Today marks the debut of a new feature here at Riverside Green: Ask You. We will be sharing questions that we have, or that members of the community have. Tomorrow we’re going to take a look at choosing a cellphone for a rather tech-allergic commenter here, but we are starting off with… Red Fire!
A while ago, one of the commenters here made me aware of the clothing website Gustin. The way Gustin works is simple: they come up with an idea and if enough people “fund” the idea the stuff gets made and shipped. The bad part about it: you don’t get any instant gratification because they rarely have anything “in stock”. The good part about it: Virtually everything they do is made in the United States, Europe, or Japan.
I’ve funded six Gustin items and I’ll be sharing them with you as they arrive. Today, however, we have something that I really want but am not sure that I can or should wear: Japan Red Fire jeans.
Seeing is believing. These photos confirm our theory: the Japan Red Fire is one of those denims that sounds incredible in theory and looks even cooler in reality. An indigo warp and brilliant, fiery red weft make this limited run selvedge from Japan stand apart from anything else in your denim collection.
Gustin jeans made from sanforized raw selvedge denim from one of the finest mills in Japan. A cousin fabric to our Japan Shine selvedge, this one makes use of a unique weft to spectacular result. It starts out nicely with a deep navy warp, creating a dark top surface. The weft takes things in a totally new direction. It fiery red poly yarn is woven into the weft yarn and this changes the entire character of the fabric. Obviously if you cuff this denim you’ll see a bright flash of red, but what we enjoy more is how the red weft make its presence knows by showing through the top surface of the fabric. It gives the entire fabric surface a subtle red tint and shadow. If you’re ready for indigo denim like no other, act fast as this is a limited run.
Made in California from Japanese denim… sounds legit to me. And the price of $145 is steep but not necessarily any worse than what I paid for USA Lucky jeans back when such a thing existed. The question at hand is: When a 46-year-old dad wears these things, uncuffed of course because I’m not the kind of person who cuffs jeans, it is
a) fun and different
b) try-hard youth-striving
c) sending the signal that I’m interested in dudes
What say you, readers? Red 5, standing by!