Friday, August 23, 2013

Naked and Famous x Big John x Rockin'Jelly Bean

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 YorkTate + 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.