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AKT33 Relic 13.5oz Rainbow Selvedge Denim Regular Taper

$350.00 USD
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EDWIN Japan has returned! First established all the way back in 1947, Tokyo-based EDWIN is without a doubt one of Japan's very first denim-focused companies, founded well before the selvedge denim scene really took off with the Osaka 5 in the 70s and 80s. Tsunemi Yonehachi was one of the very first to begin importing American selvedge denim jeans into Japan, and this is where EDWIN got its start, sparking Japan's intense love for denim. EDWIN was the very first to manufacture denim jeans in Japan in 1961, proof of the innovation, authenticity, and craftsmanship that is EDWIN's ethos. By the 1970's EDWIN had moved into innovating washed denim fabrics, having cemented the brand as an essential denim house, and are responsible for innovating industry-wide norms such as OW, one-washed raw denim, and OW, a washing technique predating stonewashing.

After stepping back from the spotlight for a few years while manufacturing and working with Lee Europe, EDWIN USA and EDWIN MiJ have returned with some wicked brand new fabrics and ideas for the modern selvedge denim market at incredible pricepoints. Welcome back EDWIN!

"Relic" is the perfect example of EDWIN's mastery of washed denim, and makes it obvious that not all washed denim are the same. Not only is the colour perfect in both its shade and placement, but the elaborate distressing and repairs highlight the craftsmanship and effort put into each pair. "Relic" represents a pair of jeans worn to their full potential, for many years, with many washes, and with much need for repair. The process begins with stonewashing and bleaching so the colour is significantly faded throughout the whole of the fabric, with additional heavy creasing and holes forming in high-wear areas, particularly near the knees and thighs, which are achieved via hand-shaving. Holes forming down the thighs and knees are repaired with authentically traditional visible mending methods including darning and patching. "Relic" is finished by lightly dyeing the surface with a yellow-green dye that naturally and realistically matching the distressed details. 

  • ATK33 Regular Taper
  • 13.5oz Dark Pure Indigo Rainbow Selvedge
  • "Relic" Vintage Washed Denim
  • Distressing & Sashiko repairs
  • 100% premium long-staple cotton
  • 3x1 twill weave w/ natural weft
  • Low-tension weave w/ uneven yarns for vintage 50's texture
  • Pure indigo 10 dip rope-dye process prior to wash
  • Rainbow Selvedge ID
  • Custom cowhide leather patch
  • EDWIN custom branded rivets and buttons
  • EDWIN "W" pocket arctuates 
  • Hidden fifth-pocket Selvedge ID 
  • Tobacco chainstitch construction

Washed for minimal shrinkage. Cold wash, hang dry.