Gustin Japan Classic Japanese raw selvedge denim
#rawdenim #selvedge #craftbeer
Just want to say beeranddenim.wordpress.com isn’t dead.
Sorry I’ve been so busy. Plenty of Japanese, Italian, and American denim and waxed canvas to discuss. Lightweight, midweight and
heavyweight. Lots on deck.
Plus more successful Gilt and Marshall’s buys.
Thanks for your patience.
Yes. I know it’s a typo. More like struck a bargain. I was at TJ Maxx when I came upon these Rag & Bone RB15X-C slim cords. These are styled like 5-pocket jeans.
I know these aren’t denim but I still respect the American craftsmanship and modern twist on an old style that goes into these.
And they’re Made in USA. Los Angeles to be specific.
I’d like to believe these have a small carbon footprint but I suspect they’ve made a pretty circuitous route through various retail warehouses around the country until they found their way to San Diego. Nonetheless I’m happy to own American quality at Target prices.
More about the fit. These are great slims. I have an athletic build and some slim cut trousers really fit/feel like skinny jeans. These have a mid-rise 4-button fly and straight legs, so they still fit comfortably.
I mentioned the 5 pocket style. I appreciate the classic rivets where a small amount of fabric shows through. This is similar to the LVC MADE IN USA 505s.
Nice touches like the handsewn logo.
Pants: Rag & Bone Cords
Material: 100% cotton. 8 oz.
Cost: $185. $29 at TJ Maxx.
Since I bought two pair, the slim legs could be shotgun barrels, and one pair is colored “Wine” by Rag & Bone, I’ll go with one of my favorite ales.
I don’t know what it is I like do much about this modern take on British Pale Ale. A portion of beer is fermented in oak barrels then blended with beer fermented in stainless steel. The result is a very rich, full ale with a strong, caramel & oak flavor in the middle.
At only 30 IBUs the full flavor of the ale comes through, unhidden by the voluminous hops normally present in coastal California ales. Instead of plagiarizing their own description, I encourage you to read the tasting notes at Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s own page.
Beer: Firestone Walker “Double Barrel Ale”
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.
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.
Check out the custom rivets. If you have a problem down the road they’ll even send you more rivets.
Traditional white selvedge with a red ID.
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.
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.
Jeans: Gustin Japan Classic
Material: 13 oz. 100% cotton Sanforized Japanese denim
Cost: $89. $84 with referral code
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
Beer: Hitachino Nest White Ale
Sadly, I’m resigned to continue dreaming. The jeans pictured below didn’t fit. It’s a shame because they’re AWESOME! The “Naturals” are undyed cotton.
I bought these jeans from Kickstartr darlings Gustin. Gustin sources their denim from American-based Cone Mills as well as top Japanese and Italian Mills, rolling out a broad array of jeans using unique fabrics. They introduce each product as a campaign that individuals can fund at the wholesale price. These were $81 instead of the $135 to $200+ I’ve seen locally.
Check them out and please use my referral code 12086 if you do order something.
Gustin also make beautiful belts and wallets for a fraction of the price of what you’d post retail. These too are sourced domestically and made in San Francisco.
Available in straight or slim. Read up on the Gustin story. Their customer service has been great.
JEANS: Gustin #47 “The Natural”
Material: #47 Cone Mills Selvage, 12.75oz, Red-White-Blue ID
Price: $81 but market-based
New Belgium‘s “Accumulation.” White India Pale Ale. Like the Gustin Naturals, Accumulation may appear to be mellow and light, but there’s nothing sweet about this IPA. It’s built from the ground up on a solid backbone.
To quote from their website, Accumulation is a ” direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter.” Much like the Natural is a direct revolt against the world of mass-produced dark, indigo denim.