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Fade Friday – Studio D’Artisan 25th Anniversary Jeans (5 Years, Unknown Washes)

It’s not often that we feature Fade Friday‘s where the wearer is well known in the workwear-inspired fashion world.  This week’s segment comes courtesy of Emil Corsillo, better known as the man (along with his brother Sandy) behind The Hill-Side, a line of made in the USA accessories inspired by vintage workwear. The brothers also own and operate Hickoree’s, an online and brick-and-mortar shop concentrated on well-made clothing, accessories, and home goods.

The pair he’s wearing, as featured on Denim Debate, are from Studio D’Artisan – a popular Japanese brand that was founded in 1979 in Osaka, Japan. Their products earned them legions of fans in the 1990’s, although they may now be better known for when they were sued by Levi’s for trademark infringement. Regardless of your thoughts on their legal issues regarding back pocket stitching and leather patches, Studio D’Artisan is still known as one of the originals when it comes to high quality Japanese selvedge.

Corsillo’s jeans are the Studio D’Artisan 25th Anniversary Jeans, which he bought back in 2005 and has been wearing off and on for 5 years. A limited edition release of 300 pairs, the jeans features several interesting details like exposed dome rivets and use of a classic Wrangler‘s font on the leather patch and design of the coin pocket also referencing Wrangler.

Repairs have been made to the crotch and to the knee, featuring a hand-made patch via Chris Grodzki of Stanley & Sons. These jeans were even traded by Corsillo to a friend for 8 months, only to be traded back when his pair of Ooe Yofukuten denim had shrunk too much in the wash.

Details on this specific pair are hard to find, so please feel free to comment with any additional information.


  • Name: Studio D’Artisan 25th Anniversary Jeans
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Denim: 100% Cotton, Origin Unknown
  • Fit: Unknown
  • Other details:
    • Limited edition release of 300
    • Natural Indigo Dye – Multiple Treatments
    • Exposed dome rivets
    • Wrangler’s-referencing font on leather patch and design on coin pocket
    • Hand-made knee patch
  • Length of wear: 5 years
  • Number of washes: Unknown

Photos – After

SDA Fit Front and Side

SDA Knees

SDA Honeycombs

SDA Pockets

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