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MLS1010M23 - Original Herringbone Check Shirt - Indigo
Momotaro - Original Herringbone Check Shirt - Indigo
Well, we thought the previous versions of this couldn't be outdone...let's start by saying that we were massively wrong. This is the first time we've seen an Indigo variation which gives this piece a sku of its own. It deserves it. Unlike its other two counterparts, it has black buttons instead of white. This makes the piece more tonal and makes it feel like the special one. It's gotta be a hard choice between the three though. If you're an indigo fanatic, this may be a clear choice. This round is slightly heavier than the last round seeing that it's 3-yarn cotton. This gives the fabric dimension too. The variegation in each square is full of multiple colors adding depth to an otherwise flat surface. On top of that, they brushed it on the exterior. It's so soft and so cozy.
- 100% Indigo Cotton Japanese 3-Yarn brushed flannel
- Proprietary herringbone check
- Tonal triple-needle stitching
- Two chest pockets
- Custom woven label
- Black ceramic buttons
- Dual chest pocket
- Made in Japan
A variance of +/- .5" is within tolerance.
Fit Notes: These flannels are fairly standard in fit. Shop owner Tommy is wearing a size 40 in these flannels. Its got plenty or room throughout. If he wanted to go for a more streetwear look, he would size up to a 42. Tommy is 5'10," 165lbs with a 40" chest.
We had to go full suit on this fabric. The Hinoki dye is right up our alley but is unlike any hickory we've ever seen. It has a gorgeous uneven beige color that comes from Tree dye that is 40-50 years old. These are a roomier cut than the Natural Taper, but not quite as wide as the Classic Cut. They're somewhere in between for that perfect work wear feel. Speaking of feel, this fabric has been rinsed to perfection to make them a "no break-in" pair. That's not to say they won't fade incredibly. Those indigo stripes will ensure that you get all the classic leg fades you get with raw denim but in its own unique way.
It's been a hot minute since we've fallen in love with a lightweight button up from Momotaro. It's either been flannels or jackets for quite a few seasons. This vintaged, bleached shirt was too good to let pass. They've used bleach to lighten the fabrics' overall experience and then sprayed with a proprietary shading process to create this look. The base cotton is 100% cotton fabric that is very light and airy. The asymmetrical pocket style is a Momotaro signature at this point - one is a flap and one is an open-style workwear pocket with a pen slot. They've even gone as far as aging these pretty buttons.
It's so exciting to see more Type IIs from Momotaro this season. Their Type II fit really shines in this black/blue fabric. The one-wash makes it pop like crazy and starts to give hints at just how gorgeous this baby will be once it fades. Often referred to as shadow selvedge, indigo warp, and black weft denim create intense pops of white as the core yarns of the denim become exposed with time. These have a noir effect that you have to see to believe (there are tons of images of black x blue denim online). One of our favorite parts of this jacket is the choice to do one blue and one black stripe. The light blue stripe is already starting to show its flecky character underneath. The top layer of denim is indigo dyed for fading potential and the warp is sulphur dyed, also for fading potential. The black x blue Japanese flag tab on the pocket also reflects the color scheme of this Type II. The most important part though is you'll have somewhere to put your hands in these hand-warmer pockets. We're so impressed by Momotaro's fabric selection this season.
We find ourselves in awe every time Momotaro pulls out a fabric like this. We think it probably makes it even more special that these are few and far between the starchy, heavy fabrics you're used to. This hickory stripe is anything but that. It has been rinsed to perfection allowing you to wear it with absolutely no break-in process. That's not to be said that the indigo stripes won't fade, because they will. And with enough hard wear, you'll get honeycombs in the elbows and wear at all the high-stress points. This baby could be a killer addition to anyone's wardrobe. It's something familiar, but also different than any hickory stripe we've ever carried. It's the first hickory type ii we've ever seen, and they added pockets. This thing is irrationally good.
To say we've been waiting for this color weft for some time is an understatement. We've only seen a "mint-like" color in practice over half a decade ago. When we saw these in the line sheets, we knew it was something special that we couldn't let slip by. The mint combo is rich and satisfying with a hint of vibrance - all without being too vibrant. It pairs distinctly well with the pink details Momotaro is known for. Our thinking is that they produced this version without the GTB stripes so as to not take away from how absolutely stunning the weft is. We felt the same when considering the opportunity. For us, this pair acts as the sprinkles on the cake once you've built your denim collection. This is a special pair that people talk about for years, many wishing they had collected it when given the chance. They've stuck with their not-so-standard, standard 15.7oz base yarn for this set. It's the one everyone knows Momo for and suits this weft yarn perfectly. This weight is considered just hardy enough, but not so hardy they take ages to break in. We are over here drooling at the fading capabilities of this special edition denim.