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Hartford Denim Company rocks!

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by thecentennial, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    On a recent trip to the US, I wanted to buy a unique pair of jeans. Did some research and came up with these boys. A short 1 hr trip up the freeway and I was knocking at the door of the HDC.

    The initial scene was bloody great - one of the guys still completely rat arsed, in his undies lying on the floor - the other 2 chaps packing up for a trip to Nicaragua. Beer bottles strewn amongst the denim, leather and very cool antique sewing machines.

    After convincing them to open for sales (I got there a little early in the morning..) we had a chat about their denim, styles and future direction.

    These guys have a real passion about what they do, and their designs are classic, using high quality denims sourced from the US and Japan.

    I ended up buying a pair of mid height, very long, what could be called standard fit jeans, made of 16oz Japanese slub raw denim.

    They fit great, they use old US pennies as buttons, hand peened copper rivets, plus a lifetime repair guarantee..[​IMG]

    End of the day, these jeans are unique - I think there were only 4 pairs made of the style I bought. Very happy, great guys and a great story. Highly recommended.

    I'll post pics soon.
     
  2. mmmmpay

    mmmmpay Senior member

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    As a Hartford Country resident, I'll say the buzz has been growing a bit what from the local internet. They're out of my price range at the moment, but if I ever more on from Levi's it will be to them, if only because, hey, support your local denim company. They've a site: http://hartforddenimcompany.com/ if you really wanna hear about it.
     
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    What? Pennies are dirty, it's the last thing I want to touch before reaching for my cack.

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    I'm a sucker for hickory stripe pocketbags.
     
  6. mmmmpay

    mmmmpay Senior member

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    Yikes that earlier post was rife with errors. Hartford County. If Hartford was a country it would have been abandoned or colonized by now. But while it's got a post, and aside from the use of out-of-circulation coinage on the fly, do these in any way look worth the money? I have no eye for that kind of evaluation.
     
  7. Stylin-1

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    On a recent trip to the US, I wanted to buy a unique pair of jeans. Did some research and came up with these boys. A short 1 hr trip up the freeway and I was knocking at the door of the HDC.

    The initial scene was bloody great - one of the guys still completely rat arsed, in his undies lying on the floor- the other 2 chaps packing up for a trip to Nicaragua. Beer bottles strewn amongst the denim, leather and very cool antique sewing machines.

    After convincing them to open for sales (I got there a little early in the morning..) we had a chat about their denim, styles and future direction.

    These guys have a real passion about what they do, and their designs are classic, using high quality denims sourced from the US and Japan.

    I ended up buying a pair of mid height, very long, what could be called standard fit jeans, made of 16oz Japanese slub raw denim.

    They fit great, they use old US pennies as buttons, hand peened copper rivets, plus a lifetime repair guarantee..[​IMG]

    End of the day, these jeans are unique - I think there were only 4 pairs made of the style I bought. Very happy, great guys and a great story. Highly recommended.

    I'll post pics soon.


    After seeing the construction on these jeans, I wholeheartedly believe this.
     
  8. mmmmpay

    mmmmpay Senior member

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    To the best of my knowledge, the workshop is part of their apartment which might explain the rat-arsedness early in the morning before the shop is open. As for the trip to Nicaragua, it appears they're going to give away jeans to local farmers and see how they hold up. Which I guess is a neat experiment? I suppose this is just a bit of provincialism on my part, but I'll stick up for Hartford how I can.
     
  9. somatoform

    somatoform Senior member

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    At least the jeans are guaranteed a minimum re-sale value of 4 cents though.
     
  10. thecentennial

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    To the best of my knowledge, the workshop is part of their apartment which might explain the rat-arsedness early in the morning before the shop is open. As for the trip to Nicaragua, it appears they're going to give away jeans to local farmers and see how they hold up. Which I guess is a neat experiment? I suppose this is just a bit of provincialism on my part, but I'll stick up for Hartford how I can.

    Personally I thought being shitfaced just added to the mystery of this startup denim company.

    The workmanship is very, very good - 20 hours + into each pair, most of it sober. These guys know what they are doing.

    If you're in the area, look them up and pop in for a gas, they're a great bunch of lads, should be back from SA now anyway, no doubt with many a tale of getting spazzoid on the local homebrew.
     
  11. gastarbeider

    gastarbeider Senior member

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    just what the world needs: a denim chamois.
     
  12. JF90

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    its sad that i live in ct, and have yet to hear about this company. i think ill go check them out later in the week, see what their about. [​IMG]
     
  13. cb_32

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    im actually kinda digging these
     
  14. thecentennial

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    its sad that i live in ct, and have yet to hear about this company.
    i think ill go check them out later in the week, see what their about.

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    That's a pair of 12 oz cone mills (I believe) used by a local cycle courier. Riding around all day really hammers the jeans, so (due to the lifetime free repair guarantee) they re-enforced the crotch/rear with 24oz japanese denim.
     
  15. cb_32

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    That's a pair of 12 oz cone mills (I believe) used by a local cycle courier. Riding around all day really hammers the jeans, so (due to the lifetime free repair guarantee) they re-enforced the crotch/rear with 24oz japanese denim.

    can i send in my denim to them to re-enforce the crotch?
     
  16. thecentennial

    thecentennial Senior member

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    Why dont you call them and ask?
     
  17. cb_32

    cb_32 Senior member

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    Why dont you call them and ask?

    1. im not from hartford ct
    2. i dont want to pay long distance
     
  18. videocrew

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    1. im not from hartford ct
    2. i dont want to pay long distance

    I cannot for the life of me remember the last time I worried about calling long distance. Do you own a cell phone?
     
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    cb_32 Senior member

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    I cannot for the life of me remember the last time I worried about calling long distance. Do you own a cell phone?

    im just gonna email them and i remembered that i have family in hartford lol
     
  20. flatspotting

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    I guess I could add to this whole thread....

    maybe a month back someone found a pair of HTFD Jeans at a thrift and posted it up.... I thought they were absolutely amazing and had to get me a pair....

    So I did! After chatting with the HTFD guys on the phone for a while (I live in vancouver BC, I couldn't just drive over and visit heh) we figured out a pair that met what I wanted for looks and sizing that they had handy. Paid over the phone and they shipped it out for me to pickup in Point Roberts Washington.


    I just grabbed them yesterday:



    There are Hartford Denim Co. 11.5oz Indigo Duck Red Line Denim, HTFD Style#001.

    They have blue stitching, purple stitching for the fly holes, and Hand-peened rivets.

    As well, which I quite love is they have full denim pockets as well out of the same denim as the whole pant - the feel of these is beyond anything I have worn or owned. I am sure they will last forever, even without the Free Lifetime Repairs option.

    Here's the good stuff:


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