It's no secret that Japanese designers have long shared an obsession with American fashion. It was perhaps first and most famously documented in the 1965 book Take Ivy: a proto-street style book of fashion photography candidly showcasing the preppiest of prep style in American universities of the early '60s, and whose printing has since taken on a kind of iconic status in the menswear canon. But you can find plenty of examples elsewhere, stretching from the mid-century through today.

Selvedge denim might be the most easily seen example of Japan’s ability to preserve the old while revolutionizing it for the present day in the context of the mass market, as Japanese textile mills made stiff, unwashed, red-lined selvedge jeans on shuttle looms to mimic old Levi's long after American denim producers moved to more cost-efficient ways of production. As any denim obsessive with a pair of well-faded Pure Blue Japans or Samurais will tell you, Japanese denim is now considered some of (if not the) best in the world, and you can find brands both high and low producing raw and/or selvedge jeans. It was a standard part of American style—as common as any garment can be—which Japan adopted, perfected and reintroduced to the world.

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