Fade Friday – Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Putting Pure Blue Japan back in the spotlight after taking up two spots in 5 Pairs of Raw Denim Done Differently, here’s an example of why you should consider Pure Blue Japan. The XX-007 denim is an amazing piece of work itself with its unorthodox slubby indigo dyed warp and weft (traditionally, the warp is dyed and the weft is undyed). Also, superfuture member, stukovxx, showcases the potential of this denim very well. Read more about the denim below.

With any Fade Friday, the photo quality and lighting make the jeans much more tantalizing (see 5 Tips for Raw Denim Photography), so take note on a great combination of beautifully worn-in jeans and stunning photography.

Details

  • Name: Pure Blue Japan  XX-007
  • Weight: 14 oz.
  • Denim: Original Japanese slubby texture selvedge denim. The XX-007  fabric is from a series of denim by Pure Blue Japan that are all woven using the same single shuttle loom machine which was manipulated and rigged to create a unique loose and uneven weave, and only for use by Pure Blue Japan. The XX-007  is done on one machine which must be shared and divided into small productions of each denim from the series throughout the year. Because of this, the productions are small and infrequent which make these denims much more special and unique. The XX-007 uses genuine indigo dyed warp and weft yarns to create a solid blue indigo jean. The cores of these threads and yarns remain undyed since the indigo does not fully penetrate to the centers. This allows for contrast fading similar to that of traditional blue jeans but with a unique blue overcast (source: blueingreensoho.com).
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Length of Wear: 3 years
  • Number of washes: Unknown. I imagine there weren’t too many washes because the jeans remain dark in most regions. As you know: with more washes, there will be more overall indigo loss.
Photos – BEFORE (source: blueingreensoho.com)
Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Notice the indigo weft on the inside of the jeans. One word of caution: don't wear white underwear or else you'll get a double-sided indigo attack.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Two main things pop out: the patch and the trademark leaf.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

You'll notice the top button says "Pure Blue Japan Syoaiya." Pure Blue Japan and Syoaiya are the same company, but Syoaiya is the international brand of Pure Blue Japan.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

The blue selvedge line is a mark of Pure Blue Japan denim.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

The patch is decorated with a silhouette of a Medieval dyer at work, immersing a pair of jeans into a indigo dye bath.

Photos – AFTER (Credit: stukovx)
Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Excellent contrast on the whiskers. You'll notice that the belt area is still very dark because he wore a belt. You can also appreciate how much indigo loss that these jeans experienced when comparing the colours.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

A lot of wear came from the friction of biking 1.5 miles (or 2.4 km) to and from campus when he was wearing them everyday. Also note the random white spots around the back pockets - these are an excellent illustration of slubby denim. The fatter yarns lose dye more readily than the smaller yarns because they come in contact with the outside world much more. As a result, you get random white spots/denim with character - whichever you prefer.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

The result of a button that lived a good life.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Selvedge detail shot. You can see the magic of indigo dyed warp and weft denim. There's fading that occurs on both sides.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

The leaf is one of the indicators of Pure Blue Japan denim. The blue dye is initially produced from the indigo plant. The blue leaf stands for Pure Blue Japan. The red outlines of the leaf symbolizes the original red selvedge of a jeans. So much detail and meaning packed into one symbol.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

The mandatory whisker shot.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Combining two of the most coveted creases for all denimheads. I'm actually more impressed how well the crotch is holding up after so much biking.

Fade Friday - Pure Blue Japan XX-007 (3 years, Washes Unknown)

Last, but not least, the fit picture.

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Well known for his 15 month Nudies Jeans denim experiment in 2010, Josh is a raw denim enthusiast, tennis fan, and foodie from Edmonton, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow These are in excellent shape for 3 years. Everything is lovely about every fade on this pair.

  • Anonymous

    Wow These are in excellent shape for 3 years. Everything is lovely about every fade on this pair.

  • Grazfather x

    I want a blue/blue pair of denim. These might be my next pair, especially if there is a tapered fit.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking this may be my next pair too. I don’t know about the indigo weft though. I had some indigo/indigo big slubs and my legs were indigo haha and all I have are white Calvin Klein boxers. They turned blue.

      All for the love of raw denim haha.

  • Grazfather x

    I want a blue/blue pair of denim. These might be my next pair, especially if there is a tapered fit.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking this may be my next pair too. I don’t know about the indigo weft though. I had some indigo/indigo big slubs and my legs were indigo haha and all I have are white Calvin Klein boxers. They turned blue.

      All for the love of raw denim haha.

  • http://www.thedescendingnude.com Style1artists

    The pure blues get me everytime I see a pair, Love em. 
    Will there be an end of 2011 Fade friday shoot out? This pair definately gets into  my top 5. 

    If Mr Santaclaws is reading this blog (i know you like to kick back in Lee jeans with a bottle of coke) I have been a very good boy! So please can you drop me a pair of these on your travells :~D

  • http://www.thedescendingnude.com Style1artists

    The pure blues get me everytime I see a pair, Love em. 
    Will there be an end of 2011 Fade friday shoot out? This pair definately gets into  my top 5. 

    If Mr Santaclaws is reading this blog (i know you like to kick back in Lee jeans with a bottle of coke) I have been a very good boy! So please can you drop me a pair of these on your travells :~D

  • guest

    The first few weeks of biking must have been a huge pain…totally worth it though

  • guest

    The first few weeks of biking must have been a huge pain…totally worth it though

  • bryan solid

    Picked up a pair of these today. I really like the deep colour and hope they fade as well as these. However, they are going to need some work before I can wear them. They’re hanging to dry right now from a soak, but the legs are CRAZY wide. Like almost bell bottoms. Depending on how they’ve shrunk, I’ll probably have to taper the legs myself, using a surger. I do that to a lot of my jeans because it’s hard to find jeans that fit my body type that don’t have really wide cuffs. Most of my jeans have to be tapered down so that I don’t look like I’m trying to revisit the 90s.

    • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

      @google-7e2f5ee88b76883d59ef006068859987:disqus Very cool to hear. Keep us in the loop with how they turn out.

  • bryan solid

    Picked up a pair of these today. I really like the deep colour and hope they fade as well as these. However, they are going to need some work before I can wear them. They’re hanging to dry right now from a soak, but the legs are CRAZY wide. Like almost bell bottoms. Depending on how they’ve shrunk, I’ll probably have to taper the legs myself, using a surger. I do that to a lot of my jeans because it’s hard to find jeans that fit my body type that don’t have really wide cuffs. Most of my jeans have to be tapered down so that I don’t look like I’m trying to revisit the 90s.

    • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

      @google-7e2f5ee88b76883d59ef006068859987:disqus Very cool to hear. Keep us in the loop with how they turn out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=600110749 Ting Young

    Any idea where i can get em online and how much it will cost?

    • http://www.rawrdenim.com Rawr Denim

      $298.00 via Blue In Green - http://blueingreensoho.com/site/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2952&category_id=&manufacturer_id=9&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=62&vmcchk=1

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  • Richalicious

    just noticed on one of the pics…. who the hell keeps their Bacardi next to the Fabreeze ?!?!?!?

    Nice fades though even if he does drink Fabreeze and Coke……