Denim Records

Denim Journey Journal - Episode 1

Hiroaki Maekawa
Katachi Laboratory Department, Joined in 1998.
Deeply connected to denim factories, with unparalleled love and knowledge for denim within the company.

Denim is something I wash quite often; I dislike it when it turns brown.
For the first three months after purchase, I wear it without washing to develop whiskers,
but after that, I wash it after every wear.
I choose a sunny day, use the right amount of detergent, wash it alone in the washing machine,
and then absolutely hang it out in the sun.
Don't you feel it comes out fresher when dried in the sun?

Dekoboko Sorahiko Gunzyo / Around 2012
The patches at that time were made of goat leather, which had a rugged charm compared to the current horsehide.

I make sure not to put anything in the pockets and avoid getting any knee fades.
Once the whiskers are set, I wash with the outer side facing to allow the color to fade until it reaches my preferred shade.
After achieving the desired color, I wash it inside out to minimize further fading.
I particularly enjoy the gradient of color fades on the coin pocket and the back of the belt.

The hem features a deliberate single stitch, reflecting a bit of rebelliousness from my younger days.

Back then, I wanted slim denim, but this pair was a bit too wide, so I remade it into a slimmer fit by sewing it myself.
You can see that the stitches in the altered areas are slightly different in color.

Once I decide on nurturing a pair of denim, I almost exclusively wear that pair.
I choose tops and shoes to match the denim.
While the denim is still fresh, I often pair it with casual items like worn-out sweaters, but as it fades,
I balance it out with clean items like leather shoes and shirts.

By the way, I'm currently nurturing a pair of slim Crosby5, so I often pair them with suede desert boots.
Don't I look like Steve McQueen?

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