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  1. The Flat Head

    The first wash is really the most important, as far as getting really defined creases. Those have the look of a pair that wasn't washed until somewhere in the 6-12 month span, then pretty frequently after that. Once the points of contrast are set, frequent washing just tends to bring out the color, rather than softening the whiskers/honeycombs.
  2. The Flat Head

    Man those look sick. I'd only seen his initial fade pics after about a year of wear, but they look really cool now. Love that powdery blue color, feels like I don't see enough FH stuff that makes it to that stage.
  3. Rivet And Hide did a Flat Head/RJB collab that's a higher rise and straight leg model, you might check it out.
  4. Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Looks pretty good to me. A lot of it comes down to the individual doing the hemming. When I was in Nagano, I had a pair of RJBs hemmed at the FH store near the company headquarters; they did a perfect job. Another time I got my Samurai S710s hemmed at the store in Ueda, where a coworker who had absolutely no business being anywhere near a 43200G attempted to hem them and did a lousy job. Granted, that 19-oz denim is tough to deal with, but the guy running the store had to step in and do it properly instead.
  5. The Flat Head

    To add a little context to the discussion, Japan is very much about retail, and for a lot of shops, online sales are kind of an afterthought. So they don't put a lot of consideration into their online stuff. But since for the vast majority of Japanese people a shop carrying brands like Flat Head is probably located no more than an hour away from where they live, it's much easier to just go to the store and try it on/buy in person. For me, if I want to try on a pair of Flat Head jeans, I'd have to go 850+ miles to New York or 700+ to Chicago.
  6. The Flat Head

    Yeah, Flat Head takes those photos themselves, and sends them out to dealers. But 2ND's website is absolute garbage. It's stunning how ugly it is. The only reason they can get away with it is because they're the biggest FH/Samurai dealer and always will be (though they seem to have dropped Redmoon... wonder what the story is with that?) To say nothing of their lack of measurements and many other issues. Their site is pretty much made to be browsed on a Japanese flip phone which, I'm sure, tons of Japanese people are still using. Yet every time I go to that hideous site I get kinda nostalgic for late 2011 when I was going crazy and buying FH stuff from them constantly in Japan.
  7. The Flat Head

    Think all the jackets are 100% cotton.
  8. Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    I like this new model, everything seems to fit him just right. Some of the others in the past looked too big for the clothes they were wearing (particularly shirts.)
  9. The Flat Head

    Nice looking jeans man! No matter how you wear and wash 'em, FH jeans look great after a lot of wear.
  10. The Flat Head

    Great looking jeans! The F310/3001 never goes out of style.
  11. The Flat Head

    They had a ton of those 4001SPs in stock when I worked at FH. Guess they finally sold them all to Pronto. Kind of a weird model. The black jeans have never been all that popular but those ones are an even harder sell with the bright red stitching and stuff. FH still has a great core range and the small curated collections that western stores like Self Edge and Rivet And Hide buy are always nice, but looking at their broader product range in Japan, it feels like they're either really unfocused or not sure what to do.
  12. The Flat Head

    Huh, interesting. I think this is a problem that's probably facing most amekaji brands as a whole. Their main clientele are older, and it's hard to continually expand domestically. Plus, many of those guys probably have full closets from years and years of buying, and given that most middle class Japanese work crazy hours at jobs with a dress code, they probably have limited time to wear what they do have, anyway. I'm curious if the Thai market has cooled down. FH was shipping insane amounts of stuff to Pronto in 2013 but I don't know if raw denim is a big deal like it was back then.
  13. The Flat Head

    This is the first I've even heard of Club Label, I must be really out of it. MK has been around a few years, everything I've seen from that one has been kinda redundant since it seems pretty similar to RJB. It's been a while since FH had a collection that really made me turn my head. I think Fall/Winter 2013 was the high point, so many classic shirts came out that year.
  14. The Flat Head

    That's a super old pair of 3001s, that patch/tab/arcuate hasn't been used in ten years.
  15. Dawson Denim

    Great info and writeup, Foxy, Dawson is a great brand that deserves more love. I feel that my Regular jeans are a little too loose on me, but I'd definitely be interested in trying their slim tapered fit at some point. I agree with you on the craftsmanship, it's super nice.