[PRE-ORDER] BDDxSAM-01 19 oz. sword selvedge (BENZAK x Samurai Jeans contest)
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Pre-order closes on November 20th at 18:00 CET
Expected delivery date: February 2021
*LIMITED EDITION - ALL PRE-ORDERS ARE GUARANTEED, BUT THIS STYLE WILL ONLY BE PRODUCED ONCE AND BENZAK WON'T BE CARRYING EXTRA STOCK.
*THIS IS CONSIDERED A MADE-TO-ORDER PRODUCT, THEREFORE ALL SALES ARE FINAL*FOR MORE INFO ON THE FADING CONTEST, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
19 oz. sword selvedge is a free translation of the term KATANAMIMI, as used by Samurai Jeans for this proprietary fabric. It refers to the silver lurex selvedge which represents the katana samurai sword. The fabric is known for its incredible fading capabilities and high contrast markings. These characteristics are the result of the fabric's construction: uneven, slubby indigo-dyed #5 warp yarns, and heavy, thick white #4 weft yarns.
The 19 oz. fabric falls into the category of heavy-weight denim. The sword selvedge denim is noticeably tough; this is due to the fabric being woven at a high tension. Samurai Jeans also refers to this fabric as KIWAMI DENIM, which translates to ‘extreme denim’. However, it has a very short break-in time and is a well-balanced, comfortable choice to go for as your first heavy-weight denim project.
The fabric is very well-known by Samurai fans internationally, as it’s used for the world-renown popular model, s710xx and others. The awesome fading capabilities of the fabric can be seen on a pair of Lennaert’s Samurai Jeans he had worn 10 years ago, before launching BENZAK.
The fabric is unsanforized (which means it will shrink about 2 sizes after a warm wash), but the jeans will already be soaked in the factory to eliminate most of the shrinkage; this is called ‘one-wash’. This means you should get a tight fit, that allows for some stretching after wear. We are very proud to be able to use this beautiful fabric for this collaboration, especially because it has been one of Lennaert’s favourite denim fabrics of all time.
Together with Samurai Jeans, we have developed this new fit called the BDDxSAM-01. It’s considered a regular fit with a medium rise and tapered legs. We wanted to use a BENZAK fit as a base pattern for this collaboration, but we had to tweak the pattern to make it work with an unsanforized fabric. Because shrinkage on the warp and weft are always different (the warp usually shrinks more) our pattern maker had to make some ingenious alterations that have allowed us to create a versatile, shaped top block to fit European body types, something that BENZAK is known for.
The fit can be considered a hybrid between our iconic B-01 SLIM and B-03 TAPERED styles. We do recommend buying your true size based on the size chart, because we will deliver the jeans pre-soaked and eliminated of most of the shrinkage; it will mostly just stretch out with wear and not shrink anymore.
The jeans have been designed by BENZAK and constructed by Samurai Jeans, so we have created a balanced, co-branded product, that represents both brands. You will find signature details from both BENZAK and Samurai Jeans as well as some new ideas created exclusively for this collaboration.
- regular fit / tapered legs
- 19 oz. sword selvedge, aka KIWAMI DENIM
- exclusively woven for Samurai Jeans in Ibara City, Okayama, Japan
- silver lurex selvedge, aka KATANAMIMI, representing the katana samurai sword
- 100% cotton
- right hand twill
- #5 warp thread / #4 weft thread
- unsanforized denim, but pre-soaked (‘one-wash’ = minimal shrinkage left)
- hidden 6th pocket
- peek-a-boo selvedge at coin pocket
- right back pocket with bull embroidery (BENZAK)
- left back pocket with tonal arcuate (Samurai Jeans)
- hidden red tab
- hidden rivets
- button fly
- sheepskin leather patch with collaboration artwork
- cotton threads
- button material = steel
- rivet material = copper
- cotton pocketing with jacquard woven text that translates to ‘Everything including myself is constantly changing’
- multi branding to symbolize the unity of our collaboration
- designed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by BENZAK
- made in Osaka, Japan by Samurai Jeans
- limited edition
These jeans will be the main subject of our 2nd denim fading contest, which is planned for start in March 2021. Participation is not mandatory, but great prizes can be won when you do... More info soon!
The jeans will be delivered with a gentle factory-rinse, also known as 'one wash', to eliminate the shrinkage from the unsanforized denim; this is similar to soaking the jeans at home in the tub.
All measurements in the chart are taken after the 'one-wash', so when comparing measurements you don't have to take any shrinkage into account; they will be delivered as per size chart.
Minimal shrinkage is expected after the first home wash, and they will stretch out a fair amount after wear. If you are afraid they will stretch out too much, we'd recommend wearing a belt (which can look great too!).
- When comparing measurements, please make sure to use a pair of jeans with similar front and back rise. A difference in rise will give a difference in waistband measurements, even though they are tagged the same size. This is also explained in Denim Talk No.4.
We recommend to stick to your regular BENZAK size; although, when in between sizes, we recommend to take the smaller size.
Click here to see how we measure, before you consult the chart below..