Top 3 Worldwide Raw Denim Competitions (Part 1/2)

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” -Walt Disney

Competitions have existed since the beginning of time. Denim competitions haven’t existed quite as long, but they’ve been around for a while. For our purposes, I’ll discuss raw denim competitions. If you’ve never encountered the concept before, a raw denim competition (a.k.a. “denim comp”) is

A contest between two or more people wearing a new pair of raw denim over an agreed-upon period of time with a winner being chosen at the end.

There are plenty of variations to the competition, but that’s the simplest form. They emerged through people wanting to share in their enjoyment of denim and a competitive spirit. For those interested, here are some variations too:

  • One brand, one style/cut: To compare and contrast how the same denim wears differently for each person.
  • One brand, any style/cut: To compare and contrast the spectrum of wear exists within a brand.
  • Any brand, any style/cut: To compare and contrast the wear of different brands, styles and cuts.

All of them are exciting in their own ways. It’s fun to be an observer, but it’s even more fun being a participant. For the participant, it’s great to meet and compete against other denimheads in your community or around the world. By participating and documenting your journey, you also get to contribute your experience and knowledge to the denim community.

Competitions are typically done online because it reaches a wider audience, but my hope is to have more local competitions going on (you’ll see what I mean later below). Introductions aside, here are our top 3 denim competitions from around the world (part 1 of 2).

1. Warehouse & Blue in Green 660 Worldwide

  • Description: Hosted online by Blue in Green in 2008/2009 with an exclusive denim to Blue in Green for the competition.
  • Host: Blue in Green
  • Denim: Warehouse Jeans – 660 Blue in Green / 1000XX Denim – a modified pair of Dubbleworks 660 using 100% Memphis USA Cotton weighing in at 14 oz.
  • Duration: 1 Year – March 2, 2008 to March 2, 2009
  • Winner: Name unknown
  • More InfoFade Friday – Warehouse x Blue In Green x SuFu 660 Contest


Warehouse 660BlueinGreen

Before – Warehouse 660BlueinGreen


Warehouse 660BlueinGreen

After – Winner of the competition

2. Roy x Cone Contest

  • Description: A competition to celebrate two denim powerhouses, CONE and ROY, that was unique in term of the denim used –  a completely new, custom design ROY jean with K87211, a one-off denim exclusively produced by CONE for this contest. Boasting 30 extremely dedicated participants, this is one very exciting contest to track. If you have time, you would have fun flipping through all 577 pages of this thread (photos start to emerge at page #127).
  • Host: Paul T from SuperFuture
  • Denim: CONE denim K87211, a vintage-style fabric but in a heavier weight – 14 oz. after washing – with a Black Seed (Pima/Sea Island/ G.Barbadense) cotton fill. Completely loom-state – no singeing, extra starch or sizing or skewing – and pure indigo-dyed.
  • Duration: 1 year – January 1, 2011 to January 2, 2012
  • Winner: Ongoing – to be determined
  • More Info: SuperFuture Thread


Roy x Cone Raw Denim

Before – Roy x Cone Contest

CURRENT (notable)

Current – Dkatz from superfuture. 10 months in with 3 washes.

3. Dry vs. Dry 2011

  • Description: Open to all denim lovers everywhere in the world who have beautifully aged raw denim. Any brand, any age and any amount of washes.
  • Host: Hall of Fade
  • Denim: Any
  • Duration: Ended on September 1, 2011
  • Winners: MartinC for Self Edge, ProfessorOak for Cultizm and Saintkeat for Pronto
  • More Info: Hall of Fade

BEFORE – Iron Heart IH634SR

Iron Heart - IH634SR

Before – Iron Heart – IH634SR

AFTER – Winner for Self Edge, MartinC

Iron Heart - IH634SR

After – Winner for Self Edge, MartinC’s Iron Heart IH634SR

BEFOREA.P.C. x Supreme Petite Standards

APC x Supreme Petite Standard

Before – APC x Supreme Petite Standard

AFTER – Winner for Cultizm, Dan/ProfessorOak Saintkeat

APC - Saintkeat - Cultizm

After – Winner for Cultizm, Dan/ProfessorOak’s A.P.C. x Supreme Petite Standards

BEFOREStrike Gold SG1105

Strike Gold -SG1105

Before – Strike Gold – SG1105

AFTER – Winner from Pronto, Saintkeat ProfessorOak

Strike Gold SG1105

After – Winner for Pronto, ProfessorOak with his Strike Gold SG1105

Enjoy the jeans and stay tuned for more competitions next week in Part 2 of the Denim Competitions.

Stay raw!

– Josh
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Well known for his 15 month Nudies Jeans denim experiment in 2010, Josh is a raw denim enthusiast, tennis fan, and foodie from Edmonton, Canada.

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  • Style1artists

    I think my favorite from this selection is between the APC & the Self Edge.

    • Anonymous

      Spot on. The colour of those Iron Hearts is phenomenal.

      • Style1artists

        The dirt marks do blend into the fade vey nicely. And the area around the crotch almost looks like a water colour painting.

  • Peter

    nice post… but what will be the next noticable contest ???

  • matthew murphy

    How can I get into one of those contest?

    • aaron evans

      join sufu and check out the denim forums

  • b_F

    How could you leave out the first world wide denim contest that started it all? The Samurai S0500XX Contest! And this year (5 years later) there will be a reissue with 30 guys&gals wearing the Samurai S0500XX

    • Joshua Le

      Thanks for the comment @5821aacf650656d8960657547aa8c22b:disqus . We’ve got it cooking in Part 2. There are so many solid contests out there. The S0500XX Contest will have its time in the sun soon! 😀

  • Saintkeat

    The APC x Supremes are mine not Professor Oak’s.

    • Rawr Denim

      @dbc87520a3e07eb3facdee4a9b649fef:disqus – would you be able to send us a link to your denim snaps? We’ll get this fixed afterward.

  • Rawr Denim

    Thanks for the clarification. Please let us know what name you’d like for attribution.

    • Saintkeat

      Saintkeat will be fine.

      • Rawr Denim

        Change made, thanks again.

        • Saintkeat

          Winner for Pronto was ProfessorOak. Man who wrote this article.

          • Joshua Le

            Sorry about the error! Hope the update is all accurate. Congrats on the win too.

  • Johnson Benjamin

    I really like those Roy jeans. Or any pants he produces, I love reading about his process of what he produces.