Brian, LA Guy, do you just air 'em out on the washing line, or do you *gasp* have them dry-cleaned? Seems like... cheating.
I can't do the 6 months thing. 10 wearings (bear in mind that I wear my jeans *hard*, I mean, my 1 year Paper Denims look like 10 year paper denims after just one year) is the most I've gotten to. Then, I'll soak the jeans in a vinegar solution (to preserve the dye). and handwash them (very little, very mild, detergent). Works fine for me. They don't look exactly like the advertised version, but whatever. As for the new standard APCs, Tina at Stel's and the APC people all tell me that the cut is about the same, with a slightly more straight (as opposed to slightly tapered) leg, like a peg leg, and about 1 inch lower rise. Haven't yet seen them in person, but this is great news, IMO.