Naked and Famous Denim
is one of those denim brands I always bring up when friends and family who have never heard of raw selvage denim ask me what jeans to try. At full retail price a basic pair of Naked and Famous jeans can be purchased for $135 at easily accessible department stores, boutiques, and e-tailers.
What Naked and Famous does better than almost every other denim brand selling unwashed jeans is pack in a lot of value for a very low price. The fabric is interesting and the construction is solid. Garments are made Canada with Japanese fabric, often selvage and usually provides a novelty factor to talk excitedly about.
Their Fall collection features a collaboration with Japanese denim label Big John
and the Japanese artist with a cult following Rockin'Jelly Bean
, who designed the artwork for it. Retail price is expected to be $265 at Barneys New York
, Tate + Yoko
, and Blue Owl Workshop
in September. This jean has been featured on other blogs earlier this year but I wanted to give a better idea of what you can expect.
|14.5 oz sanforized Japanese selvage denim. Light and bright indigo shade reminiscent of some early Big John jeans from 1960's which featured a lighter indigo shade.|
|Example of early Big John jeans: M1002 PROT0 MODEL from Big John's website. On Big John's company history webpage this jean from 1967: "In parallel with sewing the Canton jeans of Oishi Trading, produced jeans of the BIG JOHN brand using the fabric imported from Cone Mills (U.S.A.) (M1002 PROTO MODEL)."|
|Artwork by Rockin'Jelly Bean.|
|The artist Rockin'Jelly Bean has a quirky persona much like the Naked and Famous brand.|
|Features labels from all three collaborators.|
|Big John buttons. Chain stitched waistband but not all around and tucked.|
|Single needle belt loops offer a cleaner look.|
|Hidden rivets at back pockets.|
|Selvage coin pocket.|
|Selvage detail at side seam and chain stitched chem.|