If you’ve ever bought a pair of LVC’s rigid American made shrink-to-fits you’ll probably be familiar with the challenging decision it is to choose the right size. Especially before we’re talking $250 jeans. In addition to finding the right fit for your body type and your style, be it the looser cut 1955 or a slimmer 1954, one of the most crucial aspects of making the “right” choice is the consideration whether you’ll wash your jeans or not. We’ve touched upon the topic numerous times (have a look at our comprehensive guide here), but now Levi’s also stepped it up and put together three short, informative and entertaining animated videos about the three ways you can choose to go; keeping your jeans unwashed, soaking them in the tub or machine washing.
What does it take to become a denimhunter? As with almost anything else, you got to have passion. Curiousity doesn’t hurt either. And if you have patience while wearing in your dry denim jeans the very construction of the fabric will reward you with enviable results, which is basically what the fuzz is all about. In my world, denimhunting is also closely related to the search for facts. According to Collins English Dictionary, ‘fact’ can be defined as “a truth verifiable from experience or observation,” and to get that experience or do those observations you have to get your hands dirty. This article lists five facts that are central to the discussion of denim and five pieces of advice that will help you achieve the best wear results.
Owning a denim shop dedicated to old school and raw denim, I’ve often had long discussions with customers about the question of washing jeans. Often customers are told not to wash for the first 6 months, and you also hear about some who put their jeans in the freezer for a couple of days to “clean” them. As a response to all the questions I’ve received, this article was written as a basis for a discussion on the how to maintain and care for your raw denim jeans. The guidelines provided in this article are subjective, yet they are reached through years of experience in the field. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage you to reply with your approaches.
“We recommend you to give your jeans a quick rinse in the sink before you start using them.” I put this advise in our “Guide to Dry Denim“, and in this article I’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how I do it. The main reason to rinse your jeans before you wear them is that they simply will last longer, as starch (and chemicals) is removed. -This softens the fabric. The process is exemplified with a pair of Lee Archives 101Z jeans from 1952. I don’t say that this is the only way to do it, it’s just my way.
This article is a three-step-guide on how to transform a pair of rigid dark blue “dry” jeans into something that will make heads turn. The best-looking jeans are without a doubt those you break in yourself. The process is challenging and time consuming, and success or failure basically comes down to what you do before you wash your jeans, how you wash them, and what you do after the first wash.