- Samurai Jeans Original 18oz. "Makoto" Unsanforized Selvedge Denim
- 100% Cotton
- Slim Tapered Silhouette
- Samurai Jeans Original metal hardware (Rivets and Buttons)
- 5 metal button fly with Samurai Jeans embossing
- Fifth coin pocket selvedge detail
- Red and Blue Selvedge ID
- Samurai Jeans Original "Makoto" battle standard pocket bags
- Samurai Jeans Original goatskin leather patch
- Samurai Jeans Original Asagi blue and white back pocket stitch
- Samurai Jeans Original " S∀MURAI" Rayon tag
The Shinsengumi (新選組, New Select Brigade) were a special police force formed during the late 1800s under the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Following the Kanagawa Treaty and the opening of the country to the west in 1854, Japan gradually descended into political instability particularly between the Imperial loyalists based in Kyoto and the Tokugawa Shogunate based in Edo. Following a meeting with the then Emperor Komei in 1863 in which allegiance shifted from that of the Shogun to the Emperor, 13 members of the original brigade sent to protect the Shogun formed the Shinsengumi which gradually grew in numbers, eventually splitting into three separate factions lead by Serizawa Kamo, Kondo Isami and Tonouchi Yoshio.
Internal conflicts lead to the eventual death of Serizawa, with Kondo and Tonouchi assuming power over the then 300 strong brigade. Consisting of mostly non-Samurai warriors, many of the members recruited from the local area were average folk at the time - farmers, craftsmen, merchants. However a strict code of honor and undeterred resolve would turn individual into a fighting machine, worthy of joining the ranks of the Shinsengumi.
The suppression of a revolutionary cell in 1864 by the Shinsengumi is said to be their greatest accolade, possibly saving Kyoto from being burned down and a revolutionary coup being established.
Fast forward to the Boshin Civil War, the Shinsengumi now fought alongside the 15th Tokugawa Shogun opposing the newly restored Meiji Emperor. Consisting of many ferocious battles he war eventually resulted in the fall of Edo in 1868. Many members of the Shinsengumi including Kondo were killed with the remaining survivors fleeing to Hokkaido.
Historically revered as some of the most fearless and loyal warriors of the Shogunate, the fall of the Shinsengumi is regarded as the fall of the "last true Samurai" of Japan.
*Model is pictured wearing size 29, Raw. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
**Please note that when Samurai's factory washed this new proprietary 18oz. Selvedge, it shrunk a ton during the commercial wash process, resulting in the One Wash variant sizing looking significantly smaller than we expected. Please note that when you soak the Raw version at home, the shrinkage will be much less than the difference between Raw and One Wash variants of this model.
We estimate shrinkage of a raw pair, when soaked for 40 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes, to be as follows: Waist -1", Front Rise -0.5", Back Rise -0.5", Upper thigh -0.5", Knee -0.4", Leg opening -0.3", Inseam -1.5~2").
While the waist should stretch back to the pre-soak sizing, we would note that the shrinkage of the other dimensions will be permanent.