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Fade Friday – Pure Blue Japan X011 (1.5 Year, 4 Washes)

Left-hand twill? Check. Grey weft? Check. Serious fades? Check. Fade Friday is here and we’ve brought you some well-worn, yet slightly unconventional, jeans to sate your fades thirst. This week’s pair is a Pure Blue Japan x011 that comes to us courtesy of Hef, a native of Brighton, England.

Hef wore these jeans during the evening and on weekends only for the past two years and in that time gave them four washes. What’s more, he’s an avid cyclist and wore these while biking around town, though he abstained from wearing them on long hauls. No doubt all that pedaling is what led to the sharp contrast on the whiskers and honeycombs, something that is a bit harder to achieve with the rather watery fading of left-hand twill.

The grey weft has also given these jeans an interesting cast; one might wonder if they started black, but they display enough blue to keep one guessing. There’s nice puckering on the seams for so few washes, and PBJ’s distinctive raised belt loops have worn down to white nicely. The eagle-eyed among us might also espy the back pockets’ raised openings, which have fades of their own. A superb effort all around, and worthy of being another classic Fade Friday.

Pure Blue Japan XX-011 Raw Denim Jeans

  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese selvedge raw denim
  • Fabric weight: 13.5 oz.
  • Fabric source: Okayama, Japan
  • Made in: Japan
  • Fit: Slim tapered
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  • Available at: Rivet & Hide for $305