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Best Japanese Denim Brands

by Jack Guy

Jan 26, 2020

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Products / Clothing

Check out these top brands that form part of Japan’s rich denim culture.


Big John was the first brand to make a pair of jeans produced entirely in Japan, and it’s still going strong today. It may have been overtaken in the cool stakes by younger brands, but you’ll be wearing a piece of denim history if you buy a pair.


Momotaro is famous for its use of a natural dyeing process that uses the Inigofera Tictoraia plant. This is unusual because the dye doesn’t fade with age, instead getting slightly darker.


Stevenson Overall Co was originally formed in the United States in the 1920s, but it relaunched in Japan in 2005. It still makes classic workwear pieces to this day.


Studio D’Artisan has been making jeans out of Osaka since the 1970s, but they can be hard to come by outside of Japan. Make the most of your time in Japan and buy a pair there.


Another brand to look out for is Pure Blue Japan, which developed a method for making irregular fabrics that lead to more textured and unique fades. If you want to wear your jeans in until they become something unique to you, this is a great brand to try.



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