Original Kaihara Denim Apron
We are proud to offer you our original bag and apron designs for pre-order. Meticulously designed by our talented friends Taylor Groves and Tuhi Blair, both items are made with care using specially-sourced Kaihara denim. Kaihara is a trusted supplier at home in Japan and around the world. Founded in 1893 in Fukuyama City in Hiroshima Prefecture, Kaihara have kept their commitment to quality high-strength denim, innovating through times of war and peace. In-house processes began first with the heritage textile techniques of kasuri. Today traceable cottons are carefully selected for temperature-controlled spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Kaihara prioritise natural cotton and indigo dyeing, and the environment is placed above raw efficiency. Kaihara take great care to go above and beyond environmental standards for air and water quality impacts. The finish of the denim also benefits from this more deliberate approach. Though not as productive as modern looms, Kaihara choose to weave with carefully-maintained legacy shuttle looms. These looms are capable of creating selvedge denim, with its distinctive and expressive look. Selvedge means strength, too, living long and lasting well alongside other strong textiles like leather. Many of the brands we love have turned to the unique quality of this denim, from Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler to A.P.C. Now it is our turn.
For the construction of our bag and apron we are glad to be in the warm hands of Marutau, a Māori and Pacific wāhine sewing collective based in Ōtāhuhu. Established last year in response to the instability of the pandemic, Marutau are an exceptionally skilled group of mums, nanas, and great-nanas, with over a century of garment manufacturing experience between them. With your pre-order you are gaining an impeccably made piece, as well as supporting Marutau and their sustainability.
Taylor Groves is a fashion designer and maker based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Their designs convey a nuanced, playful sensitivity through garments that embody vulnerability, poise, and pleasure. A selection of ready-to-wear is stocked at The Service Depot in Wellington and is available in Tāmaki Makaurau upon request.
Apron Design Notes
The heavy workwear strength of our Kaihara denim meets a soft feel for comfort. Using a bias cut, Taylor Groves has playfully designed the hard-wearing garment to be fluid on the body. With a nod to the ‘one yard apron’ of the 1920s, our apron celebrates the domestic space with a fresh focus on utility. Working with the indigo denim’s texture and strength is a reminder that beauty need not compromise on practicality. Bar-tacks sit alongside soft raw edges, and the apron is finished with a pure brass buckle. The buckle has been designed collaboratively with Groves’ father, and made by hand in his South Auckland workshop.
Apron Care Instructions
Cleaning: Spot clean where possible. Indigo denim will lose colour over time, especially in hot water. When a full wash is necessary, use cold water, adding a small amount of white vinegar (1/2 - 1 cup). Wash separately on a gentle machine cycle, or wash by hand.
Drying: Fold the apron so the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric (the lighter side) is on the outside, with the buckle and buttons tucked into a few layers of fabric. Line dry, then use a warm iron if desired.
Life cycle: The brass buckle will take on a patina with age but will not rust or deteriorate, lasting as long as the hard-wearing, high-quality denim. When the apron needs to be retired please consider cutting the buckle out and reusing it to make a simple fabric belt or adjustable strap.