On Friday the 28th of February we will release for pre-order our first kimono to be made in Japan.
The name of this Brazilian jiu jitsu gi is the Scramble “Yamato Black Label” kimono.
It will be hand made, to order, in Japan.
The specifications are:
– 100% Japanese cotton top and bottoms – hardly any shrinkage, and the best balance of strength and lightness
– Soft and lightweight – you’ve never felt anything as comfortable in a gi
– Ultra high quality embroidery and woven / printed patches – with many times the detail usually seen on a kimono
– Hand-made in Japan – incredible attention to detail with straight stitching and no loose stitches
– Limited availability – this gi will never be made again
– Each and every gi comes in a specially made bag
– Collectors Editions available – with extra items (included below)
On paper, our partners in Japan have followed the same sizing guidelines we used for the Athlete kimono. However, with a different team using different materials, the resulting cut is slightly different. Over many costly and time-consuming samples we have refined the cut further. The final result is a gi that approximately follows the sizes you are used to with a Scramble kimono, but with a slightly less tailored fit. In addition, the gi will shrink far less than other models due to the quality of the Japanese cotton. So the gi will not shrink down to create the tailored fit. It will, however, eventually shrink over time (and of course due to the organic nature of the material, some gis will experience more shrinkage than others.)
Sizes available: A1, A2, A3, A4.
The Production Time
The estimated production time is THREE MONTHS. Please do not buy this kimono if you are in a hurry to own it or you are not familiar with the kind of delays and adjusted arrival dates of pre-order items. There is a possibility that some orders may be shipped in advance, on a first come, first served basis. There is also a possibility the gis may arrive late, due to manufacturing problems, material availability, volcanoes or the apocalypse. Again, please do not buy if you are not prepared to wait. (It will be worth it though!)
The pre-order will start from the morning of the 28th of February, and run for a few days.
Japanese gis are built and described differently to those usually made in Pakistan. I would equate the jacket material as roughly equivalent to a lightweight, ultra soft pearl weave of around 400gsm. The trousers are cotton, not ripstop, and of medium thickness.
The Cost & the Packages Available
Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono
£199.99 GBP / $335 USD / ¥34,000 JPY
Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono – Limited Collector’s Edition Package (only 20 available)
£349.99 GBP – ONLY AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM THE UK / WORLD STORE (which DOES ship worldwide.)
Scramble Yamato Black Label bracelet, hand made by Enson Inoue.
We have 20 of these very special items, made for us by Japanese MMA legend Enson Inoue, through his company Destiny Forever. Each bracelet comes in a presentation pouch with a signed and sealed message from Enson himself. Proceeds from the sales of these items go towards various humanitarian causes that Enson helps. Currently that mostly consists of increasing to raise awareness of the plight of the thousands of people still suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
Scramble Ikka Mon (Scramble Family Crest) Sterling Silver Necklace
These very special items are being made to order for us by a friend in a small-batch factory in Thailand. They are sterling silver and measure two centimetres wide. The front features a crest done in the traditional Japanese style, often found as pins, pendants or emblems on Japanese underground groups / organisations. The rear says “Scramble Ikka”, which means Scramble Family in Japanese.
The Yamato Black Label will be available at:
Scramble (UK / WORLD) Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono & Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono – Limited Collector’s Edition Package (only 20 available)
Scramble (USA) Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono ONLY
Bull Terrier (JAPAN) Scramble “Yamato Black Label” Made in Japan Kimono ONLY
Please note the Limited Collector’s Edition Package will only be available from the UK store, but we do ship worldwide.