destitute vest in indigo.

Kato jeans are made of Japanese denim, designed in Kyoto, and manufactured in Los Angeles. Kato was started by Hiroshi Kato in 1996 and has become one of our favorites. We favor the immaculate construction and details such as the diagonal belt loop and selvedge coin pocket. Highlights from the Spring 2016 line are the 13 oz. Raw Slim jean and a 7 oz Shawl Collar Blazer. Their leather patch has also been updated for the first time since the brand’s inception.

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Kato Japanese denim

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Perfect distressing detail on the hem of the shawl-style blazer lapel.

Fullcount denim is made in Okayama mills in Japan and was one of the first brands to start using Zimbabwe cotton back in 1992. Fullcount is here to stay, check out a peak of their Spring 2016 offerings below.

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Rust-looking wash on Fullcount jeans.

Fullcount Japanese denim

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Boro-like stitching detail on a chambray shirt.

All photos credited to the author.

—Emily B. McIntosh

 

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Posted Aug 24 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

NY Market Week: Edwin’s E.N.D. at Project


After the exciting commencement of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, came the rush of New York Market Week where designers and brands showed off their freshest designs and samples to retailers in showrooms across the city.

We started  our week at Project New York and our very first stop was E.N.D. denim. We had a brief glimpse of the E.N.D. denim line at the Denim Expo hosted by BPD Washhouse in June. E.N.D. is the new offshoot of the venerable Japanese denim brand Edwin (E.N.D. is an acronym of Edwin ‘N Denim). This sub-brand is so new that at this point that their digital footprint is almost nonexistent so we were lucky to have a quick chat with the designer, Yutaka Endo, and get a closer look at the collection at Project.

Highlights of the collection include denim at an entry-level price point, light chambray shirts, hoodies, and super soft polo shirts. All of the pieces feature one or two of E.N.D.’s signature motifs: the mizuhiki or the asanoha pattern. The mizuhiki knot is a bow traditionally used during gift-giving. The asanoha is an auspicious,  abstract hemp leaf pattern. Lookout for the release of E.N.D. in the next year and check back at the Denim Therapy blog for more details on the official launch. If you are in the Brooklyn area you can stop by NOS Boutique in Dumbo to buy a select assortment of E.N.D. teeshirts and men’s jeans.

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Traditional asanoha pattern stitched into the pocket of a pair of men’s jeans.

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Details on a pair of jeans from the women’s line, including a red mizuhiki symbol embroidered on back pocket and peach fabric detail at waist.

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Asanohara pattern on the hood of a dark indigo hoodie.

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The roots of E.N.D. Edwin jeans with classic arcuate.

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Posted Jul 31 2015 in Denim News » Events » Reviews: Brand

What’s Cooler Than Jeans Distressed By Lions? Um, Nothing.


Leave it to Japan’s denim masters to come up with a massively inventive, super cool new way to get your jeans distressed. Throw ‘em in the lion’s den! Sound extreme? Kamine Zoo in Japan let the wildlife do their thing with jeans this summer. Whatever was left of the denim was sewn together into new pairs (because let’s face it, these wild cats are not just strategically distressing the knees). This was all part of a fundraising effort to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation and the zoo itself. Cool, huh?

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See the finished jeans below:

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Of course, you’re welcome to go toss your jeans in with the animals at the local zoo. Just don’t expect anyone else to go fetch them for you.

See the full story here and more photos of the distressing process here.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 25 2014 in Campaigns » Denim News

MiH Jeans Launches Shibori Dye Collaboration


MiH Jeans recently launched an exclusive shibori tye dye collaboration with LA based shibori specialist Niki Livingston on their website. Shibori dye, one of the most beautiful fabric treatments we’ve ever laid eyes on (and a favorite of the festival-going crowd) is an ancient Japanese dye technique used to give cloth a three dimensional form by folding, stitching, and twisting the material before it is sumberged. The result, as you can see, is gorgeous.

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“The MiH design team and Niki worked closely together to develop shibori-dyed pieces that reflect MiH’s British heritage and Niki’s laid-back, Californian attitude. After experimenting firstly with denim, we then chose tees, shirts and scarves to become the canvases for our indigo art. Scarf prints were influenced by water and shadows whilst tees and shirts were tied to create spots and stripes with ease and spontaneity.”

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Shop the limited edition collection at MiH Jeans.

—DT Staff

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Posted May 14 2014 in Denim News

Slimbs: The First American Slim Fit Jean


The guys of Denim Therapy (and whoever shops with them) know that it’s really hard (if not impossible) to find a pair of slim fit jeans that are comfortable, attractive, and priced reasonably. Slimbs, a fresh new denim brand that we’re super excited about, is prepared to change that. The founders of Slimbs spent over two years conferencing with some of the denim industry’s experts to narrow down the formula for their American slim fit jean, which is currently being developed in three styles: Selvage, Studio Blue, and Downtown Dark.

“Guys should feel comfortable, mentally and physically, when transitioning to a trendier style,” explains their Kickstarter campaign page, “We are here to put to rest the social stigma that surrounds slim fit jeans by introducing a new idea of slim – the American slim fit.”

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Slimbs is prepared to deliver on the things that matter most, made from top quality Japanese denim at an amazing price that mass market jeans can’t compete with. Our favorite part? They’re also offering free repairs on every pair of jeans… because holes in the crotch aren’t in style, in any country. We’re proud to say we’ll be handling the repairs for Slimbs, right here at Denim Therapy.

