Aug
4
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

The White Stripes

Question
I seem to be the last guy to wake up and realize my jeans aren't cutting it. What's the deal with selvedge denim and can I get a pair for under a hundred bucks?
- Connor, Morrisville, NC
 
Answer

It's never too late sir and we assure you, you're hardly the last guy. After all, Obama hasn't upgraded yet. But considering how much time we all spend in jeans, having a quality pair that makes you look cool, current and comfortable should definitely be a priority. Selvedge denim fabric is woven on an old school shuttle loom, which forms a clean, natural edge. It's those white out-seams (often seen on cuffed jeans) that surreptitiously signal that you know what you're doing style-wise. Of course, selvedge jeans require more work, which in turn makes a higher quality product that comes with a higher price tag. This was something that caught the attention of Gap's new designer, Patrick Robinson, who relaunched the brand's 1969 line of denim with a few styles cut from Japanese selvedge denim. This pair even has a slight worn fade to it—giving the illusion that you've painstakingly broken them in yourself.

  • The word "selvage" comes from the phrase "self edge," the natural edge of a roll of fabric.

$88, at Gap

 

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