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World's Most Revolutionary 21OZ "Stretch" Denim ensures comfort, mobility and substantial look. Handcrafted with Passion
World's Most Revolutionary 21OZ "Stretch" Denim ensures comfort, mobility and substantial look. Handcrafted with Passion
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Hey Kickstarter! You have helped us fund and deliver two successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past. To say our thanks we have returned to offer you our latest and highest quality denim to date. They said it was impossible but after more than two years of design and development we are proud to offer the world’s first and only 21OZ Heavyweight Stretch Jeans.

The advanced stretch feature provides a heavyweight denim that elevates flexibility, wear ability, and comfort, without compromising durability and ruggedness. You will break in the jeans without any effort and instantly feel awesome! It will define your denim game without a doubt.  

Creating this new and unique product wasn’t easy. It was only made possible by our years of industry experience and the innovative weaving technology employed by our skilled artisans. There were countless revisions and seemingly endless trials, but once you try your first pair of 21OZ Heavyweight Stretch Jeans we think you will agree it was worth it.

New Additional Sizes

We offer new additional waist sizes of 28”, 40” & 42”.  So, now we offer sizes 28,30,31,32,33,34,36,38,40,42.

 

Problem of Heavyweight Denim

Heavy denim is associated with quality, durability, ruggedness, and other substantial characteristics making you look great. 

But, it is stiff and requires you the uncomfortable process to break in.

Problem of Stretch Jeans

Stretch denim material, common in lightweight, gives you comfort, flexibility and more body movement. 

But, due to its lighter weight, stretch denim won't last long. They are usually designed to be worn for one season.

Solution - Most Practical “Heavy Stretch”

Here comes our Revolutionary 21OZ “Stretch” Jeans, incorporating all the great elements and eliminating problems of both heavy and stretch denim.

This denim gives you elevated comfort and mobility while you feel substantial and ruggedness. Whether you are a fan of heavy or stretch denim, you will love this denim! It will be your "everyday" and "long time" buddy.

                                                                                                   

  • Effortless: No more uncomfortable process to break in 
  • Stress Free: Material is stretchy and comfortable
  • Quality: Well-constructed with fine details 
  • Authenticity: Truly Rigid, rugged, and tough 
  • Versatility: Good for anywhere/anytime/any scene. 
  • Distinctness: Substantial with full of characteristics 
  • Great Value: Durable yet affordable 

One day in California, we had “Denim Meet Up” with our friends who are denim lovers. We interviewed them to ask what they thought about our 21OZ "Stretch" Jeans. We feel more than happy in hearing all their positive feedback!

Here are some of their comments.  

"They are stretchy! Really stretchy!!" "I can feel the stretch a lot more than I thought" "These give you the weight with mobility which is nice." "Very substantial, solidly build, pretty well-made" "If you ride a bicycle all the time, I wanna wear this." "I like the patch." The pocket depth is appropriate."  

"I like the texture of them" "Something different I never touched anything like this before." "I really like it! It's really nice detail" "This will be cool to see after wearing it for a while, and the fade." "Heavy weight, stretch, that's something you never see"  

※You can hear more comments in our project video

The technology in making "heavyweight stretch denim" is very advanced and required lots of engineering. Initially, it looked technologically impossible. We devoted our energy and time to creating this first ever material and evolving it into awesome jeans.

Pushing the Limits of Denim Weaving Technology

Generally, to create a stretch fabric, stretch weft yarn is woven into warp yarn. Weaving stretch yarn into a very thick indigo yarn didn’t work well. By employing a special "Double Weaving" process, skilled artisans payed extremely close attention to the exact ratio of stitches to yarn density using a special loom. Only this kind of meticulous weaving artistry made this denim possible.
 

We are one of the most affordably priced “Made in Japan” denim brand and always will be. Our focus is quality and affordability. We cut down all the nonsense costs to keep it affordable, no middle agents, no big ads campaign, no celebrity endorsements. 

