The Hill-Side Blue Jeans are hand-made in Okayama, Japan at a small, highly regarded factory using custom-developed indigo selvedge denim - a special fabric that's expertly woven on narrow shuttle looms at a tiny, under-the-radar denim mill in the same town as the factory.
The denim features moderate slub yarns in both the warp and the weft, resulting in a unique but subtle overall texture. The denim is kept loomstate -- completely unsanforized and untreated -- throughout production, then the finished jeans are washed once in order to eliminate shrinkage and make them ready to wear right away. The warp yarns are diligently rope-dyed, which results in a beautiful, luminous, and rich shade of indigo that will break in beautifully over time.
- 12.5oz red-line selvedge denim, woven exclusively for The Hill-Side on antique shuttle looms in Okayama - Warp yarns are diligently rope-dyed in indigo - 100% cotton - Slim-straight fit - Discreet branding and generic trims evoke WWII-era jeans, which had minimal decoration and details in order to comply with wartime rationing - Herringbone twill pocket bags - Generic, painted "laurel leaf" military waist button - Button fly - Blank leather patch - The Hill-Side cotton twill tape tab sewn into leather patch - Blank copper rivets - Hidden back pocket rivets - Back pockets attached in one continuous stitch - The Hill-Side twill tape label hidden inside right back pocket - Selvedge at coin pocket - Chain stitched hem - Heavy stonewash
Made in Japan (Okayama)
Our stonewashed jeans are inspired by a memorable trend in skateboarding from our high school years. In the mid 1990s, seemingly overnight, light colored jeans (usually with a white t-shirt) became almost a uniform in skateboarding, especially among the west coast skaters we idolized in videos and magazines. Here's Guy Mariano's legendary part from the second Girl video, "Mouse," which was released in 1996: