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East meets West – Gustin Japan Classic

Sadly my aforementioned Gustin Naturals didn’t fit. Because Gustin does not carry inventory they’re limited to what’s on hand if you immediately want a new pair of jeans instead of store credit.

EAST MEETS WEST
Gustin offered me the American Sixteener or the midweight Japan Classic. San Diego just doesn’t get very cold and I’ve wanted some Japanese selvedge so I went with the latter in a size 32.

As the name implies, these are crafted of denim from one of Japan’s “finest mills” according to the Gustin website. The jeans are then made to order right here in California.

More on Gustin Japan Classic from their website.

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I’d say the denim itself is unremarkable in light of the many unique weaves Gustin also uses. But that’s what makes it an everyday classic.

That said, it’s very tightly woven. Breaking them in might take time, but they have a VERY smooth, soft hand for 13 oz denim.

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Coin pocket

Check out the custom rivets. If you have a problem down the road they’ll even send you more rivets.

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Red ID

Traditional white selvedge with a red ID.

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Two tone double felled inseam

Like most raw denim, these are only available in a 34″ inseam. I didn’t even know they use two colors for the inseam when I ordered these but it makes me appreciate them even more.

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Two tone you say? Three! Look closer.

In my admitted very limited experience with quality-made clothes, the Gustins have some of the nicest chainstitching I’ve seen. Look closely, there’s actually a third color in the mix.

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More selvedge and custom buttons

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Pocket bag

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Hard to see, but lined rear pocket to resist blowouts

Visit Gustin
DETAILS:
Jeans: Gustin Japan Classic
Material: 13 oz. 100% cotton Sanforized Japanese denim
Cost: $89. $84 with referral code

PAIR WITH:
Japanese beer, right? If you think the only Japanese beers are Asahi and Sapporo, you probably think the only jeans are Levis and Wrangler.

Check out Hitachino Nest WA (White Ale) from Kiuchi Brewery. While the mass market beers mentioned above are your typical lagers, Nest WA is witbier that in my opinion had a decidedly California influence. While I can’t speak for Kiuchi specifically, it’s well documented that brewers worldwide visit San Diego to collaborate and learn from our craft beer scene.

Like the Japan Classic, Nest WA comes in slightly lighter with a smooth finish.

Compared to its Belgian counterparts, I find this witbier less spicy (think banana and clove) and more citrusy.

At a sessionable 5.5% abv and low bitterness, WA is an ale your can enjoy poolside, lakeside or mountainside without frying your tastebuds like I have with the Imperial IPAs.

Per their website adjuncts include Flaked Wheat, Flaked Barley, Coriander, Nutmeg, Orange peel, Orange Juice

DETAILS
Beer: Hitachino Nest White Ale
IBUs: 13
ABV: 5.5%

P.S. cheers
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