How Japanalogue Gives Japanese Denim an English Voice (with Dave Stewart)

Dave Stewart from the Website Japanalogue Joins Thomas on the Denimhunters Podcast

During the summer of 2019, I started noticing this new profile on Instagram called ‘Japanalogue.’ I loved the wordplay of the name and the gorgeous pictures. Soon, some very interesting—and very in-depth—articles about the Japanese denim brands we all love began to appear on the website.

After a couple of months, I finally reached out to Dave and got to know the guy behind the Instagram and website. Having blogged since 2011 myself, I truly recognise the level of passion and love he puts into Japanalogue. Now it’s your turn to meet the man.

Dave runs Japanalogue entirely as a hobby project (at least so far). As a single parent and a job as an English teacher at a girl’s high school, it’s not like Dave hasn’t got other things to do and take care of. That’s also why, on this podcast, I asked Dave about his plans to take his side to the next level.

What makes Japanalogue unique is the fact that Dave lives in Japan and speaks Japanese. He’s been living there for 20 years (but it’s only a few years since he discovered Japanese raw denim!).

Knowing the language and the culture is probably one of the key reasons he seems to be able to get the Japanese denim bosses to open up in a way the rest of us simply can’t. He’s practically become friends with all of them, it seems. And that puts him in a very unique position.

In this episode of a Denimhunters Podcast, Dave and I talk about his story, the philosophy behind Japanalogue, and how he might be able to turn it into a full-time thing.

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