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Fade Friday – The Top 10 Raw Denim Fades of 2014

As long-time readers here well know, every Friday we focus our attention on an aged pair of raw denim jeans through our weekly installment, Fade Friday. Though not every episode is a fan favorite, there are a healthy handful that garner much more interest and enthusiasm.

More importantly, with 2014 now in our rear-view mirror, we’ve assembled our favorite 10 fades of the year. These are in no particular order–that’s up for you to decide. Vote on your favorite fade and the winning pair along with one lucky voter will each nab a $200 Self Edge gift card. Have a look at our picks and then make yours below!

Lee 23oz. 101z (21 months, 0 washes, 0 soaks)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Lee 101Z
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 23oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Zip fly
    • Lee spade pockets
    • Branded leather patch
  • Not currently available

Nudie Gunnar Shirt (5.5 months, 1 wash, 1 soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Nudie Gunnar Organic Dry Shirt
  • Weight: 11.5 Oz.
  • Denim: 100% cotton organic denim from Turkey
  • Other details:
    • Deep dark indigo shade
    • Two-button cuff
    • Customized buttons
  • Not currently available

Pure Blue Japan 24-005 (14 months, 2 washes, 1 soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Pure Blue Japan 24-005
  • Fabric: Unsanforized 100% cotton Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 24oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Sheepskin leather patch
    • Embroidered indigofera leaf on back pocket
    • All cotton thread
  • Available for $418

Naked & Famous Elephant 2 (2 years, 1 soak, 1 ocean wash)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Naked & Famous Elephant 2
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese raw selvedge denim
  • Weight: 22 oz.
  • Fit: Slim tapered and low rise
  • Unique Features
    • Naked & Famous branded buttons
    • Heavyweight leather patch
  • Not currently available

Real Japan Blues 103BSP (3 years, 4 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Real Japan Blues 103BSP
  • Fabric: 100% Zimbabwe Cotton Fiber Selvedge Denim
  • Weight: 13.75 oz.
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Unique features:
    • Double length knife pocket
    • Unsanforized denim
    • Rope dyed Japanese selvedge
  • Available for $360

Naked & Famous Rainbow Cores (15 months, 1 soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Naked & Famous Rainbow Core
  • Weight: 14 Oz.
  • Fit: Weird Guy (Low rise, Tapered leg)
  • Denim: Sanforized, 100% Cotton Selvedge
  • Other Details:
    • Yarn is vat-dyed in the colors of the rainbow then rope dyed indigo (thus indigo denim fades to rainbow)
  • Available for $120

Samurai Jeans Naninwa Special (1 year, 10 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name:  Samurai Jeans Naniwa Special
  • Weight:  19 oz
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Denim:  Unsanforized, 100% Cotton Selvedge Denim
  • Unique Features:
    • Limited run of 100 pairs
    • Jacquard knit pocket bags
  • Not currently available

Naked & Famous 320z. Weird Guy (18 months, 5 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Naked & Famous 32oz Super Heavyweight Weird Guy
  • Weight: 32oz
  • Fit:  Weird Guy, Slim, Tapered
  • Denim: 100% cotton Japanese unsanforized indigo selvedge denim
  • Unique Features:
    • Zip fly
    • 15oz Leather Patch
    • 1″ x 1.5″ carpet thick yarns
  • Available for $495

Steel Feather SF0121 (16 months, 2 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Steel Feather 21 Oz. SF0121
  • Weight: 21 Oz.
  • Fit: Mid-rise, slim fit with slight taper
  • Denim: Japanese Selvedge denim
  • Unique Features:
    • Selvedge back pockets
    • Branded leather patch
  • On sale for £185 ($288 USD) at Rivet & Hide

3sixteen SL-100x (14 months, 4 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: 3sixteen SL-100x
  • Weight: 14.5 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight fit with a slight taper from the knee down
  • Denim: 100% cotton raw indigo selvedge from Kuroki Mills in Okayama, Japan
  • Other details:
    • Custom gunmetal shanks and rivets
    • Selvedge fly and coin pocket detailing
    • Continuous tucked waistband chainstitch
    • Heavyweight leather patch by Tanner Goods
  • Available for $215


Voting has now closed, click through to find out which pair won the coveted title of Fade of the Year.

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