Editor’s Note: From February 8th-9th, 2013, our staff writer, David Shuck, attended the Inspiration LA trade show. Be sure to check out Part I, Part III, Part IV, and Part V in this multi-part series.
For those not familiar with the brand, The Real McCoy’s is a Japanese reproduction brand founded by Hitoshi Tsujimoto. They focus primarily on US military and sportswear of the 1940s and 50s—there are some serious cult followings behind their A-2 bomber repros and loopwheeled sweatshirts. The whole idea that “Japan does Americana better than America”? Yeah, you can thank The Real McCoy’s for that.
Beyond the jackets and sweats, though, McCoy’s offers two lines of raw denim. I was able to speak with Kento Tsujimoto from the McCoy’s team who walked us step by step through all of their raw offerings.
First off, the brand is bifurcated into two lines of jeans – their sportswear line, Joe McCoy, and their military influenced mainline.
WWII Inspired Mainline
The WWII inspired mainline is pure reproduction and thus features fuller cuts, 14.25 Oz. sanforized selvedge denim, and historically accurate details like laurel leaf buttons and bar tacks instead of metal rivets (there’s a war on, remember). However, despite their slavish attention to detail, their take on the Levi’s leather patch shows they still have fun with the designs.
The Joe McCoy line is all unsanforized and runs the gambit from turn of the century cinchback work pants to modern slim-fit five pockets. The real standout from this line, though, was their pink-line 14.75oz. selvedge denim. The fabric has a satisfying crunch to it and a certain hairiness — you can’t help but imagine the glazed patina the denim will achieve after running a hand along it.
Kento was cagey about its source, but let me know that it’s been McCoy’s exclusive for at least the past decade. Right now, it can be found on their 1960s inspired 906 cut, their Type II jacket, and the XH model of their slim 991 cut. See Kento modeling his 991XH’s below.
And of course we had to include some pics of their other offerings, including this B-7 Arctic Parka that looks like it was lifted from the Smithsonian.
What’s up next? Don’t miss our next Inspiration interview with Miles Johnson - creative director of Levi’s Vintage Clothing - with two new 501 replicas and a full review of their Hot Rod line!