Company: Warehouse & Co.
Product(s): All things denim, shirts, shoes, and denim care items
Founder(s): The Shiotani Twins
Read More About the Company and the jeans of Japan on Heddel: "The History of The Osaka 5"
and on Timeout: "Warehouse Ebisu"
Product Featured: Warehouse & Co. Lot 1001 OR Jeans
Size: 32 (Waist after soak)
Fabric Weight: 13.5 oz.
Fabric: 100% Memphis Cotton
Made in Japan
When my dad called me up and asked me if I wanted anything from Japan (he takes an annual trip), I didn't hesitate to say some denim jeans! I sent him an email of what "specifications" to look for and he returned with a wonderful pair of indigo, 100% cotton jeans by Warehouse & Co.!
Since the jeans were unsanforized, that means I had to soak them in order to get to the desired size, something I had never done before. Now, there are a million different methods you can read on the internet. All denimheads will have different opinions on water temperature, length of soak, to or not to sit in the tub with the jeans on, how and where to dry them, when it is finally okay to wear them... I read a bunch of articles, watched a bunch of videos and decided I'll just try a combination of methods and hope for the best.
I usually refer to the Rope Dye. Denim, Leather & Crafted Goods for Men YouTube Channel. Below is their video on soaking your jeans:
So what did I do? Well, since Warehouse & Co. prides themselves on taking denim back to the "good old days," I decided to do what my parents did; sit in the tub with them.
My Steps (probably shouldn't follow):
Now I probably did everything wrong and got lucky, but hey, beginners luck! I didn't lose too much indigo, like some people fear. However, I did have some starch flaking, I wrinkled the deer-skin patch, and there is some fraying with the sewing (although being handmade, that is expected).
Despite some of the flaws (most likely caused by me), these jeans are easily my favorite pair. I think what adds to that is the first soak, whether I did it right or not, it was an experience! It also helps make this particular pair of jeans unique to just me even more so than my other raw denims (which are all sanforized).
The jeans are also very comfortable while also feeling sturdy. They feel like they could last for many years but also retain that comfort. It remains to be seen how these will stack up against my pair of 3sixteen ST-120x that I got just a week before. I will be comparing them as time goes on!
I read on various forums that Warehouse & Co. jeans take time and dedication but that they produce some of the best fades. Check out some of these fades: Warehouse Lot 900 and Warehouse 660