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Studio D'Artisan

Studio D'Artisan x Hickory Selvedge Jeans - Indigo, Kakishibu OW.

We've been very excited to get our hands on some jeans from Studio D'artisan. After seeing this fabric in the vest, we got even giddier. The fit on these is stupendous when you size up one. They really do look quite amazing in person and that is just the start. They've hit these hickory stripes with a one-wash to remove the shrinkage and show off a bit of that indigo rocking. But, the real beauty in these jeans is how it evolves. We know that's not unique for us, but we simply can't wait to see the blend of kakishibu and indigo fade. These beauties are seriously one-of-a-kind jeans. Snatch 'em while they're hot.

Studio D'Artisan - Heavyweight Check Flannel Shirt - Kakishibu.

This round of Studio D'Artisan, our first, is all about the natural Kakishibu dye. Often referred to as the sun-dye, this form of persimmon dyeing goes back 900 years to the time of the Samurai. Lucky for us, and all the good people that still get to enjoy it...this art form was preserved. It creates a rich brown-orange color you simply can't get from other dyes. Studio is known for their exquisite quality, and this piece lives up to that standard. The incredible buttons and heavyweight fabric rival any other flannel we carry in the shop.

This round, they've gone with a crowd-pleaser. Indigo warp and kakishibu weft in a sashiko woven pattern. This fabric will be sought after for all time. We love the way it looks up front but may love the way it looks even further down the line. You can see some of the electric blues popping already from the one wash. We can only imagine how beautiful it will be with months and years of wear.
Studio D'Artisan x O △X - Kung Fu Jacket - Indigo.

Maru Sankaku Peke is definitely the outward fringes of heritage. They push the limits, and we like that. This piece is a bit more traditional, being a "Kung Fu" jacket, but we rarely see them in our industry. It might in fact be the tamest of their lineup. The craziest part is that these guys don't give us much information at all. They're fairly secretive. What we do know is it's a lightweight chambray with monkey fist knot closures. We also know it's made in Japan by super creative people. We're enamored with this piece and hope you are too.

Studio D'Artisan - Noragi Sashiko Shirt - Blue.

We have to admit, this was the first thing that drew us in with Studio D'Artisan. We saw this shirt and knew we needed to work with the brand. As you can probably tell, this isn't a Noragi Style shirt. The name derives from the days when people wore Kimonos as their everyday clothes. Clothing was very precious and was reused several times over. Farmers would take the tattered pieces of their old kimonos and sew them together using sashiko-style sewing. In order to replicate this, Studio D'Artisan has used a blend of slub and wooden yarns to create beige-colored stitching. They've also purposefully changed the style and direction of sashiko all overall in order to mimic the hand stitching of the time. This work-style shirt is built to be worn either close to the body or as an overshirt. It's soft and warm and a real show stopper overall. This is Studio at its finest right here.
Studio D'Artisan - Sashiko Denim Vest - Indigo, Kakishibu.

Well, we decided to start off with a bang for our intro into the world of Studio D'artisan. If you know us well, you know how well we love Kakishibu (especially when it's mixed with Indigo). Add sashiko into the mix and you can call us finished. This fabric has our ticket. It's everything we love in Japanese manufacturing. Kakishibu dates back to the time of the Samurai nearly 900 years ago. This particular process has often been referred to as the sun-dye because it gets darker when exposed to light in the dying process.

This round, they've gone with a crowd-pleaser. Indigo warp and kakishibu weft in a sashiko woven pattern. This fabric will be sought after for all time. We love the way it looks up front but may love the way it looks even further down the line. You can see some of the electric blues popping already from the one wash. We can only imagine how beautiful it will be with months and years of wear.
Studio D'Artisan - Hickory Denim Vest - Indigo, Kakishibu.

Well, we decided to start off with a bang for our intro into the world of Studio D'artisan. If you know us well, you know how well we love Kakishibu (especially when it's mixed with Indigo). The hickory stripe has been a staple at James Dant over the last 2 years so when we see it in a variation like this, it gives us tingles. Kakishibu dates back to the time of the Samurai nearly 900 years ago. This particular process has often been referred to as the sun-dye because it gets darker when exposed to light in the dying process.

They've blended thick, super uneven yarns here to create this wonderful texture both in the warp and weft. This slubby and neppy texture is unique to a normally smooth "hickory stripe." They've also hit the fabric with a one-wash treatment to remove shrinkage and take a bit of the edge off. You'll notice a special edition Kakishibu leather patch, herringbone pocket liners, double slit pocket, and buckle back design. This is the cream of the crop of Japanese manufacturing. Keep in mind, this thing is going to fade beautifully with time and wear.
Studio D'Artisan - Crewneck Sweatshirt - Kakishibu Dye.

