Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Japan has championed a wide range of beautiful fabrics, but for many of us sashiko remains the most interesting of the lot. It adds reinforcement and addition textural interest without being too gaudy and preventing a garment from being worn everyday. While clothing made from sashiko is still not for everyone, it’s certainly a fabric that can be easily worked into any wardrobe.
1) Rogue Territory: Sashiko Stanton
Most brands producing sashiko garments are Japanese, but we appreciate Rogue Territory going out of there way to make an iteration of their Stanton jeans using a 15oz. indigo-dyed sashiko fabric from the Nihon Menpu mill in Japan. Each pair is made in the USA using RgT’s standard pattern and great construction practices, which include lined pockets, hidden back pen pocket, and iconic lasso stitching.
Available for $275 at Rogue Territory.
2) Studio D’Artisan: Sashiko Jeans
Studio D’Artisan’s Sashiko Jeans are far from your average pair of jeans, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t perfect for your next pair of everyday wear jeans. They’re made from indigo/indigo sashiko fabric that will fake just like your regular raws, but with all the great benefits of sashiko. These pairs are finished with SDA’s great attention to detail, such as leather-backed buttons and copper rivets, which only add to these already special jeans.
Available for $294 at Self Edge.
3) Kapital: 5p Cisco Jeans No.3-S+A
Kapital is one of the few brands that seems to always have some form of sashiko jeans available. While they’re also available in darker colorways, the lighter color of their 5p Cisco Jeans NO.3-S+A really sets them apart from most other sashiko jeans on the market. This unique color along with the cinched backed certainly makes these jeans a bit more unique than many other sashiko jeans, but if you’re looking for anything from Kapital I doubt that will scare you away.
Available for $423 at Blue in Green.
4) Japan Blue: Sashiko Monpe Pant
Japan Blue’s Sashiko Monpe Pant is certainly one of the most compelling sashiko garments on the market, especially if you’re of the style and cut. The texture of the fabric is only highlighted given the pleats and drape of these pants, but the straight leg is definitely baggier than many prefer these days. These pants are finished with slit hand pockets and buttoned and flapped back pockets, both of which look perfect given the rest of the garment.
Available for $210 from Cultizm.
5) Pure Blue Japan: 1154 Sashiko Pants
Pure Blue Japan’s 1154 Sashiko Pants are a great choice if you want a special pair of sashiko pants that is understated visually. Sure, they are clearly made from sashiko fabric, but their uniqueness stems from the fact that they are constructed from a proprietary, heavyweight Sashiko fabric, made in a slim fit, and feature a business casual style. Each pair is finished with slit front and back pockets, and has a gold metal zipper fly.
Available for $290 at Okayama Denim.
Plus One — Blue Blue Japan: Fine Sashiko Hunting Pants
Blue Blue Japan’s Fine Sashiko Hunting Pants take an already unique material and make it that much more special. While the style is certainly not something that everyone will like, it’s hard to deny that they look fantastic. They feature buttoned ankles, a highly tapered leg, and geometric seams crisscrossing the back of the leg. You may prefer a more traditional trouser or jean, but if you want something a bit more out there it doesn’t get any better than this.
Available for $350 at Blue Owl.