Monday 20 May 2013

The evolution of Iron Heart denim

Speaking of denim, probably one of the hardest things to avoid is the temptation to wash your jeans too early instead of keep using them for an extended period of time. Well, denim needs to be washed and it's less critical than what many people tend to think. Of course it's a personal thing to decide when, but is a fact that keeping the denim dirty makes it prone to suffer rips or lead to a fast wear of the fabric.

To help to make these statements graphic, two good friends shared the positive experiences they had with  Iron Heart jeans. The first one is our pride and joy: the collab between Iron Heart and DC4 Berlin. The DC4001 model was wore by Steffen aka ChuckDenim from the Iron Heart forum. This pair of jeans is made from sanforized 21oz indigo selvage denim, it has bronze colored hardware, poly-core thread yarn, heavy duty pockets lining and taped front pocket opening.

This pair was bought in January 2011 and used for a period of a year. No initial soak and washed  around 5 or 6 times, the first one after 6 months of effective wear. The jeans have had two crotch repairs.

Jeans when new

Crotch repair

The second pair is a 634s-raw sent and wore by Rafa, aka Finn666, also from the Iron Heart forum. This super heavy 21oz denim shrunk to 23oz after its initial soak. It features poly-cotton thread on its construction, half lined rear pockets, belt loops sewn direct to the waist band, a button fly and hidden rivets.

The jeans were bought in December 2011 and got two initial soaks before its first wear. The first wash was after 6 months. Until now the jeans have been washed about 14 times. The owner worked in a warehouse for 9 months, just to have an idea of the treatment the jeans got. It counts 4 crotch repairs, self made it with poly-cotton thread.

The contrast on this pair is remarkable, the whiskers are wide and the knee area presents also very noticeable wear, reflecting the day-to-day activities.

Rear view
Leather patch evo 
Back pocket detail
Crotch repair
Contrast on the honey combs