A close friend and site contributor, Casey Fussner, has a single pair of mens jeans he wears almost daily. He has been rocking the same pair for three years, only washing them a handful of times. When he purchased the pair from Self Edge in San Francisco, they were at its rawest state. Stiff and cardboard-like, Casey at first had trouble putting the jeans on but after continuous wears they began to give and now are beautifully broken in fitting his body perfectly.
Casey’s jeans, from The Flat Head, are made from the Japanese selvage and would be classified as a middleweight denim (14.5 ounces). Casey chose a looser and more comfortable fit, the 3005, and has been able to produce some amazing natural fades and personalized “tarnish”.
The Flat Head is a Japanese denim company which only uses Japan’s coveted selvage denim to make their jeans. Selvage denim refers to the end pieces of the denim which have been sewn together at the outseam to create a clean finish. This type of denim is often woven on shuttle looms. Denim fabric woven from a shuttle loom is often very narrow from the continuous cross thread which lies horizontally in the bolt of fabric. These looms not only create narrower pieces of fabric but also take their time weaving the fabric together. This slow weave and continuous cross thread creates a much softer and durable piece of denim. Shuttle looms were first used in the 1950s by American denim manufactures such as Lee and Levi’s and were soon replaced as they could not keep up with the ever-growing denim market. Most of the looms were then shipped overseas and a majority of them can now be found in Japan were they have perfected the art of producing selvage denim.
(Sifr t-shirt, The Flat Head jeans and belt, Victorinox watch, bespoke white and yellow gold bracelets, Church’s custom grade boots)
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