Fade Friday – Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Fade Friday - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Fade Friday – Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Century Denim has been a fun experiment. Kapital created this denim in a juxtaposition to American denim and Japanese craftsmanship. With an initial kakishibu coating in addition to the raw denim, the original stiffness gave way to a very soft but rugged denim. Because of the unique nature of the weave, the fade and the whiskering have been gradual. However, as you will see the progress thus far is unique and impressive.

The lines run unevenly between the pattern of sashiko on the front side. While on the back side the lines are straight and very distinct. In contrast to the whiskering lines, the fade on the thighs and knees is subtle, but because of the indigo sashiko threads and kakishibu base denim the tones are very warm.


  • Name: Kapital Century Denim 5S
  • Weight: 12 Oz. base denim X 12 Oz. sashiko
  • Fit: TH (Regular, Straight)
  • Length of Wear: 6 Months
  • Number of Washes: 1

Photos – Before

Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Photos – After

Front and Back - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

In sunlight - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Front close-up in sunlight - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Honeycombs - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Honeycombs Closeup - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)

Fit back - Kapital Century Jeans 5S (6 months, 1 wash)


Currently living in Osaka, Japan, Jon has a broad set of interests, but primarily focuses on: photography, Japanese fashion, design, old textiles, organic-dyeing, Japanese textiles, leather crafts, and vintage work-wear.

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  • YouGuysSuck

    Holy $hit, this is the first time I’ve ever come on this great website to read an article, and not scrolled down only to be assaulted by the usual cluster of whining f*ckfaces crying about another guys pants not being worn in correctly, or his fades not being impressive enough, or the brand not being up to snuff, or any of the other usual horse shit ridiculous comment fuckery I usually have to stomach once I accidentally scroll down this far. Amazing.

    • larry

      well this article was just posted today…be patient

      • YouGuysSuck

        Unfortunately I figured that…..

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

    Hmm im not a big fan of the denim itself the orange and blue kind of clash. fades are pretty good, although a surprising contrast of honeycombs to knee fade, usually with thae level of knee fade you would have deeper more defined combs, very interesting. fit is good, and from afar the denim seems really dynamic, but closer, it seems almost dirty. not for me, but im really interested in these jeans, they’re really something special.

    • Ryan Hammond

      Let the shit storm begin…

      • Rodspeed

        no…let it not

    • http://www.gilt.com/invite/tman916 Thomas

      You’re a pretty insightful dude but come off as self-important when you rip on every post as if readers want to read your criticisms. It also gets me that you’re confused about all the people (probably just one guy with several accounts) who wants to troll you (not that I condone cyber-bullying).

      Your comments lead me to believe that you are the antithesis of the phrase, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.”

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

        im not trying to come off as self important, and i dont really know what you mean by “rip”. if you mean like be negative, im not really all that negative, im just not overly fesitdious. why cant the glass be half empty? if you mean by comment, then that’s true, i dont really know why i comment on all the articles… hmm i wonder why…. im not really confused about the people who want to troll on me, and honestly i usually dont care, its just that time it went too far, i didnt mind it up until that point. idk i think i comment equally good and bad critics of articles.

        • http://www.gilt.com/invite/tman916 Thomas

          You may not think you’re not being negative and you may think “you comment equally good and bad critics of articles” but I was just making an observation (not a factual statement) and because you are arguing my observation, I’m led to believe you are casting blame outwards rather than looking inward for a possible solution which diminishes your ability to grow/learn from your shortcomings.

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

            Well that’s an interesting point, but i don’t believe a shortcoming has been made here. I don’t think that me making negative or positive comments is a shortcoming, so its not that im casting blame its just that i dont think that im in the wrong, i dont think anyone is really. i think these are all opinions and we are entitled to them and to the repercussions that come because of them.

        • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

          You fuckin retard. Do you have down syndrome or something? I’m not trolling you dick wad. I genuinely hate you

      • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

        He is not insightful. He wants to be, but making retarded useless observations while having no merit or any type of grounding makes everyone hate him. Literally hate scrolling down to see his stupid asss snarky useless comments

        go fuck yourself devan

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

          what kind of merit or grounding do you want?

