*edit* just received an email from them
Thank you for your email. For our denim, it is not necessary to soak the raw denim before wearing. You can wear them right away.
Hope that helps.
Edited by insomb - 2/20/12 at 11:01am
Thanks whodini, I have a pair of Levi's Made and Crafted Ruler Straight leg I got from Barneys COOP with 8" leg opening and find it a little small. A lot of the other brands you mention aren't carried locally at the COOP, Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, I plan to make a visit to Denim Bar soon. Imogene & Willie looks good but no one stocking it locally, any thing other than APC you may suggest that could be easily found at regular stores.