After examining lots of samples, we’re excited to share that we’ve made our denim selection.
We first narrowed it down to four midweight fabrics, all from revered Japanese mills: a 13.5-ounce indigo with a medium slub, a 14.2-ounce natural indigo with a light slub, a 15-ounce indigo with a light slub, and a 15-ounce indigo with a medium slub. While all were of outstanding quality, it was ultimately the fourth option—from Yoshiwa Mills—that went to the front of the pack in terms of character and break-in potential.
For denim enthusiasts, this Yoshiwa fabric is a once-in-a-lifetime find, with a low tension, open-face construction, medium slub, and warp yarn variance that bring out a jeweled color contrast and micro pebblestone texture. While this fabric has tons of structure in a single rinse, it’s breathable and turns incredibly soft and buttery when worn in and washed down.
Made of US-grown cotton, the yarn is spun in Japan and woven on a conventional selvage loom at a 70-year-old family-run weaving mill in Ibara, Okayama. The denim’s character comes from the three different sizes of yarn (5’s, 6’s and 7’s) mixed in the warp.