If there is one country in the world that really appreciates denim it is Japan and the International Herald Tribune has an interesting article on the length that some designers go to to create the perfect pair of jeans. For Yoshiyuki Iwagishi of Mizra Jeans “torturing and killing” himself over a silhouette or a particular fit is second nature. The jeans (shown above) are made with traditional Japanese soy bean and wood charcoal dyes and use antique kimono fragments for the pockets and hems. All this attention to detail and hand finishing means that each pair of jeans is unique. These jeans are too fussy for my liking but I can’t help but admire the obsessiveness of the designer.