Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 31 One month on

So I made it to one month without too much hassle. No beer spills, no major water damage and no stains. A lot of people are concerned about dirt, smell and the fact that it just seems gross. So I'll go out on record and say that this isn't a case of just having a pair of jeans on for six months without taking care of them. It actually means you have to take extra special care of them. Cleaning any stains, hanging them up at night so they can breathe and dry out from the day's sweat and wear, and especially brushing them.

The two photos show the amount of dust that gathers along the seams. I usually brush my jeans every week to get rid of this build up, but left it there for a month to show what I mean. I'm brushing them tonight, perhaps I'll publish photos of it tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 30 Ormond Old and New

I remember the day I got these jeans. They were my 2nd pair of Dr.Denims. That was all of 18 months ago. Now they have been washed once and look and fit great. The day I bought them, I also bought a pair of Terence Raw denim. They're going into the wash next week. I'll keep you updated. They're a heavier denim than those used on Ormond, but also a favourite, because I like the Terence model.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 29 Stretch

I have been told twice today that I look thin, then on top of that I've been told that the jeans look sloppy. So I asked a friend to take a photo, so I can see for myself.

I have to admit, they look a little sloppy. I'm still wearing a lot of boots (Winter, etc, see Day 28), so my 34 leg probably needs to be a 32 leg. Perhaps I need to roll the hems up one more time. Would also help with the knees looking so stretched.

I can't wait for summer, so I can wear sneakers again.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 28 Sneaker time

The weather is changing rapidly up here in the north. The days are markably longer, and last night we set our clocks forward an hour. The summer feeling is here, and there's no better way of picking it up than by watching the people in town swapping their leather winter boots for sneakers. And especially All Stars. The problem with this day was that it started out beautifully, with a lot of sun, and ended with snow in the late afternoon and into the night. A gentle reminder that it's still March and officially still winter.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 27 Ormond's Knees

Above you can see what 18 months of wear does. It stretches everything. Before the was on the left and after the wash on the right. The good part is that when the jeans shrink in the first wash, they shrinks proportionately and that is why they fit so well afterwards. You can also see the wear on the knees, where before there were stretches, now there's just marks.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 26 Harris vs Ormond

The photos above shows the difference 6 months of everyday wear does, compared to wearing a pair of jeans once a week. As I said yesterday, 6 months everyday equals to over 168 times, whereas wearing them once a week, for 2 years, only add up to 104 times.

My first pair of Dr.Denim Harris jeans are to the left, after 30 months and 2 washes compared to the Dr.Denim Ormonds of 24 months and 1 wash. Quite a big difference the 6 months of daily wear makes. Not just wearing in, but wearing out as well. I have to spend some time fixing the holes, but that's for another day. At the moment all I wear are my Dr.Denim Raymonds Red Salvage jeans.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 25 Ormonds Front and Back

Above are the photos of my Dr.Denim Ormonds, after 18 months and one wash. As I said before, I did not wear them every day, but they just became part of my general jeans collection, and wore them maybe once every week. That means 18 months x 4 weeks = 72 times. Compare that to wearing a pair of jeans every day for 6 months, which is 6 months x 4 weeks x 7 days = 168 times.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 24 Don't get them wet

A long day at the office, then directly to an event for Swedish creatives, then home to eat, because for sone reason today I forgot to eat. My busy schedule could have something to do with it. But to get back to the point, I did the dishes after I ate, and my kitchen tap has a weird habit of opening real hard and spraying water all over the place. And I have a weird habit of forgetting this. I ended up with water all over the jeans that I'm trying to keep dry, whilst wearing them in. Typical. Aaaargh!!

Day 23 A double fold

My jeans sizes are a size 34 leg and a 32 waist. Like I said before, I'm tall and skinny. Although I can wear most of my jeans straight, I tend to fold the hem up once. Maybe it's in fashion, maybe it's more comfortable, I'm not sure, but in winter, I fold them over twice. The logic is simple, in winter we wear boots, and the higher the hem, the less the possibility of it becoming wet.

