One of the things that makes denim such a lovable thing is the process and uniqueness of its aging. I have been working on a pair of A.P.C. jeans (Original Standard) for the past twelve or so months. The jeans started, like all other A.P.C. denim (excluding the Butler collection of course), as an unwashed raw selvage fabric. Over time the jeans gradually became more faded, whiskered, wrinkled and distressed. In the previous year of wear, the only form of cleaning has been a single trip to the dry cleaner. Lately, it has become obvious that I can’t hold out on washing the jeans any longer. Over the weekend I decided to give my jeans their first official cleaning.
A side by side comparison of one year old jeans next to a new unworn version.
The process of washing your jeans is simple. Opt for a soak over using a conventional washing machine. Fill the sink or bathtub with warm water, add in a small amount of Woolite Black, and soak for one hour. You can turn your jeans inside out if you really want to preserve the dark indigo color in the cotton. I decided to wash my pair right-side-out, since my jeans had collected a healthy layer of soot. I also took further steps to better expunge the dirt. At the half hour mark I rolled the jeans, squeezed out the water and placed back in the Woolite water solution.
The before comparison. On the left my 2007 Original Standard jeans and on the right a new, unworn pair.
All you need to wash your jeans.
That pink cap sort of weirds me out.
Soak for 1 hour.
After an hour has elapsed, drain, rinse and hang until dry. Smelling better already.
The final product, clean jeans. One year of wear on the left, brand new on the right.