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Our first few items from the Sunny Sports fall 2013 collection just arrived and we are happy to re-introduce two very popular denim workshirts. Several seasons ago, Sunny introduced a series of denim workshirts featuring a beautiful 8oz fabric that was soft and comfortable, yet durable enough to take some serious abuse. It was just heavy enough to wear as a shirt jacket and the perfect layering piece for any season. The washed denim version is one they have continued to offer through as recently as this past spring, but the dark indigo has been absent from the collection for some time. We are glad to have both colors available for the current fall. This fabric is by far my favorite series that Sunny offers and I have proudly worn the washed version on and off for nearly 3 years, and it still looks like new.
Sunny Sports 1965 8oz Denim Work Shirt in Dark Indigo. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $235. For more information on the Sunny Sports dark indigo denim shirt, click here.
Sunny Sports 1965 8oz Denim Work Shirt in Washed Indigo. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Made in Japan. $245. For more information on the Sunny Sports washed indigo denim shirt, click here.
Thin yet durable 8oz denim fabric is used to reproduce this 1965 style work shirt. The dark indigo has been washed to give it a soft feel and relieve the worry of any shrinkage. The light indigo goes through a vintage wash including paint splatter details for the used look.
Chambray lining along the back yoke and under the collar is a beautiful touch and one of the small little details that makes Sunny's items stand out.
Triple needle chainstitch exposed on the interior and along vents is contrasting orange color which adds just a hint of color and contrast against the indigo fabric.
Naked and Famous' new shipment has arrived here in Seattle, and seeing these new chino colors really brings out the character in them! Every one of the new colors looks incredible, and we're excited to be offering them. The Naked and Famous chino has been one of our most popular items. They make great year-round staples, with the new colors only adding to the number of cool options to choose from. With this shipment we're introducing Rust, Navy, Black, and Petrol in Weird Guy, along with Rust in Skinny Guy.
Naked & Famous "Skinny Guy" 12oz Selvedge Chino in Rust. 100% cotton. Fabric made in Japan. Assembled in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the Skinny Guy Rust Chino, click here.
Made with a rust 12oz Japanese red line selvedge twill chino fabric.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 12oz Selvedge Chino in Petrol Blue. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the Weird Guy Petrol Chino click here.
Made with a patrol 12oz Japanese selvedge twill chino fabric.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 12oz Selvedge Chino in Black. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the Weird Guy Black Chino click here.
Made with a black 12oz Japanese selvedge twill chino fabric.
The black version of the chino has custom rivets with a Canada Maple leaf engraved.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 12oz Selvedge Chino in Navy. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the Weird Guy Navy Chino click here.
Made with a navy 12oz Japanese selvedge twill chino fabric.
Naked & Famous "Weird Guy" 12oz Selvedge Chino in Rust. 100% cotton. Made in Canada. Sizes 28-34, 36. $150. For more information on the Weird Guy Rust Chino click here.
I got the bom005 the first week and it's been my favorite denim to date. I plan to get the 006 though, the grand indigo is really different and I love the stealth pockets! If I only had to money to pick between one of the two I would probably go with bom006 but you should try to buy both!
Introducing the "New" Corter Leather Standard Utility belt! It is a simple, classic staple to the Corter line that's been redesigned using the last 6 years of experience. The new design features solid brass hardware, rounded and burnished edges, and a sanded backside; and even though there is more labor involved and a more expensive buckle the price is staying at $55. Blue Owl can honestly say this is an extreme improvement to an already incredible product and this is the best belt we have seen for the price in the market today.
Corter Leather 14oz Vegetable Tanned Leather "Standard" Utility Belt in Natural
* Corter standard belts are made with 16oz vegetable tanned leather which has been skived down to approximately 12-14oz, hand cut, and made with solid brass hardware.
* 100% vegetable tanned harness leather
* Solid brass roller buckle and two Chicago screws (screws make buckle easy to replace with your own buckle using only a flat head screw driver)
* Rounded and burnished edges, sanded back side
* Totally stitch free (stitching is the first point of failure on most belts)
* 1-1/2" wide, 1/4" thick
* Made in the USA
* Available in sizes 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
More details cane be seen on our latest blog post: http://blueowlworkshop.blogspot.com/2013/08/corter-leather-14oz-vegetable-tanned.html
When you think of firsts in Japanese denim, one name stands out: Big John. The label began in the 1940's as Maruo Clothing Inc., starting like many other firms in the Kojima area with the manufacture of uniforms. After World War II, the fabric producers that Maruo relied on stopped producing and so the company was forced to take their business in a new direction. In the 50's they began to import used American clothes and fabrics, using them to both sew new garments, and tailoring the too-big American peices for the smaller Japanese public. Surprisingly the ragged, re-sewn garments sold like hot cakes, especially denim jeans.
