Nudie Jeans Co. are probably best known for their ability to create great products that combine both quality craftsmanship and an impeccable sense of style. If looked after correctly, a pair of Nudie Jeans can last you a lifetime. But what exactly does it mean to look after a pair of jeans – surely, we all know how to chuck a pair of jeans in the wash, right? Right. But there are also a lot of other ways to look after your Nudie jeans that will help you avoid all the nasty things like shrinkage, fading and breakage, ensuring that you get the longest life out of them possible.
Check out some of the useful tips below on how to care for your Nudie Jeans.
Tips For Washing Your Dry Denim Nudie Jeans
Nudie suggest that a pair of dry jeans should be worn for six months to get the best result. When there is visual evidence of the wear and tear, like creases and contrast where the indigo has bled out, then it’s time for that first wash!
Once your jeans have reached the stage of their first wash, turn them inside out and wash at 40 or 60 degrees Celsius. The higher the temperature, the more contrast you will get.
Use an environmentally friendly washing powder without bleach.
Stretch the inseam while the jeans are damp to avoid too much shrinkage.
Hang to dry, do not tumble dry. After the first wash, your jeans will feel tighter – don’t worry, most of it will stretch out again. But some shrinkage is inevitable, how much differs from fabric to fabric.
If you wash your dry jeans too early, the indigo just bleeds out over the whole garment, producing an even, dark indigo color. (Just make sure not to mix with your whites!)
Repairing Your Nudie Jeans
Even though your jeans are made of tightly woven cotton twill and originally made as a durable garment for workers, they won’t last forever. Jeans are often worn more frequently than other types of pants and consequently they also wear out quicker. If you wear your jeans low, hanging on the hip, the fabric and the thick seams in the crotch will rub against each other. The friction will eventually break the fabric. This is more common on tighter fits than on loose. As we are all different we also wear and tear our jeans differently. All pre-washed and pre-treated denims have a shorter lifetime compared to dry denim, as the cotton fibres are softer and thinner after treatments. However, extending the life of your favourite pair of jeans is a fairly easy task.
When it comes to repairing your jeans there are a couple of different options. If you live anywhere near one of the Nudie Jeans Stores that offer repairs free of charge, then all you need to do is head on in with your jeans and Nudie will be more than happy to help you out. You can check out the Nudie Jeans Co. repair store locations here. Or if you find you’re a whiz on the sewing machine, you can always have a crack at it yourself with the Nudie Jeans Repair Kit here.