What Is Japanese Selvedge Denim?


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Experts consider Japanese selvedge denim jeans the best jeans you can buy. Why? Well, for several reasons. First, Japanese selvedge jeans are not mass produced, like jeans in North America. Jeans makers do almost all the weaving of cotton into denim by hand. The result is a higher-quality material that is more durable and ages better than the denim you find in stores. But what exactly is selvedge denim, and how is it made?

How Do They Make Selvedge Denim?

“Selvedge” comes from the term “self-edge”, which means that the edges of the denim are finished. The older, shuttle-style looms that jeans makers use for selvedge denim sew the material with a single thread. Most mass jeans producers, on the other hand, use projectile looms to make jeans. These looms use multiple threads to sew the denim instead of sewing a single thread back and forth. This process leaves the edges of the denim unfinished. Manufacturers then use an overlock stitch to secure the edges. We therefore believe that the processes and equipment used to produce selvedge denim results in a product of higher quality.

Why Order Your Japanese Selvedge Jeans From Prosper?

Japanese selvedge denim jeans also fade differently than the jeans you find in stores. The pattern of fading will depend on your body type and how you move. Therefore, the jeans that we make for you will be uniquely yours, and unlike any other pair of jeans in the world! Prosper meticulously checks the hand-feel of every pair of jeans he makes. 

In addition, when you order your Japanese selvedge denim jeans from Prosper, they will be tailor made especially for you. From start to finish, the entire process will be personalized just for you. Prosper will take your measurements and create the pattern by hand and according to your precise specifications. He will use the hardware and thread color you select, and he will create jeans that are true to your unique sense of style. This is the true meaning of “tailor-made”. Send your ideas, photos and patterns to Prosper and he will take care of everything!

How To Measure Your Jeans For Cloning

Because of the high quality of the denim, there will be a breaking-in period before your jeans become comfortable to wear. That breaking-in period will loosen up the denim and will safely make it a size bigger. Therefore, we recommend buying a size smaller than the jeans you would purchase in stores, so that whenever it has been broken-in, it will loosen up to be exactly your size.

How Prosper Makes Custom Jeans

Prosper believes that everyone should know how to buy and care for a great pair of jeans. That is why he strives to educate all of his customers about the best jeans they could buy. Although he is not from Japan, Prosper has been working with Japanese denim since his teenage years in the Philippines. To gain experience, he worked for a large commercial jeans manufacturer in Manila. 

Check out our store to see our full line of custom made Japanese selvedge denim jeans!