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            Wtf do I look like doctor Phil or your life adviser. You can number one go try to actually do something instead of looking at other peoples work and putting your dumb ass snotty remarks on everything on this site. Or maybe you can go fuckin start your own blog where people who like hearing a whiny 5 year old bitch about “buttons not being round enough” or not enough dick fit pics in article. Or you can try to make your own clothing and see how much of a failure you really are.
            ARGH youre so fuckin naive too, how do you not understand that we, do not give a fuck about your comments?

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            Will it have to come to a point where people just fuckin report you and report you cuz I am sick of you and your comments and I’m sure like 75-90% of people on this site are too.

          • Ryan Chinaski


          • Model Citizen

            Devan doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is having to scroll through more comments about how much you hate the kid than there are about the article itself. How can you hate somebody so much that you spend time everyday talking shit just because they have a different opinion about jeans than you? I hope you’re young because the idea of a grown man behaving like this is depressing.

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            Ey yo I like the article. I just hate how he just ruins everyones experience. I like this site but is it necessary to criticize every thing without putting any hard work in it your self? Its much easier to criticize a basketball player than to be a professional basketball player. And these pairs of awesome denim take hard work, research and passion to make. But all this guy bitches about is “the fit is too big for me” or “not enough ass pics”. So yea idc about whether you think I disagree about his opinion, I am just fed up with his bs attitude without doing anything and smearing his crap on this page. So this is my “retaliation”

          • Model Citizen

            The homophobic slurs need to stop though. Regardless of your opinion about him, calling an openly gay 15 year old kid a “faggot” is terrible and makes you come across like an immature high school bully. You post more non denim related comments than anyone here.

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            I’m not homophobic. I just hate Devin.

          • chicagolaw1

            Get off the manufacturer’s dicks.

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            Unless you are the fuckin troll and this is your elaborate plant to get under everyones skin cuz fuck youre doing a great ass job.

    • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

      FUCK YOU


      • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH


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

          im 15 and i have a job.

          • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

            OMG YOU WORK RETAIL? Nobody cares. We all hate you
            just GO FUCKIN EXPLODE

          • Nic

            Not that I am agreeing with the assholes that are being really anti-you, but you actually don’t know anything about clothes. Now I respect your right to an opinion down here in the comments section but you really have no idea about anything denim or clothing related… for god’s sake you wear G-star… so… I mean that speaks for itself. So have an opinion but don’t pass it off as you knowing anything about clothes.

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

            so just because i wear a certain brand name that means that i don’t know anything about clothes? are you serious? i agree that g star isnt the most #menswear or trendy, but im 15 and i really like their clothes. the military/ hard clothes really appeal to me. i don’t know how you can say that i dont now anything about clothes or denim just because i wear G star… that’s like saying that since your name is nic you will die in a car crash. and the fact that you put so much emphasis on a brand rather than style makes me think that you’re the one that doesnt know anything about denim or clothes.

          • Dr. Phil

            I used to think it was funny when people were pissing you off but everyone’s reasoning is valid. Your a pretentious kid. You think you’re so knowledgeable and that your criticism is valid when its really stupid. You don’t think when you make comments. Its good to have criticism on an article, but you force it so much that you point out the stupidest things. I’m not trying to be an asshole. I’m just letting you know why everyone hates you.

          • jimmy

            devan lets see your g-stars on fade friday you wanker

          • growe13

            Nobody cares about the age, either. I’m 17, and I don’t flaunt that. Welcome to the internet, where, despite common belief, nobody cares about your age. (I amn’t hating, I just hate seeing the phrase “I’m # years old and….” because it destroys the purpose on content-driven comments.

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

            the purpose of me saying im 15 was just to make two points. 1 to correct that crazy disqus guy because he said i was 14, and two to explain my style reason/choices, id love to be rocking rick owens/ givenchy/balmain, but im 15 and i have to go to school (no crazy outfits) and even though i have a job, i cant afford certain brands of clothes.

    • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

      We all fuckin hate you

    • disqus_pGsvLvO3SH

      Dick face
      you fuckin dick face cock fucker ORANGE AND BLUE ARE COMPLIMENTARY COLORS

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

        You mad bro?

    • 3Hunna

      Seriously Devan no one here likes you, so please, please fuck the fuck off.

    • beansontoastandfishandchips

      “Its seems almost dirty to me”.
      Please do read more into kaishibu.

  • bocah

    This is what we call Holy Grail of Denim

  • Grandier

    after seeing a lot of indigo denim fades, this one is….pretty interesting.

    dunno, maybe the denim itself is quite different from the other majority of fade fridays. ‘guess having variation once in a while is good.

