Cisco Blue Jeans, $345
Twenty-seven years ago, Kapital Denim opened in Japan's Kurashiki merchant town, which became known for textiles during the Meiji Restoration period. After learning the ins and outs of American manufacturing processes from making apparel for other companies, they made their first in-house denim line in 1996. All of Kapital's products are made in Japan at one of their three factories, and have a painstaking attention to detail, quality fabrications and tough-as-hell construction.
This kind of artisanal craftsmanship has its price, of course, and it's also hard to come by stateside. Which is why I was stoked to hear that Hickoree's recently picked up some pieces from the storied Japanese company. One of the first things to catch my eye? The Cisco blue jeans, a sturdy pair of 14 oz. denim in a slim, but not too skinny fit. The other was a rugged duck canvas Kamp Jacket. It's a two-for-one investment piece—the built-in melton wool vest adds an extra layer of defense against especially windy days.