Samurai jeans have become a legend in the Japanese denim scene. Created in Osaka by Toru Nogami in 1997, Samurai represents the perfection of Japanese tradition, with its iconography of Sengoku-era Samurais and the search for the best and nothing but the best through materials, artisan garment-making techniques and unique detailing.
Following in the footsteps of Osaka’s Famous Five, Samurai started out by making its own version of the 501 (the S510XX) in 15oz, but very soon Nogami-San began experimenting with different weights. Having gone as high as 25oz, it is today one of the key brands of heavyweight denim. But not everything is grammage in denim: Samurai takes into account the climate, nature of the cotton, uneven yarns and then examines the traditional dyeing techniques and density, capturing the essence of true vintage selvedge denim using only vintage machinery.