Century Denim: A Hundred Years of Eastern and Western Heritage in Concert



We know it somehow in our bones. It’s the evening light hidden in the rainbow after a rain and a full moon reflected on a blanket of snow. Our obsession with indigo dye predates history and the Century Denim 123-S by Kapital is about as much indigo as you can get.

The history we remember is the slow blossoming of personality. The fade is the revelation of age and experience. Nowhere will you find denim as contemplative.

To create their original fabric, Kapital utilizes four different factories, availing from their complimentary mastery - one for thread spinning, one for indigo dyeing, one for weaving on a solitary loom, and then a finishing factory.

The warp, weft, and sashiko threads are spun differently to create individual texture and tension and then rope dyed separately in Kapital’s 1,2,3’s of indigo - Kapital’s No. 1 (American Indigo), No. 2 (Japanese Indigo), and No. 3 (natural indigo). Rope dyeing allows the center of each thread to retain its white core so that with slow wear it is soulfully revealed.

Those heavier sashiko threads running lengthwise up these jeans dates back to the Edo period to reinforce and repair farm clothes, while simultaneously on the far end of the globe the use of rivets was introduced to do the same hard work on the American frontier.

Kapital uses sashiko threads and techniques as well as branded rivets to reinforce their 12oz. denim, creating textural grace coupled with strength - east and west united in an understanding of a century of jeans manufacture.

The Westerner Jacket has a classic box cut reminiscent of the Lee Riders Jacket. The Monkey Cisco Century Denim 123-S is a nostalgic iteration of the ‘66 styled ‘Cisco’ cut, but with a lower rise, roomier thigh, and a slight taper from the knee. Both have every detail characteristic of Kapital to make enthusiasts of us all, but it’s that fabric that makes something seminal out of something special.