How is everyone doing out there? I know so many people focusing on creating face masks during these crazy times…never before have I ever seen so many come together with their own versions of the same project to help their communities. Even people who I didn’t know could sew are whipping out these things like crazy. I myself have started with a few prototypes and will be creating my own. Whether you are trying to stay financially afloat or are donating your own creations, it’s all great to see and shows how hard working we all can be to make it through the toughest times.
I haven’t posted a lot about it, as it is still fairly new to me and I’m working on breaking in a couple of my own pairs, but raw, selvedge denim is usually seen as the jean of the discerning denim connoisseur. Unlike most jeans on the market, they are basically untreated and unwashed, allowing wearers to break them in and earn those fades and distressing on their own, for a custom look that represents their lifestyles! Selvedge denim is just as, if not more, coveted, as it is a higher quality fabric created on vintage looms, retaining the striped “self edge” of the fabric sheet which an be seen on the outer cuffs and oftentimes the 5th pocket (you can see me sporting a selvedge pair by Levi’s here, by Cult of Individuality here, and by STRÖM here). A good pair of raw selvedge jeans is the ultimate, quality piece for denim fans everywhere, and PRPS is a leader in some of the best raw and selvedge denim around! The PRPS raw line is truly coveted around the world, as the fabric, manufacturing and washing is done in Japan…the capitol of raw denim. If you have been dying to break in your own pair of premium raw denim, now is your chance to get your hands on a pair! Denimology and PRPS have partnered up to offer an exclusive pair of PRPS Noir Japanese Raw Selvedge denim, which is not available in any store. This is a prized piece to wear with pride!
Denim School Dreams and DIY
The more I usually fall in love with a hobby or special interest, the more I want to see behind the scenes…get hands-on and dirty with it, or learn how to make my own. Especially with denim…when I first heard the story of Frankie B’s founder starting her business by sewing jeans for her friends in her attic, I felt the itch. That was many many years ago, and I still get held back just because I took one career path, and know very little about textiles. Growing up, my mom would always hand me denim scraps that I’d sew into clothing for my Barbies or even into little handbags. I have a pretty decent knowledge of sewing, but still, my knowledge is limited. If only I could clone myself and head back to college, right? I can’t see myself stopping what I’m doing now. One of my favorite denim blogs, The Jeans Blog, recently posted about something special for denim enthusiasts out there…a chance to learn first hand how denim is created and how to make your own. PRPS founder Donwan Harrell graduated from VCU in Richmond, Virginia as a fashion design student, and didn’t emerge with a whole lot of knowledge about the denim industry. This is pretty inspiring to me, considering how huge PRPS now is! He has recently instituted a program at VCU, called Jeanology, to teach students all about the denim manufacturing and washing process, something that he most likely would have participated in during his days as a student. How amazing is this? Ok so first…I need to clone myself, and second, I need to move to Virginia. Problem solved! I would LOVE to be able to do this!