First Settlement Goods
Meet the "Resolute" Founder
YOSHIYUKI HAYASHI - Denim Designer
Born in 1956. Based in Osaka.
In 1988, as a designer for establishment of DENIME, Yoshiyuki Hayashi is scrupulous with his huge passion for denim, and becomes an existence which tows the unprecedented replica jeans boom in Japan. DENIME, in the years since, had expanded and was eventually bought out by Hitoshi Tsujimoto, the owner of Real McCoy’s. It was at this point that Hayashi left DENIME to focus once again on his true aim: creating a perfect replica of the Levi’s 501…and thus Resolute was born.
Hayashi loves to wear his jeans with a very short inseam, leading to the so called “ankle-freezer” look. Many Resolute’s Japanese customers are following this style. Apart from Resolute, this style is very common nowadays and you see it nearly everywhere. To be fair, Hayashi-san has been wearing his jeans this way for many years already, and so many denimheads call this look the “Hayashi-style”.
The San Cosmo Indy
Inspiration: Growing up, I remember my grandfather, who worked in a factory making aluminum body heavy trucks, had a pair of sturdy boots in a pebble-grain leather. Those boots always stayed in my mind due to their unique texture. Years later, when I became familiar with the Alden Indy boot, I put the two designs together in my mind as a functional and stylish work boot that would be a great nod to my family's past. I envisioned The San Cosmo Indy boot design with all eyelets, to ensure that the boot would cut a stylish profile, and with neocork soles and rubber Thomas heels, to keep the boot comfortable and practical.
I kept the design in my head until 2016 when I proposed it to Brogue. Brogue submitted the boot make-up to Alden and ironically enough, the boot was delivered by Alden on my grandfather's birthday. The boot is named the "San Cosmo Indy", in tribute to grandfather, whose name was Cosmo.
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