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

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

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

10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow If You Love Boots or Denim

Starting a separate Instagram account dedicated to my clothes has been a humbling experience. Prior to this, I didn’t think anyone was as obsessed with exquisite jeans and boots as I am. I saw myself as a Froot Loop in a bag of Cheerios. It also did not help that in my daily life, I … 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

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

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

The Best Selvedge Jeans That Aren’t Raw

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?

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