This is the easiest purchase we've ever made for the shop. We absolutely love this color and it's a special kind of weave from Japan. If that doesn't get us going, we don't know what does. The persimmon dye gets to show its true colors on this woven. By all means, it's brown but in the right light...that orange cast pops like crazy. It's soft, it's got amazing tag work, and it has wonderful details like the v-insert and long ribbing. This thing is a win, win.
Studio D'Artisan - G3 Organic Selvedge - Indigo, Foxfibre OW.

We get too excited whenever we see Foxfibre. Sally Fox is the incredible cotton connoisseur that found a way to take naturally occurring colored cotton and get to the long-staple stuff. This all means she was the first and only one to figure out how to use it for textiles without having to ever touch dye. It's really quite incredible. It's not only sustainable, but it has a desirable aesthetic. Studio has combined their incredible G3 Toyada Shuttle Loom selvedge with Sally's organic Foxfibre for a pair that you know we had to get our hands on. We see brown cotton, we buy it! This fit they consider relaxed-tapered is quite lovely as you can see in the pictures. The taper is pretty dramatic for an overall fit and look that we simply couldn't deny. This is an incredible pair to start the year with that we're going to have a hard time keeping our hands off of at the shop.

Studio D'Artisan - Sashiko Tailored Jacket - Indigo, Kakishibu OW

We've been waiting on this since the vest dropped. While vests are amazing, there's just something about sleeves...ya know? But in all seriousness, this fabric is bonkers. The one wash reveals some of its character, but the future of this jacket is bright. The fading potential is through the roof and our favorite dye, other than indigo, has been added to the sashiko. Persimmons are used to create this rich brown color with an orange cast. This truly has all the things we love in one jacket, just in a different silhouette. Normally we're working with military or chore jackets, but this time we have a tailored blazer style piece. This could be worn either really fancy or as dressed-up workwear. You be the judge.
Studio D'Artisan - "Rockabilly" Tee Shirt - Navy, Grey

This was too fun not to buy. We loved the shirt done in the style of an old band tee-shirt, but with their infamous pig "Clipper." This one is specifically a rockabilly style as you can see from the greaser pompadours. The thing we were blown away by was the quality. The heavyweight cotton fabric feels so soft and so well built as everything Studio makes. This first round has definitely been a success for us having bought everything sight unseen. We are impressed beyond words.

Studio D'Artisan - Distressed Selvedge Jacquard Shirt - Indigo.

The zig-zag-like pattern on the distressed jacquard beauty had our hearts right way. In a word of Indigo, it's nice to see something that sticks to its principles, but also really stands out. This could be your way of stepping out of your comfort zone, without really stepping out of your comfort zone. They've hit this electric blue show-stopper with a distressing process to well...let's just say, make those blues electric. It's also rope-dyed indigo, so like your jeans, this thing will fade even more with time. It's got incredible black, checkered buttons as well as accompanying chainstitch runoffs in the selvedge ticker gussets. The jacquard pattern will ensure that's an interesting process, for sure.
Studio D'Artisan - Hickory Denim Coverall - Indigo, Kakishibu.

If you can't tell, we're pretty in love with this fabric. Hickory stripe is beautiful and historical. When you dye it with persimmons, it turns that indigo stripe into a color we can't quite describe. It almost has a purple aura. We've once again been blessed with a one wash to keep this puppy from being too stiff up front. It has a wonderful curve to the construction in the arms that makes it slip on so easily. This is 100% as traditional as a coverall comes. We're pretty stoked to be representing the fabric with three different pieces this year.
Studio D'Artisan - 15oz G3 Coverall Selvedge - Indigo One-Wash.

We're very quickly realizing that the most important part of the name in Studio D'Artisan, is the artisan. They take quality and construction to a van Gogh level of artistry. It's fairly easy to overlook a coverall, but not this one. The accented stitching, in a contrasting color, starts this piece off. You'll see little monkey-like stitches on the pockets/collar and curved double-needle work on the cuffs. The next thing we notice was that pink selvedge ID on the locker loops. Your eyes are next drawn to that goat leather patch with the two little piggies pulling apart the piece of denim. The fabric itself, being loomstate with a one-wash, is just mind-boggling. It has a very rich, deep natural tent that reads almost brown. The reason it's called the G3 is that it's created on an artisan G3 Toyoda loom that is one of the last examples of a non-automatic changing shuttle. That takes time...loads of extra time.