RISING SUN denim store in Pasadena (LA)

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  1. phooi

    phooi Senior member

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    I hope we're not back in the era of "stone washed" loose fit jeans!!! Regardless of what's back, I'm glad I discovered raw denim, through this forum, and can't see myself going back...
     


  2. Get Smart

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    Finally managed to drop in the store yesterday....it's open tho not officially "OPEN" as the guy who owns the store said something about waiting on something from the city before having an official opening with store hours. Right now most of their stock is vintage, and reminded me a bit of going to the Rose Bowl swapmeet but with a more editted selection. He said that once they officially open there will be more RTW items.

    "Rising Sun Denim" is the name of his jean brand. He has a bunch of old school machines in the back where everything is made. The jeans are really clean in their construction, using selvage denim. From what it looked like, he only had one model of jean on display, a worker style buckleback jean with very relaxed fit and wide legs. Reminded me of the 1929 Levis 201xx. He said the retail on it would be $450. And it sounds like they'll be doing MTM jeans. He definitely emphasises the whole "craftsman" bit when it comes to his wares

    The store itself is really cool....nice interior, it's obvious a good chunk of $$$ was put into it and the guy (Mark) seems to know his denim really well. He also has a line of cut/sew tshirts based on 1940s patterns that he was pretty excited about. The few I saw were very nice, really great cotton and the cut seemed perfect (slim and shorter in length) for what he was going for.

    Worth a look when you're in Pasadena. It'll be interesting to see what kind of business he pulls in, as Pasadena isnt a hotspot of denimheads.
     


  3. whodini

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    Obviously this dude has some cash. I wonder why Pasadena and not Robertson/Melrose/etc. where you know people will drop $$$, not to mention this place is a block or two out of the way from consistent foot traffic.
     


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    Sorry to gravedig but I'd like to mention that Rising Sun is officially open and it's a hell of a shop. Lots of cool vintage items on display and the owner really seems to know his stuff. My friends and I actually went in to have our jeans hemmed and chainstitched and we are extremely pleased with the way they turned out.
     


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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Weird. I guess Jas and I never updated this thread (or at least our opinions) but mentioned this shop on other threads. The shop itself is pretty cool for its displays and for doing on-site chainstitching. I wish I could say that about the jeans themselves and the owner. I feel bad about talking negatively about a place that on paper would be perfect for people like us, especially when there are so very few shops like this in the US in general, but damn. I simply can not justify their pricepoints for OTR jeans, not when they're just using regular Cone redline selvage and "jazzing it up" with hidden back pocket rivets. The owner himself just rubbed me the wrong way (Jas can back me up.) I think their slogan will speak volumes about what I mean: Simply The Best Jeans For The Money. What really confuses me is who their targeted consumer is. I can only imagine it being the guy who likes denim enough (and has enough money) to pay more than the average "premium" jean, hell, into Dior/45rpm price territory, for something more exclusive yet does zero research into denim in general. Cone puts out some solid shit and I stand by it (and in it, literally, these days) but >$300 for a cut and features that other people do with better denim is crazy. Crate and Hope are great examples of companies doing similar things with the same denim at FAR more reasonable prices.
     


  6. Get Smart

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    This store has been open now for some time. As Who mentioned, it's hard to figure out who their intended buyer is, other than uninformed denim fans that have never heard of ANYTHING. Their cuts are based on old workwear cuts (that Bobo would dig) so they're pretty wide legged and relaxed. It's like a Mr Freedom-lite at the same high price.

    He also sells a lot of "vintage" stuff, kind of like an editted room full of what you'd find at the Rose Bowl antique flea market, but not as cheap.

    iirc the guy behind the brand/store was/is worked for Lucky Jeans (and may still be a consultant for them or something like that)

    I think the biggest disappointment is his name, Rising Sun Denim. It obviously implies something to do with Japan (whether selling Japanese jeans a la BiG/Selfedge or MIJ cut/sew) but there's nothing nip-tastic about it. He must have some deep pockets because that storefront took literally a YEAR to open with a sign saying "coming soon" so it was being paid rent for that whole time without a store being open.
     


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    Mike is a Beast with denim. I look forward to working with him ( hopefully) very soon.
     


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    Straight up resurrected from the dead

    I just got back from Rising Sun, after spotting it on Fair Oaks on the way to grab lunch in Pasadena. From what I saw, they make excellent denim. The lady that helped me out really knew her stuff. She even gave me a mini-tour - as mentioned, they make everything on site. She showed me some of the products that are dropping in the fall, including a really great looking pair of canvas work pants in a darker brown.
    They use organic cone denim and it is being made literally mere steps away from you...
    That being said, the price point is a bit of a turn-off...the regular jeans go for $350 and a pair of single thread cinchbacks went for $500. She informed me that the workpants would be around $250.
    The only place in the States to pick them up at is at the store, as their only other retailers exist in Japan and Germany. So I suggest you check them out if you get a chance!

    www.risingsunjeans.com

    107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

    (626) 793-3479
     


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    That's Gus' BBQ on Fair Oaks....and I'm not a fan either unfortunately. Now Houston's makes a GREAT babyback rib, albeit a bit pricier than, say, Lucille's, who currently makes my go-to babybacks

    Rye, what's your line about? Tshirts & streetwear?


    +1 for lucille's delicious biscuits
     


  10. Get Smart

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    amendment:

    since I started this thread, Gus' BBQ is now awesome!! It was taken over by new owners that re-did the interior (but kept the rad old school exterior) and completely redid the menu and cooking staff. What used to be a historic but sad BBQ joint is now updated with good food. Matter of fact, am meeting friends there tonight for grub.

    but they're missing something that Lucille's has, and that's the killer biscuits w/apple butter

    I don't know how you can have a BBQ joint and not offer a good biscuit on the side
     


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    amendment:

    since I started this thread, Gus' BBQ is now awesome!! It was taken over by new owners that re-did the interior (but kept the rad old school exterior) and completely redid the menu and cooking staff. What used to be a historic but sad BBQ joint is now updated with good food. Matter of fact, am meeting friends there tonight for grub.

    but their missing something that Lucille's has, and that's the killer biscuits w/apple butter

    I don't know how you can have a BBQ joint and not offer a good biscuit on the side


    I have friends that love BBQ so i'll check this out. Lack of biscuits is a big disappointment.
     


  12. Get Smart

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    they have a cornbread on the menu, but I'm more of a biscuit fan, esp when it's free and they will keep bringing you more (a la Lucilles)
     


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    ^ always strategize to eat many biscuits, half my rack of ribs. save the other half for later. Two meals for $25, mayng.

    mmmm and those jug things of lemonade/tea mix.


    HEY gs,

    are there TV's? My friends are looking for a place to watch the game tongiht
    edit: nevermind it's too far. Going to try this next time I'm in pomona though
     


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    ^ always strategize to eat many biscuits, half my rack of ribs. save the other half for later. Two meals for $25, mayng.

    mmmm and those jug things of lemonade/tea mix.


    fuck ya dood, the arnold palmer is gooood

    and usually my woman and me split the 2 meat combo (tri tip and pulled pork), but every so often I just need a full rack for myself but I eat it all.....can't stop eating to save for later ya know
     


  15. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    J-, did that BBQ place owned by Doña Rosa that took over the old Animal Barn ever get good?
     


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