Were Jeans Really Illegal in the Soviet Union? The Surprising History of Denim Smuggling and the Iron Curtain

The unique history of the Soviet Union has been told before, but many people don’t realize the ways the Cold War impacted the fashion world — and how the fashion world impacted the Cold War. Usually when we look at images of life behind the Iron Curtain, we see a fashion sense that emphasizes uniformity. … Read more

My Experience With Aquaman’s Jeans

Anyone who watched 2018’s “Aquaman” probably noticed Jason Momoa’s jeans, and if you are a fan of fine denim, then maybe you Googled where they came from: Schaeffer’s Garment Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Where else? If their $425 price didn’t scare you away, then maybe you even bought a pair. This is where … Read more

The 7 Best Lightweight Jeans for Summer 2021

You might not think jeans can be great summer wear, but if you’re a guy who loves wearing boots or if you go to a lot of outings for which shorts aren’t appropriate, you’ll be glad to know that jeans can be worn in hot weather — if you buy the right weight. Denim thickness … Read more

Jeans Made With 23% Milk!? A Look at Naked & Famous’ Milk Selvedge

The discovery of Naked and Famous’ Milk Selvedge had me spiraling. Denim that’s 77% cotton and 23%… milk?! As in cow juice? Wild as it sounds, it doesn’t actually take much to transform the delicious, nutritious liquid into a fluffy, fibrous substance that can be turned into silky-smooth denim. Michael Kristy, the man behind one … Read more

$660 Jeans? Why Tanuki’s Aizome Denim Is Worth the Pricetag

The hobby-slash-cult that is selvedge denim is a subculture composed of people who don’t bat an eyelid at 300 dollar jeans. Most of the big name brands are between 200-300 bucks, it’s not a cheap hobby. But seven hundred dollar jeans? OK, I’m rounding up — they’re $660, but that’s still very expensive. I’m a … Read more

Rookie Mistakes: 5 Raw Denim Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re diehard denim collector or just a fade fanboy, we all came into the world of raw denim as rookies, and rookies make mistakes. We’ve probably ruined at least a pair or two on the way, but this is how we learn.&nbsp When I was a brand new denim hobbyist, … Read more

21.5 OZ JEANS – My Brave Star Selvage Review (100 Wears)

I’ve reviewed a lot of Japanese jeans on my site, but I thought it was time to try some American selvedge — and I went big. About 9 months ago, I bought these unbelievably cheap and unbelievably thick jeans from the Los Angeles-based company Brave Star Selvage. It’s a mythical, bulletproof jean that faded surprisingly … Read more

What Exactly Is Heritage Fashion?

Ubi Sunt qui ante nos fuerunt – Where are those who were before us? The romance of the word ‘heritage’ is as powerful as it is precarious. A brand’s history is as valuable, and at times more so, than the quality of the products they create and sell. Indeed, many brands spend extraordinary amounts of … Read more

6 Under-the-Radar Japanese Denim Brands You Should Know About

If you’ve been into denim for any amount of time you will most certainly have dabbled in (or at least be aware of) the deep, dark world that is Japanese selvedge denim.  Known for producing most of the finest selvedge denim and jeans in the world, Japan is home to many denim brands that pride … Read more

Jeans Review: Tanuki Brings Streetwear to Selvedge

Launched in 2016 in Okayama, where most of Japan’s legendary denim is crafted, Tanuki has catapulted to popularity on the denim scene, achieving serious notoriety in a seriously short span of time. Some will say Tanuki translates as ‘raccoon,’ but it actually means ‘raccoon dog,’ a real animal that looks like its name and has … Read more