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The Uncertain Future of Made in America

Made in America is a powerful phrase, even for people who don’t reside in the United States. It carries connotations of blue collar American workers–idealized or not–who built the nation and created its current prosperity. But in the latter half [...]

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Working Titles: No Country For Old Men

The angel of death wears a trucker jacket and the worst Beatle mop you’ve ever seen. That’s Anton Chigurh, cinema’s most systematic cold-hearted killer since The Terminator. Anton is the antagonist in the Coen brother’s crime thriller No Country for Old Men (2007), which they [...]

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Working Titles: The Shining

As the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and venturing outside becomes more painful than pleasant, one movie always reminds me I could have it so much worse. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining (1980) is a stunning [...]

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Why Vintage Clothing Was Made Better – The Economics of Durability

I’ve always considered the adage, “they used to make things better” to be a logical fallacy. When you look back at the last century in music, movies, books, cars, clothing, etc., yeah, it’s all fantastic. But the products of the [...]

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Why Does Japan Love Mid-Century America So Much?

It’s impossible to overstate the contribution that Japan has made to the realm of high-end denim. While thousands of words have already been written about the production end–including Japanese shuttle looms, labor, dyeing processes, and attention to detail–far less has [...]

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Re-inventing the Five Pocket: The Difficulties of Raw Denim Innovation

Anyone who follows raw denim knows that there a few buzzwords floating through the conversations regarding the current state of our beloved fabric. One of the oft-mentioned terms is “innovation.” I must put it in quotation marks, for the meaning [...]

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The Environmental Benefits of Raw Denim

The environmental benefits of raw denim is a subject that has come up occasionally as a peripheral reason to wear raw denim but it was hardly ever the main reason people gravitated towards it. Recently, Levi’s CEO, Chip Bergh, [...]

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When the Bubble Bursts: Raw Denim’s Staying Power

The number of new raw denim fans has skyrocketed to the point where the cult of “not washing you jeans” has practically reached mainstream acceptance. All this new growth, however, has lead many to wonder when the trend’s going to [...]

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Denim Darwinism: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Cheap Raws

It’s not getting any easier to stay in the black in the increasingly saturated market of raw denim. We at Rawr Denim report on a new brand producing raw selvedge jeans or a new store selling them almost every other day, and each one [...]

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Are One Man Brands Sustainable?

When I first got into selvedge denim I would justify the exorbitant cost of my jeans to friends by talking about craftsmanship, vintage looms and clean edges. Sometimes I would even float the myth that the United States sold [...]

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