Fade Friday – Imperial Shearer (2 Years, 4 Washes)

Fade Friday – Imperial Shearer (2 Years, 4 Washes)

Today’s Fade Friday comes from a fellow named Ben McCann (@doktor_who on Instagram). Ben lived in his Imperial Shearer jeans for two years and has put them through four washes; the first one after 11 solid months. Although he is no tailor, he has done the repair work by himself which gives a personal touch to his beloved pair of jeans.

Imperial’s Shearer jeans were developed by the Australian brand as an homage to the classic shearing pants worn by shepherds when shearing their sheep’s wool. Using the slim, tapered fit of the shearing pants, Imperial has created jeans using the excellent denim and quality construction they’re known for.


  • Name: Imperial Shearer Jeans
  • Weight: 14.25 oz.
  • Fit: Slim Tapered
  • Denim: Sanforized, 100% Cotton Japanese Selvedge Raw Denim
  • Other: Hidden Rivets, Bump Belt Loops, Chainstitched Hems
  • Length of Wear: 2 Years
  • Number of Washes: 4

Photos – Before

Fade Friday - Imperial Shearer (2 Years, 4 Washes)

“Before” Photos courtesy of Self Edge

Fade Friday - Imperial Shearer (2 Years, 4 Washes)


Imperial Denim Shearers - Front

Imperial Denim Shearers - Back

Nick Coe

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  • Greg


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003326974874 Kyle Brooks Robinson

    A great example of “vintage”-style fading, very nice!

    Also, Sidney Lo’s fit pics looked great… wish he still did them for Self Edge, his fit pics were a lot more helpful for a skinny dude like me than the big mustache’d.dude who does all of them now.

  • Ralph Elliott

    I was going to say these jeans fades remind me of the 70’s. I still say it. These jeans fades remind me of the 70’s.

  • Suss

    Imperial has always seemed really boring to me and this is no exception

  • Grazfather x

    That’s pretty cool. Definitely wish there was a pic of them being worn.

  • ben

    Sorry about the lack of fit pics to start with and apologies for the crappy fit pics now… but they give an idea of the fit.

  • ItsStillKatie

    I just have to ask after reading it in the description. What are “bump belt loops?”

  • Gerhard

    The Imperial Brand website seems to have been down for such a long time now – and they haven’t responded to emails… I wonder if the company has gone bust or something? Shame, because I really like their jeans. Although personally I’m a much bigger fan of their older made in Australia stuff than the stuff they are making in Japan now. Yes, the cuts are better [particularly the Prospector], but I prefer the craftsmanship and feel of the Australian stuff.

  • Cam

    How does one get their jeans to turn this light? Is it just from constant wear or does it have to do with washing techniques?