Iron Heart bans Japanese Retailers from selling on Rakuten – Shady!

For years I’ve purchased Iron heart products from the Global Rakuten website. They have now banned Japanese Retailers from selling online or overseas. Before, you were able to pay the prices that were PRINTED on the actual tags. Now the only way to buy their products outside of Japanese Retail is to pay the completely jacked prices set by the Iron heart UK people. I understand Engineered Garments and other high end brands restricting selling online and sales, but Iron Heart still allows sales online. Am I missing something or is this just another middleman getting his payday? Don’t get me wrong, Iron Heart UK has great customer service, but is it worth paying almost double the price for it?
This is from one of the retailers emails a few weeks ago.
"IRON HEART’S SALE ENDS According to the policy of IRON HEART, IRON HEART’s products will be impossible to sell on the website from April 2017. From April 2017, If you have something you would like to purchase with IRON HEART’s items, please send an e-mail to us. We do apologize for this inconvenience. I hope you will understand."

22 thoughts on “Iron Heart bans Japanese Retailers from selling on Rakuten – Shady!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t care about paying $350 for jeans that I will have for many years. To me, the point of wearing raw denim is to wear the same one or two pairs of jeans for a long time to actually fade them. I’ve been wearing my 25 oz regularly for 1.5 years and they have a lot of life left in them. Also, if you’re opposed to paying $350 there are like 4 different accounts on eBay selling their 634 cut for around $260 which is a pretty standard price for Japanese denim. Nobody really like that IH did that, but at the end of the day they make what is arguably one of the top 3 jeans in the world, so they can do what they want and people will still go out of their way to get a pair. I always say this, but it’s similar to Gibson guitars. Yeah, you can buy an epiphone or some other Gibson knockoff, but at the end of the day it’s not a Gibson, so people regularly still spend the extra money to have the real deal

    • Anonymous says:

      Dude for real. I’m naturally a tall lanky dude, but my quads are right on the edge of being too big for a pair of 888 due to doing squats and deadlifts. They still fit me really well, but even if they just increased their thigh dimension by like 0.2 inches it would be perfect

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I blame fat redditors for using big legs as a cope for being obese for so long that companies only think of big legs in terms of accommodating a gut and feminine fat distribution

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah pretty much. I guess the Japanese are generally small and skinny, so maybe they just don’t really consider the existence of a lot of buff westerners needing larger thighs in their jeans. Either that, or they are in a weird position where they already have a huge demand for their current selection of cuts and they don’t have the feasibility to supply more denim to manufacture a completely new cut with wide legs (requires more denim comparatively)

          • Anonymous says:

            No, it’s more about the japanese mentality and their jingoism. While they are quick to welcome foreign money, they don’t give a shit about the customers’ needs or wants outside of the japanese market. In their minds their product is perfect and any issue you might have with it it’s because you’re a baka gaijin.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, I blame fat redditors for using big legs as a cope for being obese for so long that companies only think of big legs in terms of accommodating a gut and feminine fat distribution

        There are a million Japanese denim brands that do straight cut 50s 501 repros if you want relaxed jeans.
        Its so funny to see people complain about Japanese denim being too skinny. 15 years ago guys were buying straight cut Japanese jeans 3 sizes too small in a desperate attempt to get them to fit slim.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, it’s common knowledge that there’s an entire universe of repro jeans in Japan that specialize in relaxed fits. The issue that some guys have is that we love the Iron Heart aesthetic, but they don’t make relaxed cuts. That being said, I fit perfectly in their jeans. It just sucks that they seemingly refuse to make a relaxed cut Jean

          • Anonymous says:

            >The issue that some guys have is that we love the Iron Heart aesthetic
            They are basically the same as every other Japanese denim brand.
            Their detailing is almost entirely based on vintage 501s, the only thing i see thats different from your typical repro is that they dont have bits of cotton stuffed in the belt loops to make the middle section slightly raised.
            The accurates are just ypur typical levis parody that 100 brands have done before.
            The only other detail that really sets them apart is that they use nylon core cotton thread for the stitching when most jap brands use pure cotton.
            Just get some samurais if you want 20+ oz jeans and can’t fit in iron hearts they end up costing half as much if you buy them from japan and imo the denim is much nicer.

          • Anonymous says:

            I have both samurai 21 oz and multiple pairs of IH. They’re all great jeans and they fit great. If I had to choose one pair it would undoubtedly be IH’s 21 oz. I like the entirety of its appearance as well as how clean the denim is and how it ages

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can someone recommend some brands that sell a relaxed straight fit, please?
    I have a pair of n&f strong guy fit and those are ok but would like to check other brands

  3. Anonymous says:

    think I’m finally going to buy some IH jeans. Was going to do 14 oz Indigo, but think I’m gonna go wild and do Black/Indigo

  4. Anonymous says:

    Question for the denimfags

    What are some good jeans that will fade the least? I want something high quality that will stay the same color as when I bought them.

    They also need to handle being washed once a week, because I actually work in my jeans.

    • Anonymous says:

      This does exist but it’s rare and I can’t think of one for sale right now. I have seen it before though and you want to look for jeans that are “reactive dyed” or mention being colorfast.

      However, if you want a pair of pants that won’t fade and can stand up to work every day, I’d recommend Outlier’s pants called bomb dungarees. They’re nylon but they fake denim rigidity well and they don’t fade.

        • Anonymous says:

          I think they do feel like new denim, considering what they are and that they stretch a bit. They’ll never get nice and soft like denim will though. I was also very against synthetics but sometimes they work.

    • Anonymous says:

      a lot of the jap brands like pbj eternal oni etc have done no-fade denims but they’re all limited runs.
      hank dyed jeans don’t contrast fade but are real ‘spensive.
      ime momotaro and eternal fade super super slow compared to other brands.
      but really if you want tradie pants that don’t wear out as a top priority, duck canvas pants > denim jeans, flat out, no contest.

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