The world of raw denim used to have a major gender bias. For a long time it was a major challenge for ladies interested in untreated denim. Until a few years ago, most talk of women’s raw denim revolved around which pairs of men’s jeans would best compliment a lady’s figure.
Luckily, this is no longer the case. Many brands from all over the world now produce raw jeans specifically for women. Only a few of those jeans are made from selvedge denim, though. Men’s jeans are cut with a straight outseam, whereas women’s jeans are typically cut with a curve so as to provide a better fit. This makes it hard to cut women’s jeans along the straight edge and keep the selvedge.
Today’s post is just a brief overview of brands and stores that offer women’s raw denim. We’ll be dedicating more articles to women’s raw jeans in the near future, but for starters…
Naked & Famous’ classic raw jean for women is their Indigo Stretch in Skinny Girl fit. It’s not selvedge denim, but it does come from Japan and it has the benefit of being a stretchy raw denim. N&F jeans also offer smaller sizes than some other brands.
BlueInGreen’s online store offers a selection of women’s raw denim from brands such as Pure Blue Japan, Studio d’Artisan, Skull Jeans, Samurai Jeans Co. and Somet. PBJ also offers stretch denim, whereas Samurai’s Geisha line features heavier 16oz selvedge denim.
SelfEdge’s online store features the widest selection of denim brands, but only a few of them cater specifically to women. There are the ubiquitous Nudie Jeans, 3Sixteen+’s 99BSP model, and The Flat Head’s women-specific Balder jean.
SelfEdge also carries Sling & Stones, which offers raw denim only for women in the standard three fits.
Keep checking back for more on women’s raw denim!