Screen printed original Indigo Invitational logo on chest and back
Black & White versions available
Endurance. Patience. Fortitude. Denim faders know that, if we want great fades, we’re going to have to wait for them. Our patience is rewarded. We see the fruits of our labour after months of waiting. We must endure. We cannot flag or fail. We must hold our nerve.
Emblazoned in red on the back of the second collaboration between Okayama Denim and the Indigo Invitational Fade Competition is the Japanese kanji for shinobu,which means enduranceor patience.Shinobu, which combines the symbols for heart and katana, is one half of the kanji for ninja.Ninjas are more than just warriors. They are masters of stealth, waiting patiently in the shadows for their moment. Like the ninja, those in the Indigo Invitational must bide our time, waiting patiently for our fades to emerge from the inky shadows.
We’ve kept the same striking colour combination for the front of the shirt, but we’ve reimagined the competition crest as a pair of vertical brushstrokes over the heart. The combination of crest and kanji is striking, and, since the garment is heavy and exceptionally well made, we know that this shirt will, like our competitors, endure. It is as passionate as the heart, and as strong as the katana blade.
Our first sixty tees sold out remarkably quickly, so we’ve ordered a little bigger run this time, but numbers are still limited to 90, so these won’t last long. The 100% cotton, 180 GSM, made-in-Japan bodies are back in black and, for the first time, in white as well. For the white bodies, we’ve added a new size (XXL), all sewn and produced in Wakayama, Japan. Each shirt is screen printed by hand by a father/son team in their screen printing factory in Tokyo, Japan.
-Text by Bryan Szabo, Indigo Invitational Co-Founder
*First 60 pre-orders will ship with a custom Indigo Invitational tote bag (A4 Size)