Obligatory Raw Denim First Wash Post


I bought my APC New Standards from the good folks at Stel’s in October of ’09.  For my friends who don’t read menswear blogs (guilty) these jeans are raw denim.  They come out of the factory never having been washed at all.  They are a dark, uniform indigo.  Since the color has never been washed out at all, they develop fade/ wear lines where your body actually bends and moves.  In essence, they become shaped and colored to you in a totally custom way. The “whiskers” on the backs of the knees weren’t there when I got them.

They have been worn for 15 months without a wash.  I don’t wear them as much in the summer, but when I wear jeans, it’s usually these.  I kept holding off on the first wash because I was wanting to see their break in continue.  However, they were getting a bit saggy and dirty.  I’ve been thinking about washing them, and when I saw this, I knew it was time.

Washing these was a tad emotional. They have been with me through some breakups, a move, the end of one job and the beginning of another.  But they were too stretched out.

Pre Wash:

Wash:

Post- Wash Fit:

I soaked them for about an hour with Woolite and pretty warm water (because I wanted them to shrink down a bit). They now fit lots better (especially around the knees and waist). Also, they didn’t lose much color or fade.

Operation clean jeans is a success.

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Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Congrats! Always a stressful process (i’ve yet to wash mine…) but glad to see they came out with minimal impact on the other side.

  2. nice. i got my APC’s from Stel’s as well. you are a patient man, sir… 15 months!? damn… i’m at 2 months and already mulling over a first soak, mostly just because they stretched out so much (wish i sized down a bit more). well done, though.

  3. very nice. i got my APCs from Stel’s as well. you are a patient man… 15 months?! goddamn. i’m at 2 months and already mulling over a first soak, mostly just because they stretched out so much (wish i sized down a bit more). nice work though.


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