Baldwin Denim, makers of premium, dry denim jeans, is headquartered in Kansas, a long way from the denim capitol that is Los Angeles. But, design and fit is closest to Designer and Owner Matt Baldwin’s heart. “We work with a third-generation pattern maker to produce a variety of fits.” Sourced from only the top denim mills in America and Japan, Baldwin Denim jeans are 100% cut and sewn in the USA, and hand-made leather patches, custom rivets and a born-on inner-lining descriptor adds a nice bespoke feel.
Would you work with other mills (I noticed you use Kaihara Mills)?
I just purchased some yardage from Kurabo Japan. From a dry denim perspective I have had the best break in from these three mills. The quality of the fabrics as well as colors set them apart from the rest of the field.
Are you working with any special denim technology or textile innovations for your current or upcoming collection?
Our “Black Out” denim is our high quality dry selvage fabric over dyed with a special technique that turns the fabric black and softens the denim. It allows the natural indigo to come through as the denim ages.
BALDWIN DENIM - The Reed and The EJ, available at Baldwin Denim online.
Are there plans to add new denim silhouettes next year?
For men’s The 53 is our dad fit. Longer rise, Tailored in hip and relaxed through the thigh and calf. We needed a more relaxed fit than The Reed, it rounds out our offerings for a good straight leg. For women The L is our legging jean. The fit is a mid rise classic legging jean. It’s not a trendy fit. It becomes very easy to wear for many body types due to the fit through the waist and thigh.
In general, do you have any advice on how to prevent indigo rub-off on shoes or furniture?
No. If you buy dry denim, know what you are getting into.
Be on the lookout for 2011:
A new Baldwin flagship store, set to open in Kansas City on August 2011, with more to come your way.
Kid’s jeans in a dry fabric.
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— Kathy Ng Hassan
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