Ooe Yofukuten is the most special brand in our shop.
Ryo and Hiro Ooe, husband and wife, make garments in the Japanese countryside using a collection of rare vintage sewing machines. Ryo is the patternmaker and cutter, Hiro does the sewing. Their dedication, focus and level of detail is superlative. The waistband label sums up the soul of what they do: "We wish to express our gratitude to all people involved in this work."
The production is very limited by nature, and they have developed an international cult following over the years. When you hold a pair of Ooe Yofukuten jeans, it may take a moment to notice the subtle details.
These jeans are subtle themselves, as close to as an elevated classic as we've ever held. They are all about the details, not the detailing. The fabric is just like a pair of vintage Levi’s, the needlework is flawless, and the buttonholes absolute perfection - each a mark of the craft of Ryo and Hiro.
We're very proud to have worked with them for on our 2nd collaboration jean. For our OA02XX-1966 jean, we started with their classic 02 fit, which is very similar to a 1960's 501 with a medium rise and a slim tapered leg. We made some small tweaks to make them our idea of a perfect jean. The chainstitch on the hem is our signature orange. The hip pockets are two inches longer to accommodate our bigger telephones. Our leather collaboration patch is printed with our slogan "Own fewer, better things".
This time around, in addition to rinsing the jeans to take the surprise out of buying unsanforized denim, we also had Ryo and Hiro give the jeans their patent-pending Time Machine finish. This process ages the denim to match deadstock denim, without chemicals or washes. The effect has to been seen to be believe - the denim develops a dry hand, and slight green cast, and when placed near true deadstock denim, is virtually indistinguishable. For this release, we decided to go with a 50 year wash, to match the 1960’s cut.
The waist will stretch up to 3 inches after repeated wears, and will reach the tagged size (a size 36 will measure 18" laid flat). We suggest sizing +1" from your usual denim size. Please consult the size chart carefully, and if you have questions, please contact us.
We're offering complimentary chainstitch hemming for our first collaboration. E-mail us with your desired inseam length after ordering. The chainstitch hem may delay shipping by up to 3 days. Unfortunately we cannot accept returns on jeans after they have been hemmed.
- Note - worn photos after 2 months of wear.
- 13.5oz unsanforized denim exclusive to Ooe Yofukuten
- Hidden rivets on the back pockets
- 100% cotton thread
- Custom leather label for S&S
- Extra-deep front pockets fit your pocket computer
- 50 year Time Machine finish
- Longer 35" inseam after wash
- Runs 1 size small - size up 1 from your usual denim size.
Tapered Fit - Unsanforized denim and Japanese sizing. Please read these size charts carefully and email us if you are unsure.
All measurements are in inches. The waist will stretch up to 3 inches after repeated wears. We suggest sizing +1" from your usual denim size.
In-store pickup: Free
Socks/Bandannas - free shipping
Orders over $150 - free shipping
Orders under $150 - flat rate of $8 shipping
Canada Shipping - Orders under $500
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days) - $15
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 8 business days) - $30
USPS Priority Mail Express (3 - 5 business days) - $40
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $30
Canada Shipping - Orders over $500
DHL Express (overnight) - $30
International Shipping - Orders under $500
USPS First Class (10 - 15 business days) - $20
USPS Priority Mail (5 - 8 business days) - $35
USPS Priority Mail Express (3 - 5 business days) - $50
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $40
International Shipping - Orders over $500
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $40
We cannot be held responsible for any customs duties or taxes, nor any delays incurred by your country’s customs procedures.
We are unable to ship Red Wing Heritage products outside the USA/Canada.
Everyone’s got their perfect object that they chase. For one of us, long before the shop happened, it was seeking out the perfect pair of jeans. That led us down the inevitable road of Japanese denim, and into the horse-trading world of buying (and selling and swapping) online.
Over time, we learned more about the brand; and about Ryo and Hiro, as more details surfaced. They are true obsessives, also chasing the perfect object. It started with one pair made with a pattern from a cut-up pair of vintage 501s, and quickly escalated into a shop full of pre-1930s Union Special machines. These days, even their denim is made to order for them in Japan.
The word “craft” is tossed around quite a bit in our industry, often being distorted to cover even fully-automated factory production. Ooe Yofukuten couldn’t be farther from that - every garment is made by two pairs of hands, one at a time, all in their workshop in Aichi, Japan.
Many years after coming across that first pair, we are the first stockist of Ooe Yofukuten in the US, and we can’t be more pleased to have them join us.