We chose Kickstarter to deliver the denim directly to you. This denim is durable, tough and lasts long. That means it will be gentle to the environment, and also to your wallet, instead of buying cheaper denim that lasts for only one season. A quality pair of denim will enrich your everyday life.

 

Style: "KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE" Sleek Slim-Cut 

Fabric: This denim is right hand twill and the warp rope dyed 100% cotton so it will fade like regular heavy denim. 

Size: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 (Sizing Guide)

HEMMING SERVICE

The inside of this denim is a characteristic whitish color. Even though this is not selvedge, it goes well with or without a cuff. But if you want to cut off your hem, we will do it for you using a “Union Special” sewing machine.   

We ask you for a $15 fee per pair. To request, please just add $15 to your pledge.  ※Hemming is available from inseam 34 inches to 32 or 30 inches.  

We love the Kickstarter community. Through our 1st and 2nd successful campaign, we have learned a lot from our supporters and this opportunity is extremely valuable to us. 

You help us to grow our brand by backing us, and we will keep challenging ourselves to offer you an innovative product at a great price. We always welcome any feedback (positive or negative). If you ever need to contact us for any reason, please feel free to drop us a line.

Please Spread the Word!! We are especially working hard at expanding our project, as we chose to do DIY marketing to maintain our affordable pricing for you. We would love and appreciate it if you can share us with your friends and family to make it happen!! Thank you :)

SUPPORT ARTISANS AND FACTORIES!

The textile industry in Japan is dwindling. In 1960, there were around 70,000 textile factories in Japan. That number has dropped to 15,000 in 2010. Our goal is to create great jeans while supporting textile factories and artisans! Thank you for supporting our artisans and factories by backing our jeans!

KOJIMA, dubbed the world’s DENIM MECCA, is a city in the heart of the textile industry in Japan and globally recognized as the birthplace of high-end Japanese denim. 

Made in Kojima” denim is considered the best denim in the world made from the best shuttle loom. It is renowned for its premium construction and incredible attention to detail created by highly skilled artisans. All of our products are proudly cut, sewn and crafted in Kojima, Japan.

Born in 1996 with respect towards “Kojima” artisans. We are denim freaks, thinkers, and challengers. We devote all of our attention to making the highest quality jeans using the best materials to live up to our customers' essential needs. 

While maintaining the affordable price point, we put our heart and passion into every step while not cutting any corners. Our jeans are made with daily wear in mind, bringing flair to your daily lifestyle. We believe GOOD GENES MAKE GOOD JEANS!

KOJIMA GENES x SAN FRANCISCO PROJECT

In 2014, the KOJIMA GENES x SF project was started with one vision: Bringing the story of “Made in Kojima” denim to people of every corner in the world. We present our exclusive lines to the global audience from San Francisco, in this beautiful city by the bay also known as a “GATEWAY TO THE WORLD".

SIZING GUIDE 

Please pay close attention to the sizing and measure your own jeans to get accurate numbers. Size charts from KOJIMA GENES are measured 360 degrees for the waist, and flat for the remaining measurements. All the measurements are in centimeters except for the waist size. 

Please measure your own jeans and compare that to our size chart. KOJIMA GENES products are made little smaller, so please consider picking one size bigger if you are between two sizes. 

We offer Size: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 (SIZING GUIDE)

CARE GUIDE ※ Click here for important information about care.

Our shipping methods are going to be a little bit more complicated this time, so we also want to address that here.

  • All of our products are going to be made in Kojima, Okayama, Japan.
  • All orders will be shipped from our fulfillment office in Japan directly to you, including the USA backers.
  • Shipping costs: Shipping costs for orders within Japan will be free.
  • International orders will have a flat shipping & handling cost of 25 USD for one pair, 45 USD for two pairs, including the USA.
  • Shipping methods may change, depending on several factors. If any changes are made, we will make sure our community is the first to know.
  • Shipping date: Following the end of this campaign, we will start production in December and will get you your rewards in February 2018.
Thanks for supporting us!!!

