- Limited production run of 98 pairs
- 12.5oz. proprietary "Luxe" Sanforized Raw Selvedge denim
- New Tapered fit (similar to Relax Tapered)
- 100% Indian Cotton
- Desi Nep Warp x Suvin Gold Weft
- White Line Selvedge ID
- 5 Button fly with Big John embossing
- 5th pocket peek-a-boo Selvedge ID
- Original Indigo Sashiko stitch fabric pocket bags
- Half-lined back pockets
- Natural Leather reinforced Flat Brass Rivets
- "Seigaiha" Natural Cowhide Leather patch featuring traditional Japanese wave pattern artwork by Nathan Spoor
- Custom Okayama Denim 10th-year Anniversary tag featured in waistline.
Our latest venture with Big John digs deep into the possibilities of lightweight fabrics. Aptly named the "Luxe" Jeans, our aim was to build from the ground up a pair of jeans that are perfect for newcomers to the raw denim scene but can be appreciated just as much by veterans alike.
For this project we were stoked to be able to work with Nihon Menpu, a boutique Selvedge denim mill based in Ibara, Okayama. With a rich history spanning over 100 years and a library of fabrics as far as the eye can see, the family-run business was pivotal to being able to mill for us the fabric that epitomized the premium feel we were looking for. It was at this juncture that we selected a lightweight 12.5oz. Selvedge fabric that utilized Indian cotton which is renowned as one of the softest in the world. Once we saw and felt the fabric, we were instantly besotted and gave the OK to produce enough denim for 100 pairs of this special collaboration model with Big John.
The warp features a no. 8 Desi Nep yarn, which has a short fiber length and a rough texture. While our aim for this project has been to put comfort on a pedestal, we wanted to do so without compromise to texture.
Renowned as one the highest-quality premium cottons in the world, Suvin Gold combines both a long staple cotton at very thin fiber width. This paves the way for yarns that are supremely soft, yet highly sturdy. Another unmistakable characteristic of this type of cotton is the lustrous sheen it gives to the face of denim fabrics. The result when combined with the nep factor of the warp yarns, is one of the most refined lightweight fabrics we have seen to date.
The pocket bags were an opportunity for us to add a well-deserved colorful element into the fabric mix. Taking cues from traditional kimono fabrics, the unique Sashiko stitch pattern features a color palette that celebrates a range of hues and is a much more playful iteration of Sashiko that is seldom seen these days. With both Selvedge and Sashiko sourced from the famed Nihon Menpu mill in Ibara, Okayama, this pair is a celebration of our relationships. The friendships with Nihon Menpu the mill, Big John Jeans the maker, and Nathan Spoor the designer that tie it all together.
For the artwork featured on the leather patch and flasher, we once again turned to our good friend Nathan Spoor. After much deliberation and sampling, Nathan conjured up the wonderful "Seigaiha" inspired pattern work that is featured as the backdrop for the custom OD+Big John logo. "Seigaiha" patterns are quintessentially Japanese and one of the most recognizable around the world. Depicting waves, "Seigaiha" has been used not only in kimono fabrics but can be seen as the decorative pattern of temple walls, gates and bridges, as well as the artwork of Japanese lacquerware and glassware.
The New Tapered cut is a complete revamp from any previous Big John cut to date. We took the previously available Slim Tapered cut from Big John and reworked it for a more flattering final aesthetic. The Rises & Thighs are now roomier than previous BJ Slim Tapered's, with the taper beginning just above the knee and continuing down to the leg opening.
He weighs 75kg (165 pounds) and is 183cm (6’00”) tall.
*First model is pictured wearing a size 28. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall. Second model is pictured wearing a size 30.
**Each flasher will include two acrylic pins featuring 日本製 (Nihonsei - Made in Japan) and 岡山デニム (Okayama Denim) embossing