So since the market for Raw denim is growing right now I thought I would take this opportunity to show the progress of some of our Honestforum members Raw denim. I love to see how the jeans look even after a few wears, you can see them really forming to your body shape. The honey combs start to appear along with the lap creases, after a while they begin slightly fading and when you wash them the contrast against the fades to the rest of the denim looks great. The more you wear them, the more they change and so on. For me, they are like a project I like to work on, and its an easy one! If you would like to know more about Raw Denim please check out our guide and the Dry Denim section of Honestforum.
Here are my Good Societys (Lorna17) from New to 10 wears. (click to enlarge images)
My Sling & Stones Rachels (lorna17) from new to 40 ish wears, 1 soak and 1 wash.
Anthonys Nudie Slim Jim (pocket stitching removed) from almost new to 1 year old, 1 wash 1 dry clean.
Anthonys Dior at 1 year and 1 wash, 1 dry clean and plenty of soaks.
Kate Walsh was snapped in Hollywood with her arms full wearing her Current/Elliot boyfriend cropped jeans which we have seen her in countless times before. I’m not sure on the whole look of her outfit…loose top, loose jeans. It’s all a bit too…well…loose! The baggy boyfriend style looks better with a fitted tank or something smaller on top.
Images courtesy of celebutopia.net
Actor Ben Affleck carries daughter Violet off to school whilst wearing a pair of Levi’s Straight Leg jeans. We haven’t seen much of the new baby yet, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth. Wonder when she’ll make an appearance!
images via posh 24
Prior to the explosion in reproduction Japanese denim, Evisu was arguably one of the most denim brands. Hoping to recapture a growing segment of die-hard denim fiends, the brand has mounted a large campaign for their 2009 spring Heritage collection. While a full break-down of what’s in store can be seen over at their blog, here’s a quick summary. The No1Special (unsanforized) and No2 (sanforized) models have been re-released. Softer left-hand twill versions can be seen via the No13Left model. Other models include the No3 D85 “Rising Sun” Selvedge and the No4 open-yarn woven jean which unlike traditional ringspun has different wearing properties. Looking forward to the fall, Evisu will release an exotic sulphur rope-dyed ringspun black selvedge piece as well. Based on the following offerings, Evisu could gain some old fans in the upcoming seasons.
No1Special is unsanforized japanese selvage denim woven in Osaka by Kaihara Corps Ltd. Unsanforized denim is the most authentic cloth, as used on the very earliest jeans. It has a slightly hairy surface and the warp and weft yarns are quite loose. When it is first washed, the yarn fibers will contract, making the denim much tighter, and causing the garment to shrink. Another effect will be leg twist or skewing. Skewed legs are a sure sign of true vintage jeans. No1Special is cut in shrink-to-fit blocks (e.g. 0001stf), so you should buy your normal size for preshrunk jeans and hot soak them before wearing. We recommend soaking them at one of the many hot springs about 100 km south of Osaka, but if that’s not possible a warm bathtub and a cup of sake will suffice.
No2 denim is identical to No1Special, but sanforized. woven in Osaka Japan on half-width shuttle looms with signature pink selvage. No2 is a mid-to heavy-weight 13.7 oz denim and has a deep blue tone with a very slight red caste. The sanforization process was invented by Sanford Cluett in 1933 and involves passing the unfinished cloth through heated rubber rollers, causing the fibers to shrink and stretching the fabric into a stable state, which will not alter with washing. Sanforizing also prevents the jeans from skewing (twisting). Lastly, the singeing process takes off the hairy surface: before 1933, all denim was unsanforized (like our No1Special).