This is the good stuff. We chose this particular denim as our all-the-time rigid fabric for good reason. Here are a few of them:
Milled in Louisiana on vintage Draper X3 looms that have been making denim for well over 100 years. We source our rigid denim from the folks over at Vidalia Mills, who resurrected these machines after the Cone Mills' White Oak plant closure in 2018. We know how hard it can be these days to find US-based suppliers, especially in our industry, so we support these companies whenever we can.
Some denim fabric gets the majority of their dark blue color from sulphur dying, which doesn't fade as well as indigo. We selected this denim for it's deep, rich blue color, which is achieved by rope-dying the yarns in indigo and will fade exceptionally well over the life of the jean.
3) Character and Charm
Because of the nature of the short-format looms upon which this denim is woven, this fabric has a depth and character not found in many wide-format denims.
Some notes about wearing selvedge denim:
Our Standard Tap Rigid Denim is 100% cotton and 100% raw. This means we don't use any finishing treatments or washes to break in, soften, or distress the jeans. That's your job! When you first try them on, they will be STIFF, maybe even a bit uncomfortable. Don't worry! They'll break in. This breaking in process usually takes a few wears, but you'll notice that they're easier to move in after the first few hours of wear. The more you wear them, the faster they'll break in.
People usually notice the stiffness in the following places:
1) Waistband (which will be snug at first!)
As the jeans break in, you'll gain one to two inches of extra "give" in the waistband. If you want to speed the process along here, take the jeans off and close the fly and top button of the jeans; give the waistband a good all-around wrenching. Don't worry - you won't break them!
2) In the "bend" between the upper thigh and hips, and behind the knees
One of the first things we do any time we put on raw denim are some deep leg lunges. A few of these will really help speed up the break-in of these flexion points in the jeans.
3) The drape
Raw denim is extremely rigid and drapes (or hangs) in a very rigid way. This too will soften with wear as the jeans break in. Many people experience the "growing leg phenomenon" where the jeans seem to get longer with wear, but really this is just the fabric breaking in, softening, and draping more loosely, which can add up to 1/2'' to the inseam of the jean. Don't worry - you're not shrinking.