For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday they’ll be blogging about their experience here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This has been week 13.
Renee: It’s getting hot in NYC. As I sweat in my Jean Shop jeans more, they may finally start to smell (I know, not attractive). But I am surprised at how clean they’ve kept. I’ve been talking about doing a soak for a while now, but they really haven’t needed it. This weekend I’ll be at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston, and I have yet to decide if I’ll be wearing my jeans–that’s a lot of potential beer spillage. I’ll fill you in on how it goes on our Tumblr!
Gordon: I have never been happier with the thin soft texture of my raw Nudies as it is hot as the hinges of hell in NYC. I also am really liking the length of my jeans, now. At first, I thought they were too short unless scrunched on top of boots. But the slightly below ankle length looks great with my summer shoes.
Gosh, we need to come up with some new poses, beyond hand-on-the-hip. Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr daily to see how we’re wearing our jeans!
—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
Tags: Jean Shop, no wash, Nudie, raw denim
There is a lot of back and forth amongst the raw community over whether or not it’s okay to wash your raw denim. The Nudie website recommends wearing your jeans at least 6 months before washing, but Erick Goldstein from The Jean Shop told us that after they’ve worn in a bit, hand washing with a mild detergent won’t do any harm. Here at Denim Therapy, Renee and Gordon are on their fourth month of wearing raw jeans and have yet to wash them (check out our Tumblr to see more on the project).
We can’t deny that there’s anything wrong with being in the hard-core no-wash club (we love anyone who’s that passionate about their denim). But if you’re smelly, this guide from GiltMANual will let you know exactly how to wash your jeans while still maintaining your raw denim street cred.
Photo by Scott Eiden via GiltMANual
Tags: Giltmanual, jeans shop, no wash, Nudie, raw denim
We’ve been wondering what our jeans would say if they could talk. It’s been 84 days (more about the project on our Tumblr), and that’s quite a lot of togetherness. So we listened in:
Jean Shop: Hey Nudie, How’s it hanging?
Nudie: Not too bad, just enjoying my break. 84 days of wear is exhausting.
Jean Shop: Yeah, but your ass looks great! Nice pocket fade.
Nudie: Thanks man, how are you coming along?
Jean Shop: Good, still a little stiff in my joints but I’ve been softening out.
Nudie: Yeah, you’re definitely looking a little thinner.
Jean Shop: Thanks! Got any plans this weekend?
Nudie: A soak may be in the cards for me.
Jean Shop: Niiice. I’ve got some BBQs.
Nudie: Watch out for the beer and BBQ sauce, it only takes one beer to get you feeling really dirty.
Jean Shop: Wouldn’t be the first time!
Nudie: Oh snap! Have a great weekend. Stay clean.
Jean Shop: Enjoy your soak!
—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
Tags: jeans shop, Nudie, raw denim, talking jeans
For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). For week 11, Gordon and Renee decided to take some close up of their jeans to show you exactly how they’ve been aging.
Gordon (jeans pictured above): My Nudies are really starting to contour to my body, they are becoming my second skin. As the jeans have stretched in the knees and hips, I have gained much more move ability. Up to now I’ve only been getting creases, the only fading has been on my wallet pocket. But lately, I’ve been getting some good fading around the front of the knees and bum area.
Renee (jeans pictured above): I love Gordon’s wallet fade in his back pocket. Most men’s jeans get a lovely fade in that area from wear, and as a result we repair lots of back pockets at Denim Therapy. On my Jean Shop jeans, you ca see some creasing happening below the back pockets, and some color fading happenning along the seams and pocket corners. The back of my knees have some nice honeycombing going on. It’s nice that my color has not faded very much with wear, or bled all over the place as many brands of raw often do.
Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr for daily pictures and see how we’ve been wearing our jeans!
—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
Tags: Jean Shop, no washing, Nudie, raw denim, raw jeans
For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This was week 10.
Renee (jeans above): As you’ve seen on our Facebook or Tumblr (yes, there’s a video), I’ve gotten a new pair of Dr. Denim raws. When I’ll get a chance to wear them in, who knows. But the point of all of this is that yes, I’ve been converted. I now understand the attachment one has with their raw denim. And I’m only 10 weeks in with my Jean Shop jeans.
Gordon (jeans above): I started riding my bike again this week. My Nudies are perfect bike jeans. The skinny legs never get caught in my chain and there is just enough stretch in them to allow for easy circular movement.
We’ll see you here next week for our week 11 wrap up. Until then, you visit our Tumblr to check out some daily pics of how we’ve been treating nad wearing our raw denim.
Tags: Jean Shop, Nudie, raw denim, raw denim project
For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This was week 9.
Renee (jeans pictured above): It’s been a quiet week for my Jean Shop Jeans and I. I’m still trying to hold out on soaking/washing them for as long as I can, but with the weather heating up my jeans and I will be partaking in far more outdoor activities. I’m actually surprised at how slowly the fading process has been happening with my jeans. It gives me a newfound respect for all of the raw jeans with wear holes that we get in for repair at Denim Therapy!
