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Fade Friday – Flat Head BJ-3 (12 Months, 5 Washes)

Though The Flat Head‘s denim has been featured on Fade Friday several times before, this week is a first for Heddels: a pair worn by a female denim fan. These BJ-3 jeans come from The Flat Head‘s Balder line of women’s clothing and were actually worn by the Flat Head staff member who helped develop the Balder line in the first place.

Flat Head‘s female employees apparently have some of the very best fades in the office, and these jeans are no exception. Made with Flat Head’s famous unsanforized 3000-series denim, they exemplify the high contrast and vertical fading for which the Nagano-based brand is famous. As you can see, they’ve also faded into the ideal blend of a soft, broken-in feel and detailed texture.

According to the staff member, this pair of BJ-3 have been repaired several times, including tearing at the knees and inseam resulting from (relatively) infrequent washing. They’ve been hemmed due to damage at the leg opening caused by heeled shoes, so there’s not much roping to be seen despite the chain stitching. We couldn’t convince her to pose for some fit pictures, but they are solid proof that ladies are no less capable of achieving impressive fades.


  • Name: The Flat Head Balder BJ-3 Tight Straight
  • Weight: 14.5 oz
  • Fit: Tight Straight
  • Denim: 100% Cotton, Loomstate denim from Okayama, Japan.
  • Other Details:
    • Iron button
    • Large copper rivets
    • Universal locking zipper
    • Rolled belt loops
  • Length of Wear: Twelve Months
  • Number of washes: Five
  • Available at: Self Edge for $295.00

Photos – Before

BJ-3 Front and Back

Photos – After

BJ-3 Front Fades

BJ-3 Back Fades

BJ-3 Front Detail

BJ-3 Back Pockets

BJ-3 Fades

BJ-3 Honeycombs

BJ-3 Honeycombs

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