One of the most respected Japanese denim brands, Big John has its origins in workwear, with founder Kotaro Osaki starting Maruo Clothing in 1940. In the ’50s, the brand imported American jeans and tailored them for the Japanese market, and in the ’60s the Big John name was established while manufacturing jeans using Cone Mills denim. Eventually in 1973, Big John would create the first pair of jeans wholly made in Japan. The care and dedication that went into that first pair is apparent even today, with the Spring/Summer 2014 collection introducing an apparel range that incorporates the brand’s workwear origins with a thoroughly modern sensibility. Check out the looks below.