Introducing the Oris X Momotaro Edition Divers Sixty Five

Oris is introducing a new collaboration with Japanese cult denim label Momotaro, with the watch being launched today via webcast and now available on TheRake.com.

In January this year, when Oris brought several members of the press to Taipei for the showcase of its upcoming releases, the company’s regional director, Michael Meier, hinted at an upcoming project with a Japanese streetwear label that was “in the works”. Naturally, the entire press group spent the next couple of days trying to squeeze out more information from him, to the extent of randomly throwing out Japanese streetwear brand names just to see if we could hit the jackpot. No one got it right. But we can now reveal that the brand in question is in fact Momotaro, a Kojima-based denim maker, and a label that surprised us all given its relative obscurity outside of the denim-lovin’ community.

The word “Momotaro" stems from an ancient Japanese folklore and literally means “Peach Taro”, or “Peach Boy”. The original Edo-era story tells the tale of a child born to an elderly couple who found a giant peach floating down the river, ate it and regained their youth. This was a tale of rejuvenation, or “kaishun-gata”, and since the brand is birthed in the Okayama region, which is the birthplace of Japanese denim, the Japan Blue Group that owns Momotaro named it after that. As the group’s owner and CEO, Hisao Manabe, says, “Our journey started from the revival of Japan Blue colour — Japanese traditional ancient blue (natural indigo). We research and understand the beauty of denim. We care for artisanal high quality and apply even ultra-low-tech, very traditional manufacturing methods. Our products are considered real and genuine, and [are] acclaimed internationally.”

 

Momotaro uses very specific manufacturing methods for its products. Its denim is made from Zimbabwean cotton, one of the finest available and picked by hand, thus reducing damage to the cotton, which is a pristine white and excellent for dye absorption. Using indigo dye, for which Japanese denim is famed, and traditional shuttle loom weaving to create raw selvedge denim, Momotaro’s artisans then sew the cloth with vintage sewing machines that date back to the early days of denim workwear, making this a truly handcrafted product.

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Darren Ho

Published

April 2020

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