3sixteen DJ-102xn 20th Anniversary "Natural Indigo" Type 3s Denim Jacket
3sixteen celebrates its 20th anniversary with an ambitious denim project, featuring a unique 15.4oz natural indigo denim fabric. This premium denim, woven in Hiroshima, offers remarkable texture and character, promising high-contrast fades over time. The brand's Type 3s denim jacket complements the collection with a modern twist on the classic Type III style.
3sixteen, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is set to unveil its second denim project of the year, which may well be one of the most ambitious offerings in the brand's history. The journey began in 2021 when the brand discovered a remarkable 15.4oz denim fabric with a distinctively uneven texture and crosshatch patterning in the weave. Intrigued by the fabric's unique qualities, 3sixteen decided to embark on the project, despite the higher production costs.
This special denim is woven at the same small mill in Hiroshima that previously produced the Burkina Faso denim, adding to its unique appeal. It all starts with organic cotton sourced from Turkey, spun using a special process to create an unevenly twisted nep yarn. While the denim weighs in at 15.4oz, which is notably heavier than 3sixteen's flagship 100x/120x/220x denim, the true magic lies in its texture and heft. In its raw state, this natural indigo denim possesses a distinctive crunchiness that promises a journey of wear and break-in, resulting in high-contrast fades over time.
This denim is somewhat comparable in weight and rigidity to the streaky 15th-anniversary denim, but it features an entirely different hand and hue. The result is a fabric bursting with character and unique texture, characterized by the unevenly shaped yarns that create more saturated indigo areas in contrast to sections where the white weft peeks through. The denim is finished with a classic pale red selvedge ID ticker.
Due to the exceptional weave process, quality of the cotton, and the use of natural indigo, this denim is the most expensive that 3sixteen has ever sourced, making it the most premium denim garments ever released by the brand. However, the 20th anniversary presents an ideal opportunity to showcase the brand's manufacturing partners' full capabilities. Unlike most denim dyed with synthetic or chemical indigo, this denim employs a natural indigo dyeing process from India, featuring twice the number of dips to achieve a deep and distinct indigo blue while retaining the yarn's white core. This unique denim is sure to age beautifully and become a cherished garment for years to come.
The 3sixteen Type 3s denim jacket pays homage to the classic Type III with a longer body, welt pockets, and an eye-catching cross back yoke that you don't get from anyone other than 3s. The cut offers a slight slim fit, adding a modern touch to its classic inspiration. Most people find it comfortable to go one size up in 3sixteen denim jackets compared to their 3sixteen shirts. For instance, if you typically wear a size M in 3sixteen shirts or other American brands, you'll likely find a suitable fit with this jacket in size L. However, individual body types can vary, so, as always, we recommend consulting our size chart for the perfect fit.
Founded in LA by Johan Lam and Andrew Chen over a decade ago, 3sixteen's philosophy is evident in pieces they've developed since 2008: shirts, jackets, basics and accessories all take cues in form and function from their jeans. Fabrics and trims are always chosen for their capacity to develop character with time. 3sixteen aim is that, with diligent wear, the customers are rewarded with something well-aged, never "old."
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