Mr Porter Presents Film: How Japanese Denim Is Made

Mr Porter is an award-winning men’s style online retail store. They carry a fine selection with 450 outstanding international menswear brands. One of the brands is their in-house label Mr P. For a new production run of a pair of Mr P jeans they went to Kurashiki, a historic city in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture, Japan, to explore how Japanese denim is made.

The Content Of The Film

In the almost 6-minutes film, you can see how Japanese denim is made, but you will also discover a bit of the history of Japanese denim. They went to denim factory maker Betty Smith, to the Kuroki denim fabric mill, and also to the Wells laundry. You will learn that selvedge jeans is called Akamimi in Japanese, which means Red Ear because there are red lines on the sides of the fabric. In general, you will see the four stages of making a pair of jeans in the film: Spinning, Weaving, Sewing, and Washing.

Watch the short film here below to find out how Japanese denim is made.

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.