Momotaro Jeans has been our staple brand since our humble beginning in 2008 and we’re still proud stockist and online representatives for the brand. It’s truly one of the brands that you have to experience to fully understand the attention to detail that goes into their products. With the growth of the brand, more stores are carrying Momotaro Jeans with more people thus getting an access to the brand. It’s also awesome to find more media catching up with the brand. Latest video we’ve found is by myfatpocket who released a video series focusing on Japanese denim. Their clip on Momotaro Jeans features our friend Tabuchi, explaining the fine detail that makes Going To Battle Label jeans. Check it out!
It’s just so much you can talk about business and denim, so for the second evening out with the guys from Momotaro Jeans, it was less conversations about fabrics and more talk about everything else. Katsu and Kishi, got a tour around KL courtesy of John from Kronoz Store. We’ll be talking more about Kronoz later but it was nice of John to bring them around as I was pre-occupied for the entire day. I did however meet up with John and team Momotaro Jeans & Japan Blue for dinner. And a nice dinner it was.
Last two days had gone by rather fast. As hinted on our Facebook Page, we had some guests from Japan. Momotaro Jeans and Japan Blue brands’ representatives Katsuhito and Kishimoto.
I have not seen the guys since August 2010 when we represented Momotaro Jeans at Copenhagen Fashion Week. So it was great catching up. Many great conversations start with good drinks and so did this round. Mojitos anyone?
There have been plenty of questions about the signature “Japan Lines” on the back pocket of the Momotaro Jeans Going to Battle and First Battle Labels. Momotaro has had the painted lines as their signature from early on and the Going to Battle Label has become the brand’s flagship line of jeans. But where do these lines come from?
Watch pocket, coin pocket, fob pocket. Originally designed for pocket watches, hence the name, today it is used almost exclusively for just about any other item than a pocket watch.
There are deep, shallow, low rise, high rise, wide, narrow, tiny, huge, uncomfortable and unnoticeable watch pockets. Yet all these are just scratching the surface, as the different styles are as varied as the brands that make the jeans.
Time for an update on the Going to Battle label project I’ve been working on.
This was what my Momotaro Going to Battle labels looked like six months in. Now, two months and three washes later.
It is noteworthy to mention that a boat was captained while wearing these. Initially the jeans got soaked from the spray and the rain, but after the storm eased up they dried quickly in the wind and when dry (much to my liking), became rather wind proof. The skiff was pushed for all its clattering 35 horsepower Evinrud was worth, and still nothing permeated the protective layer of hardcore Japanese denim. Momotaro 1, The Elements 0.
These Momotaros have experienced no noticeable extra shrinkage after the initial washes. My Going to Battle labels were also dipped into the Baltic Sea nearby and given a little rub with sand after which they were left to dry out in the sun. The irregular blotches and lines at the front and back of the knees is from said sanding. The stacking abrasions at the hem have grown lighter. I discovered that the more the denim is washed the higher the contrast between the unbroken, unscathed indigo and the worn parts becomes. The jeans adduce more wear than tear, with only a slight rip at the hemline from cuffing.
The Saturday’s almost done with. Instead of working the whole day I actually got out a bit and attended a certain social event. There’s nothing like mingling the whole Saturday. Interesting people, interesting event. Good fun. Back to business. I actually started working early on the site’s updates and now for those interested, there’s a whole lot of information about Momotaro Jeans’ history, concept and making on our site. But just to be fair and in order to have closure on “the concept” series, I will throw one more blog post, this time about Momotaro himself and the making of.
First, I need to tell you about the jeans themselves, then you get to see the pictures. Patience. Or if you can’t wait any longer, go on, scroll down, just get back up here to finish the story to find out how they got the way they are now.
It’s almost time for May Day up here where it’s still snow on the ground. I know. Ridiculous right? Nonetheless, it shall still be an awesome Wappu – or Vappu or Labour Day or May Day – consisting of grilling, sparkling wine, brunches, friends and sunshine. Yes, we are that optimistic.