7 Reasons Japanese Denim Is So Expensive — And Why It’s Worth It

It’s no secret that Japanese denim can be pricey, often over $300 a pair, but what makes this so? Before we can determine if these jeans are ‘worth it’ (a wildly relative concept), we first have to understand what Japanese denim is, and what sets it apart from the ubiquitous cheaper options, which may at … Read more

Iron Heart Review: The World’s Toughest Jeans?

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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?

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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

The Best Selvedge Jeans That Aren’t Raw

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The terms “raw” and “selvedge” are used a lot nowadays to describe high end denim jeans. Although often group together, the two words describe a totally independent world in jean manufacturing. Just because your pair of jeans is made from selvedge denim doesn’t mean it is raw. For example: Raw but not selvedge : Levi’s … Read more

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

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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?

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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