Just a few years ago, the idea of trying to find the best sweatpants for men would've sounded ludicrous. Sweatpants were the thing you wore exclusively in your most lethargic moments. But now, the idea of spending time and money to track down the absolute best pair of sweatpants no longer seems farfetched. First, the athleisure movement happened, and everything changed. Then a full-blown pandemic hit, and everything really changed. Sweatpants went from cosy weekend attire to daily essentials.
These Tanuki sweatpants are super soft and comfortable due to the Hayate fabric, which you probably already know from Tanuki's Kuon sweatshirt. These pants are a fantastic option for people who want to participate in streetwear silhouettes without compromising on texture and construction. Or just enjoy some quality sweatpants at home after whatever you've been doing. The Hayate fabric has been a big hit for us, and we are happy to announce its newest iteration. It is soft. Criminally soft. So soft that every time you slip it on, you immediately feel ready for being relaxed. This cotton blend take is exactly that absurdly cosy.
But comfort is not the only thing that stands out about these sweatpants. Dyed with natural indigo and pure indigo, the salt and pepper look will become more apparent with wear. Tanuki calls this heavy loopback sweat fabric "Hayate", which translates into something like tempest or gale as it has a very dramatic texture. This is a substantial fabric and feels very sturdy yet is very comfortable to wear.
Like all the Tanuki fabrics, this material is entirely made in Japan – spinning, rope dyeing, knitting, and processing are all done in a small Japanese mill. You can expect great fades. The pants are finished with chunky blue side seams and black sumi dyed ribs and fitted with elasticated cuffs and a drawstring waist for a personalised fit.
You will find the embroidered Tanuki 二 (Ni) logo on the left leg, two parallel lines in Japanese Kanji representing the number 2. The lower line represents the past, tradition, the standard, peace. The upper line represents the future, change, strength. The red and blue colours of their logo refer to Japan's flag, honouring their roots as denim artisans.
Indigo might just be the most universally flattering colour on the planet. And for more than a few years now, indigo-dyed clothing has been a favourite among everyone. If you're a fan of Japanese workwear, you know that this little plant helped launch the denim industry—which, it goes without saying, is no small feat. But by now, the range of deep blue tones achieved with indigo have found their way into just about every corner of the modern man's closets—including sweat pieces.
The Tanuki brand was established in 2016 in Okayama Prefecture. It comprises a small group of great artisans who are passionate about denim and boast more than 30 years' experience in other brands in the industry. If there is something that characterizes Tanuki garments in addition to its modern cuts, it is the quality and variety of its fabrics, with prime importance given to the best cottons, natural indigo and the application of different types of tension on the shuttle looms when producing the fabrics.
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