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Kiriko “Show Us Your Mottainai” Vote and Contest

We’ve had dozens of entrants submit their mottainai, and now we’ve narrowed down our favored few of their precious worn things. Now we’re letting you decide which of these pieces and these stores will earn their owners a brand new pair of Kiriko Asanoha denim jeans.

Submit your vote for your favorite by this Friday, December 18th at 11:59pm EST. The winning item will take home the jeans and one randomly selected voter will get their choice of a Kiriko scarf or bandana.

Update (December 22, 2015) – Congratulations Richard B. on winning our vote with your beautifully restored ’72 Yamaha Motorcycle, as well as Randall G. on being selected in our random draw. Enjoy your Kiriko goods!

Vintage Leather Backpack - 30+ Years

Christian P’s leather bag has been on his shoulders for six years, but it’s been in the family for over three decades:

For a while, this bag was held together with nails and paper clips. Yeah, like stainless steel nails. My dad bought this backpack in New York City circa 1980 to carry the film canisters that would ultimately launch his successful career in photography. He gave it to me–along with 5 disposable cameras–when I took my 6th-grade trip to Disney world 7 years ago. Now I’m studying film in college and it’s my daily carry around.

However, it’s taken some tough love over past years. Every single zipper has broken at least once–cue the paper clips–and the right strap blew out shortly after I got back from my trip to Florida 7 years ago. Being the middle schooler that I was, I drove 4 nails through the strap to reattached it to the back, bending the nails inside to keep them in. Effective? Yes. Subtle? No. Dangerous? yes. Airport friendly? No.

One of the shoulder pads is still missing, but I had all the zippers replaced and the strap professionally repaired before I went away for my first semester of college a few months ago. This beautiful, historic bag is in better shape than ever.


Boro Vest - Unknown Length of Wear

Ritchie P’s Boro Vest is the product of countless hours and dozens of denim scraps:

Basically the only thing I paid for on the vest is the thread, the denim patches were sourced from old jeans and jackets. On some of the patches you can see where a pocket or the hem used to be. I just played around with different sashiko patterns to see the outcome of each I originally thought I could finish it off in the two week period. It’s now been 9 months and I am nowhere near finishing it, but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it in public as is.

The different denim panels are either from my own clothing or from other peoples, so it’s kinda rad that somewhere along the lines there’s different parts of a whole bunch of people in the one garment. Also, hand stitching sashiko takes a shitload of time, so that time consumption is quite significant.


Plain Canvas Knife Roll - 17 Years

Daniel E’s knife roll has cut its way all over the world:

I have been cooking for my profession for the last 17 years of my life, starting my career in Auckland New Zealand at the age of 16, I’ve cooked all over the world.  I’ve traveled through Europe over a period of 4 years, working various high end, Michelin rated establishments. I hitched from one coast of America to the other, picking up work in pubs, bars and restaurants as I went. I travelled down through Central and South America cooking food for wealthy businessmen in Mexico City and homeless charities in Argentina. I spent time in the Caribbean, cooking on super yachts owned by Russian millionaires.

I’ve spent most of my life traveling and living out of a small pack. The only possession that has accompanied me through out this time is this knife roll that was given to me, by my father when I started my training. It has not needed any repairs as it still does its job.


Warehouse x Blue in Green 660 Dubbleworks - 8 Years, 2 Months

Michael S’s Warehouse x BiG x SuFu jeans have been with him for nearly all of his adult life:

These Warehouse x Blue in Green x Sufu 660 Dubbleworks were my first pair of dry Japanese raw denim. I have had these since the fall of 2007, the year after I graduated and started my first job, so these jeans just remind me of passing into adulthood and starting a job.

Over time, I’ve put several patches on these jeans from extra denim from hemming, including the Samurai S710 denim on the left knee and crotch. I’ve hand repaired all the wear holes and used different colored thread on a lot of the stitching like the back pockets and patches to accentuate the repairs


1972 Yamaha YL2 Motorbike - 43 Years

Richard S restored a bike for a good friend from rusty frame to unrecognizable beauty, and he even wants to give the jeans to the friend the jeans if he wins:

I’m from the Philippines and I own 3B Customs, a local custom bike and restoration shop. Let me start of saying that this is not my motorbike, this belongs to a good friend and a client of mine. This particular bike was previously owned by his late father and it has been sitting in their garage for 40+ years. Not wanting to send it to the dumpster, he came to me for help, so I restored and modified it, so the bike will be ridden once again. If this is okay my client will have the jeans for Christmas as my gift to him as well.