How to Finally Wash Raw Denim?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Agent J, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    Good luck with your wash, I just use Woolite and a wool programme on my mom's top of the range washing machine.

    Let us know how you got on..

    What jeans are you washing/soaking???:)
     


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    cheers Hirsh. Its a pair of Evisu No. 2 (selvedge & sanforised so no initial soak) that I've had since 2010. Not sure how long I've worn them all up, as I don't wear them every day. I have quite a few pairs of Japanese denim that I was wearing rotationally until I realised I need to stick to just 1 pair to try and get some good contrast fades. The 1st wash was in a washing machine, inside out on delicate cycle with some eco detergent. All good, but no high contrast fades. Maybe it was too soon?

    I'm pretty sure I've worn these awhile between the 1st wash. I had to get a almost crotch blowout repaired/reinforced (they were quite starchy). I'm hoping for some nice fades and honeycombing. I've purchased some woolite dark off ebay too. None available in Australia.

    Its hard to know when its too soon to wash, but I also don't want to blowout the crotch properly from leaving too long. I figure now its time :)
     


  3. Hirsh

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    Sounds like the right time to me!!!

    If they're washed too late, when the denim is too weak, then they'll just rip!

    Good luck and go for it!

    Post pics of how they turned out...:)
     


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    cheers mate. Why are they weak when you wait too long to wash them again? Bacteria? Fibers are at their most stretched? Maybe a contributing factor in the almost blowout? Its just so hard to tell how long I've worn them when its not an everyday thing. Scared to wash too early (like I did 1st wash I think)

    cheers. I'll post pics if they look any good :)
     


  5. Hirsh

    Hirsh Senior member

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    Basically they just get so ingrained with sweat and dirt that the fabric is over stressed and deteriorates.

    My friend never washed his, just wears them for 2-3 years before they literally disintegrate, but they're unwearable in society long before that - he just hangs the remaining threads in his museum!

    If you want great fades and a great end result, you DO have to wash them occasionally.

    Hope that helps..
     


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    Yeah, it helps for sure. thanks :) "Unwearable in society long before that " haha
     


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    Glad I could help..

    As a denimaholic please feel free to ask me any questions I can help with, whenever you like!

    Today I'm wearing purple face Pure Blue Japan, sadly not raw, but they fade out to a great colour - going since December 2012, hoping for plenty more wear yet:)
     


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    Thanks Hirsh. Appreciate the offer! I certainly will :) Is Pure Blue Japan from Okayama? I hear good things about them! Don't own a pair though. I was in Okayama a few mths ago but didn't have the time to denim shop (or the money too since I have enough pairs already waiting to be worn).

    I'm hanging to get properly into my Flat Heads and RJB's. Also, surprisingly an Australian brand called Imperial which actually have a really nice cut, Japanese selvedge and a different looking arctuate.
     


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    No worried, anytime I can help

    Yes Imperial Do make nice jeans!!

    Pure Blue Japan have a huge cult following, but they are vert slubby, so if you like your jeans smooth these aren't for you!
    2 more things:
    The thighs are cut very slim - I'm like a skeleton so doesn't bother me
    They stretch out a lot..if you don't wash them they end up saggy and ugly.
    I thing you'd have to go heavyweight to the 24oz to avoid this

    I had to sell my first pair, but my current pair, bought December 2012 are doing well!
     


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    Is slubby the same as hairy? Yeah, I couldn't wear them. My thighs are too big. I've had to pretend that the skinny jeans trend doesn't exist :) Street wear babby of yesteryear was my time! Wow, 24 oz is a heavy denim for sure. Must be pretty stiff when new :)
     


  11. Hirsh

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    Yes slubby is hairy, although it calms down with washing.

    Btw I have a pair of bespoke Japanese Kurabo 21oz jeans from July 2012, which although stiff are an amazing experience and although they cost me a small fortune are the best jeans I've ever owned!

    Not for the faint hearted......:)
     


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    slubbiness is not hairy actually. slubby refers to irregular yarns being used to make the denim fabric that results in the fabric having an uneven texture. slubby denim often is also hairy but the hairs can be singed off but still remain slubby.
     


  13. Hirsh

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    Yes, I do know that, but it's a fair description to somebody who doesn't know about slubby jeans, especially if they didn't like hairy jeans.

    To be honest, although they're very comfortable and good quality, I'm not sure I would buy Pbjs again, as I like the way heavyweight jeans wear, and for relaxed or fun days there are Naked and Famous at entry level prices...

    Last year I had a pair made in Savile Row, using a toile of my exact body, and they still went into holes before the end of the year:now That's a waste of money!
     


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    yeah, "bespoke" sounds ridiculously expensive :) cheers
     


  15. Hirsh

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    Haha, you're right, Bespoke IS ridiculously expensive, especially on Savile Row but the jeans are tough as nails and fit like a second skin

    I can't afford another pair yet (they were 2012), but I would do it again...

    The besy jeans I've ever had:)
     


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