Fade Friday – Real Japan Blues D103 (Eleven Months, Many Washes)
Real Japan Blues (RJB) is one of Japan’s most distinguished denim brands, yet there’s an air of obscurity to the Nagano-based company. In Japan, RJB‘s policy is to sell none of their products online – so that each customer can experience the garment up close and in person before buying.
It’s easy to admire the company for a policy that maintains the brand’s integrity at the expense of additional online sales. But this also puts most of the RJB collection out-of-reach for denim fans outside of Japan. Fortunately, a few retailers, such as Self Edge and Rivet And Hide, put select pieces from RJB‘s collection within reach of an international audience.
While today’s featured jeans, the D103, are not officially sold overseas, the denim and cut are identical to Self Edge‘s 103BSP. Worn by a staff member, these jeans have been washed dozens of times since first worn in February 2013. The contrast is less pronounced compared to our previously featured SExFHxRJB, but the frequent washing has brought out a terrific roping effect at the hem.
It’s also easy to see the impressive quality of the loomstate 14 Oz. Zimbabwe cotton denim, which has a distinct, powdery blue color that’s different from Flat Head‘s 14.5 oz Pioneer denim. And the worn-off leather diamonds from the back pockets are proof that these jeans have been worn often and worn hard.
- Name: Real Japan Blues (RJB) D103
- Weight: 14 oz
- Fit: Slim tapered
- Denim: 100% Zimbabwe cotton loomstate denim
- Other details:
- Red RJB embroidery at back right pocket
- Black leather diamonds
- Deerskin patch
- Rolled belt loops and back pocket edges
- Length Of Wear: Since February 2013, but roughly nine months of actual wear
- Number Of Washes: Many washes, about once per week