This 17oz. monster denim is Made in China -throw your preconceptions away right now…
The name is Red Cloud Overall MFG Co. and when I saw these jeans in San Francisco I knew they were special. The denim is really something interesting (font and back), something about the smell of the hemp and the soft hand of the cotton is attractive. Plus since very few stores carry this brand, I was more intrigued.
Red Cloud got their start in 2009 in a small workshop in Shenyang. All their denim is made using long staple Turpan cotton from Xinjiang Provence (which also happens to be the start of the Silk Road). Raymond the owner, seems to be a passionate guy about workwear and quality.
A hemp and cotton blend 25/75, which is twisted (indigo thread is twisted with an un-dyed yarn), this twist is visible on the backside of the denim. The denim is hairy, and very slubby; just the way I like it. I like the goat skin leather patch on the back, the design looks fantastic. The stitching is on par with the major Japanese manufacturers: double chain-stitched yoke, chain-stitched waistband, and hems. Though the stitching may be simple, they do use antique machines to stitch their jeans together. I was happy to see no back pocket arcs, that satisfied my hunger for simplicity.
These jeans and Red Clouds products are only available at a handful of stores. AB fits in San Francisco carries this hemp model in-store, and Unionville in Stockholm, Sweden stock a few of their other products. Tuckshop also stocks their goods. Keep an eye on this company, they are remarkable.