Fade Friday – Samurai Naniwa Special (1 year, 10 washes)

Even though Samurai Jeans got their start a few years later than the other Osaka brands, they’ve permanently secured a place in the denim pantheon for their combination of unique ingredients – ranging from wildly-textured loomstate selvedge denim to jacquard-knit pocket bags – and distinctive flavor drawn from the brand’s Japanese imagery. Today’s Fade Friday is a special model limited to one hundred pairs, produced exclusively for Japan’s denim boutique Aikidou.

The Naniwa Special derives its name from the archaic term for the region that later became known as Osaka. It features the cut of the S0500xx model, with the 19 oz. denim from the S710xx model. Its most distinctive details are perhaps the hidden arcs underneath the standard arcuate stitching.

Additionally, the Naniwa Special features an original patch and flasher exclusive to the model. Worn by Max Power, frequent Superdenim contributor and elder statesman of the occidental denim community, these jeans have seen one year of wear and about ten washes–both by washing machine, and by hand.  These jeans were hemmed at Berlin’s DC4 and are still actively worn in the Heavyweight Denim Championship 2013-2014 competition. Showing an impressive balance of contrast, texture, and overall evolution, this is a pair that’s only going to get better with continued wear.

Details

  • Name:  Samurai Naniwa Special
  • Weight:  19 oz
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Color:  Indigo
  • Denim:  Unsanforized, 100% Cotton Selvedge Denim
  • Length of Wear:  One year
  • Number of Washes:  About ten

Before

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After

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Kyle

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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  • anno1919

    Nice jeans, but where cani get that hanger!

  • Jim

    Nice fades, terrible fit

    • http://www.promotestatus.com Chris wcrd

      Lots of washes too. Interesting.

      • Jim

        It would be interesting to know why, he haven’t washed his other jeans more often than 1 time per 5 months.

        • Max Power

          Wrong. I usually wash all my pairs every 1-2 months and whenever they need it. Only íIn the beginning I try to hold out a bit longer, but I still do frequent soaks then.

          • Francois

            Thunder soap?

    • Altoclefchris

      He obviously liked his fit enough to wear them through 10 washes and a whole year… who cares?

    • chunk_head

      respectfully, what on earth do you mean? to me, it looks like a loose fit worn well

      • Jim

        I don’t like the baggy look around knees and thighs. Loose fit is fine, but it looks better when it still follows leg shape in my opinion. On the last photo they seem to look much (because of shrinkage?). Still, baggy knees.

        • Grandier

          last time i checked, it’s his pair of jeans and not yours. also, its called fade fridays, not fit friday.

          • Jim

            So what? People post photos of their jeans to get a feedback (which can be both positive and negative). If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t do that.

          • Alex

            There is also the possibility that people post things online because they think others will enjoy/appreciate them.

  • Evil_OOb

    Honeycombs are just AWESOME!!!! oO

  • Ox

    Love the fades and still such a dark color after ten washes! Therefore, as a s710xx owner myself, I would like to know how you washed them exactly…how many degrees, did you turn m inside out etc…

  • Max Power

    The hanger is from UES Japan. I don’t pay much attention to how I wash, I usually do 40-60°C (depending on how much shrinkage I can take), 1400 RPM and wash inside out.

    • risandi pradipto

      does it still shrink during the hot washes after the first soak? and perhaps you can post the fit picture from behind so we can see here the awesome honeycomb on it? Thanks

  • CVanDriel

    I love the way heavier denim fades. Its kinda grainy.

    • Altoclefchris

      I’ve noticed that. I think it’s because there’s more depth in the weave.

  • sal

    Good fit ( no nut hugger. Comfy fit ) , good washes ( the pairs not falling appart after 1 year) , Good fades

    • joe

      you gots to let them titties go before you start to blow

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  • boogie with stu

    Nice ones! Still lots of life in these. More proof that yes, you can wash your jeans.
    How long did you go before the first wash on these?

    • Max Power

      Around 2 months until the first (hand)wash.

  • Darryld1 .

    I would like to see an additional listing which indicates where the jeans are made.

    Japanese denim isn’t always made into jeans in japan. May be obvious to some but with names like ‘Atelier la Durance’ being a French company with clothing made in France and ‘APC’ being a French company with clothing made in Macau (China), it can be confusing for people.

    Do you know where your denim was woven and then where it was made into jeans? If the answer is China – Macau, ask the company why they cost so much and how the workers are treated. Unbranded are a subsidiary of Naked&Famous and are cheaply made in Macau. Now I don’t know exactly how the factory workers are treated and maybe Unbranded are the exception but there’s no harm in asking and no harm in providing this info on this great site.

    • santos

      Macau? i live nearby Macau.
      you know how their worked been treated? Do you know the GDP per capita in Macau? $78,275.15 ( USD ) Local people in Macau mostly work for Casino(direct or indirect). They are probably the richest in China and in the region. GDP annual growth rate is 10%+. People in Macau can very easily find a job and the law protection there is good. Macau used to be a colony of Portugal and it has returned after 1999.

      Made in Macau is cheap because the tax is low or nil, like Hong Kong. Also, the Pearl River Delta region is the world factory, so they work together and goods can be exported. You should do some research before assuming Macau workers are treated badly. You have not idea how rich the local Macau people are. They can quit a job and find one before they send their CV.

      • darryld1

        Interesting. Can you please reference where you are getting your information so that I can check it out for myself.
        So an American, French, Japanese or British company would rather ship textiles to Macau to be manufactured, rather than to have that done in their own countries because?
        Your replies are way too defensive. Where are you from?

        • Alex Wong

          It doesn’t make business sense to manufacture jeans in developed countries. You two need to cool the f*ck down.
          Welcome to the world of globalisation, period.

    • santos

      your logic is if customers stop buying items from countries infamous for cheap factory, even some of their products are just as good as products from elsewhere. And you may assume the law in “cheap factory” will change or you just don’t accept the price can be so low. To be honest, details of Unbranded jeans are much worse than Iron Heart or Samurai, but they are cheap and that’s the price they are asking for.

      China have several brands producing good products. Stick to history and develop their original details. But people seems still have a stereotype that products made in China must come from factories where bourgeoisie torture workers, even that’s not true.

      Same stereotype works for other developing countries.

  • Majara

    Sweet honeycombs on those things!!

  • Jo

    Which RWs are those, Mr. Power? Have you posted a picture of the family recently? I remember seeing one like a year or two ago when I lurked a lot more.