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 progression here. This was week 1 (see last weeks article here).
Raw denim is stiff. Without having undergone any of the finishing treatments or final washings after the jeans are produced, a pair of raw jeans can almost stand up on their own. After a full week of wear, our jeans are beginning to soften and take shape. Find out how each pair has progressed below.
Renee: Since new raw denim jeans are so stiff, the first few times you wear them are painful. At The Jean Shop, it was recommended that I wear a tucked in tank top to avoid bruises and sores on my skin (as a side note, I did NOT experience any crocking or bleeding of the dye with my jeans. There has not been an ounce of indigo on any of my tank tops). After only two days of wear I had bruises on my hips, and the skin was rubbed raw behind my knees. Now a week in, my skin has healed and I’m able to bend down a little more everyday. I also think the jeans are looking better and better everyday, as they begin to learn the curves of my body. I absolutely love the creasing, and can’t wait for some color fading action in the future.
Gordon: This is my second pair of raw denim. Week one in my Nudie Jeans has been far better than week one in my Unbranded pair. The Nudie’s have a little give to them, so bending and twisting is not too bad. However, it was rainy this week, and when my jeans get wet, they bleed. I have been aware of this and haven’t (blue) bled on anything I shouldn’t, yet. The creases on my hips, knees and lower legs are starting to resonate, and I get more and more excited each morning to put on my Nudie’s.
Stop by our Tumblr everyday to see how we’re wearing our jeans, and we’ll see you here on the DT blog next Friday!
—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims
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