Studio D'Artisan SD-106 Denim 4 months in use

September 18, 2016

Studio D'Artisan SD-106 Denim 4 months in use

Here we have some freshly aged Studio D’Artisan SD-106 jeans!

When it comes to SDA sometimes people seem to forget about their relevance and can sometimes be thought of as an 'underdog' or in this case the ‘underpig’. SDA have been around since 1979 and have been creating quality Japanese denim for nearly 40 Years! They are one of the original 'Osaka 5’ denim manufacturers who were one of the few pioneers of quality denim in Japan.

The SD-106 is similar to the SD-107 but have a lower rise and are a slim straight fit. These have been worn by our Sydney staff for 4 months, 4-5 days a week and have been washed twice. Thanks to SDA’s super rich, almost ink black indigo dyed fabric they are already starting to show beautiful ageing characteristics. The smooth Zimbabwe cotton denim fabric prevents stress during wear and creates a very comfortable wearing experience.

On the front side you can see underneath the pockets ‘lightning strikes’ are sighting to appear from walking and pocket usage. Also the ‘Cat’s whiskers’ are developing and showing places where the indigo has worn and the brighter shade from underneath is coming through. Since our staff always help our customers with their boot fittings and lacing you can see the front knee section has been worn the most. Beautiful light indigo spots are appearing on the knee and again some subtle ‘lightning strikes’ surrounding.


Now to the back side! You can see that the back pockets and surroundings are fading dramatically more then anywhere else. The back yoke and felled seam is starting to show many spots of lighter indigo and character. The belt loops are also showing lighter indigo in the middle thanks to SDA's special roped construction. The back pockets are starting to show beautiful light indigo highlights on each corner and where the hidden rivets are sitting. Underneath the pockets you can see some very cool long ‘lighting strike’ fades that point down to the crouch, this is due to the denim smooth fabric. The deerskin patch has become darker and the printed design is starting to fade slightly. Down to the back of the leg you can see that the honey comb fades are established but are quite faint. They will slowly but surely become bigger and grow with more contrast.

The entire jean has been sewn together with 100% cotton thread that has been overdyed! You can see that in places such as the front and back pockets it is starting to age and become slightly lighter, similar to a vintage look. Gaining character that looks beautiful alongside the super rich indigo denim.

The Studio D’Artisan jeans age beautifully and are crafted by some of japan’s most skilled artisans. We highly recommend you give them a try if you are looking for some super unique fades!

How We Measure

Pants and Shorts


With the major buttoned up (i.e. the top button) open the jeans and lay them flat, like shown. Measure from the front where the major button closes to the back belt loop. Double this measurement to find the waist measurement.

The way we measure the waist is different from the 'Side to Side' technique. If you are used to the 'side to side' technique you can roughly roughly downsize by 1 inch.

For example, 'side to side' measurement for The Flat Head 3002 waist is 28inch and using our method measures at 29.25inch.

Front Rise:

With the jeans lying flat measure from the crotch bar tack to the top of the waistband. 

Back Rise:

Spread out the crotch so the bar tack is visible, then measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.


One inch down from the crotch, measure flat across to the other side.


Flatten the leg and measure along the inseam from the crotch to the leg hem. 

Leg Openning:

Measure straight across the hem from side to side.





Lay flat then measure from the shoulder's edge to the other shoulder's edge.


Lay shirt flat and measure from pit to pit.

Sleeve length:

With the sleeve flat measure from the shoulder to the cuff.

Arm hole openning:

Measure from the shoulder down to the pitt.

Vertical length:

With the shirt facing down, Measure from below the collar to the bottom hem.