Last year I finally took the plunge and bought jeans that were made from raw selvege denim. Imogene + Willie is based in my hometown of Nashville; they make all their clothes in the shop and use the best all-American denim you can find. Since I live in Nashville it was easy to get them tailored right in the store. They’ll repair them at no cost too, so the Bartons seemed like a great way to keep me from buying my usual dodgy Levi’s every 3 months.
The jeans are perfectly broken in and fading nicely. I’ve worn them nearly every day I’ve been here. That is, until December when I noticed a hole from riding a bicycle too much.
It would be ridiculous and time consuming to send them back to America to get fixed. I was fearful of sending them to a regular tailor because I didn’t know if raw denim needed any special care. I found Up There in Melbourne who seemed to know what was up. They mended my jeans for me out of the goodness of their hearts.
I plan on visiting the store next week when I’m in Melbourne. I hope I don’t spend too much money.