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Don’t Wash Your Jeans!

By mbcrew June 30, 2011.

Nudie and Edwin, both jeans we stock, recommends that you don’t wash your raw denim/dry denim for at least three months, if not longer (Nudie recommends six months). But why? Well, it’s all about breaking the jeans in. Some people find this a massive challenge while others, love it! It give’s your jeans life. Makes them completely unique to you and no one else. The folk at Nudie says it best:

Breaking in a pair of dry jeans is a journey lasting six months. The outcome depends on how you travel. Sitting around in the office won’t grace the denim as much as if used while repairing motorcycles. Regardless of your lifestyle, your jeans become a log of the months gone by – you might even end up with a few amusing anecdotes referring to different stains, abrasions, or scrapings.

WHEN YOU’VE COME this far, you and your new stiff dry’s will have gone from being separate entities to a unity – a second skin.

Now, for some people, this could be a little odd. …What about the smell? The bacteria? The odd spillage of chilli sauce? Well, worry no longer. Josh Le, 20, bought a pair of Nudie Jeans and didn’t wash his for 15 months. Below is a news feature by Elise Stolte from Canada’s National Post that will hopefully convince the sceptics that the process is perfectly safe and healthy!


Despite the yuck factor, wearing raw denim jeans for 15 months straight without washing them doesn’t pose any health risks for healthy people, according to a student-professor team that tested a pair of those jeans at the University of Alberta.

Josh Le, 20, bought a pair of Nudie Jeans in September 2009. He wore them nearly every day and even slept in them for about a month to really let the sweat shape the creases. He spilled food on it, wiped it off with a paper towel, and kept on going. “I wanted to push it to the extreme,” he said.

But when Le and assistant human ecology professor Rachel McQueen swabbed the inside of the jeans and tested them for bacteria in December 2010, they found levels pretty normal. And after Le washed the jeans, then wore them for 13 days before re-testing them, bacteria levels were nearly identical.

The pair showed off the results on campus Wednesday.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said McQueen. “What I found was just normal skin flora. The counts were really, really similar. The bacteria load from the swabbed areas were pretty much the same.”

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