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Detroit Denim Co. – Sweating Every Handmade Detail

Eric Yelsma, founder of the Detroit Denim Co. doesn’t quite know how or when the idea to create jeans came to him. Having a Home Economics teacher as a mother, Yelsma was always around a sewing machine around his home, tinkering and making small modifications on clothing.

Then around three years ago Yelsma, as we all are, was looking for the perfect pair of jeans. Unsatisfied with the current offerings, he decided to make his own. He started with simple experiments and adjustments, but soon the idea of putting together a full pair that would finally fit his liking began to take place.

After immense planning, designing, visiting suppliers, editing and re-editing patterns, and reviewing specs over and over, Detroit Denim Co. was finally founded.

Eric Yelsma - Founder, Detroit Denim Co.

Eric Yelsma – Founder, Detroit Denim Co.

Even in today’s market, Yelsma finds a way to incorporate his passion into something tangible for the public. Today, Detroit Denim Co. produces denim in a small factory in Detroit hand-making jeans, attentively making sure the details are perfect and creating a pair of durable jeans that will continue to look great throughout their longer-than-usual life.

Eric Yelsma working in his small factory

Yelsma in Detroit Denim Co.’s small factory hand-making jeans. Sweating the details.

Detroit Denim’s main staple is the Heritage Jean which comes in three different fits: Straight leg, Slim and Semi-Slim. These fits allow for a large amount of flexibility for anyone trying to find their perfect pair, regardless of a personal taste for a classic fit or a simple slim pair of denim.

In accordance with their strong attention to details, the jean features solid copper, hand-hammered rivets, thread from American & Efird (established in 1891), and a top button machined out of a solid rod of copper (and then screwed into place) sourced from Waterbury Buttons in Connecticut.

They utilize a 13 – 14 Oz., sanforized, but never distressed, selvedge denim sourced from Cone Mills, North Carolina. Each pair of jeans is sewn by hand and requires the use of seven different machine. All of these details contribute to the unique aesthetic of these jeans and also ensure that they will wear and age beautifully over time.

For more information, hop over to Detroit Denim.

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Details

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Selvedge Detail

Detroit Denim Co. Leather Patches

Detroit Denim Co. Heritage Jean Buttons

Detroit Denim Co.