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Fade Friday – Samurai Naniwa Special (2 years, 10 washes, 3 soaks)

It’s not often we feature the same pair of jeans twice on Fade Friday. Most denim is awarded the title posthumously, but some pairs just keep going and going and continue to fade far beyond what we thought was possible. This Samurai Naniwa Special is one such pair. We originally featured these jeans nearly a year ago, and they had already achieved enough of a spectacular fade to warrant a spot in the Top 10 Fades of 2014, and yet they return, with even more glory!

They belong to Superdenim forum stalwart Max Power and still a part of the Heavyweight Denim Championships. We predicted this pair would only get better with more wear, and those dreams have come true. Max’s still shows a balance of contrast, overall fade, and that vintage shade of blue that comes form a decent number of washes.

Keep on trucking Max, we’re waiting for a third appearance!


  • Name: Samurai Naniwa Special
  • Fabric: Unsanforized 100% Cotton Selvedge Denim
  • Weight: 19 oz
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Special Naniwa leather patch
    • Hidden arcuates on back pockets
    • Produced exclusively for Japanese boutique Aikido
  • No longer available

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