While it’s easy to find photos of new product, it’s not very often you come across photos of pieces that have been worn in and well loved for years. Denim is a fabric that conforms to the wearers lifestyle and tells a story through its various fades so it was a logical place to start for this first ‘worn in’ feature.
I caught up with Andrew Chen who is a jack of all trades in the menswear business. He’s a co-founder of 3sixteen, owner in Self Edge New York and also runs the brand new Chapter & Verse agency in New York. No stranger to quality denim products, I took some snaps of him in his his pair of Flat Head F380’s and interviewed him on everything from his favorite pair to what he considered when it came to designing denim for 3sixteen.
How did you come to own these jeans and how long have you worn them?
These are the first pair of jeans I bought as an owner of Self Edge NY. Prior to partnering with Kiya, Demitra and Johan to open up the NY branch of the shop in 2009, I had bought several pairs directly from Kiya – but being on the sales floor and having constant access to all these great jeans every day led me to start trying many of them on. The Flat Head F380 was the perfect cut for me, a mid-rise straight leg with a slight taper from the knee down. I was also anxious to see how the Flat Head denim would wear in over time firsthand. I’ve had them since January of 2010; I took them home with me the night before leaving to Paris with my wife to visit family.
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Despite the current popularity of raw denim it is still rare to see a perfectly worn in pair. My friend Ramon has worn these Evisu No.1 Special Lot 2000 jeans heavily for over two years and this is the result. Beautiful honeycombs, even whispering and a sun bleached indigo fade that pre-washed jeans could never live up to.
Evisu may seen played out after the jeans were spotted on every hypebeast and rapper in the late 2000s but personally I’ll never get sick of the painted gulls. If you are considering a pair of these, make sure you shell out for the Made in Japan models. The Evisu name has been licensed in Europe and North America and those jeans pale in comparison in quality to the original Japanese made pairs.
Photos by Rocky Li
The Spring/Summer 2003 ‘SCAB’ collection of Undercover by Jun Takahashi is regarded by many fashion purists as one of his seminal works. I do not think that these jeans are from the original SCAB collection but rather they reference some of details and patterns from that collection. These jeans are surprisingly lightweight and are fabricated in a stretchy comfortable cotton and not a rigid denim like I had assumed prior to seeing this piece in person.
Laid overtop the jean’s upper area is knit paneling which is reminiscent of some of the knit patterns found on fabrications of Undercover’s knit-sleeve rider jackets. This knit portion transitions down each leg into incredibly detailed patchwork which is entirely handstitched. This is a stunning piece that hits the rare balance between eye-catching and overdesigned. If you know more about this item and what collection it is from do not hesitate to e-mail me.
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