For Backers from Kickstarter Japan

この度KOJIMA GENESでは、これまで絶対に不可能とされてきたヘビーオンス“ストレッチ”デニムを開発しました。児島の職人の技術を結集し、長い試行錯誤の末に生まれた渾身のデニムです。  

史上初となるヘビーオンスストレッチジーンズは、頑強なヘビーオンスに、ストレッチの実用性、機動性をプラスした「堅牢さ」と「柔軟さ」を併せ持つ超実用的な次世代ジーンズです。是非、メイド・イン・ジャパンのクオリティとクリエイティビティを体感してください。

KOJIMA GENES x SAN FRANCISCOプロジェクトでは、世界に誇れる児島産ジーンズを、世界中の少しでも多くの人に履いていただきたいというという思いで、Kickstarterに挑戦しました。日本の皆様からのご支援、心よりお待ちしております。

革新的なストレッチ・テクノロジーを施し、ヘビーオンスジーンズのタフさ、カッコよさはそのまま、機動性、快適さを追求しました。ヘビーオンスとは思えない生地の柔らかさで、履きやすさを実感できます。  

ストレッチが入っていることで、ジーンズが体の動きに合わせ伸縮するため、着用時のストレスがなく、綺麗なシルエットが保たれます。適度なウェイトを感じながら、想像を超えた快適な履き心地でヘビロテ必須の最強ジーンズです。

ヘビーオンスジーンズ特有の動きにくさや履きにくさを感じることなく、おろしたての状態から快適に履いていただけます。

 

Effortless: ヘビーオンス特有の硬さ、履きにくさを感じることなく、ジーンズをおろしたその日から快適に履くことができます。  

Stress Free: ヘビーオンスとは思えない生地の柔らかさで機動性を追求しています。驚くべき履きやすさでストレスなくヘビーオンスジーンズを着用できます。

Quality: 裁断から縫製まで、自社100%管理の工場を使用し最高品質のジーンズをお届けします。

Authenticity: リジッド、タフさ、堅牢さなど、ヘビーオンスの能力、特徴はそのまま残しました。 

Versatility: スタイリッシュなテーパード・スリム・スタイルは、カジュアルでありながら、綺麗なシルエットで、着こなしの幅を広げてくれます。ミニマムなデザイン、深めのインディゴカラーのこのジーンズはどのようなスタイル、シーンにもご愛用いただけます。

Distinctness: 細部まで拘ったディテール、今までになかったマテリアル、特徴的で際立ったデニムになっています。

Great Value: 品質の良いジーンズは丈夫で長持ちします。地球にもお財布にも優しいジーンズで、確かな品質と価値を感じていただけます。

 

ある晴れた日のカリフォルニア、21OZストレッチジーンズについての感想を聞くため、デニムラバーの友人達に集まってもらいました。嬉しいことに、沢山の良いフィードバックをもらいました。

下記はフィードバックの抜粋です。  

「すごい!本当に伸縮する!」「考えていたより、ずっとストレッチするね。」「ウェイトを感じながら機動性もあるのはいいね。」「作りがしっかりしていて堅牢。品質もいい。」「自転車に乗るときによさそう!」「パッチがいい!」「ポケットが深いから、スマホを入れても1~2インチは余裕がある」

「すごく好き!」「生地の感じが好き。」「こういう生地の感触は初めて!」「これ、すごくいいね。ディテールが気に入った!」「しばらく履いた後のフェードがカッコよさそうで楽しみ!」「ヘビーオンスでストレッチ、こんなの見たことないよ!」  

※プロジェクトビデオにて、さらに詳しいフィードバックをご覧いただけます。

KOJIMA GENESでもともと展開していたヘビーオンスデニムは、丈夫で長持ちするというワークウェア本来のコンセプトを、児島の職人の技術で作り上げたモノつくりを追求したジーンズでしたが、一方では穿きづらいという弱点もありました。  

