Fade Friday – Flat Head 1005 (Unknown Length of Wear and Washes)

Fade Friday - The Flat Head 1005

Fade Friday – The Flat Head 1005

This week’s Fade Friday comes courtesy of Nagano, Japan. Famous for its winter sports, Nagano is also a mecca for denim enthusiasts – a logical step given that it harbours The Flat Head, their sister brand R.J.B., and the company-owned Dessert Hill’s Market retailers as well as the 50s-inspired Googie’s Café. The Flat Head keeps a collection of beautifully-faded jeans in their residential headquarters, including this pair of Flat Head 1005 jeans.

These jeans were worn by an employee of Flat Head’s company store in Ueda. While there is unfortunately no record of the number of washes or the exact time worn, we think the result speaks for itself, and a kind staff member tried on the jeans to give us some fit pictures. From the famous vertical fading and three-dimensional contrast to subtle details like the rolled belt loops and iron button tacks, these jeans exemplify Flat Head’s attention to the finest details.


  • Name: The Flat Head Exceed Series 1005
  • Weight: 16 Oz.
  • Denim: Unsanforized Japanese Selvedge
  • Fit: Medium rise, classic straight
  • Length of wear: Unknown (over one year)
  • Washes: Unknown
  • Available at: DC4 for $400.00.

Photos – Before

The Flat Head 1005 - New and Unwashed

The Flat Head 1005 – New and Unwashed

Photos – After

Fit - Flat Head 1005

The Flat Head 1005 Front View After Wear

The Flat Head 1005 Back View After Wear

The Flat Head 1005 Front Detailed View After Wear

The Flat Head 1005 Whiskers After Wear

The Flat Head 1005 Back Pockets After Wear

The Flat Head Patch Post Wear

The Flat Head Cuffs Post Wear


Kyle lived in Japan for several years and has worked in the denim industry. He likes writing, playing electric guitar, and listening to Japanese indie rock bands.

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

    nothing wrong with these fades. they’re nice, they have nice contrast in certain areas, there is a fit pic,i guess its all there.

    • all hail d denim expert Devan

      its all there, a beautiful fade friday post and a comment from our denim expert, Mr. Devan Prithipaul
      PERFECT !

      • AllWhite_AllRight

        if you look this kid up on instagram he looks like he’s 11 and dresses horrendously.

        • Trevor Hsu

          Why are you looking him up on instagram?

          • AllWhite_AllRight

            this a free country thirsty ass

  • Ryan Chinaski

    this is a solid set of fades. you can tell they were washed around every 30-60 wears giving it that nice all over royal blue hue. THESE LOOK LIKE TRULY FADED JEANS. I like it. better than those ragtag, never washed tatter pants.

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

      Most Japanese denim fans wash their jeans no less often than every 2-3 months. A lot of the more vintage-correct repro brands looked washed out after a year of wear (to me, anyway) but since Flat Head’s jeans are so dark they can take a lot of washing and still get good contrast.

    • Trevor Hsu

      Ryan, I agree about the washing cycles. Good contrast but they still look genuinely old and worn by regular people who have some concern for hygiene and not showing their wang through a hole in their pants.

  • ramartz

    Not the fit that I would usually go for but if that blue isn’t beautiful I don’t know what is.

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

      Well, these aren’t his jeans; he wears a smaller size. But I thought it would be a good idea to give some fit pictures, anyway.

  • Kristian Buenconsejo

    The roping effect and the single cuff +1

  • Young

    those are amazing!

  • Trevor Hsu

    I find it interesting that the tread is so strong that it came loose through the denim on the back pocket but didn’t break. That’s quality there man. If I weren’t so poor a pair of Flat Heads would be near the top of my list.

  • BillygoatsGruff312

    These jeans look interesting. I wouldn’t pay $350 for ’em, but seamless is new to me.