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Fade Friday – Momotaro 0201 Vintage Label (11 Months, 1 Sea Wash)

It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of Momotaro. The Japanese denim brand was started in 2006 in Kojima in Okayama, Japan and has been producing top quality, premium selvedge denim ever since. Every pair of Momotaro jeans is meticulously hand crafted in Japan, with exceptional attention to detail, making them durable, long lasting investment pieces that are sure to stand up to the rigors of daily wear.

The Vintage Label is made of a 15.7oz Zimbabwe Cotton denim and is dyed using only pure blue indigo. The result in an exceptionally dark indigo color that yields exceptional fades. This particular model has a fairly straight leg, with very little taper, but still produces excellent fades.

This week’s Fade Friday comes to us from forum user dennyprilendi who has worn the jeans for 11 months with almost daily wear. In that time, he’s put them through one ocean soak and no other washes, resulting in some beautiful fades. The ocean soak appears to have really brought out and highlighted some of the wear, increasing the contrast of the already impressive fades.

Some things to note are the well defined honeycombs on the back of the leg and the knee fades on the front that have some nice whiskering. These jeans are an excellent example of denim that hasn’t necessarily been worn for a long time but still has well defined fades that will only continue to develop as they are worn into the future. We look forward to seeing how they progress.

Check out the original forum here for more information on these jeans as well as pictures of how they have progressed in the 11 months that they have been worn.


  • Name: Momotaro 0201 Vintage Label Jeans
  • Weight: 15.7oz
  • Denim: Unsanforized Raw Indigo Zimbabwe Cotton
  • Length of Wear: 11 Months
  • Number of Washes: 1 Ocean Soak
  • Available at: Blue in Green for $315.00.

Photos – Before

Momotaro Before

Momotaro Before Details

Photos – After

Momotaro 11 Months Front View

Momotaro 11 Months Back View

Momotaro 11 Months Washed Front Details

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