Evisu Jeans was founded in Osaka Japan in 1991 and is named after the Japanese god of prosperity Ebisu. Initially only around 14 pairs of jeans a day were created, each one caringly hand-painted with the now famous seagull logo. Founder of Evisu, Mr. Hidehiko Yamane, was inspired by the Levi’s Jean 501 from 1944 (This was the jean with the painted arcs on the back pockets) to start his own brand Evisu.

Recently I came across this Evisu jean made with vintage Japanese kimono fabric. The jean is from the early Evisu days, around 1995, and is still in unwashed condition. The jean was created out of the passion from both Mr. Hidehiko and his wife who collects vintage kimono’s. This amazing pair combines the good ingredients from Japan, high quality, craftsmanship and history. Ofcourse the jean is made from red line Japanese selvage in a right hand fabric and made in Italy. All in all a great addition in my private collection.


Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.