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10 hours ago, chicote said:

I admire that attitude.  And congrats on a well deserved win.

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Trophy narrow denim

 

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These Momotaro’s have hit the sweet spot after this wash. 
 They’re a couple of years in and been washed less in first year then monthly or so. 
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Beautiful, @UkeNo. Collect produces some of my favorite non-repro fabrics. Such great indigo tones as they wash and fade. Really good texture while still soft to wear when new.

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Motor “new vintage” old baggy jeans, just out of the wash. I’ve had them since last November I think but only started wearing them after the tcb contest was done. They are my widest pair of pants and they evolve very different than anything I had before. Will be interesting to see how they’ll be in the future. 
 

 

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Another Moto update. Need a thread for the brand…

they’re about 10 months old  worn quite regularly. I enjoy the slow process of fading wide cut jeans quite a lot  

 

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That's an impressive amount of fading for just a year or so.

A lot of times when I see faded TCB 40s jeans I think, this denim looks just like my dad's $20 Wrangler jeans after he's tumble dried them a hundred times.

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On 9/9/2022 at 8:05 AM, Cold Summer said:

A lot of times when I see faded TCB 40s jeans I think, this denim looks just like my dad's $20 Wrangler jeans after he's tumble dried them a hundred times.

Ouch. 

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I think it's probably less the denim itself and more the treatment (where in the contest a lot of people washed + tumbled their jeans all the time.) There's this sort of thing that happens to denim when it's tumble dried a bunch, the way the seams pucker and crinkle and have this accompanying contrast around the coin pocket, waistband, etc that looks very dad-jeans to me, and I feel like I'm seeing the characteristics of the washing/tumbling more than the denim itself. This is one reason why I wash sparsely, aside from Sick Fadez Contrast, my jeans never develop that sort of characteristic. But it all comes down to personal preference I guess, obviously some people here like that look and certain types of denim with marble characteristics (WH Banner, Denim Bridge fabrics) seem to reward that type of treatment.

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3 months Scoobs??? Lovely fades

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Denime 66OW, intermittent wear over about 8 months, documenting before a first wash. The last two are with some older 66s, machine washed and dried many times.

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On 9/12/2022 at 4:34 PM, Cold Summer said:

I think it's probably less the denim itself and more the treatment (where in the contest a lot of people washed + tumbled their jeans all the time.) There's this sort of thing that happens to denim when it's tumble dried a bunch, the way the seams pucker and crinkle and have this accompanying contrast around the coin pocket, waistband, etc that looks very dad-jeans to me, and I feel like I'm seeing the characteristics of the washing/tumbling more than the denim itself. This is one reason why I wash sparsely, aside from Sick Fadez Contrast, my jeans never develop that sort of characteristic. But it all comes down to personal preference I guess, obviously some people here like that look and certain types of denim with marble characteristics (WH Banner, Denim Bridge fabrics) seem to reward that type of treatment.

I've been summoned! :laugh:

Of course, I'm a proponent of washing one's jeans in regular intervals both for the health of the fabric, and since I've always preferred "vintage" fades overall. Heck, I even like the $20 over tumbled Wrangler dad-jeans look! 

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In my experience, I've never really had much trouble with the integrity of the fabric from washing at 2~4 month intervals on most of my pairs. What seems most affected is the stitching - if it's 100% cotton, infrequent washing seems to lead to vastly more breakage, while similar jeans washed often seem to have little issue with thread integrity, at least for a while. However, I have pretty slim thighs for my waist size, so there's less stress/wear and tear at the crotch, maybe counteracting the effects of less washing in my case. Interesting to me how all these factors interconnect to make each pair of broken-in jeans unique from one person to the next.

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On 10/2/2022 at 4:37 AM, Duke Mantee said:

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These look great, how long have you been wearing these roughly?
Inspired me to start wearing my pair more regularly. :D

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1 hour ago, Broark said:

These look great, how long have you been wearing these roughly?
Inspired me to start wearing my pair more regularly. :D

Thanks B - I honestly don’t know how long I’ve worn them, maybe 40-50 days? I tend not to keep track, I get that process for competitions and stuff but generally it’s a pointless exercise for me. I just rotate through my denims randomly wearing whatever pair I think looks best with whatever other stuff I’m putting on.

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I hear 'ya Duke, the days of counting wears are long behind me. A rough estimate is all I was after!

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They look more like they’ve been worn for 6 months than 1.5!

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The duration is 9 years though as they’ve been in Duke’s rotation with 184 other pairs of other trousers :laugh: 

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4 hours ago, Maynard Friedman said:

They look more like they’ve been worn for 6 months than 1.5!

It’s not been 40-50 straight days - but probably 40-50 occasions maybe a little bit more but I doubt it - I’ve been wearing too much other stuff for that to be the case … although I did wear them for a couple of weeks constantly while I was helping fix up my pals’ shop; there was a fair bit of sweaty development then - lots of crouching and kneeling (both knees had no fading before I started that)

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5 hours ago, Broark said:

I hear 'ya Duke, the days of counting wears are long behind me. A rough estimate is all I was after!

It’s the same denim as the other stuff so you’ll know how it can evolve. 

I tend never to get any of that ‘honeycomb’ fading but because of what I said to Maynard and because they’re slim around the knee down there’s a bit of that going on - but not much really.

I always wear out the back pockets quickly because I’ve usually got my phone in one and wallet in the other - plus my arse is well built :laugh2: 

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Tcb 20s (left) and Moto old baggy jeans. 
 

We moved this week so I had to repaint the old house and some parts of the new one so the Motos got splashed a bit. It’s much less noticeable after one wash. It’ll probably chip away with time and wear and wash. 

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