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KMW — believe the hype

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by KennyGhetzoff, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. Jay-D

    Jay-D Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Kicking Mule Workshop:

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    Kicking Mule Workshop belts are now available in all 3 colors. We just received a new shipment and are now fully stocked in all sizes of natural and dark brown, black is available for special order.

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    KMW's English Saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle are hand-crafted by Japanese artisans. The leather originates in the USA as cowhide and is hand selected for its unique qualities and characters. Then is shipped to Japan where artisans use ancient methods of hand dipping, sun drying, and vegetable tanning. Fish oil is added during the tanning process, a very old Japanese technique for finishing leather. The result is a heavy duty, thick, beautifully crafted leather belt which with wear will continue to develop unique characteristics and patina that is far more beautiful than any dyed leather. Available in natural, dark brown, or black. Black will be available in near future.

    Available via special order:
    Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle in Black
    - 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
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    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995402

    Restocked and currently available in all sizes:
    Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle in Natural
    - 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
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    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995401

    Restocked and currently available in all sizes:
    Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle in Dark Brown
    - 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
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    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995400

    For more information on the KMW belt in black, check out our recent blog post: http://blueowlworkshop.blogspot.com/...king-mule.html.
     
  2. deaddog

    deaddog Senior member

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    I have the KMW 1950 in size 36 which fit well although a bit big. I'm looking at some Naked + Famous Slim Guy in size 34 which appear to have the same measurements as my 1950's. Has anybody worn both of these (the 1950 and the Slim Guy) and can comment on whether this seems correct that a tagged size small in the N+F yields a similar fit to the 1950s.
    thanks
     
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    scb Senior member

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  4. Jay-D

    Jay-D Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    hmm...natural or dark brown belt?

    also, my waist is ~33 inches. 32 or 34? measurements here seem to say a 32 will work:

    http://kickingmuleworkshop.com/shop/leather/styles/belt


    You are a size 34 belt. Add 1 or 2 to your usual denm size.

    I have the KMW 1950 in size 36 which fit well although a bit big. I'm looking at some Naked + Famous Slim Guy in size 34 which appear to have the same measurements as my 1950's. Has anybody worn both of these (the 1950 and the Slim Guy) and can comment on whether this seems correct that a tagged size small in the N+F yields a similar fit to the 1950s.
    thanks


    N&F slim guy 34 should be 36" at the waist line brand new before stretch, KMW 1950 36 should be 37" at the waist line brand new before stretch. It is logical that the 34 slim guy is your fit and you went with KMW 36 because 35 is not offered which would most likely be your size.
     
  5. Jay-D

    Jay-D Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Kicking Mule Workshop Fall 2011 Deliveries: 1980 Raw Indigo
    [​IMG] Back in stock! Our recent delivery from KMW brings us the 1980 "Left Hand Twill" slim straight denim. The fabric is a 13.75oz left hand twill made with 100% Zimbabwe cotton, rope dyed with natural indigo, and custom made by denim artisans in Okayama, Japan. [​IMG] Left hand twill, also known as "s twill", is a weave in which the grain line runs from the top-left hand corner of the fabric to the bottom right which is the opposite of right hand twill. It was originally used by Lee denim as its basic denim and now used in many premium denim companies such as 45rpm, Lee Japan, and Kicking Mule Workshop. Left hand twill tends to wear down softer than right hand twill and thus a softer hand feel after washing. Left hand twill will also have different wear patterns as the fabric can emphasize streakiness or vertical fading. KMW "Left Hand Twill" 1980 Raw Selvedge Slim Straight in Indigo
    http://blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB_Bri...il&SKU=7991500
    - The fabric is a 13.75oz left hand twill Japanese raw selvedge custom made for KMW by artisans in Okayama, Japan. The fabric has been rope dyed in pure natural indigo and is made from 100% organic Zimbabwe cotton.
    - Sanforized fabric, expect minimal shrinkage
    - Deer skin patch
    - Chainstitched hems and waist band
    - Hidden back pocket rivets
    - Satin nickel hand-hammered rivets
    - Satin nickel doughnut buttons
    - White selvedge
    - Selvedge detail on front coin pocket and along the interior fly
    - Back pockets reinforced with pima lining
    - 100% organic Zimbabwe cotton
    - Made in Japan
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    [​IMG][​IMG] More information can be seen on our recent blog post, http://blueowlworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/08/kicking-mule-workshop-left-hand-twill.html.
     
  6. Jay-D

    Jay-D Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Kicking Mule Workshop Fall 2011 Deliveries: Hand-Crafted Belts [​IMG]
    Kicking Mule Workshop belts are now available in all 3 colors. We just received a new shipment and are now fully stocked in all sizes of natural, dark brown, and black.

