Originally Posted by Mike C.
Am I the only one who thinks this guy doesn't have it wrong? He seems to be parapharasing all the threads that go on here about the care of dry denim. I guess the only thing he's getting wrong is equating dry denim and selvage denim. All selvage denim is not necessarily dry and vice versa.
I think that he is a bit off the mark (apart from his seeming to equate raw and selvange denim - although, to be fair, with some notable exceptions, most of the raw or one wash jeans popular among denim heads are constructed with selvage outseams.) The trend is not so much to keep the denim dark as it is to get as many contrasting "wear" marks as possible on a pair of jeans. This is why people are waiting ridiculously long to wash their jeans, and resorting to (I think that this will be as laughable in the long run as acid wash jeans) measures like drying the jeans without washing them and then "airing them out" to mitigate the smell and starching the thighs and the back of the knees.
But I think that Glenn O'Brien does have a point. Clothes should be washed before they get really dirty. And he was wearing raw denim (I think that APC was his preferred brand) before pretty much anybody here. They will develop wear naturally depending on your lifestyle.