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Unwashed denim

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rlevine, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. rlevine

    rlevine Well-Known Member

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    I've read conflicting reports on what unwashed denim does when you finally wash it. The nudie website Q&A section says that it will shrink only 2 to 3 percent because it is "sanforized", and that this shrinkage can basically be negated if you stretch it while you dry it. Then I've read that APC unwashed denim will shrink 2-3 inches, so when you are breaking them in, you should cuff them. I don't really want to wear my jeans cuffed, nor do I want a line where the cuff has been folded down after the wash. Should I just get my APCs hemmed to my normal length, maybe with an extra inch or so?
     


  2. Brian SD

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    APCs and Nudies are both sanforized. The length on both of them will shrink a little (two inches, max) and the waist will shrink a tiny bit (often not at all). If you stretch out the legs while the jeans are wet, the length will be longer, but shrinking is inevitable. You have to cuff them and deal with the lines - lots of denim nerds like them, including myself. Either that, or hem them and make them an inch too long to compensate for shrinking. Even if you stretch them out when theyre wet, they still shrink.
     


  3. rlevine

    rlevine Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comprehensive answer. I've actually read today (on the superfuture forums) that you can wash the jeans once before you wear them and you will still get nice distress marks after wearing them for a while and then washing them. I'd imagine that the downside is you get slightly less contrast in your whiskering, but to me the upside is pretty good: not as much shrinkage in length, and not as much indigo getting everywhere. I may do this.
     


  4. benchan

    benchan Senior member

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    Amen to that. You really don't need the dye to bleed into your nice leather shoes(god forbid if they were spectator shoes) or sneakers.
     


  5. Brian SD

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    Yea, you can be certain that your jeans are not going to look bad, there is no one rule that says you have to wear them a certain way - Nudie just preaches that because if you give people very specific directions on how to do something, they're much more likely to do it. I saw a photograph of someone's jeans that he had washed 10 times in a year, and they were breathtaking. Oh, but for the record - APCs and Nudies will not bleed onto your shoes, even before the first wash. Well, still... don't wear $580 white helmut lang oxfords. [​IMG]
     


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