Norman Porter making jeans

Video: Norman Porter Makes a Jean

Norman Porter Co. has been making jeans one pair at a time for over three years now. Dave Stampler runs the business end of the company while his brother Mike designs and crafts every single pair of jeans with his own hands. Mike’s salvaged [...]

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Three faded jeans with honeycombs

11 Ways to Fade Your Raw Denim Faster – Guide

One of the most sought after facets of all raw denim culture are the fades many jeans achieve after intensive wear. Such grail-level evolutions, however, require, months and years of patient wear and waiting isn’t for everyone. One of the [...]

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Bar tack close up detail

Breaking Down Bar Tacks

It’s interesting to think about how something so simple as a bar tack is so crucial. In the same way that denim itself can be so simple, yet so crucial as a standard in a person’s wardrobe, bar tacks represent [...]

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The History Of The Osaka 5

To a visitor’s perspective, modern Japan and America look rather similar, language and demographic differences aside. Both nations enjoy (at least on the surface) a similar standard of living and technology. The extent to which the latter influenced the former [...]

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History of the Cinch: Holding Up Your Pants Since 1872

Frequent readers of this site are familiar with the modern incarnation of denim. The standard five-pocket jean, while pretty detailed, is missing a whole slew of design features that were ubiquitous in the early 20th century. One fairly familiar detail that [...]

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Understanding Twills: Left Hand Twill, Right Hand Twill, Broken Twill

Understanding Twills: Left Hand Twill, Right Hand Twill, Broken Twill

When you weave together cotton warp yarn and white cotton filling yarn you get a 90 degree diagonally interwoven pattern called twill. But that’s not where it ends. Given the intricacies of denim fabric and how it is used [...]

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5 Upcoming Leather Brands You Need To Know

5 Upcoming Leather Brands You Need To Know

Over the last decade, raw denim’s rise in popularity, as well as the idea of buying better made goods, has reached levels arguably never seen before. Opportunities for smaller independent brands continues to grow and thrive, particularly as online community [...]

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Found Collection at Cone Mills - Pieces of History

Found Collection at Cone Mills: Pieces of Denim History

These days you can pick off the rack any shade of denim in any condition, from pristine to beat-to-hell. As we know as well, raw options in today’s denim marketplace are the exception rather than the rule. But there [...]

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Repair Feature

5 Repair Shops You Can Send Your Jeans To

It is inevitable that if you wear your raw denim long enough they will need some repairs. Whether it is a crotch blow out, a knee rip or any other damage that comes from wearing one pair of pants [...]

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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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