I had the bright idea of purchasing a cheap pair of raw jeans (Unbranded) and wearing them exclusively when I play shows. I thought it’d be really interesting to see what kind of wear/fades wearing them in an isolated and specific environment would do. Problem is…I didn’t think about the fact that they’d basically be getting a (salt) soak every single night. Shows generally mean a lot of people packed in one room — people generate heat — lights on stage are always very hot — this last tour we did was a headline tour where we were playing 1:15 plus everynight, which all adds up to lots of sweat. The jeans ended up losing a considerable amount of indigo before being able to establish good fades (the pictures give a little too much credit). There’s definitely some fade happening though, the most notable fades (not surprisingly) happened on my upper right side, where my guitar rests. Check the difference in the waistband between the right and left side. The copper rivets and buttons seem to be doing some nice/quick aging though, probably expedited from the constant salty moisture looming. I realize it’s only been a little over a month and a half, but considering how hard I wore these, I thought there’d be some more substantial fading. Plus, they stink. Really bad. I’m retiring the experiment and am going to attempt to put these into everyday rotation, hoping that it’s not too late to wear these in right.
I really wasn’t expecting much out of these jeans, but they are actually pretty legit. I was surprised at the amount of solid details — Chain stitching on hem and around the waistband, blue-line selvage, hidden selvage in coin pocket, hidden rivets in back pockets, and on top of that, a pretty solid cut. I’m pretty sure I got the straight leg cut, which doesn’t really seem straight. It’s definitely tapered, but is a good fit. Also, another note if you’re planning on purchasing these, they run a bit small. I usually size down one or two for raw denim, but I bought these true to size. It’s almost like they sized them with the break-in in mind. My only gripes are that the denim itself had a softer hand off the rack, unlike my previous raw denim buys which were stiff as a board. The initial stiff, almost crunchiness of raw denim helps in creasing, good fades, and creating character which I was afraid I wouldn’t get the full effect of. Nothing that a bit of spray starch didn’t help. The oversized leather tab on the back is pretty unsightly (especially with sweat stains all over it), but is not really seen since I don’t really tuck my shirts in much. I may just pull it off.