Spellbound - This season's collection is about the indigo artisans at Kojima, showing respect for the traditional craftsmanship in the home town of Japanese denim.
Japan is passionate for blue tone, many of it's traditional uniforms, such as the kendo armor and fireman jackets use kojima indigo canvas. Back in the 19th century, Kojima was the main city to produce cotton canvas by using wood shuttle loom machines - workers wove the fabric day by day and deep dyed the fabric dipping it up to 16 times to reach the desired blue tone. This hand weave and dying technique still continues today, taking pride in the tradition generation after generation.
Spellbound designer, Mr. Tamura is inspired by this traditional craftsmanship, and he wishes to bring this story to the collection by using traditional fabric such as indigo hand weave canvases and hand repaired artistry.
There are very few companies in Japan that use the traditional techniques to deliver a contemporary fashion collection, because it takes a very long time to produce the fabric, and the time honored workmanship is expensive. Now, Mr. Tamura wishes to show the beauty of the classic Japanese craftsmanship to other countries, and he wishes to let people know that apart from the selvedged denim of Japan, there are many amazing artisanal materials still not discovered globally.
All of our denim jeans are made in our factory at Okayama, and washed by our long time partnership, laundering company called Howa (one of the best laundry for the denim industry). Fabric is originally developed with the mill, with the signature indigo stitching on selvedge. T-shirts are woven by tubular machines, no side seam on either side, which gives more tension to the fabric. Even after long periods of washing, the t-shirt will not change the shape much. All our shirts are sewn by chain stitch, and some shirts such as the premium oxford work shirt, use the most narrow twin chain stitch machine in Japan for side stitch. As well as we run a small crossover with H+Unit, the director of H+Unit is a skillful hand sewing professional, he can repair denim perfectly and look like no damage happened before.