first wash

i have to take my favorite pair of jeans (apc petit standards) to the denim doctor tomorrow before the crotch blows out.  i’m hoping i can get two more good years out of them before they’re officially retired.  they’ve never been washed, so i gave them their first bath today.  if you’re worried about washing your raw denim for the first time, don’t be.  it’s really easy.  here’s a quick step-by-step: 1) fill your bathtub with lukewarm water 2) pour a little bit of woolite dark in the tub 3) submerge jeans and gently rub off dirt 4) let them sit for 20-30 minutes 5) rinse out soap 6) hang to dry.  as you can see riley was extremely curious about the process.

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    • north
    • February 8th, 2012

    Unless I am missing something, is there an issue with running them through the washing machine? Woolite? Really?

    • cooper
    • February 8th, 2012

    It depends on what kind of jeans you’re rocking. You have to take better care of raw denim than washed denim. These were raw denim with a year + of wear. I chose to wash them in the tub with Woolite dark because I wanted to preserve the color and quality of the denim plus it ads character to the jeans like honeycombs and whiskers. I’m not a massive denim-head, but I like to take care of my s**t.

    • Jim
    • February 9th, 2012

    Great post, I’ve been working on a pair of 501s for a little over a year and I’m in danger of a crotch blowout. I need to give them their first bath but where in Nashville would you go for repairs?

    • cooper
    • February 9th, 2012

    i asked the folks at imogene + willie and they recommended stitch it in green hills. i’ve used them for alterations before and they did an excellent job. i’ll let you know how they do with the jean repair.

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