Ruedi’s Top 10 Fave Fades – May

Hello all. This is Ruedi.

I was born in Sept. 8th 1959 in a little village, of 40 people, in the remote Swiss alps and I grew up in a poor 12 person family.

We received many clothes donation parcels during the 60’s and 70’s. In one of the parcels, around 1973, were 2 pairs of Levi’s jeans which got my full attention instead of the common corduroy pants since we had never seen jeans before, until then. I became a complete raw denim addict more-and-more over time and I started collecting raw denim then, now having over 14,000 jeans and denim jackets…so far!

The idea of a little Jeansmuseum of heaviest fadings grew in my heart and since 2001 this little museum is open on request in Zürich, Switzerland. Showing the strong power of natural raw denim evolution on many items and brands, we want to keep the raw denim spirit alive.

Besides this, I’m working as a geographer with Geographical Information systems on water management in Zürich and I love doing mountain races, bicycling, hiking and climbing.

With this blog I want to show some of my favourite items, showing you all the many possibilities and variations of denim evolution, created by tons of raw denim love to some well loved jeans and denim jackets.

~ The Swiss Jeans Freak 6-4-17

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BRAND: Pepe (UK)
MODEL: F3
MADE: Produced around 2000, location not readable anymore.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by an unknown house-squatter person for many years in Zürich and was found in an empty house before being teared down at 14. August 2007.
FADES: Generally faded and trashed front side and back pockets including crotch blow out.
WASH: Washed many times.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: I love the incredible denim love given to them over such a long time.

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BRAND: Levi’s (USA)
MODEL: Engineered 70% cotton 30% Lyocell
MADE: Produced August 2000, made in Hungary.
WEAR: I bought them second hand but almost brand new and had worn them hardcore by myself in 2006-2008 almost every day.
FADES: They have many holes and rips. Impressive general denim evo and strong patina. I loved them very much through my daily wear.
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Retired in 2008 after 2 fluid soap bottles were leacking in my coin pocket and my left front pocket bag with big stains.

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BRAND: Levi’s (USA)
MODEL: Engineered 70% cotton 30% Lyocell
MADE: Produced August 1999, made in Poland.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by Tim from Zürich over many years.
FADES: Impressive front side denim evo with some ripped whiskers and holes and holes and rips at both knees and back side.
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at. August 2008. Insane strong shiny patina which I love like hell!

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BRAND: Wrangler (USA) *a part of VF Corp Holding including Lee, Rustler and other brands*
MODEL: 13 MWZ Pro Rodeo
MADE: produced approximately 2000, location unknown but outside USA, probably Italy or Malta or Tunisia.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by Roland from Zürich over several years.
FADES: Strong general fadings but extremely stromg denim evo at the front side with insane whiskers. Also heavy seat fadings.
WASH: Several times washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: They arrived at the museum in 2004. My favorite parts is the insane denim evo at the front side from a lot of working in to them.

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BRAND: Lee (USA)
MODEL: 101-Z Repro Full Selvedge
MADE: Produced approximately 2000, made in Malta.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by Andi Friedrichh from Zürich over several years.
FADES: Heaviest fadings and impressing denim evo with awesome strong whiskers and beautiful honeycombs.
WASH: 1-2 times washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at 27. August 2005. I love their still deep blue color tone like hell.

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BRAND: Edwin (Japan)
MODEL: ED-47 Rainbow Selvedge
MADE: Produced approximately 2008, made in Tunisia.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by Michael from Zürich over several years.
FADES: Heaviest trashed with many holes. Hardcore leather like coated shiny patina on them with beautiful whiskers and combs.
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at 15. October 2010. I just can’t stop watching them because of their incredible colour tone. Worn by the same person as the Nudie Regular Ralf jeans below.

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BRAND: Nudie Jeans (Sweden)
MODEL: Regular Ralf
MADE: Produced approximately 2006, made in Italy.
WEAR: Worn hardcore by Michael from Zürich over several years.
FADES: Heaviest trashed with many holes. Hardcore leather like coated shiny patina on them with beautiful whiskers and combs.
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at 15. October 2010. I just can’t stop watching them because of their incredible colour tone.

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BRAND: A.P.C. (France)
MODEL: New Standard
MADE: Produced approximately 2010, made in Macau.
WEAR: Worn by Eric Ng Sherwood parks AB, Canada over 2 years.
FADES: Heavy use with several rips and some repairs. Awesome shiny and strong patina on them with almost leather like coated look. Crazy whsikers and awesome honeycombs and great stackings.
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Arrived at the museum 18. September 2017. I just can’t stop watching them.

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BRAND: Mister Freedom (USA)
MODEL: Lot 64
MADE: Produced approximately 2013, made in USA.
WEAR: Worn by Greg Houser USA over 3 years.
FADES: Heavy use but still no holes except start of crotch blowout and 2 rips inside the front pocket bags. Awesome shiny and strong patina on them with almost leather like coated look. Nice whiskers and great honeycombs.
WASH: Seldom or never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at 14. May 2017 during a Europe trip with his girlfriend he stopped by at my place.

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BRAND: Denim Demon (Sweden)
MODEL: AAJJA Raw Selvedge 834-91
MADE: Produced approximately 2010, made in Macau.
WEAR: Worn by Marco Vollati in Zürich over 3 years.
FADES: I love the hardcore denim evo and strong patina on them with impressive whiskers and awesome honeycombs and despite the hard wear still without any holes!!!
WASH: Never washed.
WHY SUCH A FAVE/NOTES: Donated to the museum at 27. January 2013. I love the shiny natural denim evo a lot.

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