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Fade Friday – RRL Slim Fit Rigid (6 Years, 3 Months, 10 Washes)

RRL Rigid Slim Before

Before. Courtesy: Ralph Lauren

Whether traversing Crowders Mountain State Park in North Carolina, working the trade show floors in Las Vegas and Japan, or cruising on bike and skateboard with the girlfriend, these RRL Slim Fit Rigid jeans have gone the distance to reach Fade Friday status.

Myk Pate first picked up these rigid Ralph’s over six years ago in Atlanta and has been wearing them faithfully ever since. Woolite Dark has held the indigo fast over that time where other detergents would have left them with no indigo by now. It’s resulted in a beautiful gradient scored with repairs at the thighs, lap, and crotch. He keeps his options open when it comes to cuffing, sporting a triple cuff on the regular and a quad cuff when it comes to boots. Notice the multiple frayed cuff lines.

When all is said and done, they may not be the most contrasty pair out there. But it’s the little details like the frayed pockets, repairs by hand and machine, and stories beneath it all that make it worthy of this week’s throne.

Find him on Tumblr and check out his brand, Tug-of-War.


  • 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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