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UK Workwear-Inspired Jeans Made From Japanese Selvedge Denim

With the denim and workwear market being saturated with Japanese, American, and European (repro) brands, it’s always refreshing to come across a brand that focuses on their own national clothing history. In the case of Blue Collar Worker that means UK clothing history.

The UK has a strong background in fashion, couture, and especially bespoke tailoring. But what about denim from the Land of Hope and Glory?

You are probably familiar with the acid washed skinny jeans of the heydays of the UK’s punk-rock era, the flea markets in Shoreditch, and niche denim made by the likes of Mohsin Sajid and Timothy Everest. However, it is only in recent years that the (raw) denim and heritage fashion scenes have gained a proper foothold in the UK, as Gavin Smith discusses in this post.

Blue Collar Worker, founded by a team of British denim experts, is one of the newest arrivals on the UK denim scene. The brand that is a direct reaction against the over-styled USA and West-European heritage tsunami, co-founder Tim Browne argues, and it presents a new take on UK workwear.

To put even more emphasis on the British workwear style, Blue Collar Worker have made limited edition selvedge denim versions of their two most popular fits, the slim fit Fitter and the tapered fit Driller. We had a closer look at the details of the latter.

Details of the Driller Limited Edition

The Driller is a salute to British workwear from the 1930s-1950s era and Blue Collar Worker’s treat to the diehard denimheads. The limited edition version is made from a surprisingly soft 14 oz. right hand selvedge denim woven by Amhot in Japan. Being made in limited edition run of only 150 pairs, the jeans are sequentially numbered by hand-stitching in the waistband. The jeans are also accompanied by a copper “snuff” box that works nicely as a coin box; a nice touch indeed.

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The fit of the Driller is classic with a high-rise, straight tapered cut, and quite large back pockets. The leather patch is chunky and features the beautiful Blue Collar Worker logo.

Salient features of the style include:

  • Raw Japanese selvedge denim
  • Lined back yokes, fully lined back pockets, fully lined coin pocket, and bound fly details
  • Olive green herringbone inspired by British military issue product from World War II
  • Union Special chain stitched hem
  • 2-ply threads used at pocket opening, inside leg seams, and side seam
  • X-cross bartacks on front and back pockets
  • Hidden rivets on back pocket
  • Embossed cowhide leather patch

The Blue Collar Worker limited edition Driller was introduced as part of a capsule collection of limited edition products for their S/S 2015 range and it is carried over for the A/W 2015 season. You will find it on Blue Collar Worker’s website.

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