We have been working with Ryo and Hiro Ooe of Ooe Yofukuten since 2014, and are their sole stockist outside of Japan. They make everything in a small Japanese town just outside of Nagoya using a collection of rare vintage sewing machines. Ryo is the pattern maker and cutter and Hiro does the sewing - their dedication, focus and level of detail is superlative.
Their workshop is in a textile factory building from the 1890’s, filled with restored vintage and antique sewing machines. These exceedingly rare and unique machines are lovingly maintained by their close friend, Mr. Matsuoka, who is nationally recognized by Japan for his sewing machine repair skills.
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. The fabric is just like a pair of vintage Levi’s, the needlework is flawless, and the buttonholes are absolute perfection - each a mark of the craft of Ryo and Hiro.
The OA01 is one of our favorite denim fits of all time. A mid-century fit, with a medium high rise, relaxed top block, full thighs, and comfortable straight legs (that taper almost imperceptibly to a roomy leg opening), it's handsome on virtually anyone. They're sewn up in a classic five pocket configuration, featuring hidden rivets at the rear pockets and exposed ones on the front - the lemon yellow thread is 100% cotton, since fabric this nice deserves equally impressive stitching.
Speaking of the fabric, these are made from Ooe's new XX4 denim. The product of years upon years of research, these are a 13.5oz, 100% cotton, 7x7 selvedge denim with a white ID, loomed in Japan exclusively for Ooe, and to their exact specifications. The warp threads are dyed with a green-cast indigo, specifically chosen to age like sample fabrics from the 1940s - with gray weft threads selected for the same purpose. Slightly hairy and surprisingly soft (even while raw) these are a comfortable mid-weight fabric that fades relatively quickly and can be worn almost year-round.
These are a "raw" unsanforized denim. They will shrink about 10% overall during the first 1-3 washes (depending on the temperature of the water, and how the jeans are dried). This shrinkage amounts to about ~2" in the waist and about ~3" in the inseam. We suggest choosing two sizes larger than your measured waist for the best fit after washing. Wash with cold (for less shrinkage) or warm (for more shrinkage) water and hang dry.
- 100% cotton
- Custom 13.5oz selvedge denim loomed in Japan
- Green-cast indigo warp
- Gray weft
- Five pocket configuration
- Lemon yellow 100% cotton thread
- Internal selvedge coin pocket
- Copper Ooe rivets
- Iron silver OA hidden rivets
- Donut buttons on the fly
- Soft leather patch
- Medium-high rise
- Full thigh
- Straight leg fit
- Wash cold, hang dry
- Made in Ichinomiya, Japan