Portola Classic Taper Fit - 14.5oz Kaihara


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At long last, Freenote has a proprietary denim that's here to stay. Developed by Freenote and produced by Kaihara Mills in Japan, this is a 100% cotton, indigo-dyed 14.5oz Japanese selvedge denim. Woven at high tension, the outer warp threads feature a dark indigo dye, while the mostly obscured inner weft threads are white - giving the jeans an especially dark appearance initially, but leading to more dramatic fading as the white threads start to become visible beneath the indigo.

Our best-selling Freenote fit of all time, the Portolawas developed, in part, with our feedback. It has a comfortable mid rise, with a roomy top block and athletic thighs, with a flattering taper from the knee down. These are the sort of tapered fit that work for almost anyone, and even years later they continue to be a shop favorite.

The rest of the details are exactly what we've come to expect from Freenote: custom copper hardware, Japanese herringbone pocket bags, tonal "antique gold" selvedge ticker and all custom labels (woven and leather). Construction-wise there are no surprises either, with durable flat-felled seams and Freenote's signature 1/8" double needle stitching accents keeping the whole thing held together.

True to size. Sanforized, so minimal shrink with a cold wash and hang dry.

  • 100% cotton
  • Custom 14.5oz denim from Kaihara Mills in Japan
  • Dark indigo weft with white warp
  • Button fly construction
  • Two piece waistband
  • Tucked belt loops
  • 1/8" double needle accents
  • Flat felled seams
  • Japanese herringbone pocket bags
  • Custom rivets and button tacks
  • Custom labels from Italy
  • Custom leather patch 
  • Sanforized
  • True to size
  • Wash cold, hang dry
  • Designed and produced in Southern California, USA

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All measurements are in inches.

Model Elliot wears size 30
His sizing specs are:
6'1 and 155lbs
38" chest and 30" waist

True to size. Sanforized, so minimal shrink with a cold wash and hang dry.

Size Waist Front Rise Back Rise Upper Thigh Knee Leg Opening Inseam
29 30" 10.5" 14" 11.5" 8.5" 7" 34"
30 31" 10.75" 14.25" 11.75" 8.75" 7" 34.5"
31 32" 11" 14.5" 12" 8.75" 7" 34.75"
32 33" 11.25" 14.75" 12.25" 9" 7.25" 35"
33 34" 11.75" 15" 12.75" 9.25" 7.5" 35"
34 35" 12" 15.5" 13.25" 9.5" 7.75" 35"
36 37" 12.5" 16" 13.75" 9.75" 8" 36.25"

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