3sixteen sticks out in my mind as one of the first American-based brands to jump aboard the Japanese denim wear bandwagon, while it was still stationary. One of the non-native Japanese denim OGs, if you will. I mean, the LA-based brand just turned 20 years’ old, after all, and you know what that means. That’s right — special editions, baby. Let me introduce you to 3sixteen’s 20th anniversary “Burkino Faso” classic tapered jeans.
Woven by Nihon Menpu, one of Japan’s premier denim factories, 3sixteen’s CT-BF1x jeans have been made using cotton sourced from Burkina Faso, one of Africa’s largest cotton producers. Revered for its character, the cotton – when dyed – absorbs the indigo in a non-uniform manner creating subtle inconsistencies, making every pair unique. The neppiness of the yarns also roughens the weave slightly to give the appearance of both horizontal and vertical streaking, which’ll become increasingly apparent as the denim is worn in.
Weighing in at 13.4 oz, the natural indigo jeans feature a mid-high rise, a double green line selvedge ID, gunmetal finished custom engraved buttons, selvedge fly and coin pocket detailing, 8 oz cotton twill pocket bags, chainstitched leg opening, and a custom 20th-anniversary brown roughout leather patch.
You only turn 20 years’ old once, so if you fancy getting your hands on a piece of denim history, then look no further than this release from one of the brands that have been doin’ things right for two decades.
Available for $254 ($228.60 for Heddels+ members) from Redcast Heritage.