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Fade Friday – RRL Slim Fit Rigid (6 Years, 7 Months, 2 Washes, 1 Soak)

RRL Rigid Slim Before

Before. Courtesy: Ralph Lauren

Repairs, tears, and fades, oh my! This week’s Fade Friday is a veritable smorgasbord of denim eye candy, courtesy of reader Leslie Morgan from Atlanta.

Leslie bought these RRL Slim Fit Rigid jeans back in 2009 and wore them to school, skating, camping, and work. He’s retired them several times for repairs, most notably to the crotch. These beauties are fraying at the pockets, both front and back, and knees in ways that pre-faded jeans wish they looked. Now that they’ve reached grail status, Leslie is considering framing them, glass-on-glass style, which is wholly appropriate for these jeans.

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  • Name: RRL Slim Fit Rigid
  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim
  • Weight: 16oz.
  • Fit: Slim straight
  • Unique Features:
    • Embroidered logo on coin pocket
    • Heavy twill pocket linings
    • Chainstitched waistband
    • Made in USA
  • Available for $240 at Unionmade Goods

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