Sunday, 3 September 2017

Back in Berlin: Pure Blue Japan


Pure Blue Japan makes a comeback at DC4! This well-loved brand is known for its slubby denim with very characteristic fades. The small leaf on the right back pocket is a mark for quality. This is what we got in our first delivery:

Pure Blue Japan XX-019 (Relax Tapered)
Want a bit more room in the thigh while maintaining a modern silhouette? Look no further: the XX-019 is your cut. This comfortable fit has a bit more lenght in the rise, roomier thighs and an aggresive taper towards the leg opening. As expected from PBJ, the 13.8oz denim is full of character, promising great fades. It's made in small batches, so don't sleep on your size.

Pure Blue Japan XX-18oz-013 (Slim Tapered)
On of it's more popular cuts (based on the 011) is now also available in a heavier 18oz version. It's a slim fit with a modern taper from the knee down.

Pure Blue Japan KS-013 (Slim Tapered)
'KS' stands for 'knubbed selvegde', which means the denim is slubby. You really have to see and feel this fabric in person to truly understand the character of this fabric: even for PBJ standards, this is something special. The denim promises strong vertical fades.

Pure Blue Japan SS5010 T-shirt
Ever got fades on a t-shirt? Now's your chance with the SS5010 indigo dyed t-shirt. It features a round neck and is made out 100% cotton. Since it being one-washed, you don't have to worry about shrinkage.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Studio D'artisan has arrived!

We’ve welcomed a few new brands in the store since we’ve reopened DC4. The latest being Studio D’artisan, a brand from Osaka that’s already been around since 1979. 

Many denim heads will recognise a pair of SdA’s from afar by the subtle tab on the coin pockets, swirly arcuates on the back pockets and - of course - the little piggies on the leather patch. For our first batch, we’ve received a total of four different models: the SD-D07, SD-307, SD-507 and one ladies pair, the SDL-703.



Now, all the mens jeans we’ve received are the same fit: slim and tapered, so the silhouette is very modern and flattering. The big differences are in the fabric. Let’s have a closer look.

Studio D’artisan SD-D07 
Not only ONI Jeans know how to get natural indigo in their line-up, Studio D’artisan is all too familiar as well. The beautiful blue tone of this medium weight denim (15oz) is really something special. Only offered in a raw (non-washed) state.

Studio D’artisan SD-307 
Looking for something heavier? Opt for the SD-307 with its 18.5oz denim. No natural indigo, so you can expect faster fading. The original arcuates on the back pockets make this an instant classic. We offer this in both raw and one-washed.

Studio D’artisan SD-507 
This is the lightest denim of the bunch with 12oz denim, making it perfect for warmer days. The denim is woven on old looms, giving it tons of character - don’t let the weight fool you. Comes both in raw and one-washed.

All the pairs have these features:

  • Unsanforized cotton denim (so expect shrinkage on the raw pairs, keep this in mind when ordering - see the size charts for help) 
  • Button fly construction with selvedge details 
  • Heavy duty pockets bags 
  • Thick leather patches 
  • Copper rivets 

Studio D’artisan SDL-703 
Next to the Samurai Jeans Geisha, we’ll be offering a second pair of ladies jeans: the SDL-703. The jeans come in a one-washed state, so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage. The denim is a nice medium weight 14oz. The fit is slim straight, slightly tapered and has a low rise with a button fly.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

4th of July: DC4 x Fullcount Party

On Tuesday the 4th of July we're hosting another Japanese denim party, this time with Fullcount! The party starts at 18.00 at the DC4 store at the Strelitzer Str. 69 in Mitte, Berlin.

We're thrilled that Fullcount-boss Mikiharu Tsujita will also attend the party. He'll sign your Fullcount items, and you even have the change to win some free gear with our raffle.

Of course, drinks and tasty BBQ-food are on us. While having a cold one you can watch Toons One do live pinstriping.

Fullcount is part of the Osaka 5 brands, together with Evisu, Warehouse, Denime and Studio D'artisan. The brand focuses on creating high-quality and comfortable garments. It doesn't matter if you have 15 pairs of Fullcount in your closet or you're entirely new to the brand, we'll be happy to talk denim with you on the 4th on July. See you then!


Sunday, 7 May 2017

New: ONI’s summer denim

Let’s face it, when the temperatures rise, it becomes increasingly harder to put on those 20+ oz jeans. There’s simply little comfort in wearing motorcycle-grade denim during summer. In comes ONI.

