Kicking Mule Workshop Denim


I'm loving my "1980 Skinny" Kicking Mule Workshop (KMW) jeans (above left). So much so I think I've worn them nearly every day since I got them.

Boulder-based KMW produces denim for those who appreciate quality, details and subtlety; for those who want to make their jeans their own. They make a few styles (for guys) including the 1950 Classic, 1980 Skinny, Rocker and 2010 Straight, which are available in a range of weights from 13 – 19 oz. depending on the edition. The denim is made from Zimbabwean cotton, is rope dyed in natural Indigo, and made in Japan's Okayama prefecture.

My 1980's are mid-rise, regular fit jean with oversized but understated back pockets. A slight taper give them a clean look without giving up the comfy, roomy feel. The 13oz weight is perfect and is breaking in nicely. The coin pocket features a red and blue selvage line (which is a point of some debate on the boards) but a detail I like. Some other details include hidden rivets, doughnut buttons, and an embroidered kicking mule on the inside of the fly.

Check out the KMW site for a list of retailers, or buy them online at Context or Revolve.

Josh Rubin

Josh Rubin

Josh Rubin is COOL HUNTING's founder, editor and executive creative director. He brings his background as a photographer and expertise as a user experience designer to his point of view on what makes a good story for CH—this most often include some kind of intersectionality between art, culture, technology and design. Josh is a bit of an urban hippie, obsessed with most things Japanese, a Sealyham Terrier lover and very food motivated.

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