Best Japanese Jeans: A Guide List of Top Japanese Denim Brands

A List of the Best Japanese Jeans. Did you know that some of the best jeans in the world come from Japan? We gotta give our Japanese friends a lot of credit. They may not be the best originator of products but when they adapt something they come up with really really good ones that often rival (if not trump) the original. Anyhoo, for those of you planning to buy yourself some Japanese jeans, here are some denim brands from the Land of the Rising Sun.

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45rpm: Says GQ’s Fashion Editor Justin Doss of this top Japanese denim brand: “45rpm Denim always excites me in the way it feels authentic, but also directional based upon the stores offerings. You can always be assured the product is small batch and produced with quality materials.” Says us: What does he mean by “directional”?

A Bathing Ape: Celebrities spotted wearing A Bathing Ape (or Bape in short) outfits include Kanye West, Mischa Barton, Rupert Grint, Chris Brown, Robin Williams, and Hayden Christensen.

Big John: Here’s a bit of history about Big John: “Like many other small shops seen everywhere in Kojima–a place that boasts the highest production of student uniforms and work clothes in the country–Big John also started as a small sewing factory in Kojima in 1940. Written on the signboard at the factory were the words ‘Maruo Clothing’. Kotaro Ozaki founded Maruo Clothing at the start of the rapid economic growth period following the post-war chaos after a chance meeting that decided his own fate thereafter. That was his encounter with jeans which marked the start of the history of Big John.”


Blue Blue Japan: Our next best Japanese jeans brand opened in Kobe prefecture in 1990 and has opened stores in Hakata, Kokura, and Yokohama. Known for its “love for the indigo color and denim craftsmanship, the Blue Blue collection is a range of beautifully made and dyed clothing in natural fibers, unique fabrics and artisan wash processes”. Wanna look cool in a pair of jeans made by Blue Blue Japan? Well, check this out:

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Edwin Jeans: Which superfamous Hollywood celebrity loves him his Edwin jeans? It’s the Bra in Brangelina. See Brad Pitt’s Jeans.

Evisu: You can read more about the famous Evisu Jeans from a post we wrote years ago.

More best Japanese jeans after the jump.