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  1. Mifune

    Sugar Cane Denim

    +1 My first Japanese jean, a SC 1947, was purchased over a decade ago at a shop near Covent Garden for well over 200 gbp. The next day I went online and found the same jean selling in Japan for about $100. So I returned and got my money back. After that experience I bought all my Ooe, LVC (MiJ) and SC from Japan without any problems. I recently made a purchase from Denimio and found their service nothing short of extraordinary, and I recommended them to a couple friends who had great experiences as well. Anyone who has worked in Japan knows that the cost of doing business there is greater than it is in the US or EU. So the inflated prices and margins gained in the US and EU are not justified by economics. Supporting a local merchant is a perfectly good idea to the extent that one is dealt with fairly. Exorbitant price gouging does not support commerce, it supports greed. The prices worldwide for Japanese goods should be the same as Japanese domestic prices. Technically speaking, they should be a little less.
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    And you probably have to be big, old and from the 1940’s like me to fully appreciate these terrific jeans. I was able to find a pair and have been wearing them often the last week. Every time I slip these S40s on I recall the jeans of my youth like no other pair in my wardrobe. Pull these up above the natural waist and buckle your belt, these babies will not move. No way they will get to or below the hips no matter what you do. You can run the decathlon in these jeans! That’s the way jeans were supposed to fit because they were workwear and not fashion back in the day. The denim is great too. It is not quite as rigid or dense as I remember but the feel is pretty close to the originals. Great job TCB! And thanks again to all of you who posted pictures here and helped me find these classic fit jeans!
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    @breakingfad Thanks. I will keep mine stretched too.
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Is it the case that the OW S40s will shrink a full inch in the inseam measure?
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    Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    Aho Yes, had I known Ooe were going to stop making custom, I would have ordered a dozen pair in a variety of denims. I had a personal pattern made by them and I thought, as is the case with most tailors, that I would be able to order from my pattern moving forward. Then I remember getting an email from Ryo saying that they were ceasing the bespoke operation. I tried to place one last order but it was too late. Ouch! (The #43 was on my list as well.) Ooe jeans are my favorites too probably because I really enjoyed working with Ryo and Hiro. Sadly their stock patterns do not fit me and buying them through dealers would not feel the same, so I guess Ooe is a page I will just have to turn. We we're pretty spoiled by Ooe back in the day!
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    Ooe-Yofukuten & Co.

    Over a decade ago Ooe made me five fully bespoke pair of jeans, (essentially 02s with a 14” front rise.) They are the very best jeans in my closet, along with other bespoke jeans, and I thank Ryo and Hiro to this day for solving a big problem for me. But things at Ooe have changed in the meantime, no more website, no custom jeans and I have lost track of them. My jeans were made from the #12 and #41 denim from back then. How does the denim they use now compare? The cut of the jeans I see in the most recent pictures seems different. Have they changed their patterns from the 01, 02, 03? And finally, how do we buy Ooe jeans anymore? It was so simple back in the day! Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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    Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    Cheers Kiya Always great stuff on your site. Here’s a suggestion or a request. I am 6’3”. I absolutely love the looks of these PBJ Rough jeans you just posted and the IH633s above them. But with only 10-11” of front rise I cannot cover even half of the equipment I am legally required to cover to be able to present myself in public. And the CDC has warned of potential damage from long term exposure to and wearing of fashionable Eunuch-wear to two particularly sensitive aspects of my reproductive arsenal. You may have no way of knowing this, but I assure you that ladies rise jeans are painful for big guys. Is there anyway SE can make a special edition “Gaijin Man’s” jean with awesome Japanese denim with a manly rise of say, 14 inches?! And, your site is excellent and complete in every way. Congratulations. But would it be possible for you to show the products you are selling? I mean could you imagine photos with your models either without shirts, or with the shirts tucked in so prospective buyers can see the jeans you want to sell: the jeans, all the jeans and nothing but the jeans? Why the cover up? If you are selling trips to Paris would you only show half the Tour Eiffel? I would love to become a customer of yours!
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    I have just finished reading this entire thread and enjoyed it immensely. For the first time in a decade on the net I see jeans that resemble the ones I wore in the 50s and 60s. I am not sure about the denim itself, but the cut brings back memories. When you bought Levis back then, they were as stiff as boards and weighed a ton. And when you first put them on, you felt like they came up to your armpits the rise was so high. Then after a few washes, things settled down and the pants could be worn at or above the waist (as in the fit pictures in this thread.) Back then, jeans worn on or below the hips were called “hip huggers” and only girls could wear them so low for obvious anatomical differences with men. Today seeing men, especially those over six foot, wearing pants with a rise meant for very small men or women seems odd to my eye, but the Japanese cut for smaller men and they dominate the quality denim market. So what to do? I am sorry I missed this contest jean. But you guys and gals wearing them look great! You may not know that you do, but believe me, every single one of you truly look the part. I hear the roar of muscle cars, the first bars of Rock and Roll, and I feel the excitement of youth, just looking at you wearing this true reproduction jean. Thanks to TCB and all of you. PS: I hope TCB makes more of these cause I can still wear my high school letterman jacket and I will be wearing jeans till they cart me away!
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    I can wear 36 or 38....thanks anyway!
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    Thank you. I will send him a note. Cheers
  11. Mifune

    Sugar Cane Denim

    2021 47s look great. Can you order from this Japanese site for shipment to USA? Are Sugercane 1955s long gone? Cheers
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