Gordon (jeans pictured above): This week started with a bonfire at a friend’s house. So towards the beginning of this week my Nudie jeans smelled like campfire smoke. You hardly ever get that smell in the city, and I actually enjoyed having it on me. As the smell faded, it smelled more like a clean scent, almost like a cologne.
Don’t forget to check out our daily Tumblr to see how we’ve been wearing our jeans!
Tags: dry denim, Jean Shop, Nudie, raw denim
For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). Happy week 8!
Renee (jeans above): My Jean Shop jeans are getting a little dirty. I’m torn–should I soak them? Or hold out for as long as I can? My jeans were sanforized (new term for me!), which means they were treated to prevent shrinkage. Some raw denim comesunsanforized, and will therefore shrink about 10% after their first wash or soak. I think I’ll try putting them in my tiny little freezer, like Gordon did last week. Wonder if that works? If you ever heard about the guy that wore his jeans for 15 months without washing them and then tested their bacteria levels (and found them to be surprisingly low), then know that he also froze his jeans. Here’s an in-depth article about why it works.
Gordon (jeans above): I’ve been battling over whether or not to starch my Nudies this week. My jeans are starting to get soft, especially in the knees, thighs and bum area. This is great for comfort, but I’d like for them to stay a bit stiffer to maintain the creases. I’m probably going to go without the starch. My only starch experience is starched button-ups from the cleaners, and I absolutely hate the way they feel.
Wanna see how we’ve been wearing our jeans? You can follow us everyday on our Tumblr. We’ll see you back here for week 9.
— Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
Tags: dry jeans, Jean Shop, no washing, Nudie, raw denim
For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog. Their jeans were traveling last week, but they’re happy to be back for week 7!
Gordon (jeans pictured above): I started my week with a freeze wash for my Nudies. I left them in the freezer overnight to freeze out any soil. Unfortunately, I put them in the freezer without any wrapping or plastic bag, so they smelled like frozen food the next morning. Albeit faintly, they still smelled like food and I hated it.
At the end of the smelly day I got stuck in a torrential down pour, and my jeans got soaked. As it turned out, that was just what they needed, a good rain rinse, to get the unfortunate freezer food smell out.
I took my lightweight navy blazer by Juicy Couture out of my closet this week, and it looks great with my Nudies. You will be seeing it a lot on cool spring days.
Renee (jeans pictured above): Last weekend I cheated on my Jean Shop jeans with denim shorts. I was at Coachella, and 98 degrees F didn’t seem like the right weather to be running around in a not-fully-worn-in pair of raw denim jeans. But maybe a 3 day break was enough to rekindle the romance. This week has seen a decent amount of change in my jeans. The creases are getting deep and are beginning to feel a little softer and thinner.
Don’t forget to keep up with what we’re wearing everyday on our Tumblr, and we’ll see you back here for week 8.
—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
Tags: Jean Shop, no washing, raw denim project Nudie, raw jeans
I always feel lucky to live in NYC whenever I step into Topshop. It’s a UK fashion institution, one that I spent A LOT of time at when I lived in London. With celebs like Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, and Selma Blair rocking their duds, and amazing designer collabs with Kate Moss and up-and-comings like Meadham Kirchoff and Ann-Sofie Back, it’s where I go when I want to feel truly on trend (and in the best way possible).
Last week I had a styling session for The Raw Denim Project with a few of their personal shoppers at Topshop’s only retail store in the US, located in Soho. My stylist Lexi Clayburn ran around the store with me, asking questions about my personal style and how I’ve been wearing my Jean Shop raw denim jeans. After I so eloquently told her to “have her way with me,” we came up with three fun outfits.
If you’ve been following our daily style posts on Tumblr, you know that the above outfit is something I’d definitely wear. The sheer mint blouse ($95) contrasts perfectly with the stiffer white linen jacket ($84). Such a great transitional spring to summer/work to play outfit!
Next week I’ll be blogging from Coachella. Although I’ll probably be cheating on my raw jeans with some denim cutoffs, this outfit would be great for some night-time parties. This laser cut brown top ($70) has a suede feel and falls longer in the back. Paired with this cream fringed vest ($95), you’ve got an awesome mix of textures.
Most valuable advice I got for wearing my jeans? Wear shorter shirts! Although this may take me back to my awkward midriff bearing 90s years, this look is totally updated with higher-rise bottoms and looser shirts. The rust-colored crochet crop top ($75) is given a harder edge with a cropped black leather jacket ($110).
You can sign up for a personal shopping session with Topshop, too! Click here for more details. Special thanks to personal shoppers Melanie Abrahams, Laura Groudine, and Melanie Tojari, who also helped out with my looks.
Tags: denim styling, dry denim, raw jeans, the raw denim project, Topshop