Originally Posted by tangerine
I feel compelled to state that the Sugarcane Hawaii SC40400N are natural indigo, and at the current exchange rate they are available for $281 US at Hinoya.
That's true and I forgot about them. In addition, the Studio D'arti D01 & DO2 are around 27k yen. I know I came off pretty strong about my love for these jeans. Its the pair I've been wearing everyday and I've grown attached to them. At the same time, I wasn't that impressed when I first got them and maybe my recent love blinded me about a few things. So here are their negatives: 1. Their fabric is not any nicer then my other pairs of jeans. While 45 claims to "slow down the machines to a human speed*" to weave the denim. I don't how slowing down a machine is going to give them more human impections. If anything, there should be less imperfections. Anyway, its as nice as some of my other Japanese jeans. I have a hard time compairing different companies denim, but lets just say that the Jomons denim doesn't stand out. Denim that stands out is my Studio D'artisan X-26 17oz left hand or most Samurai denim with the raised threads. 2. Cost - Yeah I know its obvious, but they cost too much. I'm glad that I bought them, but there is a lot of denim out there that's more unique for the $800. 3. Both of these negatives bring me to my final point that , 45 RPM is boring. Sure it was at one time the "rolls royce" of denim exerting control over all parts of the manufactering process*, but competitors have caught up. 45 rpm has how many new models this season or last? Exactly. I don't see myself buying jeans from them in the near future (I will buy some clothing staples). The jeans they release are very boring compared to Toyo, Samurai, and Studio D'artisan. I do see the beauty is selling one pair of perfect jeans, without the bells and whistles, but for $800 your buying the Ferrari of jeans and not the BMW. Sidenote - The dipping of the indigo 26 times* or close to that is very impressive. In areas of friction (read inside thigh and even knee) the denim actually is starting to shine like dry denim (even after I hand washed them). Without getting into a nat. vs. synthetic disscusion or a crotch shot illustrating this, its important to remember that amount of indigo in these jeans and will affect their long term outcome. * - hear say