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I like it raw€¦

May 06, 2010

Raw, dry denim, that is. I love the concept of making things look vintage through your own hardships in life. I am obsessed with anything that looks retro, old, etc. but what makes those things so interesting to me is their authenticity. If it is legitimately some beaten up shirt, jacket or of pair of jeans from your grandpa€™s day, then that just bleeds cool in my mind. So, all those acid washed jeans, pre-destroyed nonsense drives me up a wall. If there are going to be tears in jeans I pay for, it€™s going to be from my own shenanigans, not a textile factory.

To get to the point of my earlier statement on raw denim, its exactly that, raw. Particularly, Japanese selvedge denim (click there to learn more about them) is all the rage in certain sub-cultures, and I understand why. This shit is called raw since its the cream of the crop, hard as sandpaper denim, the way your grandpappy got back in the day. You want it to be soft? Wear the hell out of €˜em for a few months and that€™s how they€™ll soften up. I€™ve bought raw denim before and actually wrote a post about my shrinking of some Levi€™s 501€™s wayyy back when on my original site. They€™re still tough since I don€™t wear them as often since they€™re still huge on me. I get some wear out of them but not as much as i€™d like to truly break them in and make them my own. My dilemma is my scrawny body with my extra long stems (legs) so unless I get slim jeans, I look like an extra in a MC Hammer video. So while I need 34+ leg, I wear a 30 waist. Trying to find jeans in those sizes is like finding two needles in a haystack. Well, I discovered a pair more suited for a gent my size and not at a ridiculous price. Most Japanese selvage denim runs about $150 and more. Brands like A.P.C are staples in the raw denim community but pricey. For my current economic standpoint, that€™s too high. I got my current pair for $78 bucks. I normally buy either Levi€™s or Uniqlo jeans and that never gets much higher then $50 but I didn€™t mind buying these to get more of the dry/raw denim experience. Here€™s what they look like now, I€™ll post pictures of these as they fade and wear in time.

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There€™s that selvedge €œself-edge€ part, check the link posted earlier for more info.

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This is located on the inside of the jeans and if you can€™t read it, I€™ll transcribe for ya. €œHello, I am made out of raw selvedge denim. Yeah, that€™s right, I€™ve never even taken a bath. If you wear me hard and don€™t wash me for several months, I will become a beautiful and personalized jean. Hooray! Love, -Jeans.€ The best part about these jeans I have to say though is the brand, or lack thereof.

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The brand is called The Unbranded brand jeans and their stance is great. They got no design, no logo, just pure denim and that€™s something pretty unique nowadays. I still wear logo t-shirts (especially Only Ones) and other brand clothing, I just appreciate the way this company is run and their approach to the industry. Check out that simple, no fuss back pocket and leather patch.

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