Detroit Denim Co. – Sweating Every Handmade Detail

Detroit Denim Co.

Detroit Denim Co.

Eric Yelsma, founder of the Detroit Denim Co. doesn’t quite know how or when the idea to create jeans came to him. Having a Home Economics teacher as a mother, Yelsma was always around a sewing machine around his home, tinkering and making small modifications on clothing.

Then around three years ago Yelsma, as we all are, was looking for the perfect pair of jeans. Unsatisfied with the current offerings, he decided to make his own. He started with simple experiments and adjustments, but soon the idea of putting together a full pair that would finally fit his liking began to take place.

After immense planning, designing, visiting suppliers, editing and re-editing patterns, and reviewing specs over and over, Detroit Denim Co. was finally founded.

Eric Yelsma - Founder, Detroit Denim Co.

Eric Yelsma – Founder, Detroit Denim Co.

Even in today’s market, Yelsma finds a way to incorporate his passion into something tangible for the public. Today, Detroit Denim Co. produces denim in a small factory in Detroit hand-making jeans, attentively making sure the details are perfect and creating a pair of durable jeans that will continue to look great throughout their longer-than-usual life.

Eric Yelsma working in his small factory

Yelsma in Detroit Denim Co.’s small factory hand-making jeans. Sweating the details.

Detroit Denim’s main staple is the Heritage Jean which comes in three different fits: Straight leg, Slim and Semi-Slim. These fits allow for a large amount of flexibility for anyone trying to find their perfect pair, regardless of a personal taste for a classic fit or a simple slim pair of denim.

In accordance with their strong attention to details, the jean features solid copper, hand-hammered rivets, thread from American & Efird (established in 1891), and a top button machined out of a solid rod of copper (and then screwed into place) sourced from Waterbury Buttons in Connecticut.

They utilize a 13 – 14 Oz., sanforized, but never distressed, selvedge denim sourced from Cone Mills, North Carolina. Each pair of jeans is sewn by hand and requires the use of seven different machine. All of these details contribute to the unique aesthetic of these jeans and also ensure that they will wear and age beautifully over time.

For more information, hop over to Detroit Denim.

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Details

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Selvedge Detail

Detroit Denim Co. Leather Patches

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Buttons

Detroit Denim Co.

Alexander Ramos

Based in Los Angeles, Alex spends his time studying management at California State University, Northridge. He also interns for HVW8 art gallery during his spare time. Brands that he enjoys consist of Edwin jeans, Iron Heart, Levis and Momotaro.

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  • Mister56

    Kick Ass!

  • Devan Prithipaul

    very cool! i think that these have just enough of “different” to keep themselves on the market and no be another one of those heritage USA denim brands. although in the fit pick, i dont like that yellow stitching that runs through the inner leg, it’s kind of bizarre. although i do love that red stitching detail. leather patch and rivets are on point.

    • geo

      I just checked all of my jeans and every pair with contrast stitching has that yellow stitch on the inseam. Its actually pretty common. I guess you don’t really notice it unless you’re looking for it.

      Other than that, these jeans seem a bit off. The coin pocket is on the left side instead of the right. I feel like this throws off the symmetry with the fly. The jeans also only have two rivets reinforcing them There’s a single rivet on each pocket by the outseam but no rivets on the pockets by the waistband and no rivets reinforcing the coin pocket. They look unfinished. Its to bad because I really like the fit.

      • asdfghjk

        sssshhhhh, he only have N&F and G-stars which doesnt have yellow stitchings. so much for extensive denim knowledge lol

      • Jonathan

        The coin pocket is on the left side because the person that make a them is left handed. They only have 2 rivets because everything else is bartacked, having more rivets is just for looks. The design has changed slightly from what these pictures are showing.

    • Anonymous

      You clearly have no idea about anything denim related if you criticize something that almost EVERY SINGLE PAIR OF JEANS ON THE PLANET has… Go buy some more G-Star pal…

      • Seriously.

        Fuck a Goat.

    • chicagolaw1

      yellow inseams are the norm on jeans w/contrast stitching. Has somebody hacked your account? You know this man!

  • Nic

    What are the brown boots in the 3rd fit pic?

  • Harry

    I would buy these just for the button!

    • chicagolaw1

      $250 for a $0.20 button. Wow!

  • Susan’sKnittingSocks

    I used to make all of my own jeans after my WSU pattern drafting classes. I know how much hard work and machine needles can go into that perfect pair. Thanks for all you’re doing Eric Yelsma & Detroit Denim Co.

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