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 our very first collaboration jean. This is an important milestone in the history of our shop, and we hope it is the first of many to come.
For our OA02-510 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. We lined the back pockets to prevent wallet blow-out. The chainstitch on the hem is our signature orange. The hip pockets are two inches longer to accommodate our bigger telephones. Our paper collaboration patch is printed with our slogan "Own fewer, better things".
The pocket bag stamps are inspired by Japanese pilgrimage stamps, a tradition dating back over 1200 years that continues today. Sacred temples and shrines each have a unique seal, and visitors receive a stamp of the seal, which is collected in a special booklet called a go-shuin-chou. The stamps are proof of the visit, a physical mark representing the experience.
The collaboration jeans are a stamp booklet themselves, receiving a stamp from each group involved in the jeans' journey, from Japan to California, and on to each wearer of the jeans.
Ryo and Hiro Ooe designed a seal representing their family's history in the region of Ichinomiya.They use a wood block hand carved by Ryo Ooe to stamp the seal on the right pocket bag.
We designed a stamp representing the history of streetcar transit in the Temescal district of Oakland, and co-owner Jeremy Smith of Standard hand-stamped the left pocket bag.
We invite you to stamp the jeans, to leave your mark on them, to represent your participation in their journey.
This time around, we had Ryo and Hiro give the jeans a rinse before shipping them to take any surprises out of buying a pair of unsanforized jeans.
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 paper label for S&S
- Extra-deep pocket bags
- Lined back pockets
- Original pocket bag stamps by Ooe Yofukuten and S&S
- Longer 35" inseam after wash