Originally Posted by dcdenim
of course it is, denim made with natural indigo is much harder to fade than synthetic indigo.
Utterly irrelevant - and 'fading' is not necessarily an indicator of quality.
The idea of good quality denim is it keeps it color. Fading raw jeans quickly is a fad started by lazy people who don't want to invest lots of time to see good results.
Look at the 501s, after 3-4 months there is hardly any dyes left on them and they are synonymous with cheap denim.
Yes, $35 501 STF is lower-quality denim and not as colorfast as Japanese selvedge. Shocking.
But in the realm of high-end denim, there are brands that fade relatively quickly (Flat Head/RJB, Warehouse, Samurai, etc.) and brands that take forever (Iron Heart, Eternal) and many in between. Do you really want to argue that FH/Warehouse/Sam are 'low-quality' denim because they show fading before RRL will?
It's a design and manufacturing choice.
But fading is also a product of how you wear and wash. I've seen wonderfully faded Iron Hearts (on the wall of SelfEdge for one) - they don't have the hyper-contrasty look some prefer, but there's a wonderful vintage look to them. Kiya would have to confirm, but I'm pretty sure the SE pair was washed 13 times in twelve months or something like that.
Since I got these RRLs so cheap, that's my plan - gave them a first wash around two months, and I'm going to do it every month from now on