The WW2 repro is something TCB has had the biggest expectations for, and Hajime Inoue, the founder of TCB, has spent a lot of time making every detail as close to the vintage as possible to create this fantastic piece.
After careful examination and analysis on the WW2 fabric, TCB has reached the answer, 14 oz fabric made of EMOT blended cotton (Eastern Memphis, New Orleans, and Texas). Hard twisted yarns with so much neppiness give a solid texture to the fabric, which Hajime Inoue felt like the first impression when he first touched the original WW2 material. This hard twisted yarn is one of the key points to keep the indigo colour not fully penetrated to the yarns' core, which makes this fabric really true to how the vintage looks and eventually fades.
The unevenness on the threads is carefully reproduced by the setting on the vintage Toyoda shuttle looms and the cotton blend recipe. Nowadays, the definition of good cotton is often regarded as the whiteness made possible by breed improvement. This time, TCB focused on the creamy tinge on the fabric, which is an iconic detail of the WW2 fabric.
Itʼs not common for Japanese hardware makers to have unfinished steel-made buttons. Why? Of course, it rusts, and no one wants to have the stocks which will soon get rusty as hell. Copper and nickel were banned from use on workwear during the era, so that these laurel wreath buttons is one of the icons for the WW2 model for sure.
Compared to the TCB 50ʼs jacket, the brand has modified the cut of the WW2 jacket more faithful to the original: a bit more relaxed armholes and shorter dress length. But Redcast is always looking for the modern feelings, so we aimed the balance right in-between modern and vintage. We hope itʼll match your taste.
The construction is impeccable. Every tiny detail is faithfully reproduced from the original. Even the sketchy stitch work on the cinch is faithfully reproduced.
TCB (which stands for Two Cats Brand or Taking Care of Business) is a Japanese label founded in Kojima by Hajime Inoue in 2012. It specializes in reproductions of the classic American denim icons produced from the 1920s to the 1960s. Among his garments, we can find some of the highest-quality reproductions we have ever seen, made in his own workshop on sewing machines more than a hundred years.
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