Out of the blue

he first pair of made-in-Japan jeans was created in Okayama in 1963 by Canton, in partnership with Oishi and Maruo Clothing. Since then, the western region has become a go-to area for quality denim; many of Europe’s leading brands, including Chanel, Prada and Dior, buy their denim from the local Kuroki Mills. In the small harbour town of Kojima, looking out over the Seto Inland Sea, you will find companies such as Hangloose, which specialises in ageing jeans using a variety of sanders and washing techniques to bring out that perfect used

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