Darren Kennedy: Looking for the right pair of jeans? Turn to Japan
Turn to Japan for the right fit
Finding the perfect pair of jeans, is not easy, is it? Despite being one of the most universally loved items of clothing - and the most popular - it seems that sourcing the ideal pair is a universal sartorial struggle. With so much choice in the market, the task can be overwhelming.
In the current era of mass-production, it not only makes sense to shop around and invest, but it is the more sustainable option, both financially and environmentally. In recent years, Japan has steadily gained a reputation as the world's leading denim destination. When compared with its American counterpart, the history of Japanese denim is a relatively recent tale, but it is Japan's signature craftsmanship that makes its denim so highly sought-after and unique. What makes Japanese denim so special some 40 years after it was first created is the artisanal techniques that remain at the centre of its production; namely the old looms on which the denim is woven and the use of natural dye, as opposed to synthetic which is used by most other manufacturers.
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Double-denim is everywhere right now but if you're not feeling it, there's an alternative way to ease into the trend. Pair black jeans with a light blue chambray shirt for a much easier way to do double denim. It nods to the same relaxed-but-confident vibe, but isn't as overt.
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