Selvedge denim is made to last. Constantly in demand, it is instantly recognisable by the unmistakable inseam. Those in the know will show off this little quirk by rolling their jeans at the ankle.
Selvedge has an uneven, irregular texture and is made using old-fashioned shuttle looms, which have been long abandoned by many fabric producers. The denim is cut from a bound end of a roll, creating a finished edge on a garment without needing any extra sewing, making a ‘self’ ‘edge’ – hence how the word selvedge was formed. This prevents the denim from ever unravelling, creating a far sturdier and sustainable product. However, not all selvedge is created equal.
Quality, durability and construction will vary between the best selvedge and cheaper alternatives. This is why we only source from the finest and most reputable denim mills.
When you say the words luxury and denim, Japanese denim is what will spring to mind for most.
Japan has gained a reputation as world leaders in selvedge denim production because of their highly skilled labour combined with the use of traditional manufacturing techniques that have long been abandoned elsewhere.
The most prestigious Japanese mills still continue to use looms from the 1920’s to create their selvedge denim. The manufacturing process is slower, more labour-intensive and expensive, however, this results in fabrics that have a supreme feel and incomparable appearance.
However, there are also many emerging Japanese mills offering cheaper - low quality fabric alternatives. This is why we only source our fabrics from the most premium industry recognised Japanese mills. You can read about our suppliers in the Fabric Mills section of our site.
Raw selvedge denim is selvedge denim in its purest form. It refers to selvedge denim that has not undergone a factory wash after the dyeing process. The beauty of raw selvedge denim is the ‘breaking in process’ which creates a jean completely unique to you depending on your daily lifestyle. Be warned; raw denim is not for everyone. It requires time, care and patience to achieve the desired results. If you’re looking for a truly bespoke look, raw denim is for you. The fading process results in a natural, authentic look that will be entirely unique to your jeans. Raw selvedge denim is as individual as he who wears it.