One of my first stops in Harajuku was Pure Blue Japan's store. PBJ is akin to UES, 45rpm, Kato, Kapital etc. in that they use old dyeing, weaving and sewing techniques but then come up with their own patterns and designs, which may or may not be inspired by an original vintage garment.
So, if you really dig retro style but can't go all the way with the high waists and so on, the aformentioned brands are perfect for you!
For example, have a look at the jeans from PBJ.
PBJ has three different cuts, all available in three different denims. From left to right is a denim with an indigo-dyed weft, a vintage-type denim and the slubby denim that sets Pure Blue Japan apart from other brands. All of these denims are equally slubby, and to be honest, it's a bit much for me right now as I've already tasted it in the Samurai S0500 Texas denim, but it's just a preference. If the dark, tight weave is boring to you, go ahead and try PBJ!
The fits are regular straight, slim straight and slim bootcut. I do however feel that the regular cut could pass as slim and the slim as skinny, but it depends on how you size the jeans.
The rise is medium to low, proportionate to how full the cut is.
PBJ keeps a collection of vintage Levi's in their store and it shows how their jeans make you a modern cowboy.
Two of the jeans shown above are actually from Pure Blue Jeans. Can you guess which? And, which ones do you prefer the look of?
Okay, the answer is that the two pair on the top in either picture are PBJ's own. The first pair is the vintage-type denim in the regular cut, please compare it to the vintage 1940's Levi's below them!
The other pair is the regular cut with the standard, slubby denim. I was surprised that it was possible to get such a good vintage-look with it!
In the coming month a new type of denim will be introduced. It has an indigo warp thread but a purple weft. It is quite subtle and not at all in your face. It's practically impossible to decide which is nicer, the indigo or the purple warp, so you'll have no choice but to get both. So shifty..
Pure Blue Japan also makes things other than jeans. Take a second and look around their shop!
Very nice shirts. One of my go-to brands for tops, because of the nice fabrics and fair prices.
I don't believe the price of this pair is fair, though!!
Pure Blue Japan fading samples at J-Fabled