The guys begin the Self Edge shops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York are possibly the most focused, enthusiastic, and geeky denim heads in the business. At least if you leave out the Japanese. Their lastest top-of-the-shelf product comes from Roy Slaper, the one man jeansmaker who had a loomstate selvage denim fabric developed by Cone Mills’ White Oak plant – the first time they’ve done that in 60 years.
Roy began making jeans at home in his apartment. At first they were “really terrible,” as Roy puts it, but after four months they began to look like usable clothing. Today the jeans are an immense success. The video below is from 2011, but it is still fascinating to watch how easy Roy makes jeans crafting look.
Roy is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about what he does. At first he literally had no idea about how to make jeans, but he spent hours sewing, talking to people in business, and reading about sewing machines. Roy is magpie when it comes to sewing machines and after learning more about denim and how it’s made he also got into the old machinery that “have so much soul,” as Roy explains it.
Eventually he had to move to a bigger place and he found a great studio and started getting even more machines. It was also about this time when Roy decided to focus on one single style that he was willing to sell. To test his product he set up a webshop with only one item for sale and to his surprise and joy the orderbook started filling up. After that Self Edge began the sole online supplier and the rest is history.
Most of the lastest models made of the loomstate fabric are already sold out from Self Edge, but keep an eye on the webshop – maybe they’ll do a resupply.