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The Top 15 Raw Denim Fades of 2015 – Vote for a Winner and Win!

With so many submissions pouring into our inbox every day, we introduced Fade of the Day in 2015, opening the gates to fade glory for many. But, as you may know, only the most faded, and holey-ist of submissions are worthy enough to ascend into the upper regions of the fade firmament–Fade Friday.

Chosen from the cream of the 2015 crop, we’ve called forth 15 of the best Fade Friday features and have assembled them here. These come in no particular order. But only one can rise above the rest to be crowned Best Fade of 2015. That’s where you come in. We want you to cast your vote for which Fade you think deserves the top spot.

But bragging rights aren’t all this year’s top fader will take home. The owner of the best fade will win a new pair of jeans from Okayama Denim worth up to $300 AND unlimited repairs on that jean from Rain Delisle and Tyler Madden’s new repair studio Indigoproof! One lucky voter will also win copies of the most recent issues of Clutch MagazineMen’s File, and W. David Marx’s book Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style. Voting will be open until 7:59pm ET this upcoming Thursday.

Enough talk though, let’s get to the fades!

3sixteen SL-120x (1 Year, 1 Wash)

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DETAILS

  • Name: 3sixteen SL-120x
  • Fabric: 100% cotton, indigo warp, black weft raw selvedge denim
  • Weight: 14.5 oz
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique features:
  • Available for $230 at Self Edge

Iron Heart 25 oz. Mega Beatle Buster (2 Years 3 Months, 0 Washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Iron Heart Mega Beatle Buster
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese raw selvedge denim
  • Weight: 25 oz.
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Special Popeye branded leather patch
    • Limited to 119 pairs
    • Hidden knife pocket
  • No longer available from Iron Heart

Lee 101 Logger First Edition (7 years, 0 washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Lee 101 Logger
  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge left hand twill denim from Kaihara Mills
  • Weight: 13.75 oz.
  • Fit: Relaxed
  • Unique Features:
    • Suspender buttons
    • Lee Jeans leather patch
    • Six pockets
  • Available for 90 Euros at Daily Rush

Old Blue Co. 21/23 oz. Beast (1 Year, 3 Washes, 1 Soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Old Blue Co. 21/23 oz. Beast
  • Fabric: 100% cotton unsanforized selvedge denim
  • Weight: 21 oz. pre-wash, 23 oz. post-wash
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Old Blue pocket arcs
    • Branded leather patch
  • No longer available

The Strike Gold 1105 (16 Months, 8 Washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: The Strike Gold 1105
  • Fabric: 100% cotton unsanforized selvedge denim
  • Weight: 14.5 oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Iron and copper hardware
    • Gold sparkle selvedge id
  • Available for $330 at Self Edge

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

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DETAILS

  • 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

Red Cloud R400 (8 Months, 3 Washes, 3 Soaks)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Red Cloud R400
  • Fabric: Unsanforized slubby twisted yarn right hand twill selvedge denim
  • Weight: 17 oz.
  • Fit: Straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Goatskin leather patch
    • Laurel leaf buttons
    • Made in China
  • Available for $219 at AB Fits

Naked & Famous Left Hand Twill (2 Years, 3 Washes, 1 Soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Naked & Famous Left Hand Twill
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese left hand twill selvedge denim
  • Weight: 13.75 oz.
  • Fit: Skinny Guy (slim straight)
  • Unique Features:
    • Branded buttons and rivets
    • Stamped leather patch
  • Available for $140 at Nordstrom

Left Field 23 oz. Greaser (11 Months, 4 Washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Left Field Heavyweight 23oz. Greaser Jean
  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim from Collect Mills
  • Weight: 23 oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Hidden rivets
    • Bandana print pocket bags
    • Heavyweight leather patch
  • Sold out at Left Field

Warpweft SP-03 Irregular Weft (14 Months, 4 Washes, 1 Soak)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Warpweft SP-03 Irregular Weft
  • Fabric: Unsanforized 100% cotton selvedge denim from Kaihara Mills
  • Weight: 14.5 oz.
  • Fit: Straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Coffee dyed pocket bags
    • Selvedge on fly
  • Available for 1,100,000 Indonesian Rupiah (~$83 USD) at Darahkubiru

Jean Shop Denim Jacket (7 Years, 1 Soak, 0 Washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Jean Shop Denim Jacket
  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim
  • Fit: Type III
  • Weight: 13.5 oz.
  • Unique Features:
    • Button waist tabs
    • Back patch
  • Available for $298 at Jean Shop

Unbranded UB101 (1 Year, 7 Months, 0 Washes, 0 Soaks)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Unbranded UB101
  • Fabric: 100% cotton sanforized Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 14.5 oz.
  • Fit: Skinny
  • Unique Features:
    • Hidden rivets
    • Selvedge coin pocket
  • Available for at $82 at Nordstrom

Momotaro x Japan Blue 0700SP (1 Year, 8 Months, 6 Washes)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Momotaro x Japan Blue 0700SP
  • Fabric: 100% cotton rope dyed indigo selvedge denim
  • Weight: 14.8 oz.
  • Fit: Slim taper
  • Unique Features:
    • Custom engraved brushed nickel buttons
    • Cowhide leather patch
  • Available for $210 at Cultizm

Pure Blue Japan X015 (1 Year)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Pure Blue Japan X015
  • Fabric: 100 % cotton selvedge denim
  • Weight: 14 oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Hidden rivets
    • Sheep skin leather patch
    • Iron buttons
  • Available for £239 or $366 at Rivet and Hide

Crossover Denim Chennai (6 Months, 1 Wash)

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DETAILS

  • Name: Crossover Denim Chennai
  • Fabric: 100% cotton Japanese selvedge denim
  • Weight: 16 oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Red and gold pocket arcs
    • Wabash fabric pocket bags
  • Available for 8,500 Baht (~$260 USD) at Pronto

Voting is now closed. Check back soon to see the winner!