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Raw Denim FAQs

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  1. How come the inside of jeans have different colors?
  2. What should my raw denim jeans look like before I know it’s time to give them a first soak/wash?
  3. What Japanese companies, besides Flat Head, make raw denim overalls?
  4. Should I add Woolite dark while soaking my jeans?
  5. How do I know what size I should buy in Levi’s Shrink-to-Fit (STF)?
  6. What’s a good value Japanese denim brand that one can get in Tokyo?
  7. I’m interested in Iron Heart’s 21oz. denim jacket. Is this a very heavy denim? How long does such a jacket take to break in? Or is 21oz. already pretty comfortable, though stiff?
  8. How can I keep my denim rigid?
  9. I got caught in a downpour while wearing my raw denim. Will they still fade? Are they ruined?
  10. Some denim has honeycomb fades near the leg openings. How do you get those fades?
  11. When I soak my jeans, can I rub the fabric or will it ruin the fades?
  12. How can I prevent my raw denim from fading?
  13. Can you recommend a few brands of selvedge jeans with a relaxed fit?
  14. Is there any downside to buying unsanforized denim and leaving them in the closet a few months before soaking and starting the wear process?
  15. What’s the technical term for creating a clean inseam on jeans and some shirts?
  16. What are the best cleaning options for denim after they have been worn for so long?
  17. Would you recommend anyone for “knit denim”?
  18. Should I soak my sanforized denim prior to wearing them?
  19. Does Studio D’Artisan have an English website and ship to the US?
  20. Wouldn’t the sanforization process (in denim) no longer make raw denim raw as it is then treated, sometimes chemically, but at the very least with water or steam?
  21. Is A.P.C.’s permanent denim collection made with Japanese denim?
  22. My jeans are still about 1.5-2 inches too long, should I continue to soak them? Or have them altered?
  23. Is there any decent denim out there for people who are bigger than a 36″-38″ waist?
  24. Could you recommend any jeans for guys with big thighs?
  25. I just bought a new pair of pants and one leg was somehow a bit tighter than the other. Is this normal?
  26. How do I shrink my Levi’s 501 STF?
  27. Do you have any tips on places to get great raw denim at about 3 yards at a time?
  28. Do you have any recommendations for companies that make 30″ inseam jeans?
  29. Could you recommend a bespoke, custom denim jeans or jacket maker?
  30. How do I fix my baggy knees on my denim jeans?
  31. My dry cleaner flat pressed my raw denim and I lost my creases from the last year. Is it possible to reform them?
  32. What does shrink and stretch in denim sizing refer to?
  33. What denim brands are based and manufacture in England?
  34. Do you know how I can buy clothing from the brand, Workers Japan?
  35. Do you guys take overalls for Fade Friday?
  36. Will a pair of washed raw denim jeans (washed “once-only”) be able to achieve honey combs and fades? Will re-starching help with the fading too?
  37. If I dip my denim jacket in heavy starch to make it rigid, will it help in the overall fading?
  38. Should I soak my raw denim first, wash them first, or just wear them first?
  39. How do I buy from Roy’s website?
  40. How much are a pair of old, vintage Levi’s jeans that I found?
  41. Where can I find an affordable pair of custom jeans?
  42. I’m trying to decide between Rogue Territory SKs and 3sixteen ST-100x. I’m NOT a big fan of slub in my denim. Any advice on which of these is the least slubby? Or other suggestions in that price range?
  43. Should I sous vide my denim jeans and if so, any tips for time and temperature?
  44. Once I’m happy with my denim fades, should I start to wash my jeans on a semi regular basis to bring out that awesome rich indigo blue?
  45. Help! I have a hole in the bottom of my pant’s crotch. How do I fix?
  46. Does “waist size” listed reflect the actual measurement now or what the jeans will stretch to?
  47. What is a pair of raw selvedge denim that fits similar to Levi 511s, has no crazy stitching, and fades with great contrast?
  48. What is the difference between the LVC 606 and LVC 605?
  49. How do I identify the value of my vintage denim jacket?
  50. Besides the 501, does Levi’s offer shrink-to-fit jeans in any other models?
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