DC4 – The Purveyor Of Japanese Denim In Berlin

DC4 - The Purveyor Of Japanese Denim In Berlin

DC4 is a premium denim shop in Berlin, Germany that has been offering the best of Japanese brands since 2004. Daniel Cizmek, the man behind the store, embarked on this project due to his self-proclaimed “denim addiction”. He initially kicked off retailing brands including Somet and Pure Blue Japan, before finally managing to stock Iron Heart.

As time passed, he gained more experience and knowledge about Japanese fabrics, and with the help of his crew, Ollie Paff and Frank Heitmann, Cizmek put together years of experience to create the best possible store.

They eventually became an official retailer for brands like The Flat HeadDry Bones and Samurai Jeans; as well a gamut of other beloved labels, including Studio D’artisan, Souvenir Jackets, R.J.B., Manifold, Joe McCoy and soon Toy McCoy.

DC4's denim lineup

DC4 Shop

Cizmek was introduced to denim at a young age from his own father. He vividly recalls being told “real men wear denim” by his Croatian dad when he was just 5 years old. Over time his interest naturally evolved into a passion, and after a brief stint in fashion design school, he decided that denim was his business.

Samurai Denim Collection

Samurai Denim Collection

Though his experience and passion can be seen and felt within the shop (and its success), one critical ingredient to the success thus far of DC4 has been his special care for his customers beyond a closed sale. Cizmek gives each customer the capability to customize their leather patches with material (calf or deer), edge finishing, graphic design, and other personalized options (e.g. include monogram of their own name).

DC4 Shop

A soaking room is already on the go as well, giving clients with little to no knowledge about the shrinkage process better access to unsanforized denim. Of course DC4 also offers a free chainstiching and repair service for all the jeans purchased at the store, using their own vintage “Black Head” Union Special 43200 specially tweaked for their mechanical expert, Frank. To top it all, an embroidery service is also offered.

Custom Repair Workbench Custom Leather Patches

The Berlin shop also makes an effort to maintain special relationships with their brands, including The Flat Head. At the time we were there, a crew from the Japanese label were visiting the store, exhibiting their new products in the Bread & Butter event together with DC4.

From left to right: Frank Heitmann, Daniel Cizmek, Takeshi Kojima (R.J.B.Designer), Yamada Shunsuke, Masake Horiuchi (TFH president Kobayashi's right hand man) and Ollie Paff.

From left to right: Frank Heitmann, Daniel Cizmek, Takeshi Kojima (R.J.B.Designer), Yamada Shunsuke, Masake Horiuchi (TFH president Kobayashi’s right hand man) and Ollie Paff.

Cizmek does have a second love after denim, namely motorcycles. At the moment, he’s eagerly awaiting a specially built bike from Herzbube Motorcycles next summer called the “Twiggy”. He’s so excited for the completion date that he intends to display his custom steed at the Race 61 Festival in Finowfurt.

The denim and rockabilly worlds will also be tied in as the rockabilly band, The Rob Ryan Roadshow, are slated to perform; co-sponsored by both DC4 and the The Flat Head.

Motocycle

From left to right, Rob Ryan(The Rob Ryan Roadshow), Bernhard Elflein(Herzbube Motorcycles) and Ralf Summers(The Rob Ryan Roadshow)

From left to right, Rob Ryan(The Rob Ryan Roadshow), Bernhard Elflein(Herzbube Motorcycles) and Ralf Summers(The Rob Ryan Roadshow)

Needless to say, if you are ever in Berlin and on the lookout for Japanese premium denim or simply high calibre goods, DC4 is your place to go. Period.

DC4 Denim and Jacket

Paul Travi

Paul Travi

Paul's first experience with raw denim was at the age of 10 when his parents purchased him a pair of raw Lee Jeans. After many years, he found the very same pair of jeans in the U.S. and since then his interest in denim became a passion. Now based in Holland, Paul is constantly researching and experimenting with the amazing fabric.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    Thank you for the fit picture! Also those are some amazing fades! I am totally shocked because i didnt think that Unbranded could fade that well but damn! just the right amount of washes, nice honeycombs, that contrast is great, they look perfect. very nice fades.

    • Jun

      Now where is that fit pictures that you promised???!!! If I don’t see Devan Prithipaul’s balls busting denim pictures on the next Fade Friday, Imma pull some rawrdenim strings and have you banned for life!

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        Jun, im so sorry, currently im in a denim fading contest (Naked and Famous X Kamikaze Attack), and the jeans are about 2 sizes too big… i wont be able to provide tbat intense ball busting super tight, contouring fit i have promised you, but they WILL come, i guarantee it.

