Denim Tales

Union Special

The sound of a sewing machine, "Whirr-whirr, whirr-whirr" echoes from the back of the shop.

In 45R's store, denim hems are altered with an old sewing machine painted with "Union Special."

The paint is peeling off in places, exposing the raw iron, and you can smell the oil that has soaked into the machine over the years.

Union Special sewing machines are chain-stitch machines designed specifically for hemming, built to mass-produce workwear that was needed in huge quantities during America's golden age.

The denim hems sewn with these machines twist and ripple, creating contrast in the fade known as "puckering".

This rough and charming puckering is proof that the denim was sewn with the same machines used for the vintage denim we all admire.
These rare machines are said to be in limited supply in the country, but we've gathered 14 Union Special machines to provide the final touches before we hand over the denim to you.

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The launch of the 2024 Denim Second Chapter Collection marks the beginning of a series of in-store events known as Denim Matsuri, aimed at sharing our passion with more customers.

Read More
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Read More
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The gravity loom is indispensable in the creation of 45R's Japanese artisan denim. With only a few of these antique looms still operational in Japan, they have garnered worldwide attention for their rarity and historical significance.

Read More
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Read More
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To mark the beginning of Denim Chapter II, we've assembled five distinctive designs. First, for true denim enthusiasts, we present Sorahikohime. This straight silhouette, built with rugged construction and minimal embellishment, stands as a hallmark of 45R's denim craftsmanship, stitched powerfully with thick cotton thread.

Read More
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Patch

In the serene stance of prayer or the dignified seiza posture on tatami mats, lies the essence of the leather patch. Crafting a patch that seamlessly blends into the tapestry of Japanese landscapes has been a pivotal challenge we've embraced alongside the inception of our denim's second chapter.

Read More
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"I love ‘R’ embroidery. "These precious words were given to us by a customer. R embroidery is the emblem of 45R. We call this R embroidery "Sleeping R. " With its relaxed, horizontal form, it embodies richness and freedom.

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

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