- Samurai Jeans Original 18oz. "Makoto" Unsanforized Selvedge Denim
- 100% Cotton
- Regular straight 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. The "Ikedaya Incident" Selvedge Jeans pay homage to an armed encounter in Kyoto which forever changed the course of Japanese history.
In amidst the chaotic political climate of 1864, breakaway groups of masterless Samurai (Ronin) began banding together in an attempt to stage a revolutionary coup in Kyoto. Ultimately, the splinter-group aimed to not only assassinate all those sympathetic to the Tokugawa Shogunate, but to burn down Kyoto in its entirety.
Prior to the night of July 8th 1864, members of the Shinsengumi had captured and tortured a member of the conspirators group which granted them the vital intel to lead the brigade to the Ikedaya Inn, where the members had gathered for the night.
Led by Kondo Isami, a revered and fearless leader of the Shinsengumi, two groups of the brigade surrounded the Inn before charging in. A stream of men wearing the famous Asagi blue and white Haori jackets stormed into the tight quarters of the Inn before clashing swords with the conspirators.
Whilst heavily outnumbered, the element of surprise and sheer skill of the Shinsengumi’s swordsmen gave them the upper hand. While most members of the conspirators' group chose to fight to the death, the sheer chaos lead to some members escaping the Inn. The fight eventually spilled out into the Kyoto streets with onlookers staring in sheer disbelief.
In a final showdown on the famous Sanjo Bridge, the Shinsengumi came out on top the victors with most members of the revolutionary cell now dead or captured. In total, the Shinsengumi lost a single swordsman in their battle to restore order in Kyoto. If their past accolades had not done so already, this event cemented the brigade’s place in Japanese history.
*Model is pictured wearing size 29, Raw. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) 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.