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‘Denim’ and ‘Japan’ are often mentioned within the same breath, and this isn’t just a coincidence. Japan adopted denim decades ago and elevated the popular fabric to a quality the world had never seen before. With such attention to detail – almost bordering on an obsession – Japan changed denim forever and added numerous chapters to the fabrics storied history.
Taking a closer look at where denim related activities are clustered in Japan, one prefecture stands out above all the rest. Sure, high quality denim is made all over Japan, but in the Okayama prefecture, specifically Kojima, there are more brands, mills and denim stores than anywhere else in Japan. With over 200 denim companies in Kojima alone, the small city is the epicenter of the Japanese denim industry and is central to leading in developments in high quality selvedge denim worldwide.
With no other location in the world being so dedicated to denim, we decided to have our manufacturing in Kojima before we even thought about the name of the brand. We strongly believe that denim from Japan is unmatched in terms of quality, craftsmanship and authenticity, which are core principles in the philosophy of Realign.