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Pure Blue Japan

[Pre-Order] OD+PBJ 18oz. "Kakishibu" Selvedge Jeans (Slim Tapered)

IDKS-013
  • 18oz. proprietary Indigo x Kakishibu Japanese Selvedge Denim
  • Unsanforized denim
  • 100% Cotton
  • Slim Tapered fit
  • 5 button fly
  • Blue Selvedge ID
  • OD+PBJ "Kakishibu" pocket bags
  • Hand painted Kakishibu Cowhide Leather waistband patch
  • "Kakishibu" Vein Tonal stitching Leaf Logo
  • Raised Belt loops
  • PBJ Original hardware (buttons & rivets)

Pure Blue Japan, the epitome of honest craft and sincere construction. Where it all began, the very first brand we ever carried at OD. Following up from last year's 20th Anniversary commemorative collection, we knew we had to put together something stellar. So of course, the conversation began at Selvedge. While there were a stream of initial ideas that arose from our brainstorming sessions, natural dye and artisan (or shokunin) craft kept coming up as key words. Kakishibu has been woven into the social and cultural fabric of Japanese society since it initial introduction to Japanese soil in the 13th century. With a wide range of applications, Kakishibu has historically been used to as wood lacquer, as a clearing agent in the production of sake, and even as a cure for hangovers!

As production began with the fabric, our main incentive with this project was to highlight that insane slub that PBJ has become renown for. If you know, you know. Aesthetically, it was imperative that we brought to market a fabric that retained all the texture, while looking nothing like anything available from the current PBJ lineup. The Indigo Warp is again the same yarn used for the warp of the XX-18oz-013, and the Kakishibu Weft also rests at that 18oz. weight, resulting in a fabric that is equal parts slub & nep galore. 

We weren't about to leave PBJ's iconic leaf behind. The color scheme took some adjusting over several rounds of sampling. Eventually we settled on only switching out the classic Indigo vein for a Kakishibu vein, leaving the dotted red Selvedge salute unchanged. The pocket bag and leather patch is where we were able to let loose, and brought in artist and PBJ superfan, Nathan Spoor, for the design. Riding that Kakishibu wave, the design developed by Nathan is immaculate and would have been flawless just as is. But how crazy would it be if we hand dyed each one of these leather patches in Kakishibu, we thought.

Cue another PBJ superfan and all around good dude, Mike Falkner of Wild Frontier Goods. His foray into leather craft already rivals some of the best leather craftsman in the biz, and he's just getting started! His shared passion for Japanese craft and natural dyes struck a cord with our team, and we wanted to get Mike and his paintbrush on board for the latest OD+PBJ. Each leather patch is hand painted in natural Kakishibu, with horizontal painted streaks, giving the patch an aesthetic similar to wood. The hue of the Kakishibu paint will lighten with wear, developing patina in tandem with the denim fades.

Like many of Pure Blue Japan's jeans, the fabric is of a low-tension shuttle loom, thus featuring the slubby and hairy feeling fabric common to Pure Blue Japan denim. The production of these jeans are constant through out every year in several different batches because the production output of each fabric is very limited.

Due to limited production capacity of the fabric, we are accepting pre-orders to ensure that anyone interested will be guaranteed a pair. Please note that pre-order's will be accepted up until February 5th, 2019 (JST), after which this pair may be available for purchase in July 2019 if supply permits. The expected shipping time frame for all pre-orders is the end of June 2019.

*Model is pictured wearing a size 28, Raw Denim. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
**Available in either Raw or One Wash denim fabric. Raw denim will shrink 1-2 inches around the waist after the first soak.
***Each pair will ship with a custom "Kakishibu" tote bag.
****Each leather patch is painted by hand, and will have subtle variance in appearance. 

Raw - Size (CM) Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
28 76 24.5 35 27 18.5 16.5 93
29 78 25 35.5 27.5 19 17
93
30 80 26 36 28.5 19.5 17.5
93
31 82 26.5 36.5 29.5 20.5 18.5
93
32 86 26.5 37 30 21 19
93
33 88 27 38 30.5 22 19.5 93
34 90 27.5 38.5 31.5 22.5 20 93
35 92 28 39 32.5 23 20.5 93
36 96 28.5 39.5 33.5 23.5 21 93
38 100 29.5 40 34 24.5 22 93
40 106 30.5 41 36 25 22.5 93
Raw - Size (Inches) Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
28 29.9 9.6 13.8 10.6 7.3 6.5 36.6
29 30.7 9.8 14 10.8 7.5 6.7 36.6
30 31.5 10.2 14.2 11.2 7.7 6.9 36.6
31 32.3 10.4 14.4 11.6 8.1 7.3 36.6
32 33.9 10,4 14.6 11.8 8.3 7.5 36.6
33 34.6 10.6 15 12 8.7 7.7 36.6
34 35.4 10.8 15.2 12.4 8.9 7.9 36.6
35 36.2 11 15.4 12.8 9.1 8.1 36.6
36 37.8 11.2 15.6 13.2 9.3 8.3 36.6
38 39.4 11.6 15.7 13.4 9.6 8.7 36.6
40 41.7 12 16.1 14.2 9.8 8.9 36.6
One Wash - Size (CM) Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
29 74 24 33 26.5 18 16 87
30 76 24.5 33.5 27 18.5 16.5 87
31 78 24.5 34 27.5 19.5 17 87
32 80 25 34.5 28.5 20 17.5 87
33 82 25.5 35 29.5 21 18 87
34 84 26.5 35.5 30.5 21.5 18.5 87
35 88 26.5 36 31.5 22 19 87
36 90 27.5 37 32.5 22.5 20 87
38 92 28 37.5 33 23 20.5 87
40 98 28.5 38.5 34 23.5 21 87
One Wash - Size (Inches) Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
29 29.1 9.4 13 10.4 7.1 6.3 34.3
30 29.9 9.6 13.2 10.6 7.3 6.5
34.3
31 30.7 9.6 13.4 10.8 7.7 6.7
34.3
32 31.5 9.8 13.6 11.2 7.9 6.9
34.3
33 32.3 10 13.8 11.6 8.3 7.1
34.3
34 33.1 10.4 14 12 8.5 7.3
34.3
35 34.6 10.4 14.2 12.4 8.7 7.5
34.3
36 35.4 10.8 14.6 12.8 8.9 7.9
34.3
38 36.2 11 14.8 13 9.1 8.1
34.3
40 38.6 11.2 15.2 13.4 9.3 8.3
34.3
Soak Sample (28 / Raw) Before Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
CM 74 25 36 27 19 16 93
Inches 29.1 9.8 14.2 10.6 7.5 6.3 36.6
Soak Sample (28 / Raw) After Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
CM 72 24 35 26.5 18.5 15.5 89
Inches 28.3 9.4 13.8 10.4 7.3 6.1 35

*This soak was done for 40 minutes, in 44 degree Celcius (or 111 degree Fahrenheit) water, submerged in a bathtub, and then a line dry in sunlight outdoors.


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