Fade Friday – Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

Fade Friday – Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

For this week’s Fade Friday we present you with a pair of jeans submitted straight from the office of Philadelphia’s Norman Porter. The burgeoning Philadelphian brand has been making waves in the denim scene lately with their no nonsense, tough as nails approach to making jeans.

As displayed on their website, Norman Porter abides by the philosophy of “we make em, you break em” when putting together their jeans. Clearly these jeans are no exception to that rule, while this particular pair have only been worn for about 8 months, they display the distress of a much older jean.

Upon further inspection of the finer details, I would dare to say that the whiskers and pocket fades seem to be the most impressive part of this work in progress. The contrast that they possess is something that is not usually present in most of the denim fades that we have seen. The bulk of the wear can be seen on the front of the pants, running from the waist all the way to the knee.

The back does have some interesting details though, pay special attention to the seat and back pockets. There also seem to be some promising honeycombs forming here, but those will take a little more time to fully form and really distinct.

Take a further look at the pair in the pictures below. A handmade belt and wallet from Norman Porter can be seen in the images and are available for purchase directly from them on their website here:


  • Name: Norman Porter Standard Denim
  • Weight: 12.5 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim/Straight
  • Denim: Cone Mills Indigo Raw Selvedge
  • Length of Wear: 8 Months
  • Washes: 2 Washes
  • Other Details:
    • White Selvedge
    • Norman Porter Stamped Leather Patch
    • Embroidered “P” on Hip seams
    • Brass Buttons and Rivets
    • Zipper Fly
  • Available at: Norman Porter

Photos – Before

Norman Porter Standard Denim

Photos – After

Fit - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

Front - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

Back - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

Coin Pocket, Patch - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes) Honeycombs, Knee - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes) Whiskers, Traintracks - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes) Selvedge - Norman Porter Standard Denim (8 Months, 2 Washes)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    The picture of the jeans look very different in the pictures. in the fit picture (thank you) the jeans appear very well faded, yet still have that dark quality that i like/ high contrast. but then in the second picture they appear much more faded and a bit washed out they look much different. i wish people didnt edit their fade pictures. regardlessly the fades are good, very asymetrical which i think is a very unique feature in denim fades ( i also have irregular/asymetrical fades).

    • devan pretty gay

      its the lighting you dumb fcuk!!!!
      You think all the color reproduction of a photo shot by the camera always turn out the same?

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        lighting? the pictures taken are in the same room! why would the lighting change so much!?

        • Alex S

          The first picture is probably taken with the light source in the back. The second one with the light in the front. Check out some photography stuff. You can learn a bit for taking photos of denim to make them look nicer

        • Grandier

          the light source is most likely come from the ceiling. i’ll take a stab at explaining it:
          – the fit pic looks darker because the body is covering the fit
          – the fade pic is taken without anything covering it, hence it looks brighter and probably ‘washed out’ for you.

          y’know, it doesn’t hurt to take a few secs to think about something before commenting….

        • Aaron

          the direction of the light and the lights color temp both can drastically affect a picture. cameras are supposed to expose for medium grey, but then that doesn’t necessarily mean its going to expose for what you intend. if you use a smart phone, tap on what you are taking a picture of before you take it, thats the most reliable way to get consistent results. but really, these look fine. I don’t know what you see.

      • Chris

        Is it really worth your time to make an account just to be an a$$hole?
        If it is you should really re-evaluate your life and ask yourself is this where you thought youd be at this age?

      • bryan solid

        I know you think you’re being clever, but in fact you are being an asshole. Why don’t you lay off the kid?

        • devan pretty gay

          and why don’t you lay off me? you think you’re being clever as well now?

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            lay off? are you kidding dude?! you’re username is devan pretty gay and you’re asking people to lay off you?

          • devan pretty gay

            yes mr. pretty gay

          • Guest


          • bryan solid

            “Lay off you”? I made one comment and you are getting pissy? You’ve been trolling Devan for weeks now. Personally, I think your parents should limit your internet time, seeing as you can’t conduct yourself like an adult. If you act like a child, you should be treated like a child.

    • Somar

      Devan, are you 100% sure these pictures are edited? Maybe the lighting was different? Can’t you see the fit pics are taken from a little distance? Don’t you think that could have an effect on them and also on the lighting? Do you know how to make good pictures?

      It’s kind of insulting to just say ”i wish people didnt edit their fade pictures” without knowing it for sure. Somebody put a lot of effort in making these pics and the first thing you do is bashing them.

      I wonder, what is your real message here?

      • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

        when i said that about people editing their pictures it wasnt specific to these fades, it was more of a general comment to fade pictures in general. i do not know for sure if they’re edited, but i also don’t think its that bad either, so im not really bashing.

        • Somar

          I didn’t say you were bashing Devan. I was trying to point out that just saying things without thinking can be insulting (and/or annoying). Just read you post again, really careful.

          We also have a forum where you can start a thread saying things like: ”i wish people didnt edit their fade pictures.”.

          What is the use of just saying it here under this particular article if it was just ”more of a general comment”. Do you understand what I mean?

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            i dont think that editing a picture is insulting, a lot of people do it. and to me, something about these pictures did seem somewhat artificial or unnatural. when you say “We” who are you talking about?

          • Somar

            Again… You didn’t answer to anything I just said.

            I’m a moderator and with We I meand the people of Rawr Denim. ”The Team”

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            You don’t ask questions! the one’s that you do ask i answer, but in your last reply there was no question of importance. and isnt the purpose of the comment section to express opinion? if someone doesnt want to read it they don’t have to. but reading the comment gives depth and insight to the reader. Somar i don’t understand what you’re getting at. your replies have almost nothing to do with the article themselves. if there is something you are trying to tell me, why don’t you just tell me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

            I would like to ask you, why did you delete the comment that i made on the article on raw denim for body builders, it was something like “i would like to see article on jeans for skinny people, i need to wear a belt for the naked and famous size 28 skinny guy”?

  • Davil

    I think they look pretty good for 8 months of wear. I guess thats to be expected with 12.5 oz denim though. I do like how the leather patch ages, the purple chain stitching, and the stitching details on the back pockets.

    • William Harris


    • Rodspeed

      “that’s to be expected with 12.5 oz”…
      meaning lighter weight denim fades quicker/easier?

  • Grandier

    nice to know that fade friday doesn’t rest on public holiday lol

  • William Harris

    Nice but I guess I was expecting something a little more sensational

  • http://twitter.com/swissjeansfreak Ruedi Karrer

    Graet fadings and wear pattern after 8 month only and I like the details like tzhe back pockets of this young brand. I would like to see another update from them in a year to see their full fading potential

    And would be nice to have a 14 or 15 oz version with even stronger fading results to expect

    • Somar

      ”I would like to see another update from them in a year to see their full fading potential”

      Totally agree! 😀

  • Greg

    Bought a pair of grey LHT Japanese jeans direct from Michael. Total class act and a very cool showroom. I think we’ll see some great stuff from NP in the future

  • JB

    I’m impressed that after 8 months and 2 repairs there are no repairs that have needed to be made. With that level of fading definitely feel like there’s a lot of wear. Good quality denim!

  • Chris

    Love the look f these :)

  • Jordan

    The first picture has a 5/12 label, the second has a 4/12.