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The DT Raw Denim Project Week 9


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!

 

 

 

 

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Posted May 08 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The Raw Denim Project Gets Styled at Topshop


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.

—Renee Sykes

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Posted Apr 11 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project: Week 5


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 5. Wait–it’s week 5 already? Holy smokes!

Gordon (jeans above): I’ve been getting more and more compliments on my Nudies!  The longer I wear them, the better they look. If my Nudies could talk, they’d have dynamic conversations.  This week my jeans have been on as I worked at the Williamsburg Flea, dined at Friend of a Farmer, and had a cozy night around  the TV with family. They’ve been to work, business development meetings, and out dancing.

Renee (jeans above): Like Gordon, I’ve been abusing the heck out of my Jean Shop jeans. Cooking, cleaning, dancing, running around with my 3 year old nephew… I even feel asleep in them one night on my couch (note to mom: it wasn’t because of drinking!). I had a styling session at Top Shop on Thursday, which I will be posting on Monday. And next week I’ll be blogging live from Coachella! But back to the jeans: the abuse is starting to pay off, with more noticeable honeycombs behind the knees and some slight fading on the thighs and front knees. I love where they’re heading!

It’s been a fun week! You can keep up with what we’re wearing everyday on our Tumblr, and we’ll see you back here for week 6.

— Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Apr 08 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project: Week 4


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 4 (see last weeks article here).

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Gordon (jeans pictured above):  It has been a rainy week in NYC, and I have been scared that my rain soaked Nudie’s will bleed onto furniture, other clothes, etc.  But, they have not!  I don’t know if it’s because they have been wet a few times this week, but they are noticeably softer lately.  They keep getting more comfortable with every wear!

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Renee (jeans pictured above): I was so careful the first few weeks of wearing my Jean Shop jeans, but now I’m trying to abuse them. Wear is showing up around the back pockets and knees–basically anyplace that bends with me as I walk or sit. I love watching them change. Perhaps I should try something to speed up the process. Rooftop gardening? Extreme sports? In the next few weeks I’ll be having a few styling sessions, so stay tuned!

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Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr everyday to see how we’re wearing our jeans, and we’ll see you right here on the DT blog next Friday!

- Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Apr 01 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The Denim Therapy Raw Denim Project: Week 3


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 3 (see last weeks article here).

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Renee (jeans pictured above): I was forced to experiment with spot cleaning this week. Between taking out-of-town guests out to eat and March Madness, my Jean Shop jeans fell victim to a few unfortunate food spills. I hesitantly used water, a wash cloth, and a the tiniest dab of detergent to scrub at the spots.

Even though some indigo came off on my washcloth, there was no discoloration after the areas had dried like I had feared. After 3 weeks, I am starting to see some minor color fading on the corners of the back pockets and behind the knees.

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Gordon (jeans pictured above):  On Wednesday I fell, spread eagle, right at the sidewalk corner of 39th and 8th, no one else knew why I took such a huge fall, but I knew it was because of my shoe laces.  I was mostly afraid that my jeans had ripped.  They had not, but there is a small mark on my left knee to forever remind me of that hellacious fall.

Other news for my Nudies:  there is some new whiskering along the upper inner thighs which reminds me of puberty, the honey combs behind the knees and the ankle bunching are getting better and better, and my wallet has made its mark on the back pocket.

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Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr everyday to see how we’re wearing our jeans, and we’ll see you right here on the DT blog next Friday!

—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Mar 25 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The Denim Therapy Raw Denim Project: Week 2


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 2 (see last weeks article here).

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Gordon (jeans pictured above): This week the weather has been great in NYC, so there haven’t been any overcoats covering up my great pair of Nudies. They have been free to soak up the moderate elements!  The honey combs are starting to develop behind my legs and there are some whiskers on my front hips.  As of yet there has only been creases and no color changes.  I am looking forward to the color fading on the creases so the wear becomes more pronounced.

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Renee (jeans pictured above): As much as I love to see the beautiful bright orange selvege edge on my Jean Shop jeans when they are cuffed, I’ll be hemming them here at Denim Therapy next week. Apparently so does the general public, because I was stopped this week and asked about my jeans (specifically, if they were raw/dry and about the selvege). Maybe it’s the fact that I can be obsessive about certain things, or maybe it’s where I work–but this girl likes her pants at exactly the right length. As spring progresses I’ll still be rolling them up to wear with sandals and flats, so I’m sure I’ll still get asked about my jeans on the subway. As far as wear goes, I’m seeing some slight discoloration behind my knees. Very exciting stuff!

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Check out 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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Posted Mar 18 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The Denim Therapy Raw Denim Project: Week 1


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Posted Mar 11 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

Denim Insider: Baldwin Denim


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.

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.


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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.

BALDWIN DENIM ONLINE>>

– Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Nov 12 2010 in Denim News » Reviews: Brand

The Difference Between Raw Denim and Selvedge Jeans


Edwin jeans' coveted rainbow selvage seam.

Edwin Jeans' ED-47 'Rainbow Selvage" seam. Available at FUSShop.

We are asked what is the difference between “raw” denim and selvedge quite frequently, because, quite frankly, denim terminology can be confusing.  In an effort to not get too technical, here are some basic definitions.

I LIKE IT RAW
Raw
Denim is denim in its original state: unwashed, untreated, unfaded and unprocessed.  It is sometimes called “Dry Denim.”  It is indigo denim straight off the looms.  Jeans can be made from this raw denim straight from the roll.  Raw denim can be hard to distinguish with the naked eye or even with hand feel, because there are many resin and super-saturated wash styles which mimic the desirable features of raw denim.


SELVEDGE OR SELVAGE, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Selvedge (or selvage) denim
is woven on traditional, 100-year-old wooden shuttle looms.  Selvedge is referred to the type of weaving process, and not to denim, specifically.  Denim woven from traditional wooden shuttle looms use a continuous thread that goes back and forth in the weaving process, ultimately creating a closed-off, non-fraying self-edge (also known as selvage edges).  The slow shuttle looms produce a tight weave and uses more thread. As a result, it is more costly.  To maximize usage, companies would use the denim all the way to the self-edge, hiding the edges in the sewing process. Today, selvedge aficionados often reveal show off their selvedge seams (found on the outseam) by folding up the hems, revealing the identity of the superior textile.

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An example of a selvedge edge (self-edge) on a fabric.

The selvedge seams are sewn together by fabric mills using different thread colors, depending on the factory’s color coding system.

For more technical definitions, check out the Denim wiki.

Are you a Denim Head? Contribute your knowledge!

– Kathy Ng Hassan







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Posted Oct 07 2010 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim News » Denim Therapy
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