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The Pen Slim - Indigo Black Raw 10.5oz Selvedge

SKU 3010-276-05-29

Our premium denim is inspired by the classic vintage blue jean. Our Premium Japanese 4-Way Stretch Selvedge denim story starts in Japan where our fabric is developed at one of the oldest denim mills. We blend a unique 4 way stretch material with selvedge denim to create a specific amount of stretch and comfort you wouldn’t typically get with selvedge denim. This 360 degree of stretch gives the wearer comfort from every angle no matter what they are doing.

Our 4-Way Stretch selvedge fabric is weaved using vintage shuttle looms. Rolls of denim fabric are then brought into our workshop in Los Angeles where each pair goes through a 60 to 90 day process of cut, sew, washing and testing. With 4 fits available in multiple weights (see fit guide) and washes, the style options are endless.

• Slim fit

• Indigo Black Raw 10.5 oz

• Indigo warp, Black weft


• 4-Way stretch selvedge denim

• Model is 6'2" and wearing a size 32.

• Made in USA



Crafted with intention, our denim is made using premium Japanese 4-way stretch selvedge in our Los Angeles workshop. Our denim goes through a time consuming 50 day process from start to finish to ensure the highest of quality. Built using only the best available hardware with traditional machines and techniques, you are getting a true vintage inspired piece with a modern upgrade of comfort.

the details
unique selvedge id
4-way stretch
premium Japanese selvedge denim
made in usa
ykk & premium hardware
vintage inspired

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
Rise is short

I wanted a stretchy pair of selvedge jeans, so I decided on Kato. I bought these in person at an authorized retailer rather than online, so I was able to try on a few sizes and washes before settling on the indigo-black raw. As expected, it was tight at first, becoming looser over time. I washed them for the first time after a week of daily wear; the waistband was still a little tight at the time, but afterwards became less stiff and the waist fit was more or less exact. For size comparison, I usually wear a 31 in AG but find the waistband stretched out after a few days; here, I went with 31 and the waistband was still right after about a week.

Liked: color, material, stretch. I really liked the dark indigo color, and the selvedge ID is unique. The denim feels fairly soft, and seems like it'll get even softer after more washes and wears. The stretch is good, so the jeans don't rise up too much when sitting or moving.
Disliked: rise, pocket length, fit. Both the rise and pockets feel half an inch too short. Due to this, I have to adjust my jeans often when walking, and have to pull them lower on the hips when sitting with my phone in my pocket. The thighs aren't tight, but are a bit snug, enough that I want to change into a different pair of jeans after wearing these a whole day.

I realize all the issues I had are likely remedied by the Scissors fit. If I had known all this before, and had it been available at the store I was at, I definitely would've chosen it instead. As it stands though, these are my most expensive pair of jeans, but sadly far from the most comfortable - I only really wear them now due to sunk cost. I recommend making sure the fit is right for you when purchasing.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The Pen Slim - Indigo Black Raw 10.5oz Selvedge. We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to hear about your experience with the rise and pocket length. We understand the importance of finding the perfect fit and our Scissors fit may be a better option for you. We will definitely pass along your feedback to our team for future improvements. If you have any further concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for choosing Kato and we hope you give us another chance in the future.
-Kato Team

Matthew Wein
Great Pair of Jeans

This is my first pair of Hiroshi Katos. They are super comfortable right out of the box. I love the Pen fit and the weight is great. The indigo/black color is also really unique compared to the usual color of jeans I see. Super happy with my purchase.

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on our product, 'The Pen Slim - Indigo Black Raw 10.5oz Selvedge'. We are thrilled to hear that these are your first pair of Hiroshi Katos and that you find them comfortable right out of the box.
-Kato Team

Best jeans I've ever bought

hands down the best jeans I've ever purchased. the fit is superb, the black indigo color is awesome, they hemmed it perfectly to the size I asked for. the denim is silky smooth, perfect amount of stretch, I'll be buying more pairs for sure

Thank you for your great review, Rodrigo! We're glad to hear that you're happy with the jeans and the hemming service provided.
-Kato Team

Ryan Hurd
The best jeans

These are the best looking jeans I've ever owned. I am about to buy my 4th pair. They wear well and fade nicely. I don't follow the care/wash instructions and I have washed and tumbled them dry. They do shrink some - mine became an inch shorter and tighter after drying. They still fit but are more snug- an fyi in case you dry your jeans, it may be worth sizing up.

Thanks for the review, Ryan! We're glad you're happy with the jeans. We recommend washing our jeans in cold water and hang dry instead of tumble drying.
-Kato Team

Ryan Hurd
My favorite jeans

I've owned a lot of high end denim. These are the best looking and most comfortable pair I've ever owned. After wearing them for a month, I bought a second pair to rotate.

Hi Ryan, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad you're enjoying our The Pen Slim - Indigo Black Raw 10.5oz Selvedge.
-Kato Team

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