Most of the time I'll wear them stuffed inside socks, especially when I have my Red Wings on. With these Timberland boots however, I wear the hem folded double.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 22 No more snow

Currently sitting on the train back from Funäsdalen via Røros, Hamar, Oslo in Norway to Göteborg in Sweden. Home sweet home. But that means no more snow until my next trip up north in April. In Gothenburg all I can expect is rain, as winter is on it's way out. Again, not good with jeans you're trying to keep dry. Let's see how it goes. So far so good.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 21 The back of the knees

From nearly day one, the back of the knees will look like the picture above. That is by far the place that bends the most on a person's lower body. It's when you flatten the crinkles that you can see the difference in the dark blue inner fold that remains untouched and the much lighter outer fold that wears out on a daily basis.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 20 Skiing

Off to go skiing today. For my first time ever. I've done cross-country skiing and snowboarding quite a bit, but never alpine skiing. So the jeans will be on again later in the day, but for now they will be replaced by my snowboard pants.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 19 Snow Scooter

Didn't spend a lot of time in my jeans today, as we were out in the mountains in the snow. First watching the snow scooter races, then doing some racing of our own. If ever you're in Sweden and want to do some skiing, check out It's absolutely beautiful up here. Haven't been here in summer yet, but the locals say it's just as beautiful.

The jeans were only on for about 3 hours in total while I prepared supper. Tomorrow will be more of the same, but instead of the snow scooters it'll be skiing.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 18 Live music Friday

Been a busy week preparing for an important presentation which I had today up here in the middle of Sweden. There's not a better way to end it off than with a glass of wine and live music.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 17 A beautiful day

I arrived in a little town in the middle of Sweden called Funäsdalen. It's a beautiful day today and there's still a lot of snow on the ground. You do get the sense that spring is just around the corner. The sun feels warmer, especially on days like this.

I don't think it's going to be a hassle keeping the jeans dry, but as I learnt in Copenhagen, it is not wise to temp the weather gods.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 16 Travelling by train

At the moment I'm just getting ready to go to sleep on the Night train from Oslo to Støren in Norway. I'm on a business trip to Funäsdalen in Sweden, but the shortest trip is via Norway.

Looking forward to be back in the snow.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 15 Some marks already

It's good to see what 2 weeks wear can do. Already when you flatten the creases behind the knees and the moustaches in the groin area, you see light blue lines. So far so good.

Heading of to Funäsfjällen tomorrow. The area has snow till the middle of May, which is a huge difference to here in Gothenburg. Now it's just cold and still grey. Fortunately the sun is setting later and later every day and is much warmer already, like 5 degrees C.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 14 Ormond Before

These are my pair of Ormonds. They've been worn maybe once a week for 18 months without a wash. This is what they looked like before the wash. They're made from a light weight denim, compared to the Raymonds I'm testing now, plus they're not Selvage Denim.

As you can see, the knees were very stretched, and so was the waist. They have over the years, become a favourite pair, particularly in summer, because they're made from a light weight denim, hence not very warm. They are however very skinny.

Tomorrow I'll publish some photos these Ormonds after the wash, so you can see the difference.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 13 Stretch

12 days into this 6 month test (183 days) and already the knees on these Raymonds have stretched a lot. The same with the waist, hence me wearing a belt already. Not always necessary with my jeans, as I'm a 32 waist but these seem to be closer to 36 waist already.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 12 Just another day

As these six month long tests go, there will always be days, where nothing happens and it's just another day. Today is one of those days. Fortunately the rain has stopped.

Next week I'll be in the snow in a town up north in Sweden called Funäsdalen. Pronounced Fuun-ass-daa-lin. There's snow. Lots of it. Let's see what happens when I'm there. Should be interesting. I'm happy the denim is a heavy salvage denim. Keeps the cold out a bit more, but I'll still need my long johns. On my last trip there a month ago the temperature dropped to -35 degrees C.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 11 Ormond gets a wash

18 months and one wash. And they came out beautifully. These Ormonds were bought a week after I washed my first pair of Harris jeans, but unlike Harris, I didn't wear them everyday. They just went into my jeans collection and I wore them maybe once a week. Now that they're washed, you can see the wear and tear much better. That's why I prefer starting with raw denim, as it's after the first wash, that you see the individuality in that pair of jeans.

Over the next couple of days I'll publish some photos of what they looked like when I bought them, what they looked like before the wash, and what they look like today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 10 And more rain

Just as if I was teasing the gods with my post on day 6 about no rain and perfectly sunny weather, it's not stopped raining since then. Keeping these jeans dry seems now to be an exercise in survival. Running from building to building, tree to tree and so on, just to keep them dry.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 9 Snow and Rain

I spoke to soon about not having any rain. Today was crazy. After 2 weeks of no snow or rain and sunny days it snowed and rained all in one day. And that on a day I needed to be out a lot walking to meetings and more.