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Check out their Kickstarter campaign page and donate to score one of the first pairs of jeans, and help get this awesome new brand off the ground!

—DT Staff

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Posted May 06 2014 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Kunna’s Denim Jackets, Inspired By Japanese Industrial Uniform #projectnyc


The roots of denim lay deep in the highly functional uniforms of industrial workers worldwide. We love when brands reach back into these roots and transform the concept into something modern and fashion-forward. Japanese denim brand Kunna showed us a heavily washed, soft-textured chambray jacket that does exactly this, featuring patch pockets and a relaxed fit. Pair this classic with your current summer looks to transition seamlessly into fall.

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kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jul 21 2013 in Denim Menswear

Denim Mythbusters: Did Japan Take US Selvedge Looms?


This Episode 2 of Denim Mythbusters, started with a simple question: Did Japan’s denim companies snatch up the United State’s shuttle looms to build superior selvedge? Check out the video below and the full post on The Crosby Press.

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Click the image above to watch the video.

—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 27 2013 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

7 For All Mankind Releases Colored Selvedge Denim For Men


7 For All Mankind has announced a set of colored selvedge denim jeans and jackets for men that feature bright spring colors this season, including an understated-but-rich red and a classic royal blue. Check out the details and the new styles below.

“Spring 2013 is moving beyond traditional indigo and introducing fresh ways to offer selvage denim. Our grey selvage comes directly from Japan and features a beautiful slate-grey raw fabric. Pushing the envelope even one step further, 7FAM is offering Colored Selvage. We pigment spray the garments in shades of blue, red, and grey. The immense care put into the detailing of our selvage, from the raw material to the weaving, dying and stitching, creates a jean of exceptional quality and impeccable style.”

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—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 04 2013 in Denim Menswear

A Denim Discovery: 3rd & Army Men’s Jeans #MagicMarketWeek #ProjectLasVegas


At Project NY and then again at Project Las Vegas, the men’s denim brand 3rd & Army seduced our eyes with three bold styles that exude rock’n'roll and sex appeal. It’s no coincidence that they make an impact at first glance: Industry authority Matt Atkinson (who founded the brand in September 2012) and all associates in the super-collective have worked for major US brands throughout the years. The relatively new project (100% made in LA) packs a powerful punch thanks to its experienced design and marketing team.

The brand DNA is taken from the quintessential California lifestyle. “Our collection speaks from our life experiences through the doors of 3rd & Army. Our clothing is an expression and a combined statement of classic music, fine art, vintage fashion, and a modern lifestyle in an original way,” says the brand. We expect only great things from these guys. Check out our favorite pieces below.

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Below: The tapered leg Ranchand in camo. 10 oz woven jaquarded yarn camo denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Includes antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.

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3rd & army mens denim camo jeans

3rd & army mens denim camo jeans

Below:  The tapered leg Ranchand in grease wash. Japanese red selvedge 14 oz premium red selvedge denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.

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3rd & army mens denim jeans

3rd & army mens denim jeans

Below: The straight leg Blacksmith in indigo wash. 11.75 oz organic Italian Candiani denim in a straight leg traditional five pocket fit with flat felt side seams, workwear detailing, buckle back, spade workwear pockets, reinforced pocket facing, wallet chain keyhole detail, antique hardware and trim, multiple stitching construction, and real hide branded leather patch.

Straight Blacksmith Indigo wash 156

Straight Blacksmith Indigo wash 150

Straight Blacksmith Indigo wash 159

Visit 3rd & Army online to learn more.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Raffael Flores-Contreras

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Posted Mar 04 2013 in Denim Menswear

Naked & Famous Denim x Billionaire Boys Club ‘Bee Line’ by Mark McNairy


What do you get when you combine two of the most creative brands together for a collaboration? You get these Naked & Famous Denim x Billionaire Boys Club ‘Bee Line’ by Mark McNairy. In many ways both companies are pioneering fashion towards the new age, with Brandon Svarc leading N&F, and with Mark McNairy (as well as renowned innovator Pharrell) as the minds behind Billionaire Boys Club (BBC). McNairy, while attending the Capsule Show in NYC, hooked up with the N&F booth and made his own personal touches to the classic WeirdGuy fit.

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Svarc recounts the tale by saying McNairy came over to their booth and they both immediately agreed to create a collab jean. While sitting on the floor of their booth, Svarc showed McNairy different fabric options and alterations for the denim. Once the Weird Guy fit was chosen, they ironed out details within minutes and created this crisp and light jean.

They added Honeycomb Yellow rip-stop twill pocket bags, a lowered coin pocket, gold and yellow stitching, and a custom gold Bee Line Waist Button. They even reached out to the cult underground Japanese artist Rocking Jelly Bean to create their co-branded leather patch on the back of the denim.

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Details

  • Name: Naked & Famous Denim x Billionaire Boys Club ‘Bee Line’ by Mark McNairy
  • Denim: Indigo Rope-Dyed Japanese Selvedge
  • Weight: 10oz
  • Fit: Weird Guy
  • Additional Details:
    • Lowered coin pocket
    • Honeycomb Yellow Pocket
    • Yellow/Gold stitching
    • Custom gold Bee Line Waistband button
    • N&F x Bee Line vintage style tafetta labeling
    • Co-Brand Leather Patch (artwork by Rockin Jelly Bean)
    • Limited edition and only 150 pairs produced
  • Available at: The BBC Flagship Store

Originally posted on Rawr Denim.

—DT Staff

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Posted Feb 28 2013 in Denim Menswear
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