コアなデニムファンには受け入れられるものの、スケボー、バイカーや釣り人など、堅牢さは重要だけれども履き心地も重要というお客様には受け入れられにくい商品でもありました。また、ヘビーオンスをもっと日常的に気軽に履きたいという声もありました。  

堅牢で柔軟という矛盾を解決すべく、もう一度日本のモノつくりを追求したいとの熱い思いから、ヘビーオンスストレッチという企画が生まれました。

企画がはじまり、ある生地メーカーに依頼しましたが、太い番手の糸にストレッチの糸を 入れてストレッチ感を出すのは技術的に無理があり、生地を作る過程でも不安要素が多すぎると、サンプル反も作ってもらえない状況が半年以上続きました。  

試行錯誤の上に生まれた新たな可能性

ある時、デニム生地に精通した方から、発想の転換をすれば可能かもしれないとアドバイスをもらい、新しい方法を試すことになりました。その後、多くの試行錯誤を重ねた結果、特殊な織り方で製作したヘビーオンスストレッチ生地が誕生したのです。

特殊な織り方というのは、通常は経糸×横糸で綾織りで構成するのが一般的なデニムですが、このストレッチデニムは2重織で織られている今まで見たことの無いデニムです。

ストレッチ感を損なわないように打ち込み本数なども綿密に計算された職人の技あってこそのデニム生地です。その後、完璧な製品にするため、さらに半年以上の時間をかけ、改善を繰り返し、 出来上がったのが、この21オンスストレッチデニムです。

日本のモノづくりの技術は、世界でも高く評価されています。その技術が生み出した”メイド・イン・ジャパン”のジーンズを、世界に向けて発信したいと考え、2016年からKickstarterに挑戦してきました。おかげさまで、ハードルが高いといわれるKickstarterで、前回の2つのキャンペーンとも目標金額を達成することができ、今回は3回目の挑戦となります。

Kickstarterのコミュニティを通じて、世界中のバッカーの方々とつながることができ、皆様と直接対話しながら少しずつブランドとして成長できていることを嬉しく感じております。 今後も、皆様に喜んで履いていただける高品質のジーンズを、少しでもリーズナブルにご提供できるよう努力してまいります。

Style: スタイリッシュなテーパード・スリムカット

サイズ: 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42 (Sizing Guide)

裾上げサービス  

このデニムの股下の標準レングスは34インチです。 32インチ、30インチへの裾上げご希望の場合は、プレッジに裾上げ手数料$15をプラスしてください。

 

手を抜かない品質とコストパフォーマンス  

KOJIMA GENESは、岡山県倉敷市児島のジーンズメーカーで、児島の職人の魂を受け継ぐべく1996年に誕生しました。最高のジーンズを作るために、たゆまぬ努力を重ね、多くの革新的なデニムを生み出しているデニムのスペシャリストです。

一般的に、児島産ジーンズは高額ですが、KOJIMA GENESでは、児島産ジーンズを少しでも多くの人に履いていただきたい考えから、できる限りのコストダウンを行い、リーズナブルな価格で高品質のジーンズをご提供しています。  

KOJIMA GENES x SF PROJECT  

2014年、児島産ジーンズを世界に広めたい、という思いで生まれたプロジェクトです。児島ジーンズの革新的なプロダクツを、サンフランシスコから世界に向けて発信しています。

"GOOD GENES MAKE GOOD JEANS"
"GOOD GENES MAKE GOOD JEANS"

 

 

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Risks and challenges

This is our third Kickstarter campaign. Shouldering the valuable knowledge and experience we gained from our previous campaigns, combined with over 20 years of creating jeans as a leading Japanese denim maker, we are confident we can deliver an awesome pair of jeans.

That being said, there are a few things we need to address.

Shipping:
All of our jeans are hand-made and shipped from Japan. Unexpected delays may occur but we will make sure we will be on top of things and let you know if something does happen.

Customs:
Delays may happen when shipping internationally as each country has their own customs regulations.

Unforeseen events:
Although extremely unlikely, if anything unexpected happens, we will make sure you are the first to know.

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