- Limited production of 300 pairs
15 oz. SDA Original Unsanforized Selvedge denim
Regular Straight fit
4 Button fly featuring Original Studio D`Artisan and Double Volante buttons
Brass Offset Made in Okinawa Rivets
- Peach Dove arcuates featured on either back pocket
Hand painted Heavy duck canvas pocket bags with unique serial number
Hand dyed Natural Indigo "Aizome" Pig Leather fifth pocket
- Hand shuttle woven tag on fifth pocket
- Red Selvedge ID
- Goatskin "Naha Port" waistband leather patch
SDA original back pocket stitch
- Original 'A' (Approved) back pocket embroidery
- Red rayon "D'arti" tag on back pocket featuring single continuous stitch
- Hand-signed Flasher by Okinawan calligrapher
With so much to say and so many refined details packed into a single pair of jeans, we've got to start from the top. Introducing the man behind the one man brand responsible for sewing the jeans, Yu Kuniyoshi of Double Volante is a rare breed in the denim world. In his workshop near the capital of Okinawa, Naha, you will find every single vintage machine required to produce an epic pair of Japanese Selvedge denim, and then some. And every machine has been carefully maintained and tweaked by Kuniyoshi-san, to allow for the seamless construction of a pair of jeans by the one man army that is Double Volante.
The red A for "Approved" pays homage to the old school signage that used to be displayed in shops and restaurants around Okinawa as a badge of quality. The "A" plays an integral part in the theme of this year's Champaloo jeans, featured on the flasher, waistband patch & back pocket as seals of approval. All 300 of these chainstitched logos were produced by hand by a master embroider, Isao Tsuikobashigawa.
By far the favorite detail of the Champaloo jeans has to be the pocket bag, each composed by hand by an esteemed professional Japanese calligrapher, Syoronin Zenryu from Ishigaki, Okinawa. Every bag has a message of Isshin, Ippitsu & Issen, translating as, "One craftsman, One stroke & One dyer". With a message of peace beautifully composed using the fine art of Shūji (Japanese calligraphy), followed by a serial number for each pair from this production run.
Then there is the fifth pocket. And otherwise overlooked part of the classic 5 pocket jeans just got an incredibly luxurious overhaul. Taking a Pigskin leather and hand dyeing it in Natural Indigo, dyeing craftsman Tsuyoshi Ohama creates a beautiful story using such little space on the label. The tag is hand woven on a traditional Japanese hand loom which is an incredibly painstaking process. The tag is then both Fukugi-zome (dyed using the wood chips for the local Fukugi tree) and Aizome to achieve the light and dark hues of indigo with the sand color resting in between. Each conveys an important element of Okinawan life, the sky being light blue, the sun being the sand color and dark blue representing the sky.
*Model is pictured wearing a size 31. He weighs 69kg (152 pounds) and is 178cm (5'11") tall.
**Size chart reflects the Raw models. Unsanforized denim will shrink 1-2 inches around the waist after the first soak.