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topman distressed denim.

Distressed/deconstructed/ripped denim is trending pretty hard right now. And while yes, you can absolutely attempt to rip your own jeans to add that extra level of legitness and authenticity to your look, is sitting in your living room with scissors and sandpaper, and going to to town on some denim really any better than just buying a pair of jeans that someone has already deconstructed for you? I mean unless you're ripping holes in your jeans from natural causes (i.e. street rugby, mountain gymnastics, or urban midget knife fighting), why not just buy a pair that has been deconstructed correctly--to prevent additional fraying and decreasing of fabric integrity?

For around $80, you can pick up a pair from Topman in multiple colors, fits, and fabric compositions.

Stop by the "ripped" section of Topman's website, or check out Nordstrom's selection of Topman denim to try on the different fits before making your selection. 


- James


how to break in your denim.

breaking in your denim is an important process that can be frustrating, stressful, and tiresome. So here are some tips from the pros (and GQ): Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen, Matt Baldwin of Baldwin Denim, and Paul O'Neill of Levi's Vintage Clothing.

On wear:

Matt Baldwin: For me, it starts with the fabric. I love finding something new about the break-in process each season. Then comes fit. I try on jeans and find the size that fits perfectly, and then I purchase one size smaller. Dry, 100% cotton denim expands anywhere between one inch to 1.5 inches over a three month period of daily wear. From there I machine washing a few times before my usual first daring repair, and then continue to cold wash and hang dry throughout the denim's life.

Paul O'Neill: I tend to approach it a little differently than other people. First, I buy my jeans correct size in the waist (rather than size down) and a little longer in length (one or two inches). Then, I'll wear them for a few days before climbing into a warm bath in them and soak for 20 minutes. Once soaking is over, I slip out of the jeans and let them dry in the sun. This shrinks the jeans to your body shape. Because you were wearing them while shrinking them, they should not shrink smaller than your waist. I tend to check them when nearly dry and put them back on and stretch the waist out by squatting in them if needed.

On washing:

Andrew Chen: I think the number one thing I can suggest is to not be afraid to wash them. A lot of people went from washing jeans every week along with their socks and underwear to never, ever washing them (and subsequently losing friends and associates in the process). What we've found is that washing jeans every few months extends the life of your jeans significantly, because you're actively getting out the sweat, dirt and bacteria that will break the fabric down. And if the denim itself is beautiful, then it will not be adversely affected by consistent washes at all.

Paul O'Neill: Some people never wash their denim, but I do like to wash my jeans every so often—roughly every six months depending how often I've been wearing them. When I do wash them, I turn them inside out and wash separately (to avoid crease marks) on a cold wash and dry them flat.

Matt Baldwin: Super simple. Cold wash, hang dry. Go as long as you can between washes. Repair for character. That's it.

- james


treat your denim right.

At this point, it's no mystery that I'm somewhat of a quality denim enthusiast. Let's be honest; I love denim, and denim loves me. We have somewhat of an unspoken bond, but I choose to speak about it (I should find a new type of bond).

I generally recommend investing some extra monies into a nice pair of jeans, instead of just grabbing the first skinny jeans you find. Feel free to grab some of those as well, but you want at least one go-to pair that will last you years and years and years, or at least until you get too fat.


I also recommend learning how to properly care for your jeans: knowing when and how to wash them. Treating selvedge denim can be a little tricky, so companies like Mr. Black have set out to make your life a little easier with their Denim Wash and Denim Refresh.

Denim Wash

A highly concentrated unique enzyme free wash specifically formulated to clean denim. This gentle liquid offers an unsurpassed clean by breaking down and rinsing away dirt whilst maintaining denim.


  • Helps maintain colour intensity 
  • Minimises fading 
  • Reduces the risk of shrinking and stretching 
  • Keeps denim in premium condition 
  • Made from plant derived ingredients


Denim Refresh

An all in-one product designed to clean and refresh and prevent stains from setting in denim. Denim Refresh gets to the root of the problem by attacking oils, surface dirt and bacteria that causes odours in the first place. 


