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Fade Friday – 3sixteen+ 11BSP (8 Years, Unknown Washes & Soaks)

For this week’s Fade Friday, Mark McGrath from the UK is single handedly laying out the argument for denim retirement parties.

Mark is graciously updating us on the status of his 2017 submission of his 3sixteen 11BSP jeans. Now worn for an astounding 8 years and 2 months Mark is finally putting this pair to rest…sort off. These workaholic jeans are going on garden duty.

After 8 loving years which consisted of zero soaks but plenty of washes after the 2 year mark, there is not much that these jeans have left to do. They have a great mix of high contrast sharp fades, machine washed, low contrast fades, and straight up white areas like the knees. In a rare sighting the whiskers have actually started to tear. If that is not a sign of dedicated, hard wear, I don’t know what is.

And speaking of the knees, the most unique component of these jeans has to be the baffling contrast present above and below the knee line. I am beginning to wonder if Mark filled a tub full of indigo and dipped the jeans up to the knees.

This may be it for the jeans but Mark is hard at work fading a pair of 24oz. Samurai jeans.

Happy retirement.

3sixteen+ 11BSP Raw Denim Jeans

  • Fabric: 100% cotton selvedge denim
  • Fabric weight: 18 oz.
  • Fabric source: Japan
  • Made in: USA
  • Fit: Straight
  • Additional Details:
    • Unsanforized
    • Pure indigo dyed warp yarns
    • Japanese cowhide patch
    • Japanese hardware
  • Available at: Self Edge for $335