ONI Denim produced a light weight 12.5 oz denim, dyed with natural indigo, and in a modern cut as well. They are created specifically for the European market: it’s a slim silhouette, mid rise, with a tapered leg. The cool thing is that even though the jeans are just 12.5 oz, ONI still managed to capture that unique slubby texture we’re so fond of. Some more specifications:
  • Made in Japan
  • Unsanforized (expect 6-8% shrinkage on the raw version)
  • Deer skin patch
  • ONI arcuates on the back pockets
  • Copper rivets
  • Rope-dyed with natural indigo


The Oni Denim 707LWZR is available for pre-ordering now. Get yours in a one-washed or a raw state. Delivery is expected on the end of May. This is you chance to get a pair of jeans that you’ll enjoy for many summers. Don’t miss out on these, as they are a limited run and will not be made again!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

DC4 Berlin x Samurai Jeans Party

Join us on the Saturday the 29th of April on Samurai Jeans' first European party! We're honoured that Nogami-san, the boss of Samurai Jeans, is visiting our Berlin based denim shop. 

Everything you should know:
  • The party starts at 14.00 and ends at 22.00
  • Address: Strelitzer Str. 69, Mitte, Berlin (Google Maps)
  • Free drinks
  • Bulliet whiskey bar 
  • Live music by Acapulco Radio and Saudia Young
Bring your Samurai Jeans garments, because Nogami-san will sign your stuff.  Don't have any Samurai gear yet? Don't worry, because you might be going home with some free goodies if you enter the lottery. Will we see you there? Let us know via Facebook!


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Introducing Full Count jeans at DC4 Berlin

An iconic Japanese denim brand has reached Berlin in the form of Full Count. Of course we are very proud to be able to offer this brand that'll please every denim purist.

Let's take a closer look at Full Count. A little bit of history first: the brand was founded in 25 years ago in 1992 by Mikiharu Tsujita. Levi's from the 1940's to 1960's have been a source of inspiration when designing the jeans and denim. The garments need to be as strong as possible, while remaining so comfortable that you don't want to take them off.

To achieve this, Full Count uses long staple cotton from Zimbabwe. The brand was actually the first Japanese maker to use this high quality cotton, which is very close in character to the cotton from 1940's Levi's, according to Mikiharu-san. Zimbabwean hand-picked cotton gives the jeans a sturdy feel, and a worn-in pair will be soft and very comfortable. You'll have to wear a pair yourself to fully experience the qualities of this fabric.


Full Count is a member of the original Osaka 5, together with Evisu, Warehouse & Co, Denime and Studio D'artisan (many claim Samurai Jeans is the 6th member of this group). These brands are some of the most respected makers in Japan.

To continue, we'll be offering two jeans and two denim jackets. All garments are one-washed (no more shrinkage, so easier sizing) and made of 100% cotton. The denim jackets have all the details you would expect on a Type 1 or 2, but offered in a modern slim fit instead of the classic boxy shape.

Full Count 1109W
The slimmest fit Full Count has to offer. Made of 13.75 oz denim. Tapered from the thigh to the knee, and straight from the knee down.

Full Count 1110XXW
A looser, but still modern fitted jean. We'll be offering the heavier 15.5 oz version. Also, it has a button fly instead of a zipper.

Full Count 2743W Type I Jacket
The all time classic with one front pocket, made from 15.5 oz denim. As mentioned, this is the Tight Fit.

Full Count 2812W Type II Jacket
The successor to the Type I jacket, with two front pockets. Slightly longer than the original boxy shape so it will create a beautiful silhouette. This is also made from 15.5 oz denim.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

DC4 Exclusive: interview with ONI founder mr. Oishi

To celebrate the arrival of another shipment of ONI jeans, we had the chance to dig a little deeper into this usually secretive brand. Founder mr. Oishi was kind enough to share his vision on the Japanese denim market and talk about the production of his well-loved jeans.

DC4: What's your take on the Japanese denim market?

ONI: Basically all the Japanese selvedge jeans makers respect the basic American vintage Levi's 501. It's faithful in a good way, but on the other hand it's the only thing they do. They are obsessed with vintage Levi's and selvedge denim. They value details like the count of yarns and the stitching. In the end, they focus on a very narrow category.

This is why they try to change the color of the selvedge, change the depth of the indigo or use thicker or thinner yarn counts to create a difference, but in the end it's the same denim. Actually... the only difference between the brands is the thickness of the denim.

I'm not interested at all in how Levi's or Lee denim used to be. These are not the things that you can reproduce. It would be better to think about what is suitable right now and develop new denim rather than trying to reproduce the things that are impossible.