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Fade of the Day – Unbranded UB221 (3 Months, 1 Soak)

Unbranded UB221 Before

Before. Courtesy: Unbranded

There’s probably no better way to fade a pair of jeans than to wear them as they were originally intended:  while doing hard work. Reader Kyle DeBoor of Indiana is a paint contractor by trade and has worn this pair of Unbranded UB221 jeans in a rotation for the last year, giving them about 3 months of effective wear. Since their initial hot soak they have not been washed, nor have they needed any repairs.

The secret to the fades, besides the 21 oz. denim, has been multiple. Kyle has worn them to work, including under his Carhartt‘s, and under a canvas apron. What’s more, he’s worn them to wrestle on the floor with his kids. He’s even picked up some interesting fades from a knife, and a leather Moleskine cover he made. These are well on their way to the Hall of Fade.


  • Name: Unbranded UB221
  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim
  • Weight: 21 oz.
  • Fit: Tapered
  • Unique Features:
    • Chainstitched hem
    • Blue ear selvedge
  • Available for $118 at Unbranded

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