The use of sustainable materials has increased over the years and since 2012 all Nudie Jeans jeans have been made from 100% organic cotton. Unlike organic cotton, conventional cotton accounts for 25% of the world’s use of man-made pesticides, but covers only 3% of arable land.
Nudie Jeans is often touted as one of the best entry-level premium denim options for men. I put the entry level in quotes because Nudie doesn’t come cheap, especially if you’re used to $50 American Eagle jeans. But for quality denim, including many raw and selvedge options, Nudie’s prices are perfectly reasonable.
If you love wearing denim, this is where you should start. Whatever your preferred spelling – selvedge or even self-edged – this is our range of the best selvage denims from Japan and Turkey. Find your perfect fit; Try our Jean Fit Guide.
Normal & Relaxed Fits
The Regular Fit selection is all about rigid denim. Regular fits should give you a little more room around the seat and throughout the leg. And depending on whether the leg is straight or tapered, you get a different overall shape. Use our excellent fit guide to see the difference.
Selfedge (or “selvage”) means “own edge”, which is a way of finishing denim. Old shuttle looms produced closed edges to prevent the cotton material from fraying and unraveling. This technique also creates a tighter weave, making the fabric more durable and stiff than modern denim production.
The jeans will stretch a little when worn, but will shrink back to their original size after washing.
As indicated on the care label, dry jeans should shrink by approximately 3%. However, this value can vary depending on the washing temperature, whether the jeans have been stretched and how long they have been worn before the first wash.
Nudie Jeans’ environmental rating is ‘great’. It uses a high percentage of eco-friendly materials, including cotton that meets the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). It reuses most of its offcuts to minimize textile waste. The use of environmentally friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water and waste water used in production.
Your dry clothes should take approximately six months to break in, the outcome depends on how you travel. A few words from our designer Johan Lindstedt before we leave you on your journey: “If you want to achieve good-looking jeans, you have to work at it, you can’t just sit on your butt all day.
They produce in vertically integrated plants in Italy and Tunisia.
Mr. Bergh isn’t the only denim expert to offer this advice. Hiut Denim’s website states: “Raw denim is best given a good six months before washing. The longer you can let it sit, the better your jeans will look.” This is because the indigo wears away in places where you make natural creases.
It’s exactly what the name says: denim in its purest form. Raw denim, also known as dry denim, refers to denim that has not undergone any scouring or shrinking processes in production. Completely untreated, raw denim feels stiff at first, but changes over time.
A single thread that is pushed back and forth on the loom in a continuous motion, creating a self-tied edge on both sides. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as selvedge denim, or in some cases self-edge denim. So the self-tied edge is a nice detail but also prevents the fabric edges from fraying.
Denim is a strong cotton fabric with a twill weave that creates a subtle diagonal ribbing. The cotton twill fabric is warp, which means that the weft threads pass under two or more warp threads and the warp threads are more prominent on the right side.