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Preventing fades in selvedge denim

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I love selvedge denim, but I don't like the way it fades. Does anyone know if there is a way to set the dye in a new pair of your jeans so that it doesn't develop the so-called whiskers, honeycombs, and stacking fades?

Currently, I only get about six months of wear out of denim (without washing) before it looks too worn to wear to the office, and I'd like to increase that time to as long as possible.
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Originally Posted by noremac View Post

I love selvedge denim, but I don't like the way it fades. Does anyone know if there is a way to set the dye in a new pair of your jeans so that it doesn't develop the so-called whiskers, honeycombs, and stacking fades?

Currently, I only get about six months of wear out of denim (without washing) before it looks too worn to wear to the office, and I'd like to increase that time to as long as possible.

There is no way of doing this.  However, some jeans tend to fade less than others.  I would recommend that you call a specialist, like the guys at Self Edge (www.selfedge.com) or Blueowl.us to get a good suggestion.

 

Good luck.

post #3 of 10

The softer fabrics and stretch fabrics will fade slower.

post #4 of 10
Get a pair of Deep Indigo from N&F and these would last at least a year without the high contrast fades. The other option is to get a black weft jean from 3sixteen .... Ask Jay from BlueOwl for other specific brands


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post #5 of 10
Apparently Italian selvedge denim are tough faders, so if you can find brands that sell Candiani selvedge you're good to go

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post #6 of 10
Pure Blue Japan's NC-005 are designed to not fade very easily (the NC stands for No Change).
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Thanks for the responses. I'm not really interested in tracking down specific brands of denim - I live in a small city, and it's too much hassle to source rare products and have them shipped internationally.

I was just hoping that there was some sort of treatment available that would help ensure the dye didn't wash away so easily. For example, I've heard that soaking denim in vinegar or salt water helps. Has anyone tried this?
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Originally Posted by noremac View Post

Thanks for the responses. I'm not really interested in tracking down specific brands of denim - I live in a small city, and it's too much hassle to source rare products and have them shipped internationally.

I was just hoping that there was some sort of treatment available that would help ensure the dye didn't wash away so easily. For example, I've heard that soaking denim in vinegar or salt water helps. Has anyone tried this?

For the most part, some reproduction brands aside, the indigo is already set this way.  However, indigo is a surface dye, and will eventually fade.  It's just the nature of the thing.  

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I was just hoping that there was some sort of treatment available that would help ensure the dye didn't wash away so easily. For example, I've heard that soaking denim in vinegar or salt water helps. Has anyone tried this?

That may help a little, but at the heart of it, you're essentially asking if there's a way to stop clothes from wearing down. Indigo denim fades when the white core is exposed. Since indigo doesn't completely penetrate the yarn, the material's white core is revealed when the top surface wears down.

There's no treatment you can apply to sink the indigo in further. Or prevent the yarn from wearing down.

You may be able to minimize how much indigo is lost through the cleaning process (I imagine that's what people are trying to do with the vinegar stuff). If that's your goal, maybe look into dry cleaning? But there's nothing you can do to stop yarns from wearing down.

That said, some jeans fade faster than others. The PBJ NCs mentioned above, for example, are dyed with indanthrene, not indigo, which supposedly penetrates the yarn more.

If you're up for non-blue jeans, I also find that certain black jeans keep their color for a long time. 3sixteen's black warp/ black weft denim (what they call their double black denim) is really, really hard to fade.
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There's no treatment you can apply to sink the indigo in further. Or prevent the yarn from wearing down.

Thanks for the info. Good to know.
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