Edwin was established in Japan 1947. Its founder, Mr Tsunemi, had a passion for denim, which inspired him to import them directly from the United States as no denim was manufactured in Japan at that time. He was driven to create his own denims, with greater sophistication in fits, washes and quality. From this point on in Edwin denim history, quality, craftsmanship, innovation and integrity have been paramount to the ethos and aesthetic for the brand.

As jeans began to be adopted as the standard casual trouser - rather than strictly a workwear item - the American denim industry moved toward ever-greater mass production to keep up with demand. This preference for quantity over quality led to an abandonment of old denim manufacture techniques and machinery, and the use of cheaper non-selvage cloth. Luckily, these older machines weren't scrapped, and many were exported to Japan to be bought by the likes of Edwin.

In 1961 Mr. Tsunemi crafted the first pair of Edwin denim jeans. Fabric innovation was always key to Edwin's approach, and in 1963 Edwin produced the world’s heaviest ringspun denim jean (16oz), featuring the famous three-colour rainbow selvedge, which is still being used today. In the '70s Edwin was the first company to develop an 'old wash', offering the comfortable, broken-in feel of worn jeans – until this time jeans were sold only in their rigid unwashed or 'raw' state. In the '80s Edwin invented stone washing to fade jeans and replicate years of wear and tear, revolutionising the entire denim industry. This pioneering approach would influence every denim company in the world. Today, Edwin's principles remain unchanged, as it continues to innovate while respecting denim history and focusing on quality above all else.
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