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

Inside Vietnam’s Raw Denim Community

There’s a flourishing raw denim scene in Vietnam, a country where locals jokingly refer to the climate as having two seasons: one hot and one hotter. While the temperatures in urban centers like Ho Chi Minh City (once known as Saigon) are hot, so are the fashion sensibilities of Vietnam’s sizable and youthful population. The … Read more

In Defense of the Canadian Tuxedo: The Right Way to Wear Denim on Denim

You’ve got the bottom half of your outfit set. Your best raws: perfect fades, perfect fit.  Your beloved boots: freshly brushed, only the real ones know.  You’re happy.  So happy that you forget. A voice inside says “Hey …It’s Saturday! Go ahead make it a day. Wear all of your favorite stuff.” So you grab … Read more

My 6 Favorite Jeans to Wear in Summer Heat

Even though my home state of New York went “on pause” this summer, the season itself spared us no seconds to play catch-up. Within days, the temperatures rose to a brisk 70 degrees, and if my 24 years in NYC has taught me anything, it is that it will only get hotter from here on … Read more

Review: Why My Samurai Jeans Are My Japanesiest Jeans

Founded in 1997 by Toru Nogami, Samurai Jeans was launched a fair amount of time after the Japanese denim scene kind of debuted in the 1970s, but while that’s when it started it really exploded in the 90s. That’s when Nogami-san starting out making cuts inspired by vintage Levi’s jeans, and they expanded into a … Read more

Why Is Zimbabwe Cotton So Popular?

Zimbabwe cotton is often touted as one of the best cotton types in the world. Often by people selling it, sure, so they’re not unbiased, but you’ll also hear this from fashion aficionados from Japanese denimheads to wearers of fine Italian dress shirts. But is there anything special about Zimbabwe cotton? Or this hype and … Read more

Just How Denim Jackets Became So Popular

There is perhaps no article of clothing more evocative of the American aesthetic than the denim jacket. Cool, rebellious, rugged, and chic, this timeless garment is as stylish today as it was when it first popped on the scene in the early 20th century. As ubiquitous as blue jeans and leather boots, it’s easy to … Read more

Review: Momotaro’s Glossy, Hairy, Hand Made Japanese Jeans

“Made by hand, without compromise” is the slogan of the Kojima-based denim company Momotaro. Kojima is considered by many as the birthplace of Japanese denim — it’s home to the famous “Jeans Street” that houses many sought after storefronts of Japanese denim institutions. Momotaro is right there among them. The company has a big emphasis … 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

Op-Ed: 5 Types of Jeans and When You Should Wear Them

Blue jeans are an essential part of any guy’s closet, and have likely been a feature in your own for as long as you can remember. But how well do you actually know your jeans? Odds are, probably not as well as you think, at least not when it comes to their specific style. So, … Read more