Why the Best Lightweight Jacket is Taylor Stitch’s Ojai

My favorite lightweight jacket is Taylor Stitch’s Ojai. Here are a few terms I’ve seen used to describe it: “updated version of a French workwear jacket” “looks and feels like a vintage military jacket.” “a great interpretation of a chore coat” “functional work-bench jacket” “an unstructured blazer” I’ve been wearing this jacket for many months, … Read more

Review: Schott’s Café Racer Is the Best Leather Jacket

If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably suspecting it and I’m here to confirm: Schott makes the American leather jacket Irving Schott and his brother Jack, sons of Russian immigrants, started the company on New York City’s Lower East Side in 1913. The company swears that Irving was the first man to ever put … Read more

The 5 Best Hoodies of 2020: Best Value, Most Durable, Best for Working Out, and More

I don’t want to alarm you, but a lot of hoodies are crap. It’s the same as t-shirts or jeans: when an item of clothing becomes so overwhelmingly popular, every company wants to make their own version of it and you wind up with countless shoddy imitators. Thin material. Way too much polyester. Stress points … Read more

Pure Blue Japan Review: The Slubbiest Jeans on Earth?!

Pure Blue Japan, or PBJ, or is a beloved Japanese denim company that was founded in 1997 and is based in the Japanese denim capital of Okayama,  right between Hiroshima and Kyoto. Note that it is not the same company as Japan Blue, or Blue Blue Japan, this is Pure Blue Japan and perhaps more … Read more

Iron Heart Review: The World’s Toughest Jeans?

Heavy ass denim. That’s the specialty of the cult Japanese denim brand Iron Heart. After 20 years of working in Japan’s garment industry, Shinichi Haraki established the brand in 2003 and today it’s headquartered in Hachioji, just outside of Tokyo. Iron Heart specializes in smooth, heavyweight denim that has its roots in Japanese motorcycle culture, … Read more

Oni Shin Secret Denim Review – Stretchy Selvedge Jeans?

Believe it or not, stretch selvedge is a thing. I took a trip to New York’s denim mecca Blue in Green to see what kind of unusual offerings they had this season, and I was treated to this unique, almost sea green colored denim from the secretive Japanese brand Oni. Meaning “demon” or “ogre,” Oni … Read more

Review: Are Naked & Famous’s Left Hand Twill Jeans the Best Budget Selvedge?

Naked and Famous are hugely popular in the world of selvedge denim, they fill the gap between brands like Levi’s and the really expensive 400-dollar Japanese brands. They’re a Canadian company that use Japanese denim and they’re basically the entry point to the world of raw denim — sort of like how Red Wings are … Read more

Studio d’Artisan G-003 Denim Review & Discount: The Hairiest Jeans on Earth?

We’re branching out at Stridewise with our new series on raw denim — because if you know anything about rugged boots, it’s that nothing goes better with them than some tough, raw denim. So today I’m looking at a pair of Studio d’Artisan G-003 jeans. They’re not fresh off the rack; I picked them up … Read more