Tenue de Nîmes Denim Dictionary: Just Released

Tenue de Nîmes Denim Dictionary: Just Released

Front and back, the Denim Dictionary The famed Tenue de Nîmes denim-focussed store in Amsterdam have recently released their 5th edition of ”Nouvelle de Nîmes”, a denim lifestyle gazette available both online and from the shop itself. This 5th issue of Nouvelle de Nîmes [...]

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Five Steps To Turning Your Raw Denim into Shorts

Five Steps To Turning Your Raw Denim into Shorts

Admittedly summer may be coming to a close, but having beaten your jeans up throughout the warmer months you may be starting to think about repurposing them. Thus, we’re presenting a basic guide for turning your raw denim into a [...]

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Knowing Your Raw Denim: Slub and Nep

Knowing Your Raw Denim: Slub and Nep

When it comes to the realm of raw denim, two of the most pertinent, yet often misunderstood, characteristics are nep and slub. Though these terms may seem like silly, redundant jargon, we can’t stress enough the importance of these denim traits. Not [...]

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Levi’s 501 Shrink-To-Fit (STF) Denim – The Ultimate Guide

If I can summarize Shrink-To-Fit (STF) in one word it would be “personalization” – how can 501 STF be personal? Aside from the unique historical aspect of the Levis 501, the step-by-step process of getting your pair to fit specifically [...]

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A Tour of Kojima, Okayama's Projectile Looms And Vintage Shuttle Looms

A Tour of Kojima, Okayama’s Projectile Looms And Vintage Shuttle Looms

Only slightly more than two months after my first visit to Kojima, Okayama, I had the opportunity to return to the heart of Japanese denim production. This time around, I got to see firsthand how denim is woven, getting a [...]

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Understanding The Difference Between Japanese and American Denim

Japan and the United States have worked long and hard to establish themselves as the two premiere manufacturers of raw selvedge denim in the world. A slightly antiquated process, the milling and production of raw selvedge jeans has all but [...]

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retaW – Denim Fragrance

Lets face it, we all want to look good – that’s why we spend massive amounts of money to get ourselves in pairs of denim we find attractive. Anything from Naked & Famous to Flat Head is going to set [...]

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How It’s Made – Behind The Scenes At The Flat Head’s Denim Factories

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Kojima in the Okayama prefecture, where I saw first hand how The Flat Head creates their jeans. This is an exclusive look at the manufacturing processes of their jeans. Their unique, decentralized method [...]

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Denim Wash and Denim Refresh

Mr. Black Garment Essentials – Keeping Your Denim Clean and Fresh

One of the oldest debates among denim heads has always been the concept and technique of the wash. Or more specifically, when, how and if at all you should wash [...]

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Denim Crotch Blowouts – Why They Happen And How to Avoid Them

Blown Out – A Prime Example Crotch blowouts are inevitable as pretty much any well worn pair of denim will be beset at some point. Though for many this is just a part of the process that can be dealt with [...]

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A Cinematic History of Denim

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders” (1983) Hollywood has an interesting relationship with the fashion industry, concurrently reacting to and creating trends of what people are wearing in the real world. Jeans are no exception to this rule, being one of [...]

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Meet Your Maker – Japanese Denim Mills

Meet Your Maker: Japanese Denim Mills Unlike the United States, which has only one remaining manufacturer of raw denim, Cone Mills, Japan is home to many active denim mills that churn out the cream of the world’s premium denim around the [...]

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