Clean Jeans

A Quick & Clean Guide to Washing Denim.

Clean Jeans

A Quick & Clean Guide to Washing Denim.

We get a lot of customer inquiries about how to wash our jeans . We understand why people are unsure – you don’t want to lose the custom worn in fit, remove the original fabric starch, overly fade the wash, or shrink to an unwearable size. There is also the camp who claim that you should never wash jeans because it’ll cause the denim to break down and the color to fade, but the oils from your skin and dirt from not washing can also affect the fabric in the same way.

In truth, you’re free to wash when you follow Steps 1, 2 and 3...

1. Pull the jeans inside out.
2. Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle.
3. Lay flat to dry, or tumble dry to bring back to the jean’s original size.

And, sometimes, a few specifics...

Black & Gray Jeans

A gift of black jeans is that stains are almost always invisible – so no need to wash frequently. But, of course there comes a point that a wash is necessary. When you do wash our women’s Bond and our men’s Jay and Barclay * black jeans turn the jeans inside out, then use Woolite “dark” detergent and the cold water setting to minimize fading.

Gray or faded black jeans – Stone and Leroy for men’s, Orchard and Allen for women’s – will fade more through washes than pure black denim. Treat these like black jeans to keep the color longer, or if you want increased fading, go for more washes.

Raw Jeans

Raw jeans have the most never-wash advocates. The truth is, you can wash raw jeans, but you want to hold out as long as possible after many wears. This is because the first wash will remove the resin and stop the natural fading you achieve by wearing the unwashed jean. The natural fading occurs from chipping away at the resin while wearing.

The purpose of the raw style is to mold the jean to your body and movements, essentially self customizing each pair. A raw jean, like our Oliver & Rivington , is shipped to you without having been washed during the manufacturing process.

Wait a while to wash these, in order to allow the jean to form to your movements and body. Never tumble dry and always lay flat to air dry.

We get a lot of customer inquiries about how to wash our jeans . We understand why people are unsure – you don’t want to lose the custom worn in fit, remove the original fabric starch, overly fade the wash, or shrink to an unwearable size. There is also the camp who claim that you should never wash jeans because it’ll cause the denim to break down and the color to fade, but the oils from your skin and dirt from not washing can also affect the fabric in the same way.

In truth, you’re free to wash when you follow Steps 1, 2 and 3...

1. Pull the jeans inside out.
2. Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle.
3. Lay flat to dry, or tumble dry to bring back to the jean’s original size.

And, sometimes, a few specifics...

Black & Gray Jeans
A gift of black jeans is that stains are almost always invisible – so no need to wash frequently. But, of course there comes a point that a wash is necessary. When you do wash our women’s Bond and our men’s Jay and Barclay * black jeans turn the jeans inside out, then use Woolite “dark” detergent and the cold water setting to minimize fading.

Gray or faded black jeans – Stone and Leroy for men’s, Orchard and Allen for women’s – will fade more through washes than pure black denim. Treat these like black jeans to keep the color longer, or if you want increased fading, go for more washes.

Raw Jeans
Raw jeans have the most never-wash advocates. The truth is, you can wash raw jeans, but you want to hold out as long as possible after many wears. This is because the first wash will remove the resin and stop the natural fading you achieve by wearing the unwashed jean. The natural fading occurs from chipping away at the resin while wearing.

The purpose of the raw style is to mold the jean to your body and movements, essentially self customizing each pair. A raw jean, like our Oliver & Rivington , is shipped to you without having been washed during the manufacturing process.

Wait a while to wash these, in order to allow the jean to form to your movements and body. Never tumble dry and always lay flat to air dry.