X-Posted from my column on Selectism:http://selectism.com/columns/kiyababzani/The Works Garage by Iron Heart
I'm in Tokyo for business and was invited out by the president of Iron Heart to take a tour of their newly opened shop. I think i was more excited to see the motorcycles than any other part of the store or jean repair facilities. The store is out in Hachioji City, but worth the trip.
We drank quite a few glass bottled Cokes, talked heavy denim, discussed further projects, picked up some finished pairs of sample jeans, and admired their collection of Iron Heart branded bikes.
It's interesting to see that in Japan this brand is purely for guys on motorcycles yet outside of Japan it appeals to a very wide range of customer and has no limitations based on whether or not you ride a bike. These guys live and breathe motorcycles and it's another interesting take on a classic American culture through the eyes of the Otaku Japanese.
On to the photos..
The Works Garage
The Iron Heart Collection of Bikes, Some of which are just shop bikes and used to go on sales calls.
A $70,000 custom bike with sterling silver buttons and accents made for the Iron Heart president by Richard Stark (founder of Chrome Hearts)
Dressing Room and Stock
Custom IH Arcuate Seats and Tanks
Pin-striped Buco Helmets
Works Garage Staff Manager, Tom. This girl looks small and rides the largest fucking Harley Cross Bones you've ever seen, it's an amazing sight.
Hiro replacing some regular rivets with sterling silver ones.
The SEXIH07 jean, 19oz unsanforized Japanese selvedge denim, straight leg fit with a bit of taper, burly denim that's as heavy as Iron Heart's normal denim once soaked and shrunk down but fades like Flat Head's denim due to the loomstate nature of the denim and dye properties. Designed by Diesel.
The SEXIH07BK jean, the overdyed version, seriously insane and will fade to indigo.