Photographer Paw Ager usually takes pictures of other people’s jeans, but for the Meadow competition he sent me his pair of Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1954 501Z. He bought them in February two years ago, and he initially wore them for a rinse in the bathroom (just like you hear in the cowboy stories). Later on, after he had worn them in on something more, he washed the jeans in the washing machine at 30 degrees without detergent. The first two months he had them, he didn’t go anywhere without them, but since then he has been wearing them a couple of times a week.
Dan Moon from Holstebro, Denmark is quite fond of his Nudie jeans, which is understandable. This particular pair he bought on February 1st, 2009 and they weren’t washed (at 60 degrees without detergent) until the 1st of March, 2010. Since then they’ve been washed about three times, all of them at 60 degrees celcius without detergents.
These Evisu jeans belong to Jonathan Allmang who describes himself as a “raw-activist”. He’s from Anglet, a surftown in the Basque country (South west of France). Jonathan is the manager of a Billabong Surf School in Marinella beach, and all his clothes are sponsored by Billabong, so he spends his money on his denim passion.
This pair of Lee 101S (the Kaihara version) has been worn in by Timmy Persson who lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. Right now he’s studying, but he has been working with denim for a couple of years. He wore the jeans every day for seven month straight, and then machine washed them at 40° celcius. After that he has worn them almost every day for one year and during that time he washed them every fourth month. Now he only wears them on special occasions.
This pair of 16 months old Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Dry Red Selvage has been worn Diderik R. Elvsveen from Oslo, Norway. They’ve been washed three times the first time after 13 months and the last time a couple of weeks ago. Diderik has spilled almost every imaginable thing on them include beer, red wine, white wine, booze, ash, snus, blood, sweat, tears, and the list goes on and on and on. That’s pretty badass.
Please give a very warm welcome to the first girl in our Meadow competition, Ika Surjosantoso from the Netherlands. Ika has been wearing a pair of Naked & Famous x Momotaro Skinny Guy jeans for exactly a year (5-6 days a week) as part of a Wear & Tear Project by Nordic Denim House in Finland. She’s an active girl and does a lot of walking, running, and biking, and she doesn’t really care about getting a little dirt on her jeans.
These Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1967 505s were bought in Brund by Peter Elverdam from Copenhagen approximately one and a half years ago. They are washed 2 times and used for 8 months before the first wash. Peter has not used the jeans every day of the period, so he can’t put an exact number of days on how much they have been used before the first wash. Peter is a civil engineer and he spends most of his day in an office, so the pants doesn’t wear out so quickly. The saddle of his bicycle has worn the crotch of the jeans thin, which has required a repaired and a reinforcement of the area with a swatch of fabric and a bit of textile glue. This has proven to be a rapid and durable solution.
This pair of Edwin ED47′s belong to Jakob Steffensen. He bought the jeans in November 2010 in Brund and he has worn them almost every day since then. They were washed for the first time in October 2011. The other day while I was at work, Jakob walked into Brund to buy himself a new pair. He asked me if I could take some pictures of his jeans so they could enter the Meadow competition. I agreed to bend the rules a little bit.
Here’s a little peak into the denim collection of Michael Lindstrøm who is featured in the March edition of Euroman alongside ten other collectors. The April77′s above are about 4-5 years by now. Michael used them almost every day during the first one and a half years, and after that they were dry cleaned. So after a year in the closet, he took them back into rotation and since then they’ve been used on and off. They are only washed two times in total.