        • Jun

          You lied to me! You’re not getting any tonight… sleep on the couch!

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            I understand, none fot me untill i deliver the fit picture.

  • Grandier

    holy shit that is IMPRESSIVE. that is by far THE best unbranded fade i’ve ever seen on this site. good job

  • greg

    Impressive fades, good photos!

  • Richalicious

    I must agree with all the comments here…… F**king awsome denim !! fade, combs general look, all fantastic.
    I’m wearing my UB301’s just now and pineing that they will look half as good as these do. i’m only 3 months into mine so quite a bit to go till they look like these !! I doff my hat to you good sir :)

  • Davil

    Nice pair of UB but I think this is a best case example. I can only compare them to what I’ve experienced with my ub106’s. while I do enjoy the denim, structurally the construction left me hanging. The back pocket is falling off and so is the top buttonfly. All of this with less than 60 wears easy. These are definitely an exceptional pair, and not at all what I would consider the norm.

  • http://twitter.com/swissjeansfreak Ruedi Karrer

    Congrats to those really beautifully faded UB pants. And they still have planty of life left with even stronger fading potential. They are a perfect sample to show the power of denim evolution from new to heavy used at their best. Would love to have such samples in the Jeansmuseum to explain the visitors the raw denim spirit.

  • Grazfather x

    Those look great. No idea how you managed to only need to wash those four times in 3 years, though.

  • chicagolaw1

    Great fades, great fit. Cant wait till folks get some 21oz Unbranded fade pics up here too. Still haven’t seen any evos on those.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    Hey, cool store! although, to be honest, it is a little bit strange that they seem to only carry Japanese denim, which although is good, is not always the best. I think that there are some very nice USA and Canadian denim companies, so i dont know why they would only choose Japanese denim. that being said, its still way cool and all of the cool features beyond just buying jeans make it really interesting.

    • Ders

      Because they chose to make it only japanese…. its their shop, they can do whatever they want with it

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        but why make it only japanese? i understand that they can do whatever they want, but why only do Japanese denim, raw denim is already a niche market, why entrench yourself further into a niche by making it only japanese denim, its the equivalent of a video game store only selling RPG games. sure they might be the “best” but “best” is subjective at it’s highest.

        • ders

          Its whether or not its the best or not. When it comes to japanese denim, it has it’s own unique features and cultures. I like to compare it to a skateshop. It’s not that skateboarding is better than something like surfing or snowboarding, but the people who run the store are attached to skateboarding and its culture, similar to these people and japanese culture

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            hmm i see, so its really more about japanese culture and denim. hmm but to me, that seems too niche. good explanation though.

          • Jun

            Japanese porn > western porn.

            ‘Nuff said.

          • chicagolaw1

            You must be kidding.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326974874 Kyle Brooks Robinson

      All of the selvage brands outside Japan either use Japanese denim (which defeats your point, because to some extent they ARE Japanese), or the same Cone Mills denim from one brand to the next (with the exception of Roy, who has a unique fabric.) The problem with many of the recent selvage brands outside Japan is that they all use basically the same denim and same details (White Oak denim, arc-less back pockets) and ride the workwear trend without establishing a unique identity the way that brands like Samurai, Pure Blue Japan, Flat Head, and Iron Heart have done.

      Until the non-Japanese brands start producing exclusive denims and establishing an identity beyond 19th-century miner cosplay, they won’t be able to compete in the same price range as the high-end Japanese makers.

      It’s also worth pointing out that DC4’s image is much closer to the kind of Japanese shops that sell these kinds of clothes than most selvage jean dealers. There’s less of an emphasis on workwear and more of a biker/fifties rebel image. Which I like.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326974874 Kyle Brooks Robinson

    Yamada and Horiuchi are cool dudes, I’m looking forward to working with them. I’m sure I’ll get to drop by DC4 at some point in the future, too!

  • Dan

    Hey, just landed on this website because I bought a pair of Unbranded jeans and was about to wash them (because I always wash new clothes) when I saw the tag saying “don’t wash me yet” inside. I had no idea that raw denim was a thing, and I certainly didn’t buy these for the fashion, but I thought that I should let anyone who’s listening know that Urban Outfitters on Ste-Catherine’s in Montreal is selling Unbranded jeans for $20 on the sale rack, marked down from $80. So if you’re in Montreal and you’re into this kind of thing, then you know where to go.

  • benmac

    These look awesome! I’ve just hit 9 months on mine and kinda wanna wash them but at the same time i think i want to go longer… When do you think youre first was was? And do you have any pre-wash pics?

    Cheers:)

  • Justin

    Could you please share how you sized on these? They look absolutely amazing. Thanks!