Fade Friday – Samurai S5000S 21 Oz. (5 Months, 1 Soak, 1 Wash)

Samurai Jeans is a brand steeped in rich Japanese history. As the name of the brand suggests, the founder Toru Noogami‘s mission is to have the “spirit of the Japanese sword embedded in the jeans.” Holding true to Noogami’s mission, Samurai, like many other denim brands, refuses to follow pop culture.

Instead, they choose to stay true to their heritage by following decades of Japanese tradition such as the use of vintage shuttle looms and employing historical work ethics, as well as building products with durability, not trend, in mind. This week’s Fade Friday showcases a pair of 4 month old Samurai S5000S jeans that we believe Noogami would be immensely proud of.

One of the most compelling aspects of this pair of jeans is the ease at which we can determine the wearer’s lifestyle. From the heavy fading on the knees, we can conclude that the wearer, reader Andrew Richardson, works some form of labour. The impressively well-defined (in a relatively short scope of time) whiskers and coin pocket imprinting tell us that the jeans also spend a fair amount of time in a seated position.

Richardson reinforces both of these assumptions in the short bio that he provided – “I work construction, work on cars in them and go to school in them during the week” he says, “on the weekend they are my go to pair. I am trying to test the denim, doing whatever I can to beat them up”. 

The denim used in the construction of this Samurai S5000S is a 100% cotton 21 oz. Japanese selvedge denim. As is standard with Samurai Jeans, the denim is dyed using Pure Indigo dyes.


  • Name: Samurai Jeans S5000S
  • Weight: 21 oz.
  • Fit: Straight Leg, Mid Rise
  • Denim: 100% Cotton, Japanese Selvedge
  • Number of washes: 0 (1 Soak)
  • Available at: Blue In Green for $398

Photos – Before

Before - Samurai S5000S 21 Oz.

Photos – After

Fit - Samurai S5000S 21 Oz.

Front and Back - Samurai S5000S 21 Oz.

Front - Samurai S5000S 21 Oz.

Back and Side - Samurai S5000S 21 Oz.