PT&F17 – April

Morning folks.

Holy hell and shit balls folks, last month we said goodbye to the first 1/4 of the year and this month we kiss ta rah to the first 2/3rd!

4 whole months of Threads & Fades, so thanks men, but now it’s time to mix it up a little. We have thrown a new set of questions at our soldiers for this month and also, next week we will post a super one-off feature with the @shockoe_atelier boys themselves about the project…

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We’ve had a curveball however, we didn’t see it coming but it has and it’s smacked us right in the kisser…

We have had Ricki pinched. Well and truly nicked, stiff-ended, robbed and ripped off! Yup, our tattooed model of a brother has been half inched by a raw denim brand who have snapped him up as part of a collab. Ricki himself is involved so he has had to commit to it and he’ll be getting paid for it, and with myself he was not as we do not profit, so fair game Rick. Good luck brother! Looking forward to seeing what indigo heaven you muster up during the summer..?

But 3 words…LIFE/LEMONS/LEMONADE!

With a man overboard we had to quickly decide if we were sticking to the loyal 4 or hunting for another blue blooded male to fill the 5th spot? Hmmmmmm…neither! Paul had the idea that a lady on the project would be super cool and straight away I super agreed. Of course, that’s the next chapter and 3 guesses who I contact?! THAT easy eh??! Yup, Miss @aegishandcraft herself, Jess Murray and so long as the jeans fit she’s in!

Jess sews, waxes, moulds and wears raw denim on an hourly basis so it’s the perfect fit. I’ll be posting them out this weekend so we will formally introduce Jess to the project next Saturday during the Shockoe feature.

So dudes, for this week it’ll be the 4 musketeers (that doesn’t work does it?) but anyways fuck it, sit back, relax, crack open a beer and listen to the thoughts of our @clobbercalm.threadsnfades2017 soldiers as they tell us about their antics throughout April 😉

(Oh wait. I want feedback on PT&F17 – What do you guys want to see? Do you have any questions for the dudes? What do you want to see us do more of? Please do reach out people in the comments so I can incorporate your ideas. It would be a pleasure)

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MEET THE GUYS BEHIND PT&F17

1. @sel.vage, Fades, Fit & First Wash? (How are the jeans treating you fit wise? Where are the fades starting to show? Have they been soaked/washed yet?)

The Slim Kojima is progressing as expected. You can see the first fades in the area of the popliteal just like the iPhone fades. I didn’t plan soaking or washing until now. I would avoid it with pleasure but the warm months still to come. The fit is still fantastic and incredibly comfortable in the meantime.

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2. What’s currently your favourite outfit to wear with the jeans?

My favourite outfit at the moment is still a nice shirt (most of the time Gitman Vintage or 3sixteen), Livid Jeans Joshua Japan Dobby Indigo jacket and – as long as the weather allows – Red Wings.

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3. What will the jeans be getting upto throughout May?

It is nothing planned in May because it will become an intensive month at work. Maybe I will do some gardening or planting on the balcony. Otherwise the Slim Kojima will be with me on a few trips to cologne for meeting my man @raw.denim or @thomas.von.stuff in Düsseldorf. These short of trips are like holidays for me.

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1. @johanmalik80, Fades, Fit & First Wash? (How are the jeans treating you fit wise? Where are the fades starting to show? Have they been soaked/washed yet?)

Since I started this project I have not soaked them! I want to make them fade naturally, and I really like to see the fades from blue colour on them when exposed to sunlight, that is amazing color! Maybe I’ll try to soak or wash them in September. I think that way I will get the best fades by the end of this project! As Ruedi Karrer (@swissjeansfreak) says, don’t wash your denim bro, lol.

The fading is already nice on the left pocket (little bit torn), knees, honeycombs and the knee sides (train track)! Oh btw, I have a problem on the whiskers, they’re not very visible, because the backrise is a little bit big for me, but that’s not a big deal, because they have already seen signs of fading even though slowly! I’m sure I can make it look crazier until the end of the year, in Indonesia language ‘Ayo semangat’ (never give up) 😬 I always say that this is my best denim so far and if you see my pics on Instagram there’s not a day without wearing Shockoe, lol!

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2. What’s currently your favourite outfit to wear with the jeans?

I always like to wear my jeans with a flannel, tees and sometimes with a jacket, and of course with boots 😊. For some reason they really look amazing if combining it all! And that combination will make you look PERFECT in this universe Hahaha 😁

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3. What will the jeans be getting upto throughout May?

May very much planned…

On first day I will be traveling to Bandung, 5 days, for a photo session of some local denim product. On 10th, I go to Malang visiting leather craftsmen, on 24th go to Jogjakarta meeting with old friends to make mountaineer schedule for August and on 31th my wife’s birthday and we celebrate on the beach!

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1. @drmmathias, Fades, Fit & First Wash? (How are the jeans treating you fit wise? Where are the fades starting to show? Have they been soaked/washed yet?)

The jeans are great! Love them. The fit is good and I have put them through some work, holding up very well. Fades are really showing now on the knees, front thighs, and in general all over the top box, especially on the very on front of the buttonfly, both rear pockets, and some whispering in the front at top of thigh and behind knees. After getting some mud on the jeans working outside I have soaked them one time, a hot soak. They were super stretched before that, but now back a little more snug, but soft again. Fitting great after the hot soak.

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2. What’s currently your favourite outfit to wear with the jeans?

Definitely boots, Shockoe Kojimas, along with some kind of work shirt, preferably denim, but I have a homemade indigo dyed work shirt that is probably my favorite.

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3. What will the jeans be getting upto throughout May?

My family and I are moving from central Illinois to Atlanta, Georgia at the end of May so that will be quite an adventure. Other than that the typical grind of outside land work (mowing, weedwhacking, tree cleanup etc) with daily office work. I have been doing a lot of physical labour in the denim and I think it has really started to evolve them exactly to my wear. Example, the front thighs have started to fade a lot more and I think that is due to spot cleaning mud from the front as well as from drying my hands constantly on the front of the denim!

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1. @bothrops1, Fades, Fit & First Wash? (How are the jeans treating you fit wise? Where are the fades starting to show? Have they been soaked/washed yet?)

These standards are simply dead-on! The first time I tried them on, I thought they were going to be too tight. They now are perfect! No washes or soaks! I’ve worn them every day for at least six hours. Most days are 18 hours or so. I’ve only worn other jeans/pants three times this year and those weren’t for the whole days. Fades are showing up in the typical spots. A crotch blowout is on the horizon. Nice whiskers and honeycombs!!

2. What’s currently your favourite outfit to wear with the jeans?

These have been on every day…I’ve worn them with everything from t-shirts to sport coats with ties. It’s getting warmer here in Minnesota and I’ll miss having fewer options for layering. I’ll wear these all Summer.

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3. What will the jeans be getting upto throughout May?

No crazy plans for May! Still trying to make a trip to Raleigh and might head to Chicago for another Au Cheval burger and to get a pair of Alden’s from Leffot!

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So peeps that’s totes the first part of the April update done with part two following next Saturday as we introduce Jess and hear from the @shockoe_atelier boys! It’s a marathon not a sprint…all year long baby!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a top weekend guys. See the calendar below for what we have rocking over the next week…

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As usual, stay close! We’re always on the hunt to extend the @clobbercalm army!

Stay Blue Mad Cats.

Ben @clobbercalm.

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