This feature originally appeared in the August 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

Why It’s So Special… 

Jeans enthusiasts and purists around the world love Japanese denim. Many treat its creation as an art form. The mills that produce this high-grade cotton fabric in Japan are renowned for their attention to detail and quality, and the shuttle looms they use are often antiques. The result is a range of fabrics with nuance and variation.

Japanese denim’s popularity has helped foster the growth of these mills, which service entities from small boutique brands to corporate behemoths. In a product as simple and ubiquitous as a pair of jeans, this type of denim is a unique way to stand out.” 

—Natalie Nelson, senior design manager of wash and research and development at GAP

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