Jean Care

BREAKING-IN:

Breaking in raw denim is not for the faint-hearted – it takes time to develop your own denim finger print. We recommend you wear your new jeans for six months before washing, if possible. These formative months will give the denim time to fade and crease naturally, in places that reflect elements of your lifestyle and personality.

If you don’t want to wash your jeans:

  • Pop them in the freezer overnight, this will help get rid of bacteria.
  • Hang them out in the breeze and sun to air them out.
  • Use neutraliser spray.
  • For stains, try gently rubbing with a damp cloth, be sure to steer clear of washing detergent.

HAND WASHING (RECOMMENDED):

This is our recommended way to wash your jeans as you’ll keep them smelling nice, minimise indigo loss, and still get great fades.

  • Run a bath with tepid water (dip your elbow in the water first – if it’s comfortable, it’s the right temperature)
  • Add a bleach-free enzyme-free detergent such as Woolite Dark or Dr. Bronner’s.
  • Completely submerge your jeans, agitate jeans for a few minutes, weigh down the buoyant ones.
  • Leave submerged for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • Agitate your jeans again for a few minutes, then drain the tub.
  • Lay the jeans on a towel and then roll-up both to get a majority of the water out of them.
  • Hang your jeans outside, somewhere you don’t mind having indigo water dripping – it will definitely stain.

MACHINE WASHING:

We prefer hand washing, but this isn’t always possible. When machine washing, follow these steps to minimise loss of indigo.

  • Wash on a cycle that minimises tumbling as the tumbling action causes the jeans to lose indigo.
  • Cool wash cycle on the machine.
  • Add a bleach-free enzyme-free detergent such as Woolite Dark or Dr. Bronner’s.
  • Hang to dry, the correct way out, in fresh air

DRYING:

We strongly recommend against drying your jeans in the dryer for a couple of reasons:

  • The heat from the dryer may cause damage to the leather patch on your jeans.
  • The tumbling action of the dryer causes the jeans to lose indigo.
  • The combination of heat and tumbling may put creases in your jeans.

IRONING:

  • High heat setting with steam
  • Use a soft cloth between the iron and your jean if you want to prevent shine
  • Turn the jeans inside out
  • Iron the pocket bags first
  • Then Iron one leg at a time. With matching seams side to side.
  • Iron seams until flat, and then move to the inside of the leg
  • Lastly the waistband

SHRINKING & STRETCHING:

Our denim is sanforized, so it is pre-shrunk. Over 30 wears, our jeans will stretch up to 2.5cm / 1″ in the waist and hip, which equates to roughly one size. When washed, they will shrink back to their original size. If you’re looking for a tailored fit, consider sizing down one size to account for stretching. Ideally, the jeans should be slightly challenging to button when tried on.

Though pre-shrunk, our jeans will lose 2.5cm / 1″ in the length on the first wash. We account for this when hemming your jeans. The jeans will not shrink in the waist beyond their initial size.

HEMMING:

Our jeans are manufactured at specific lengths, which you can see in the size charts. As a result, we offer free hemming. Simply tell us your desired inseam when entering your billing info at checkout. Once hemmed, your jeans cannot be returned or exchanged. Consider purchasing the jeans un-hemmed, and then hem once you know the size is right (free of charge).