Rare Evisu collection: Benny Seki

Hong Kong denim collector and Take 5 owner Benny Seki opens up his personal Evisu vaults to share these hand-painted jeans.

Evisu is renowned for its craftsmanship of hand-painted denim, with its iconic “Seagull” logo painted on every pair of jeans. Urban fashion blog, Hypebeast visited Hong Kong denim collector and Take 5 owner Benny Seki to capture some of the Japanese brand’s rare archival items, done by none other than founder Hidehiko Yamane.

Created mostly as display pieces, the paintings have a naive and imperfect approach that nods to the Japanese’s unique wabi-sabi way of thinking. Yamane was infamous for his use of secret paint mixture and painting his favorite motifs such as skull and bones and the Japanese flag. While in the past there have been select Evisu releases involving painted fire down the backside, Yamane’s own style lends a softer and more individual approach, embracing imperfection and detail. It’s also interesting to note that this particular pair features a blank leather patch and reverse pocket tab, which coincided with Evisu’s trademark battle with Levi’s several years back. Other models from Seki’s collection include a saru (monkey) version that features a bold painted bottom area in yellow.




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