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Brave Star Selvage Fade Friday Day #9

Nine days into wearing my Brave Star Selvage 21.5 ounce Cone Mills denim jeans and … these dungarees are AWESOME.

Brave Star Selvage

And, in case you are wondering, the belt I am using with these beastly jeans is my A Simple Leather Belt Co belt.

The Brave Stars are not nearly as stiff and unwieldy as I had feared they might be. For sure they are stiff but they are definitely not uncomfortable.

Until next Friday.

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Brave Star Selvage; Day One of Fade Friday

I bought a new pair of dungarees! I bought a pair of heavy weight selvage* denim jeans from Brave Star Selvage.

Brave Star

My new Brave Star Selvage jeans are made from a 21.5 ounce sanforized denim that is made on the classic Cone Denim looms located in White Oak North Carolina. Brave Star jeans are stitched together in downtown Los Angeles.

The 21.5 ounce weight of the denim used in these is extraordinary. Most good quality denim is about 13 ounces. “Inexpensive” denim is around 10 ounces. The Brave Star’s at 21.5 ounces…that’s HEAVY. My new jeans will almost stand up on their own!

My plan is to wear these new jeans EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.** For a year. Without washing them.

And my plan is to share a picture of them here, every Friday. I am calling it my “Fade Friday”.

“Fade” is the term used to describe the way the jeans are wearing and developing wrinkles and creases and faded lines into the denim.

Brave Star

So here is my first Fade Friday image – after one day of wear.

*Some people spell it “selvedge”. Others, like the folks at Brave Star spell it “selvage”. Either. Or either works.

**Although I say I am going to wear these jeans every single day, that does not actually mean I will wear them all day, every day. I will likely wear other clothes and make a point of wearing these heavy weights for at least a portion of the day.

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Doing the Laundry … Or Not

I’ve got a confession to make – I do not wash my pants. I’ve got a closet full of dungarees (I love that word! It is so much more cool than “jeans”) and I rarely ever wash them.

Dungarees
Dungarees

That’s correct, I rarely ever wash my jeans.

Sure I have my “work jeans” for when I am going to be rolling around under the car or if I am doing yard work where I will get particularly dirty. My Carhartt bibs serve me well in that environment.

I also have a pair of Levi 501s that I call my “weekenders”. Those are the jeans I wear on Saturday and Sundays for hacking around the neighborhood with my family.

Last weekend I washed those jeans after 18 or 20 months of weekend wear. They had been soaked previously; that was when I first got them and wore them from wet until they dried on my body (that is not as uncomfortable a process as some imagine). However, last weekend was the first full cold water machine-wash that they have received.

As for my other jeans – the ones pictured hanging in my closet – most of them have ever been washed.

On Monday morning or Sunday evening I choose the pair of jeans I will wear for the coming week. I have nine pair (and another pair on their way) that I rotate through.

If I get a little spill on my jeans I will spot clean them. However, most of these jeans, other than the dark grey, the light grey, or the khaki twills, have never been inside a washing machine.

And the most amazing thing? You can’t tell that they have never been washed!! They do not look dirty and they certainly do not smell.

I did say that I have a new pair on the way. They are a pair of super heavy weight (16 ounce denim) dungarees from my friends at Gustin that I purchased before the Canadian dollar plunged in value next to the US dollar. I will post more about them once they arrive later this week.

Until then, keep on not washing your jeans!!

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Gustin Premium Menswear

In January I went online and purchased a pair of jeans from Gustin Premium Menswear. And just this week I received them.

You would be justified in thinking WTF –  you ordered them in January and receive them in March? Well that is because Gustin does a crowdsourcing form of retail.

What they do is they find a type of fabric, in this case a black on black 14 ounce selvedge denim, and then they design clothing for that particular form of cloth. In my case they designed a pair of dungarees, which they then share on their website and via their email list to people who have subscribed the piece of clothing, the type of fabric and any other interesting details about the article of clothing.

They set a number of items that they must sell, a date for when the article of clothing must be fully funded, and then, if the article of clothing meets the sales numbers by the set date, it is a go.

The number of orders that they get for that particular item of clothing dictates how much fabric they will buy, and how much or how many pairs of jeans, shirts, jackets or whatever they will make.

This form of merchandising, a form of crowdsourcing, makes it so that the retailer does not have a warehouse full of leftover clothing that has not sold.

Ideally they make the exact number of pairs of jeans or clothing that have been requested by their customers.

It can be frustrating for the type of person who likes the instant gratification of going to a store, picking up a pair jeans, trying them on and then heading home. However the Gustin model of crowdsourcing gives people like me an opportunity to buy very good quality clothing for a very reasonable price.

A concern that many people have about buying clothing online is the ability to try the item of clothing on. Even though I was not able to try on the Gustin jeans, I was fairly confident that they would fit me the way I wanted them to fit because on the Gustin website there is a “Fit Guide” page with a chart detailing exactly how their trousers will fit.

Gustin Fit Guide
Gustin Fit Guide

Rather than saying that it is size 32, 34, or 40, they use a system with a “tagged size” listing and then they list all the measurements: waist, front rise, thighs, knee, cuff opening and inseam.

 

To make sure you get an excellent fit, they recommend you take your favorite pair of jeans, a pair that fits you the way you want, and then you measure them across the waist using their method. Using their system gives you a very good chance of getting jeans that will fit that you.

Gustin How to Measure
Gustin How to Measure

Overall I am extremely pleased with the quality of these new dungarees that I purchased from Gustin Premium Menswear. These are essentially top-quality custom made jeans in a 14 ounce denim. Another feature of their brand is that all their clothing is made in the USA with expert craftsmen.

The best part? Top quality jeans in a premium denim and they only cost me $99 US.