Folta & Co. – Nearly 5 Years of Indonesian Raw Denim

As far as passionate denim countries go, Indonesia ranks up there with best of them; so much so that even Iron Heart and Self Edge felt it appropriate to pay tribute to the region. Folta & Co. is based in Jakarta and looks to become the premiere raw denim brand in all of Indonesia. Five enthusiasts of different backgrounds founded the company in 2010. Padwin Leinardo, one of Folta’s founders, says the company was forged with the goal of innovating on simple things to create quality goods that travel well.

Their offerings thus far show a nice blend of aesthetically minded design with a focus on functionality. Their Half Button CS-1 shirt is a vintage style garment made of a 6oz. Cone Mills chambray fabric with a half-placard button set in Desert Sky blue. On the other hand, their Short-Sleeved Oxford Shirt takes cues from modern cycling wear and has an embedded with a rear waist-pocket. The CS-1 is keeps to its roots by using American-made buttons, while the Oxford sports a futuristic cat eye.

Short Sleeved Oxford Shirt, image courtesy of Folta & Co.

Short Sleeved Oxford Shirt, image courtesy of Folta & Co.

The denim is carefully thought out as well. Fits range from the 025 tapered to the more relaxed straight cut of the 0-28 XX. All are cut from lighter-weight Cone Mills denim in varying textures and color. Most recently the brand put out the 027-2X and the Greenish Trouser Pant.

027-2X, Courtesy of Folta & Co.

027-2X, Courtesy of Folta & Co.

The 027-2X is a variation of their 027 straight cut made of an 11 Oz. 2×1 weave Cone Mills denim – similar to Roy’s Big Bro (CB-1) - rather than the more common 3×1 weave. This weaving method pops a little bit of the weft yarn through the warp to the outside of the pant, reminiscent of the deep blue tones found in Cone Mill’s 1930s denim that it introduced as an alternative to workwear denim. It also creates a finer, flatter twill line that Folta & Co. argues will drape better than 3×1 jeans.

Greenish Trouser Pant

Greenish Trouser Pant

The conspicuously named Greenish Trouser Pant is a spin off the classic chino trouser. Sporting a slim-straight cut and canvas pocket bags, it utilizes a chino’s classic minimalist pockets and overall design. Unlike your pair of Dockers gathering dust in your drawer, these sport a limited 13 Oz. Cone denim with a green weft. As the pant evolves, it will surely lead to a unique color contrast.

For those who are already rolling their eyes at the thought of another Cone jean, stop for a moment to look at the details that are ingrained in each pair offered. Each jean is crafted on the prerequisite Union Special machines with different colored stitching, clean minimalist arctuates, hidden pocket rivets, deerskin leather patch, Union Made buttons sourced from Japan, rope inserted into each bar tacked belt loop and a pocket tab begging for a good old Levi’s lawsuit. Considering that nearly all of Folta & Co.’s denim retail for less than 150 US dollars and there’s free shipping, you really can’t get more bang for your buck at this price point.

Images courtesy of Folta & Co.

Images courtesy of Folta & Co.

For the future, Leinardo hopes that Folta & Co. will continue to expand its global footprint without losing its original concept or current level of quality. He also admits to fear of raising Levi’s ire, but hopes that will only lead to further innovation by Folta & Co. and other brands as well. For more info and purchase check out their website.

Forrest

Forrest

Forrest Old is a New Jersey-bred resident of an odd little city called Columbus, Ohio. A journalism graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, he spends his days deconstructing the shelves of Ohio's top bookstore, The Book Loft. At night, you'll most likely find him freelance writing while listening to a new vinyl record.

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  • Proud Indonesian

    proud to be indonesian!

  • Altoclefchris

    The green weft fabric used on the Greenish Trouser appears to be the same fabric that Left Field used for jeans last year. I like the choice to make it into a trouser, though. I really like all these indonesian brands that are doing interesting things with interesting fabrics.

    • Folta & Co

      Thanks! We do appreciate it. Hopefully we could keep going with something new. Regarding the green weft fabric, yes, I might say that they are most likely the same fabrics

  • Felix

    Folta & Co. was started in 2010 not 2000.

    • Forrest

      This was a dilemma I faced when writing the article. I was told at one point that it was started in 2010, but the logos state that it was established in 2000 (check out the greenish trouser pant for example). Since I never got a proper response in time to double check this, I went according to the label. If you are absolutely sure that it is 2010, I’ll confirm, clarify why the logo says 2000 and make sure it’s edited.

      • kyan

        2010 it is

        • Forrest

          I’ve contacted Folta for clarification.

  • Folta & Co

    Hi, my name is Leinardo,one of the Folta’s founders. Just want to clarify that we started in 2010. There was a mistake on tag printing , which it seems to lead this confusion. I do apologise for any inconvenience occurred following this matter.

    Thank you
    Warm regards,

    Folta & Co

    • haqtula

      hi ,I’m from Malaysia.I want to know this jeans price ?.tq