[Limited to 80 pairs]
We are happy to introduce the new Tanuki BluePrint series. The blueprint series consists of 3 different treatments: Acid Wash, Stone Wash and Black Sumi Overdye.
This is Stonewash, a stunning treatment based on the brand's popular Yurai fabric. Tanuki opted for their Yurai fabric for this treatment due to its vibrant cobalt blue. In addition, the natural indigo reacts better to the enzyme wash. This fabric is rich in slub and fuzziness on the surface, and thanks to the loose weave, the cobalt blue peaks through the surface, which adds depths to the denim.
We get always impressed each time Tanuki show us their new projects, and this time, it was no less when they presented this Stonewash. They have used no sanding, no laser distressing, no harsh chemicals. Instead, the guys from Tanuki wanted to ensure that the fabric's character was not only preserved but brought to the forefront.
Tanuki wanted to try and create an effect that quite honestly would not be achievable through natural wear. Unless the owner washes his jeans weekly (which, on top of being a lot of work, would be an extraordinary waste of water), there's really no way to achieve the colour exhibited here. Tanuki worked closely with a small wash house in Okayama which has an excellent pedigree and is highly regarded for its washes. The Stonewash is treated with environmentally friendly enzymes, which are filtered out of the water before using it to water the surrounding Okayama rice fields. Regular stonewash treatments are aggressive chemicals, but this is less invasive, so Tanuki needed to use more runs/washes to get this fantastic result; that is why Tanuki has been able to produce only 80 pairs for the entire world.
The jeans are made with all the superior-quality Tanuki details such as copper hardware, Tanuki logo embroidered back pocket detail, and the iconic Tanuki custom vegetable-tanned deerskin leather patch. The stitching for this one is quite remarkable: A variety of contrasting electric blue threads which really stand out.
The cut is a modern high-tapered fit. The taper is pretty aggressive so that it gives a slim-fitting silhouette while allowing for a lot of space at the thighs with a high rise.
Near the back pocket, there is the embroidered Tanuki 二 (Ni) logo, 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.
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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