Silicon Valley Magazine
12th October 2017
A Raw Talent for Selvedge Denim
Kiya Babzani’s obsession with raw selvedge denim began at 19, when, on a visit to a friend in Hong Kong, he wandered into a boutique in the bustling Central district and purchased his first stiff, dark pair of Yamane Deluxe five-pocket jeans. “I was really into rockabilly music and dressing the part—the cued jeans, the rayon shirt, the white tee underneath, the pompadour, the whole thing,” says the 39-year-old, who was born in Iran and raised in San Mateo and San Francisco’s Outer Richmond.