Denim is a tricky business when it comes to wear and tear. You can come out a winner with a pair of jeans that will last you longer than some people's cars. Or you can end up a loser trying to create a bandana out of the left over denim fabric from the ruined jeans you purchased last year.
But fear not! Seeing as we're in the denim business, we've put together a little guide for you to use as you navigate through this difficult task.
If your after a personalized canvas, telling the tale of your daily ventures and expressing your personality, you need to start building your long term relationship with your own pairs of raw denim.
In a nutshell raw denim is denim that is untreated, unwashed and pretty much in it´s original pure form. Varying between different manufacturers but usually the fabric features a more rigid, sturdy feel. Notice also how different raw denims feels when it comes to it´s thickness, ranging from light denim, around 12 Oz and towards the heavier side 16 Oz and up. This has to do with the denim weight, basically how much a yard of denim fabric weighs in ounces, Oz. There´s also a matter of starching to take in count. Needles to say, the heavier the denim, the more rigid the feel.
How to wear and tear your raw jeans?
Well´, we dislike rules, so let´s say there isnt really a "right" way, it comes more down to how you prefer your denims to look really. As denim enthusiasts though, we would suggest that you wear and tear them for 6 months before the first wash, live roughly in them until you start seeing the break-in effect.
We heard that the Japanese have a trick in where they wear the denims for a few months and then take a good old lukewarm bath, wearing the jeans. To really get them hugging your legs and shape.
Dr Denim, Raymond Red Selvage Raw - 6 months into being worn without a wash.
If you ask us, the reason to why you should own a pair of raw denim is that it´s a personalised denim relationship made to last. The older it grows, the more it shapes after you and your life, forming after your rips and tears. Time only gives you a more in depth pair expressing your individual rawness.