Not complaining about the weather, but more about the fact that it's tough to keep my jeans dry until it's time to wash them.

For those that don't know why it's important to keep them dry, it's because raw denim has never been washed or has never been in water and they shrink about 5 % or 2 cm during the first wash. That's why it's good to wear them in for 6 months before you wash them the first time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 8 Dr.Denim's new campaign

Here is one of the new images Dr.Denim's using for some campaigns. Some like it, some say it's a little too risky. I know I like it. Anything to get people talking a bit.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 7 Beer

Spent the weekend in Copenhagen with some friends. It was a beer expedition. Quite an adventure for a wine drinker like myself. We were out a lot and there was a lot of beer on tap. I'm just happy to report that no one, myself included, spilled any beer on my jeans.

I was thinking about that and what I would do if it happened, just so they don't smell like beer for the next 6 months before they get washed. My answer? I truly don't know, so I searched the web. Most of the answers weren't very helpful, because they involved water. There was one answer I liked and it is this. "I decided instead of dry cleaning or hand washing the jeans to just do nothing. The beer dried up, I sprayed them with Febreeze, hung em outside, and they're good as new!"

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 6 No rain

The last 6 month test I did was during winter. This made it difficult to keep the jeans dry when it was snowing and raining. This time around it's during summer, so it's a bit easier to keep them dry. That's if we're not going to have a rainy summer. At the moment though I'm enjoying the sun in Copenhagen.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 5 Wash your hands

When you wear raw denim you have to wash your hands a lot more. It goes hand in hand. There's just so much Indigo dye that brushes off, but you get used to it quickly.
I actually washed a pair of Dr.Denim Ormonds raw denim today after wearing them for 18 months. I'll publish some photos next week. They came out beautifully.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 4 Your mother's white couches

You have to be aware of the Indigo Dye in a new pair of raw denim jeans. Watch out for your mother's white couches. She's gonna to kill you if you mess them up. Above is a slip I had in my pocket for an afternoon. Nothing escapes the blue dye. As I said, the denim has never been washed, so it rubs off on everything. Be careful.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 3 Washing Harris a second time

The jeans I used for my first test was a pair of Dr.Denim Harris Raw. I washed them for the first time after 6 months, during which I wore them every day. After that they went into my collection and I wore them probably once a week. Their second wash was then after another 16 months.

Most of my readers are interested in knowing how to wash them, so I'll quickly cover it again. I wash mine for the first time inside out, and by themselves. This should be obvious, but if you don't know why, it's because raw denim has never been washed before, and the amount of Indigo dye they lose during their first wash will definitely colour everything else a very dark blue indeed. So try to avoid it. I also switch off the spin cycle. Here's a quote to help you understand why we should learn from other people's mistakes. "I spun my Samurai s500wx just to get the water off (no heat) and regretted it. After 10 mins, I checked on my baby and found a murder scene in the machine. It was blue everywhere. Don't do it."

After the wash without the spin cycle, I stretch the stitching in the legs out. Just grab the crotch area and the hem for the inner stitches or the pocket and the hem for the outer stitches, and slowly stretch each of them. Different materials are used to make the jeans and stitch them together, so it helps to stretch them a bit before you hang them up to air dry. If you want to read more, then I posted before about how to wash your jeans.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 2 A Comparison

People have asked me why I'm doing this, and all I can say is I have an interest in Denim, and I like the individual qualities you get from putting your own marks on a pair of jeans, compared to buying a pair of treated jeans and looking like everyone else. Above are my first pair of Dr.Denim Harris Raw denims next to my new pair of Raymonds. They're now two and a half years old and only had two washes. I need to do some fixes to them already before they go in for their third wash.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 1 Red Salvage

Finally I've started again, with another 6 month project. What's the difference between this time and the last time? Well a few things really. Most of the 6 months will be over summer, March - September, compared to winter the last time, September - March. This is a pair of Salvage denim, a lot heavier than the last pair. Harris vs Raymond. Just speaking about blue dye, this pair is very blue, and my hands are covered in indigo dye at the end of the day if I don't wash them regularly.

So what's the deal with this project? Basically it's me having a pair of jeans on, every day, for 6 months, then washing them, and seeing what the result looks like. In case you didn't know, Raw denim has never been washed. That means they will shrink about 5% at the first wash. That's why it's recommended to wear them in before you wash them. Here's some info on the first 6 month test I did two years ago.