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post #1 of 37
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Hey all,

I have decided to start writing up a blog series called "Understanding Denim" based all around denim. The first few posts are to help answer a few common questions on how to buy and care for your denim.

http://inseamstore.wordpress.com/

Understanding Denim Part 1: The Basics
Understanding Denim Part 2: Buying Tips

I am open to any constructive criticism here - this is my personal opinion and I know not everyone is going to agree.

My next post will be about "Wash and Care Tips". Please drop some suggestions as to what other topics you would like covered.

Cheers,
Darren
post #2 of 37
Do you polish your denim with mink oil or Sno Seal?
post #3 of 37
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I like to go the whole way with human sebum twice daily.
post #4 of 37
^ Nice!
Could expand on the buying tips by incorporating methods of discerning quality/character of denim and construct of jeans.

I think I've also written about similar topics in the past - but it's always good to have some understanding of a merchant's perspective
post #5 of 37
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There is just SO much to write about! It is very hard to keep it succinct enough so that people don't get bored reading it all. When I'm typing it all out it really doesn't seem like im typing much - but then when I finish and look at that wall of text I am worried nobody will read it all Thanks for that tip Mike - I will do another separate post to cover that topic after I publish wash and care tips
post #6 of 37
I'd like to see some independent research rather than regurgitated "facts" from the interwebz.
post #7 of 37
Thanks man, appreciate it.
post #8 of 37
I just read the Basics. If I didn't know anything about selvedge, I'd find the article very informative.
post #9 of 37
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Originally Posted by djc View Post
Hey all,

I have decided to start writing up a blog series called "Understanding Denim" based all around denim. The first few posts are to help answer a few common questions on how to buy and care for your denim.

http://inseamstore.wordpress.com/

Understanding Denim Part 1: The Basics
Understanding Denim Part 2: Buying Tips

I am open to any constructive criticism here - this is my personal opinion and I know not everyone is going to agree.

My next post will be about "Wash and Care Tips". Please drop some suggestions as to what other topics you would like covered.

Cheers,
Darren

cool.
post #10 of 37
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Thanks for the support and feedback guys Im glad my rants are of some use - keep the suggestions coming!

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I'd like to see some independent research rather than regurgitated "facts" from the interwebz.

My aim here is really to educate beginners about denim first off before I start working into the technicalities of it all. What topics did you have in mind that are not "regurgitated facts"? I am more than happy to take suggestions on what to write about, but in reality there's hardly a thing you wont find on the internet already..
post #11 of 37
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I'd like to see some independent research rather than regurgitated "facts" from the interwebz.

yes, there are plenty of entrero's that do exactly that already.
post #12 of 37
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Just published my third post on "Wash and Care"
post #13 of 37
tensile strength increases of various metals blended with denim, IE apc stainless steel vs standard 13 .5oz selv denim.
post #14 of 37
"Dry cleaners use strong detergents which affect the fade." Do they? There are plenty of arguments against dry cleaning: the effect on the environment, and the chemicals which therefore leach into your denim, but the point of dry cleaning surely is that it leaves jeans un-faded, if you like the look of dry denim.
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"Dry cleaners use strong detergents which affect the fade." Do they?

There are plenty of arguments against dry cleaning: the effect on the environment, and the chemicals which therefore leach into your denim, but the point of dry cleaning surely is that it leaves jeans un-faded, if you like the look of dry denim.

Sorry, I meant their chemical solvents. I absentmindedly typed detergent - I will edit that. Thanks for pointing it out.

The dry cleaners use a mixture of chemicals and steam to remove stains and clean the clothing without actually having to put it in the wash. This will affect the raw denim's fading characteristics.
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