Soviet Denim Smuggling – The History of Jeans Behind the Iron Curtain

“Why could the Soviets not replicate Levi 501s the way they had replicated the atomic bomb?” – Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The West and the Rest  There is “more power in blue jeans and rock and roll than the entire Red [...]

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Remembering Belarus’s Denim Revolution

Denim means many things to many different people. Although its cultural identity is firmly rooted in the United States, jeans have an appeal that spans the entire globe. Case in point, Belarus’s politically charged Denim Revolution of 2005-06. Russia had [...]

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The Levi’s AMC Denim Gremlin – The Car that Wore the Pants

The recent influx of denim-ed things like sunglasses and running shoes might seem a little extreme, but they’re all more than tame compared to this [...]

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The Rise and Fall of the Amoskeag Denim Mills

These days, when raw denim aficionados see a new pair of jeans advertising American-made selvedge, they assume it comes from the almighty Cone Denim Mills. Cone’s White Oak Plant essentially [...]

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The History of Zippers: Talon, Universal, and Gideon Sundback

These days, zippers are so commonplace on clothing that they largely go unnoticed–until they stop working that is. Few realize how much of a breakthrough they were roughly a century ago, and how they changed the construction of not only [...]

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The History Of The Osaka 5

To a visitor’s perspective, modern Japan and America look rather similar, language and demographic differences aside. Both nations enjoy (at least on the surface) a similar standard of living and technology. The extent to which the latter influenced the former [...]

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Found Collection at Cone Mills: Pieces of Denim History

These days you can pick off the rack any shade of denim in any condition, from pristine to beat-to-hell. As we know as well, raw options in today’s denim marketplace are the exception rather than the rule. But there [...]

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A Cinematic History of Denim

Hollywood has an interesting relationship with the fashion industry, concurrently reacting to and creating trends of what people are wearing in the real world. Jeans are no exception to this rule, being one of the most ubiquitous things worn in films. Francis [...]

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The History Of And Story Behind Momotaro Jeans

The History Of And Story Behind Momotaro Jeans

Momotaro Jeans, taking its name from Japanese folklore, began in 2005 and since then has continued to produce some of the highest quality, long lasting raw denim on the market. Their production facilities occupy the history rich Kojima region of [...]

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BIG JOHN – The History of the First Japanese Made Jeans

In January the legendary Japanese denim brand Big John was presenting their wares including Spring/Summer 2013 and their staple line at the Bread & Butter show in Berlin. They brought not only their denims and garments to their boot, [...]

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Meet Your Maker: Cone Mills Of Greensboro, North Carolina

Cone Mills is one of the last remaining manufacturers of selvedge denim in the United States. Their textile factory in Greensboro, North Carolina turns out quality raw denim around the clock, and many top brands swear by the

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Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket Overview: Type I, II and III

As a reader and writer of Rawr Denim, I’ve notice that denim jackets haven’t been getting nearly enough attention. Nudie‘s Perry 826 jacket , Iron Heart IH-526BJ  and our very own Fade Friday Flat Head 6002W all draw inspiration [...]

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