  • Antibacterial
  • Kills odours
  • Biodegradable solution
  • Prolongs the time between washes
  • Keeps denim in premium condition
  • Extends the life of denim
  • Leaves denim fresh
  • Made from plant derived ingredients

For a few extra monies, why not protect your investment and extend the life of your new favorite jeans?

Click here to check out the Mr. Black Website


- james


levi's flagship.

You may or may not know that I recently moved to San Francisco for a new job (you probably have no idea since I haven't mentioned it before). First of all, don't worry your pretty little head because I'm certainly not leaving the cult. Secondly, I'm excited to tell you about all the amazing things I find here. 

That being said, allow me to present the first in a long list of cool stores in SF: The Levis Flagship Store on Market Street.

This 8000 square-foot store has a ridicuously large selection of levi's apparel, accessories, bags, stylish employees, and unique interior design using reclaimed wood from old san francisco piers. But I haven't even told you the coolest part yet...

Not only do they sell jeans here, but this flagship store houses several in-store tailors dedicated to creating limited numbered runs of unique designs sold in-store, repairing your busted levi's, tailoring your new jeans, or creating items custom made to it your body. Cool, right?!

If you're in the area, you need to check this place out.


- james





it's saturday. So go buy some new jeans for summer. And while you're doing it, listen to this tasty jam.

naked & famous selvedge denim


- james


iron heart.

Am I currently obsessed with Iron Heart? I dunno, you tell me.

selvedge denim


quality button ups

 durable sewn tops

 quality crafted jackets

 masculine hardware

I generally like to find bargains and stick to affordable goods but sometimes it pays to spend extra on quality.

- James 


selvedge love.

At this point you've udoubtedly heard us tell you about all the benefits of wearing selvedge denim, and with any luck, you've actually gone out and found a good deal on some selvedge jeans that you love. The good news is you probably look fresh. The bad news is you probably have no idea how to care for your new trousers. The bad news is that if not maintained properly, selvedge denim will become nothing more than an overpriced pair of jeans. The good news is that maintaining them is very simple once you understand the basics.

So without further ado, kick back and let Astin Neely from APC denim tell you how to properly care for your new jeans. 

Side note: If you're looking to wash your jeans strictly because they're beginning to smell and not because you want to get rid of stains and dirt, you don't need to go through this handwashing process. Try this method instead, it's much easier. Click here.

- James


iron heart.

Strongest, most durable denim ever? yes please.

- James


inspiration: 7/3/12.

- Taylor


the zipper vs button fly.

Have you ever tried to take off your pants thinking that they were a button fly instead of zipper, and started to tear into the garment? Well I have. I know what you're thinking: "Why are you ferociously taking off your pants? Calm down Hemo Rage!" I'm sorry. Actually, I'm not sorry. But I'm sorry that I'm not sorry. When I want my pants off, I want them off asap! There's not enough time in the day to be wasting precious seconds on clothing removal. In all honesty, it's usually at the end of the night and I'm so tired I just want my clothes off. So without thinking I start undressing for bed and that's when things break, get torn, or fall apart. There are two types of flys you'll find when searching for pants or shorts. The zipper, which we all know and love, and the button fly. Some of you may not be familiar with the button fly, or you just didn't know what it was called until now, but now you do. You're welcome. Personally, I prefer the button fly. To me, it's much easier than the zipper. Yeah it may take a few extra seconds to button up when you first put your pants on for the day, but at the end of the night the pay off is worth it. You just undo the first button and keep pulling down. They slide open with ease and before you know it the pants are off. I find myself struggling with zippers, which shouldn't be the case. They're suppose to unzip hassle free, but for me they don't. Anyway, button fly ftw. Take your zipper somewhere else.



 - Taylor