Kyoto Denim





Toyoaki Kuwayama, the son of a kimono-maker, launched the Kyoto Denim brand in 2008, and opened this dedicated store the same year. He uses kyo-yuzen, a painstaking kimono dyeing technique, to add elegant and traditional motifs to the waistbands and pockets of women’s jeans. The process of hand-drawing and dyeing each pair takes a full week, and prices reflect this. Sadly, cuts are made with the Japanese physique in mind, so no-one with a waist measuring above 76cm need pay the shop a visit.

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Review updated October 2009


79-3-104 Koinari-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Kyoto Station (JR, Karasuma, Kintetsu lines).

Telephone 075 352 1053

Open 10am-8pm daily.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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