The best time to buy raw denim is in the fall/winter so that you’ll be wearing them during the colder months without washing. By the time summer rolls around, your jeans are perfectly worn in and ready to take on the heat (and be soaked/washed).
Denim Therapy’s Renee appeared on Talking Schmidt, a local online talk show to discuss her raw denim. She has her jeans test-sniffed by another guest, and explains the eco-repercussions of jeans that are processed with chemicals. When asked whether her raw denim cut or bruised her, she revealed that in the first week, her hips were bruised and the back of her knees were raw! That’s dedication! Informative and amusing, Renee shows up in the second half of the show, but watch the first half to catch some music and interviews.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
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!