This was our first organic selvedge. It's a beautiful 13oz organic selvedge from the oldest mill in Japan – Kurabo. Indeed, Kurabo was the birthplace of Japanese Selvedge.
It's the real thing. The selvedge is ring-spun and woven on old looms set up to reproduce the original speed in a special weaving style called 'Crunch'. This gives the denim a more open weave and so feels softer to wear. But it is still as tough as old boots.
It is dyed at Sakamoto in pure indigo at low speed in order to achieve a very dark shade. It's then sanforized to keep shrinkage to a minimum.
We are first jeans maker in the world to give every pair of jeans a unique HistoryTag. A unique number that allows you to sign up to the HistoryTag website and then allows you to update where you went in them and what you got up to in them. Then, if one day, those jeans end up in a second hand shop, their memories will go with them.
The idea came from staring at a pair of 100 year old jeans and wondering what their story was. Did they strike gold? What was their best day? What was their worst? Did they fall in love? Did they laugh a lot? But they were born in an era that was pre-internet so those stories will never be told.
Us humans are a funny lot. We like to know the history of things. Where they have been? What they did? Our things bookmark time and our daily lives. The HistoryTag just uses the power of the internet to log those stories so they never get forgotten.
So when its time for your jeans to get handed down or they end up in a second hand shop, their stories will go with them.