Fade Friday – Mod9 The Old School (1 year, 3 washes)

When it comes to denim, Asia plays host to a significant amount of brands, mills, and customers. For many people, “Japanese” is almost synonymous with “high quality” as a large portion of denim production comes from Japanese mills. But in recent years, we’ve seen growing attention on other countries like Indonesia (Elhaus, Bluesville), Thailand (Viapiana, Indigoskin) and even China (Red Cloud) as they’ve begun producing well made goods.

South Korea plays a large part in many industries, but there has not been much movement in terms of denim production so it was a pleasant surprise to come across a well worn jean by a South Korean brand, Mod9, that has been around for several years and is now ramping up production that includes several fits, fabrics, and washes as well as a collaboration with denim giant Momotaro.

This particular Mod9 jean is their The Old School jean which is a slim tapered jean made from a blue lined 14.5 oz dark indigo Japanese selvedge denim. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about how the owner wore the jeans but what we do know is that it was worn for a year and washed 3 times. Starting off in a darker indigo color, the jean now shows some nice contrast fades and whiskering but still keeps some of the dark indigo color.

We’re slowly learning more about the brand and after seeing this pair, we look forward to seeing more jeans from Mod9.


  • Name: Mod9 The Old School
  • Weight: 14.5oz
  • Fabric: Sanforized 100% cotton blue lined Japanese selvedge denim
  • Fit: Slim tapered
  • Made in: Korea
  • Unique Features
    • Key Ring on belt loop
    • Branded leather patch
    • Exposed selvedge on coin pocket
  • MSRP: 118,000 won ($114 US) at Mod9


Mod9 The Old School

Mod9 The Old School


Mod9 The Old School

Mod9 The Old School

Mod9 The Old School

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Young Lee

Young Lee

Young is a self proclaimed taco and denim enthusiast who plays in the San Francisco bands, The Soonest , and Theres Talk. He regularly posts pictures relating to denim and menswear on Tumblr, Liverpool and Main and Instagram, Young of The Soonest.

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  • Chung

    Glad to see some Korean brand jeans here ! mut jeo yo

  • http://mediasyrup.com/ Mister56

    I really like the way this denim looks. It has that nice deep blue hue in the crevices, similar to PBJ.

  • Bob Allen Z

    really looks like a pike brothers jeans, they fade very similar and also feature a D-ring

    for your pocket watch, so that’s not really an unique feature.

  • Eric Munson

    that ikea hanger is nice. i use it to hang my denim every night

  • Sal

    Big fan of this style of fading. Slow fading = Long wear . Im quite curious to see what they would of looked like with a few more washes though.

  • kennydoggyu

    Dis seems to be a good fabric and fit. Nice slow progress on the fades. I just dislike the untidy backpocket fold. It’s hideous. Kinda like N&F, but if you can look past dat….then it’s gerat

  • swissjeansfreak

    Great denim evolution and strong looking fabric seen here. Still plenty of life left. Would love to have them back in another year to see their full denim evolution potential.

  • sdf

    Korean Jeans. so good 개멋있다

  • sooyoung

    This brand had produced fakes(dior homme). It is true that it makes me feel uncomfortable.