The Denim Hound X Kojima Genes X SF Collab
Founder of The Denim Hound, Greg Tamura, is a denim blogger, photographer and collector. He’s half Japanese, half Irish and born and raised in California. As he was always interested in how cultures can effect and influence each other he came up with the idea to make a strong collab jeans.
”Being both Japanese and American, I’m fascinated by how denim is a bridge between the two cultures. I wanted the Bridge 1 jeans to honor the relationship of Japanese and American cultures. I think working with Kojima Genes x SF was the perfect collaboration for this concept”, says Greg Tamura.
As he has been collecting jeans for years and had close to 200 pairs at one point, and reviewed almost 100 pairs for The Denim Hound, it was time to put all his favorite details into one pair. For this collaboration he has been working for over a year. This pair was created with the top-shelf denim lover in mind.
Greg Tamura, founder The Denim Hound
Details About The Collab Jeans
The Denim Hound X Kojima Genes X SF Collab jeans is made of an exclusive 13oz 100% cotton fabric from the Japanese Kuroki Mill. The jeans has hidden selvedge inside the fly, peek-a-boo selvedge at the coin pocket and hidden rivets on the back pockets. The jeans itself is stitched with tonal dark blue thread. The inseam and hem are stitched with copper coloured thread. Each pair is numbered and it’s made in a limited run of 150 pairs. The jeans can be pre-ordered at Atrium SF.
The fit of the jeans is a medium rise slim tapered. It’s slim and flattering without being overly skinny.
Details of the collab jeans.
The denim fabric is dyed with a very dark shade of pure indigo. The denim is sanforized so you can buy your true size. This fabric has a lot of fading potential.
The copper rivets are made in Japan. These rivets won’t scratch your leather furniture and on the back of the jeans are hidden rivets.
For the yoke and pocket bags they used Sashiko stitched fabric. This Japanese Sashiko pattern is called Shippou 七宝 , it refers to the seven treasures of Buddhism: gold, silver, lapis lazuli, agate, seashell, amber, and coral.
The top button of the closure is a laurel leaf button, and the rest are classic unbranded ones.
The pink Selvedge ID represents Coral, one of the ‘Seven Treasures’, which lyes hidden under the waters of a bridge. Just as the selvedge ID is hidden just under the surface of the denim.
The belt loops are tucked. This production method makes the jeans more clean. These kind of belt loops allows you to wear it with a key hook as they will not let go.
On the back pockets is an arc stitch. This arc design represents the connection between the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco and the Great Seto Bridge in Kojima, Okayama. They used tonal dark navy stitching so with wear the arcs will pop-up slowly when the denim fabric fades.
The patch on the back is simply beautiful. It’s made by Pigeon Tree Crafting by hand. Together they developed a new dying method which they call the ‘Taco Dip’. Each patch is hand cut and stamped in 5oz Premium Brazilian vegtan leather. Then the patch is bent like a taco and hand dipped in pure indigo. This process is very time consuming as each patch has to be carefully dipped one at a time, instead of all at once.