As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve been caught snoozing over the past few months. Since New Zealand’s Ande Whall released the Special Roll #1 (SR1) just under one year ago, the one man brand has created not just one, not just two, but three additioanl special rolls! Luckily, this was brought to our attention by reader, Andrew Turner, and we were just able to sneak in the new Special Roll #5 before the month is up.
We’ve yet to touch base with Ande Whall on what he has planned next, but it seems he’s really stepped up the production pace and is now delivering a new roll every 1-2 months. Though the SR#5 run is still (very) limited to 21 pairs, it’s available in all four of their fits; namely the “Cobra” (super slim), “Mustang” (slim), “Caribou” (regular), “Buffalo” (loose).
From 30 feet away, the SR#5 may appear to be like any other pair of indigo raw selvedge denim. However, upon inspecting from a few feet away, one is bound to pick up on the model’s peculiar construction. As a result of the weft yarns being spun with short bits of red, green, yellow, and blue threads, the fabric is left with a multi-coloured, Donegal tweed-like finish.
Whall describes these specks as “tiny bursts of coloured irregular knots or dots” and that’s likely the most accurate evaluation of the denim. For those who tend to stray away from bright-coloured denim, don’t fret – aside from on the weft side (i.e. inside the jeans), the SR#5‘s sprinkled appearance isn’t incredibly noticeable.
Given Ande Whall‘s pedantic construction approach and techniques, you can do no wrong by arming yourself with a pair of his raw selvedge denim. In this case though, considering it’s eccentric nature, limited availability and comfortable 13 Oz. weight, the SR#5 is even more of a valuable and unique garment.
For more information and to purchase, go to Ande Whall‘s site.
- Name: Ande Whall Special Roll #5 (SR5)
- Weight: 13 Oz.
- Denim: Sanforized red-line selvedge denim from Okayama, Japan
- Other details:
- Multi-coloured dot weft construction
- Short slub weave
- 6oz selvage denim pocket bags
- X-bar tacked back pockets
- Wings back pocket stitching
- Made in New Zealand
- Available at: Ande Whall for $265.00 USD.