Fade Friday – Imperial Denim Duke

Imperial Denim Duke
Imperial Denim Duke – 7 Months, 1 Wash

In honor of our friends on the other side of the globe, we’ve chosen the Imperial Denim Duke for this week’s Fade Friday. Strongly committed to retaining traditional weaving techniques, Imperial Denim employs a few dedicated, passionate artisans to produce beautifully constructed garments.  In fact, their beliefs and pride in their Australian roots are held so strong that they even have a denim that pays tribute to the graziers, shearers, and sheep’s of their homeland (Imperial Denim Black Shearer Jeans).

Getting back to the matter at hand, however, it’s amazing to see the result of these Imperial Denim Duke in just a matter of seven months.


  • Name: Imperial Denim Duke
  • Weight: 14.25 Oz.
  • Denim: Japanese Selvedge
  • Fit: Slim Cut
  • Other: Low Yoke (i.e. waistband)
  • Length of Wear: 7 Months
  • Washes: 1

Photos – BEFORE

Imperial Denim Duke - Before

Imperial Denim Duke - Before

Photos – AFTER (source: denimarchive.com)

Imperial Denim Duke - AFTER

Imperial Denim Duke - AFTER

Imperial Denim Duke - AFTER

Additional Resources:

  • Imperial Denim Site

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  • Bas

    i love those fades

  • Kenlee26

    how did you achieve these fades man? Mine didn’t fade as much as yours after I washed, after 9 months, though it’s the 2nd time i washed. Any tips? :)

    • http://twitter.com/RawrDenim Rawr Denim

      @73a330f9d68f01936bafec1248ae1857:disqus Unfortunately can’t take credit for these!  Take a look at the original post at http://www.denimarchive.com/2010/06/29/imperial-denim-duke/.  Sounds like they were worn pretty hard.

      • Kenlee26

        But you got any tips? Haha

        • http://twitter.com/RawrDenim Rawr Denim

          Wear them hard!

          • Kenlee26

            How you define hard? Haha. Is it the more often I wash, the more it will fade?

        • Anonymous

          he only washed them once. That’s why there is a great amount of contrast with the blue & the sharp honeycombs etc. Also it was a deeper indigo too. Really, he just simply wore them hard. Haha. Everyone has a different lifestyle, he is probably pretty active & wearing them constantly helps that beautiful fade come about. 

  • matthew white

    can imperial black shearers fade like the indigo one?

    • Anonymous

      I expect they will fade similarly, yes. 

  • Dirty Denim

    I just bought these on SelfEdge mainly because of your project.  Your pair has the most amazing color to them

  • gnome

    The before and after pictures of the jeans arent of the same pair unless the front left belt loop migrated over into the pocket area.

    Beautiful fades though. It was this picture exactly that caused me to order a couple of pairs of dukes. LOVE the contrast and the gold stitching on the back of the pockets.