black ripped jeans

Cham is a 19-year-old model who works at the popular Harajuku boutique Never Mind The XU.

Pictures “talk” more than words… we. @Denimology, are always stoked about Japanese, especially the Harajuku folks, know how tho really, and we mean REALLY, put together eye-catching outfits without having to resort to showing bellybuttons and other assets that were actually meant to be covered up in public! 😉


Cham (above) is wearing a layered top by the independent Japanese brand Fetis with Uniqlo ripped skinny jeans and tall Demonia platform boots. Accessories – some of which are by Fetis – include a knit hat, hoop earrings, a nose piercing, an o-ring choker, various rings, and a zipper bracelet.

coated jeans

Japanese shironuri artist, Minori, outfit is put together from handmade, vintage, and remake items – features a lace hat, black netting, a vintage red purse, and tall black platform boots.

hi rise jeans

Narumi’s look here features a Pameo Pose sweatshirt with UNIQLO skinny black jeans and Tokyo Bopper platform shoes. Acccessories include a wide brim hat, a Dr. Martens leather pouch, a silver Vivienne Westwood necklace, a tattoo necklace, and a Fjallraven Kanken backpack from Spinns Harajuku.

denim sherpa jackets

Yunapon and Kodayu both work at the Omotesando vintage shop Amore Tokyo. Their fun pink-accented looks caught our eye on the street in Shibuya.

Kodayu – on the left with blonde hair and Mickey Mouse ears – is wearing a vintage denim jacket over an H&M polka dot top, a hot pink vinyl skirt from Opening Ceremony, and neon pink Nike Airmax 90 sneakers. Accessories include vintage Chanel earrings, a vintage Gucci backpack, and Barbie nail art.

Yunapon – on the right with twin braids and Mickey Mouse ears – is wearing a vintage denim jacket over a Barbie hoodie, a pink vinyl skirt from American Apparel, and pink Nike Airmax sneakers. Accessories include vintage Chanel earrings, a H&M x Barbie purse, Barbie nail art, and a Barbie x Moschino mirror iPhone case.

step hem jeans

Kosei Kudo is a salon model. His resale Harajuku street style features resale ripped jeans, a shirt under a purple hoodie, both from G.V.G.V, and black and white Dr. Martens brogues. His accessories from Givenchy, Toga, and Y.147 include hoop earrings, round sunglasses, a black triangle necklace, a gold necklace, gold metal bracelets and rings, a silver watch, and a Puma cap.

{note the “reverse” step hem of the jeans – longer in front and shorter in the back, great alternative!}

shredded jeans

Die-Fall’s jacket is by REASON, worn over a Supreme hoodie, Dry Goods ripped skinny jeans, and Nike Air Pippen sneakers. Accessories include numerous piercings, a Supreme Tom & Jerry beanie, Supreme iPhone case, and a Supreme backpack.


  1. It would be fun to see what you selected to showcase if you did a series about how denim is worn around the globe.

    I love street scenes.

    The good news is as a denim expert you could work on these stories in advance and have them in your arsenal….and then on a day when you are thinking I do not wsnt to show any belly button photos at all you shoot out one of the global posts.

    • oh…. then we’re gonna have a problem: I NEVER feel like posting about belly buttons unless its about cute little new born babies – so what to do 😉

      • I think sometimes they show off their bods to get attention and if the attention subsides perhaps they will get the point and stop the belly button brigade, etc.

        If you do enjoy global posts just want you to know I enjoy seeing them.

  2. I read a comment MJ posted earlier about global street scenes.

    I would like to see photos of what kind of denim is popular in countries like Serbia and Bulgaria.

    Who are their style icons and their trendsetters?

  3. Its interesting to see which of these people are lost in costume or in character they are playing, and which are expressing themselves as themselves. None of them are wearing anything vulgar or humiliating, as so many do in the pix we have been looking at of mostly Americans. So many of our “icons” get our attention by being train wrecks and then we see their images everywhere and wonder if they look somehow acceptable. No they do not.

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