Recently I have been snorting indigo. I had discovered a world where denim aficionados thrive, with disciples that treat their blue fabric as connoisseurs do to their watches or wine. With this new found interest, I’ve started collecting a few pairs of jeans, specifically the raw and selvedge kind. These two terms refer to jeans with fabric made from old shuttle looms, and left unwashed. To the uninitiated, this type of jeans may look plain. But it’s more of a tabula rasa where one’s body creates the fades–wear and tear marks accumulated in a year or two–that makes the denim truly personal and unique. It is a journey to create an artwork of character. I leave it to you and Google to discover the raw and selvedge melodrama and fanaticism. On to my review of an exciting pair of jeans that I discovered…
Lee is a well known department store staple. Not really a brand you go to when searching cutting edge, fashion forward products. But Lee is seems to be in a resurgence as of late and in the Philippines it recently opened a few boutiques. You could say that I am a Lee snob, but then I gave their Glorietta 2 branch a chance, went inside, and made an awesome discovery:
At first glance, this pair might look vanilla. But upon closer inspection, the jeans was a basket full of Easter eggs: features hidden to the untrained eye that make it very special. I dare say, it is by far the most exciting pair of raw selvedge jeans I have ever seen (and owned)! This is part one of a 3-part series. The pair of jeans has so much detail, I would need three blog entries to give you a complete tour from waist to hem!
Stay tuned for part two and three of this review where I will show the unique selvedge stripe, zipper, and inner parts with a couple dozen more details and embellishment!