I never went in for the not washing stuff. Are people still doing that? I thought it was an objectionable and inexplicable but over fad like mullets
Get Studio D’Artisan jeans. I don’t know if they are the “best” but venerable and super well respected and likely more than good enough for anything one would wish for from a pair of jeans. I’ve been impressed.
I’ve been to their shop in Osaka, it’s in an area of artisanal clothing shops, really great shopping area
Had several pairs of their jeans. The heavy duty stuff lasts forever so much so that my son ended up appropriating all of them.
I’d really advise against the no washing stuff. It actually makes fabric wear out quicker, a lot of the dirt particles are abrasives.
That’s why people doing this have problems with the crotch blowing out on their jeans. Not to mention having to put in freezer periodically when the odor gets too much.
Okayama Denim carries a lot of Japanese artisanal clothing brands so good place to start. You’re not going to be able to go too wrong with stuff from these guys.
Studio D’Artisan is premium respected brand and for good reasons. They were the first to use legacy looms to remake selvedge jeans in Japan among other things.
They don’t have English website but here’s the Japanese
I’d note that Studio D’Artisan makes the best chinos/khakis I’ve ever encountered and I’ve managed to save a few pairs from my sons depredations