UES gets a lot of shine for its denim, and with good reason: the Japanese label's 400 series were at the heart of the last decade selvedge boom. But it's the Golden Age of Pants now, and a man can't live on raw denim alone. As it happens, UES makes a definitive version of that other most essential of men's bottoms—camel chinos.
The C408 is a long-selling item that continues to sell even now, nearly 10 years after its release. The shape that is neither too thick nor too thin is a classic silhouette not influenced by trend. The hem opening is not too thin. Therefore it can be neatly organized with work boots.
The selvedge fabric is woven on vintage shuttle looms and is made of 100% Zimbabwean cotton, which has a long fibre length, making it supple and soft. Olive brown is a versatile colour that is refreshing in combination with white, goes well with similar colour shades and suits both work and indigo.
This UES original fabric, which they have been making since 2006, uses yarn-dyed yarn and warp, and weft uses different colour yarns. This is the reason why the colours on the front and back of the fabric are slightly different. Since it is dyed with a reactive dye, you can enjoy beautiful discolouration using a neutral detergent.
The construction is simply unbeatable. The interior has been patched with high-quality Japanese linen to power up the strength of texture in the waist and pockets.
UES is a small Japanese label founded by Chuji Matsumoto in 1994. UES comes from the English word "Waste", which means that Matsumoto-San wants you to make full use of each garment for as long as possible before discarding it. It is a small judgement of the concept of disposable wear that is so commonplace today in the world of fashion and from which Matsumoto-San disassociates himself completely.
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