Selvedge Denim - An In-Depth Look

Diving Into Selvedge Denim – An In-Depth Look

Original Red-Line Selvedge Denim Though we’ve previously covered selvedge denim, there is so much disparity between different types, colours, etc. that’s it worth exploring in much more granular detail. The History However, before we embark onto some of the specifics of selvedge [...]

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Union Special

What’s So Special About The Union Special?

The Union Special, known to most by that name in the denim community, is the industrial sewing machine 43200G manufactured by Union Special. Originally manufactured in 1939, it was widely acclaimed to the point that it made the cover [...]

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How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2 This is the second part in a series of guest posts on how to create a pair of raw jeans. This series is written by Christopher J. Brown, the owner of [...]

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Raw Denim Basics - Know Your Cotton Types

Raw Denim Basics – Know Your Cotton Types

Raw Denim Basics – Know Your Cotton Types As any regular readers of the site will know, the world of raw denim offers a seemingly endless variety of fabric weights, dyes, stitching, and other details. But in the end, pretty [...]

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Rawr Denim's Guide To Sanforization

What is Sanforization and Why Does It Matter?

Rawr Denim’s Guide To Sanforization – IronHeart uses sanforized denim almost exclusively. You have probably not heard of Sanford Lockwood Cluett, but he is the man responsible for assuring your $300.00 Raleigh’s still fit after their long-awaited first wash.  That’s right! [...]

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An Indigo Dye Lump (source: Evan Izer via wikimedia)

Indigo Dye – The One And Only Blue Gold

An Indigo Dye Lump (source: Evan Izer via wikimedia) Denim today can be found in many colours; women’s denim in particular is increasingly available in a broad palette. There is one shade of denim, however, that has been around for [...]

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Blue Jeans - The Fabric of Freedom

Denim Documentary: “Blue Jeans – The Fabric of Freedom”

"Blue Jeans - The Fabric of Freedom" No other garment personifies freedom more than denim blue jeans…what’s old is new again. -Serena Altschul, Blue Jeans – The Fabric of Freedom It might be an outlandish statement to make, but indeed [...]

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How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim - Pt. 1

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim – Pt. 1

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim - Pt. 1 This is part one in a series of guest posts on how to create a pair of raw jeans. This series is written by Christopher J. Brown, the [...]

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Raw Denim Manufacturing - Self Edge x Cone Mills x Roy

Denim From Beginning To End – Self Edge x Cone Mills x Roy

Truly understanding what really goes into denim and the complex process behind it is no easy feat. Whether it’s the mention of the machinery terminology or the sight of a massive denim mill, most are rendered intimidated and turn [...]

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Understanding Hand-Dyed Natural Indigo Raw Denim

Raw Indigo - Dried Out Indigofera Plant When browsing and researching raw denim, you will no doubt come across those pairs that have the “hand-dyed natural indigo” label. Though it is familiar to some, not all understand the true value [...]

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Hidden Rivets – Devil In The Details

Hidden Rivet on Levis (source: levisguide.com) When was the last time you took a good look at the inside of your denim? If it’s been some time, grab a pair and give them a look. If you’re lucky, you might [...]

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Drool Worthy – Self Edge’s Union Special 43200G

Self Edge's Union Special 43200G Union Special. A legendary name that lives in the hearts and minds of denim-geeks and vintage enthusiasts everywhere. Well, not exactly, but its still a big deal. You might recall from our

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