LA Guy, i have a pair of A.P.C.'s that I had been wearing-in faithfully since june until about 2 weeks ago when i spilled pasta sauce or something on them and really had to wash them. first of all, i was in love with the way they were aging until that point. now, i don't know where i went wrong (i think i never should have put them in the dryer) but things are not quite the same post wash. i'm not sure if they will continue to age the way they had been or if i just need to suck it up and try again with a new pair. any advice/insight? also, if you go into the store in soho, there's a dude who works there who's been wearing his jeans continuously for several years w/out washing them and they have become soft and beautiful. is that what you have to do?
That is a very long time to be wearing jeans without washing them (6 months+). Eventually you have to do it, of course the denim will not be nearly as dark, but to wear unwashed jeans for years without washing them is just disgusting. You can also wash them in cold water w/o soap to get some of the gross stuff off (or spot clean with water). The detergent takes out most of the dye. If that guy in the boutique is really wearing them for years without washing, you better have washed your hands if you wanted to feel how soft his jeans were, because they must be so saturated with dried sweat and dead skin, it's grotesque. Personally, I think jeans look best when you wear them in so that there is a large contrast between the dark and the light, then start to wash them twice a week to really beat them up. That's my plan with these A.P.C.'s. I like the vintage look, and if you look at old pairs of Levi's, none of them retained the original indigo color in any part of the jean.