An old photo from inside Cone Mills's White Oak Plant, the last selvedge denim manufacturer in the United States.

In Defense of Cone Mills – Hems and Haws

We’ve often taken editorial stances in the past, whether that’s on Kickstarter, vintage clothing, or the

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The Complete Guide to Dad Jeans

Fashion is inevitably a trend-driven industry. As much as many denimheads like to boast the supposedly timeless style of a trucker jacket, a pair of naturally worn-in raw denim, and a pair of work boots, in the past such a [...]

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How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Hurt Made in USA

We don’t often get into politics here at RD, but like the fabric produced at the Cone Mills White Oak Plant above, the artisanal denim and clothing movement is almost inextricably tied into [...]

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Vintage Sewing Machines – The Complete Guide

The machine that often gets the bulk of the attention in the raw denim world is the Union Special 43200G chainstitch hemmer (see Self Edge’s above). We wanted to take a deeper look at some of the equally important vintage [...]

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Mister Freedom Pulls Patch on S/S 15 “Saigon Cowboy” Collection

Mister Freedom revealed images from their upcoming SS 15 collection known as “Saigon Cowboy” last week. As the name would imply, the line is heavily inspired by US military clothing and culture during the Vietnam War. Mister Freedom went the extra [...]

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The History of the Fishtail Parka

Originally created for the US Army in Korea but brought to the mainstream by mod culture in the 1950s and 60s, the fishtail parka is one piece of outerwear with many uses: of course as a rain jacket, but can [...]

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How Dollar to Yen Exchange Rates Affect Denim Prices

There are a number of fluctuating variables affecting the price of raw denim and other high-end casual clothing that may not be immediately obvious. Many brands and shops use vintage looms and sewing machines, which can break down and slow [...]

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A Rundown on Japanese Denim Magazines

American men’s fashion magazines seem almost embarrassed about their identity–they’re rarely focused strictly on fashion, instead spending plenty of time talking about picking up girls, travel, gadgets, and other supposedly man-centric hobbies. There is a palpable sense that you’re not allowed [...]

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How to Convert Your Friends to Raw Denim

If you’re reading this article, you probably get raw denim. You’re so far down the rabbit hole that there’s no saving you or the thousands of dollars you’ve spent and will continue to spend on this strange indigo cult that [...]

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The Definitive Buyer’s Guide To M-65 Field Jackets

Much like other facets of the apparel industry, trends and collections in the world of menswear can be generally stamped as either timely or timeless. While some pieces and concepts seemingly exist for a mere 15 minutes–and are thus appropriately [...]

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