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Fade Friday – Sage Marcher 22 oz. (15 Months, 2 Washes, 1 Soak)

If you search our site for Sage, you’ll find some of the most impressive fades anywhere. And lo’, here they are for yet another Fade Friday.

This pair of Sage Marcher 22 oz. jeans weren’t submitted with much of a story at all, but with fades like these, the jeans say it all. Heddels reader Fikri Arifin of Indonesia (of course) wore his pair for 15 months with 2 washes and 1 soak and the contrast on them is jaw-dropping. The honey combs and stacks have plenty enough contrast, but the greatest contrast comes in entire blocks. The top block looks practically raw while the thighs and legs are devoid of any indigo, and it goes back to near-raw close to the hems.

The crotch repairs might have held together for a little while but have since given way, and the knees are completely blown out. With a few more months of wear, there won’t be much indigo left to fade, and the subsequent repairs will turn them into a denim palimpsest.

You can keep up with this fade master over on Instagram.


  • Name: Sage Marcher 22 oz.
  • Fabric: 100% unsanforized deep indigo selvedge denim from Japan Blue Collect
  • Weight: 22 oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Belt loop hook
    • Hand-sewn leather patch
  • Available for $170 at Sage