  • Sam

    These are unreal

  • greySky

    Very unique jeans. Cool to see. This was a good choice for Fade Friday because these definitely seem out of the ordinary.

    And as a side note, I don’t get all the Devan hate. Yeah he criticizes every pair, but he doesn’t just trash them. He talks about what he likes about them and what he doesn’t. I don’t see the issue with that. In fact, I’d be into hearing more about what other people like or don’t like about each pair as well.

  • squatty

    wow what is that weave/twill?

  • Duud

    God damnit! This why we can’t have nice things! Grow up guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnsonlb Johnson Benjamin

    Whoa. I am not even sure what is going on with this denim, but I like it. The weave is so completely different. I am going to try and learn more, completely new to me.

  • Jun

    Everyone… for the love of denim…. just chill alright?

    Hope the mods doesn’t lock up the comments section cos of this…

  • Beardkiller

    I come for the article, I stay for the comment war.

    • ALTR

      How would we explain to someone from 100 years ago that we have amazing machines capable of accessing the entirety of human knowledge in an instant…and we use it to degrade other people from the safety of our desk chairs.

      Shit is sad.

  • Smatty

    These are fucking sick.

    I don’t normally care but I have a lot of free time today…

    Why I don’t appreciate your posts.
    From that dude everyone hates…
    1. Hmm im not a big fan of the denim itself the orange and blue kind of clash.

    Response: Yeah, yeah, yeah, you don’t like ’em. You always start with this. How about a constructive comment. Oh, the coloring is not pleasing to you? Colors on opposing sides of the color wheel will generally not blend well. I’m glad you noticed this and shared it. I hate it when my denim fades don’t have any contrast. Fuck. What insight you have. Great opening sentence.

    2.fades are pretty good, although a surprising contrast of honeycombs to knee fade, usually with thae level of knee fade you would have deeper more defined combs, very interesting.

    Response: I think this was supposed to be two sentences. I don’t really understand what you are trying to say here… Are you saying contrast of the fades in the combs to knees is surprising because your expert knowledge in the fading and wear patterns of sashiko/denim hybrid fabrics and your knowledge of how often and what activities the poster did while wearing these pants over the past 6 months are not what is to be expected? If so then, this comment is at such a high level of clothing knowledge that it goes right over my head. Very interesting insight from a 15 year old indeed.

    3.fit is good, and from afar the denim seems really dynamic, but closer, it seems almost dirty.

    Response: This sentence in kind of ambiguous. You seem to use a replacement word for ‘clash’ that you used in the first sentence that has a positive connotation dynamic. You said in the first sentence that you didn’t like the dynamics of the pants. Except you use the word clash. Oh I get it. Showcasing your excellent vocabulary, eh? And yes, they do look dirty, initially (for like a split second). Then I remember that I have never seen any clothing ever made out of this kind of fabric and I chalk up my initial reaction to having limited knowledge of how this type of fabric fades.

    4.not for me, but im really interested in these jeans, they’re really something special.

    Response: No need to restate yourself again. I’ve know you are not a fan from the first sentence. Wait, you are interested?! Is it because of the clashing colors of the weft and warp? Is it because the knee/comb fades aren’t what you expected for this fabric? Is it because the pants look dynamically dirty when viewed far away or up close? I don’t get it. I agree that these are special tho!

    I think that you should probably revise each post you make and delete everything except the very last phrase and only post that. But I think you like the attention so I will feed your desire a bit.

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

      thank you for that response! that is really constructive, but to be honest, im not writing articles here, im just posting my opinion, i usually don’t revise them or anything, i dont think of it that much. its not a big deal to me, but i guess everyone else thinks its a big deal.

  • Orangeade

    Awesome to see something this unique. Anyone touched these in person? I’d be interested to hear how this denim feels. Looks really rough from those close-ups…

  • cincinnatus

    The fit is pretty rad and it looks like they’ve been worn the fuck out of and loved. Thats always a good thing.


    Thank you for the wonderful coverage. We understand everyone has different opinions, which is ok! We love these jeans and they truly are unique.

  • http://Bandanna-almanac.com/ The Bandanna Almanac

    Thanks for all the feedback. Expect future updates

  • beansontoastandfishandchips

    Excellent jean, and write up. Thanks for sharing!