Maruo Clothing had good business selling American jeans in Japan, so when import restrictions were lifted in 1963 they began to bring in American denim to sew their own jeans. In April of 1965 the first pair of Japanese sewn jeans was made, but the Japanese market, who was used to worn denim fabrics by this point, wanted something softer. In October they began producing the world's first one-wash jeans to satisfy this demand. In 1967 the brand Big John saw it's launch with the import of White Oak Cone selvedge denim. The jean first made under this new brand, the M1002, has seen many iterations throughout Big John's history.
In 1973 Big John collaborated with Kurabo Mills to create the first made-in-Japan denim. It took eight trial runs to create a fabric they were satisfied with, and thus named the denim "KD-8", or Kurabo Denim 8. With this denim the first entirely made in Japan pair of jeans was created, called the M1002 Japan-Model. These jeans, however, were not the vintage reproduction jeans that Japan is known for today. In fact, they weren't even selvedge. In the 1980's Big John developed purposefully uneven yarn, and using shuttle looms, created the both the world's first vintage reproduction slubby denim, and Japan's first domestically made selvedge. This was the beginning of the vintage and replica craze both in Japan and abroad. The jean made with this denim was dubbed RARE, a line which continues to be produced today.
In the 2000's Big John began to move into the Japanese fashion denim scene. They began producing low rise jeans and skinny fits for both genders. Today they continue to produce these modern fits with vintage fabrics. In 2010 Big John celebrated their 70th anniversary. For commemoration they are diving into their archives to reproduce some of their classic jeans. They also dug up some very cool photos of their work in the 60's and 70's which can be viewed here on their site. We're excited to be offering Big John for their incredible history, and above all their quality jeans.
Edited by Jay-D - 8/12/13 at 4:17pm
Our first shipment of Big John just hit the online store, and we are really pleased with the details in these jeans. Besides sewing, rivets, and fit, the fabrics Big John used to make these four jeans are all really exceptional. We think they are definitely worth going into the details. The Faux Slub denim, used in both the Slim Straight and Slim Tapered, is their standard indigo.
The Faux Slub is Big John's exclusive 14oz sanforized selvedge denim. The fabric uses speckle dyed yarns, which are regular straight yarns that are dyed to leave the core of the yarn uneven. It looks clean and smooth when raw, but with it fades it will give an uneven appearance similar to that of slub yarn denim. This creates the kind of contrast fading vintage denim often has. The fact that the denim is woven at low tension emphasizes this effect. It is a brilliant mix of modern and heritage appearance. You can find more information about the Slim Tapered here, and the Slim Straight here.
The second fabric is the GUNJO, Big John's original 14.5 sanforized selvedge denim. The color of GUNJO is a replication of the very first Japanese denim used in the production of jeans, the KD-8, made in 1973 by Big John in collaboration with Kurabo mills. The dying technique at that time had not been fully developed so KD-8's blue was on the lighter side with a red/brown hue. In order to recreate this color they used indigo dye with lower concentration in the baths during the rope dying process. Despite the vintage color, the fabric is woven to have an even surface, giving it a modern appearance. You can find more information about the GUNJO jean in Slim Straight here.
The third and final fabric we received is the KURO2, another of Big John's original denims. This 12oz sanforized selvedge is based off a Cone Mills denim used in Big John's 1969 collection, "ROAD COLORS". Unlike regular black denim, the warp yarn is dyed indigo before it is dyed black in sulphur. They also use a special dye on the weft yarn so that the warp and weft fade together. Normally black denim can be stiff and uncomfortable, but these dying methods enable the fabric to be softer and more supple than conventional black denim. As you wear the denim the black color fades, and the indigo color starts to appear on the surface, creating a completely unique appearance. If you want more information about the KURO2 jean, you can check it out in Slim Tapered here.
To my knowledge, all 3 fabrics are brand new and never released prior to this collection so you probably will not find much.