• Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5
  • Cisco - Century Denim #5

Cisco - Century Denim #5

Kapital

$375

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As I’ve opined before, one of the things that Kapital does best is reinventing the wheel.

A case in point is their celebrated Century denim, released in 2012, which fuses classic American denim manufacturing with Japanese kakishibu dyeing – a process using fermented persimmon juice that yields an almost terracotta color – and then, just for good measure, adds on sashiko stitch weaving throughout the fabric.

Sashiko – literally, ‘little stabs’ - is a form of stitching that was initially utilized functionally to repair or reinforce damaged fabric, that eventually came to be used for decorative purposes.

The sashiko on this fabric uses rope-dyed indigo to give a unique handfeel and appearance to the denim.

Over time, the kakishibu dye will fade to a brighter orange hue which, along with the indigo fading of the sashiko stitching, will lead to some pretty interesting wear patterns.

Construction-wise, the Cisco fit is a straight cut with a medium rise, featuring a cinchback with rivet reinforcements, bartacked rear pockets, and all the styling touches of a classic 5-pocket jean.

However, let’s not kid ourselves: you’re buying these jeans because they’re made of Century denim – the other details are almost irrelevant.

  • SIZE UP AT LEAST 2” FROM YOUR NORMAL SIZE – PLEASE SEE SIZE CHART
  • Straight fit, medium rise
  • 12oz Japanese denim
  • Dyed with kakishibu (persimmon)
  • Yarn-dyed indigo sashiko stitch woven into fabric
  • Copper & gold stitching on all seams
  • Embroidered pocket tab
  • Aged metal waist button
  • Zip fly
  • Cinchback detail with rivet reinforcement
  • Bartacked rear pockets
  • Cold washin’ & no tumblin’
  • Made in Japan

SIZE UP AT LEAST 2" FROM YOUR USUAL - PLEASE READ SIZE CHART CAREFULLY

All measurements are in inches.

32 34 36 38
Waist 30.5 33.5 34.5 36
Front Rise 10.75 11.25 11.5 11.75
Back Rise 15.25 15.75 16 16.25
Upper Thigh 11.75 12.25 12.75 13
Knee 9 9.25 9.75 10
Leg Opening 8.25 8.75 9.25 9.5
Inseam 33.75 33.75 33.75 34.25

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Further details

Oh, man, where to begin with Kapital?

Founded in 1984, in Kojima – a town widely regarded as the ‘denim capital’ of Japan, hence the name – Kapital began life focusing solely on denim but has since expanded it’s line to offer a full range of clothing and accessories. However, the brand truly found it’s ‘voice’ when the founder brought his son on board as head designer.

Unusual fabrics, such as their iconic Century Denim, and exemplary build quality are what sets Kapital apart from so many of their peers.

Toshikiyo Hirata, the founder of Kapital, was working for a jeans brand in the 70s and early 80s, but tired of simply churning out copies of American jeans and wanted to bring a more Japanese sensibility to the design of denim. Having had an epiphany during a trip to America - oddly enough, he came here to teach karate for a while - upon his return, he left his job and founded Kapital.

Today, Toshikiyo is still the company’s president and his son Kiro is still the head designer - and the interplay between father & son allows Kapital to stay true to its traditional roots, whilst engaging with modern aesthetics and more forward-looking styles.

The key detail in every Kapital product is something that Toshikiyo himself can only describe simply as ‘heart’. Both he & Kiro view the designs as almost akin to their children and take the same pride in giving 100% to them that one would take in their child getting an A grade. Both Toshikiyo and Kiro fully embrace the idea of clothing having a personality, and one that is shaped by the wearer as much as the designer – much like the nature vs. nurture debate.

When Kiro joined the team more than a decacde ago, he took Kapital’s overall feel and nixed it, beginning again from scratch and - with the input of both father & son - the brand has grown into an ever-evolving workshop of ideas, and one that’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.