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Japan’s First Ever Domestic Denim Goes into These Nudie Jeans

If you read Heddels regularly, you’ve probably seen more repros of Americana stuff than you can shake a stick at. If you’re getting tired of the humdrum, then you’ll really appreciate these new jeans from Nudie which recreate the first ever denim made in Japan.

While there are a few Japanese brands that lay claim to sewing Japan’s first pair of jeans, it’s widely accepted that Kurabo was the first to weave Japanese denim. Kurabo made 8 attempts at producing denim before finalizing what they would call the ‘KD-8’ in 1972, a deep blue selvedge denim with a red cast weighing in at 14oz. The floodgates of the imminent Japanese denim craze were opened then.

Nudie is using a reproduction of this classic fabric in their Fearless Freddie tapered cut, which will allow folks to experience the Japanese denim that started it all. Other details include brown and tobacco thread, a slim leg opening, and a button fly.

Available for $199 from Nudie.

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