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The etymology of Tōshi（闘志）or "fighting spirit" traces its roots back to the Edo period in Japan and embodies the unfaltering resolve of the Samurai not only on the battlefield, but in all facets of life itself. While in the modern day, we like to think that approaching challenges with logic and technology is par for the course. However, here at OD, we also have a firm belief that the concept of "fighting spirit" is far from being outdated. It is the added instinctive drive we summon from within that fuels the passion to continue pushing the boundaries of Selvedge Denim.
For our sixth collaboration team-up with Samurai using our Comfort Tapered cut, we knew that the 17oz. "Zero" Unsanforized Selvedge from the fan-favorite S5000VX and S713VX jeans was the fabric we wanted to work with. This slubby heavyweight fabric was first launched in 2004 after a prolonged development period. The irregularity starts right with the yarn choice. Using an uneven No. 5 yarn for both the warp and weft of the fabric was considered highly unconventional at the time and at the cost of many broken-down looms and fine-tuning by the craftsmen in Okayama the Samurai team were finally able to develop a 17oz. fabric which had all the hallmarks of a super slubby and neppy denim. In celebration of this breakthrough, Samurai graced this fabric with their now-fabled Red x Silver Lamé "Bushi-mimi" Selvedge ID. The deep red color of this Selvedge ID represents the burning hot blood of the Samurai's soul and the unwavering desire to achieve victory at all costs. The warp yarns are also dyed to the deepest possible hue of Indigo possible and Denimheads around the world attest that this is one the best fading fabrics every introduced by the Osaka OGs.
Featuring a relaxed top block, with an aggressive taper starting from above the knee, the Comfort Tapered cut was designed by Okayama Denim for Samurai Jeans. Imagine the top block almost as relaxed as a regular straight pair of jeans, with a combination of high rise & ample thigh room. With the taper starting from above the knee, the jeans slim down in the calves to a narrow leg opening.
Hardware-wise, we decided after multiple sampling stages that keeping the "Sakura" rivets unpainted was the most aesthetically pleasing choice for our latest collaboration model. However, as a salute to some of our previously released jeans in the OD+SJ series, we decided to include a single navy coated rivet on the fifth pocket which along with the jeans, is bound to patina beautifully over time. We also brought back the assorted metal button fly, featuring Samurai's Japan-inspired embossing featured on various models of their stellar lineup.
Moving on to the pocket bags, we opted to feature one of the most unique fabrics we have seen from Samurai which was originally featured as the base for one of their S/S 2021 shirts. The natural color Kasezome Sashiko stripe fabric was developed from scratch by the Samurai team. Using the traditional Kasezome skein dyeing method, the unique pattern is achieved by meticulously weaving the individual yarns after the dyeing process.
*Model is pictured wearing size 31. He weighs 75kg (165 pounds) and is 183cm (6’00”) tall.
**Please note that this is an unsanforized pair of denim, and the raw version will shrink up to 10% with the first soak, and will then stretch out with wear. Learn more about Unsanforized denim through our Raw Denim Care Guide, and also through this infographic! All measurements are based on the way we measure, according to our Fit Guide.
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