    [​IMG]
    KMW's English Saddle leather belt with hand-forged brass buckle are hand-crafted by Japanese artisans. The leather originates in the USA as cowhide and is hand selected for its unique qualities and characters. Then is shipped to Japan where artisans use ancient methods of hand dipping, sun drying, and vegetable tanning. Fish oil is added during the tanning process, a very old Japanese technique for finishing leather. The result is a heavy duty, thick, beautifully crafted leather belt which with wear will continue to develop unique characteristics and patina that is far more beautiful than any dyed leather. Available in black, natural, and dark brown. Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle in Black
    - 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995402 Kicking Mule Workshop Hand-Crafted English Saddle Leather Belt with Hand-Forged Brass Buckle in Natural
    - 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995401- 100% cowhide
    - Sizes 32, 34, 36
    - Made in Japan
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    [​IMG][​IMG]
    Link: http://www.blueowl.us/scripts/psp/VB...il&SKU=7995400

    For more information on the KMW belt in black, check out our recent blog post: http://blueowlworkshop.blogspot.com/...king-mule.html.
     
  7. Astronaut888

    Astronaut888 Senior member

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    Here's to hoping they drop those awful huge back pockets.
     
  8. MORTAR

    MORTAR Well-Known Member

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    We've got a few 1980s/Rockers and a few 1950s in stock, on sale. Check the affiliate thread...
     
  9. oboy_oboy

    oboy_oboy Senior member

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    Don't usually post other eBay auctions, and this one ends soon, but killer deal on some 1980s, 31x34. eBay item 270874263100.
     
  10. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I bought the last pair of Indigo Raw 1980s in a store today that were on sale, but they only had a sz 29x34

    So.... when I tried them on in the dressing room they were super tight (I'm about a true 31 waist right now, maybe a 30.5 in the mornings, heh).

    I could get the first two buttons done, but not the top two

    Should I just try to drop an inch in the waist (via more time in the gym, etc) and wear these to make them stretch, or does this sound like too much to ask for?
     
  11. furo

    furo Senior member

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    ^bump

    Any suggestions? I still have the tags and may sell if these won't stretch much
     
  12. oboy_oboy

    oboy_oboy Senior member

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    ^ that's asking a lot in my opinion. if you really think you can drop that inch, then maybe, but it's still a lot. IME the raw do stretch up to about ~1" but not a ton more. and that was being able to get all buttons buttoned.

    you might be better off w/ a 30.

    FYI, i'm a true 32" waist, and wear the 31 in raw 1950s/1980s.
     
  13. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Thanks, for the price I got them at and off of your description, I think I may wait on them a while longer to see if I can shed that 1" ... then maybe wear them around the house to stretch the extra little bit needed
     
  14. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Well, I happened to find a new pair of raw 1980s in a 30W today, so I kop'd. These are about as tight as humanly possible on my waist while still able to button the top button

    Here's the first wear pics, after about 3 hours...

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    I'm going to just sell the pair of sz 29W that I bought earlier since I found these in a 30W

    pm me if interested, they're NWT, never worn
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  15. Astronaut888

    Astronaut888 Senior member

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    KMW is a very nice jean.

    I have the 1980 and simply can't get past the gigantic back pockets!

    Of course, I am a short guy, and I don't think they work b/c of that.
    I have been using them as a yard work jean......... nicest in the neighborhood.
     
  16. oboy_oboy

    oboy_oboy Senior member

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    Furo, I imagine yours will stretch and conform nicely. You might try a cold soak for ~20 min, then roll them in a towel and wear them until they dry, They don't shrink, really, and wearing them while wet will stretch the waist nicely, and set the creases perfectly. The have to get wet eventually, so I find it's nice to start them off custom-fit!

    Materials and fabrication on these are great. I love my 1950's (pics earlier in the thread). They have broken in and faded nicely over a 2 year period. great fades, and super comfy. The big pockets are a factor, but I'm tall. And also, I now appreciate how they swallow my wallet, and/or handkerchief.
     
  17. furo

    furo Senior member

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    I'm not tall either and that was my first and only reservation when checking these out in the store - the fact that the pockets may make me seem even shorter...

    Willing to take a shot though, since I scooped them up at such a great price
     
  18. habitant

    habitant Senior member

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    I've had a few pair, and they all ended up stretching so much in the waist that they became unwearable..

    I wear triple works now, about a year old, and less than half an inch of stretch!
     
  19. furo

    furo Senior member

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    Interesting. Any ideas on what would cause them to stretch so much?

    edit:

    Just noticed that the triple works you mentioned all come from the factory pre washed...

    So did you size down appropriately when choosing your KMWs?
     
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  20. habitant

    habitant Senior member

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    yeah i sized down 2.
     

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