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A Denim Debate: Washing Your 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

—Renee Sykes

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Posted Jun 02 2011 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project
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