grivec bros longjohnWorn-Out Projects X Grivec Bros. Cool Pete Part 2

Last week you could already read the first article of this Worn-Out Projects special. In case you have missed it, please read it here. This special highlights my worn Grivec Bros. jeans in a sort of triptych. In the first article you could see the before sea wash pictures of the jeans. These pictures were made on the Benagil beach in Portugal. This is a small idyllic beach in a beautiful sea bay in the famous Algarve area.

Why Rinse Or Wash Your Jeans?

There’re a lot of myths that you shouldn’t wash your jeans. Or a least to wait for the first six months. Everyone has his own method, and vision on this. It actually all depends what your goal is with your rigid pair of jeans. If yours is to create faster high contrasts, then it’s the best to wait for at least 6 months or so for your first wash. But there’re also people I know that soak their rigid jeans always before they start wearing them, just to make them less stiff and let a bit of the indigo go. Or to shrink the jeans if they’re made of unsanforized fabric (also known as loom state).

If you don’t want to get too many blow-outs in your beloved pair than it’s the best to give your jeans every now and then some water. Why? Just simple, to strength the fibers of the cotton. If you choose not to rinse or to wash it the dirt on your jeans will make the fibers of the cotton weak which ends up in rips and holes.

My pair of Grivec Bros. jeans is rinsed after one year of wear in my bathtub. Now, half a year later I wanted to give it another rinse to get rid of the dirt and to fresh my pair a bit. I decided to rinse it this time more natural. So I took my pair to the Portuguese sea for a special treatment.

My Natural Rinse Treatment

Before I gave my jeans a natural sea rinse I flipped my jeans inside out. After this I went to the surf of the sea and waited for the waves. When the waves retreated I dipped my pair into the sea so the water could go through my entire jeans. When the waves were gone I put the jeans on the sand and waited for new waves which go over the jeans. As I wore my jeans for 18 months I repeated this natural rinse ritual 18 times, for each month of wear one dip.

After the dips I tried to get as much as possible water out of it. Then I flipped the jeans again inside out, back to normal, and laid it on a bath towel for a rest. The burning sun let the jeans dry very quick and it also gave it a sun tan. My natural sea rinse treatment made my pair of jeans ready for the next 6 months.

To be continued…

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My jeans is drying on a towel after 18 dips in the sea. My wear pattern is already coming thru although the jeans is still very wet.

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Coming soon: Part 3 (Result after sea wash).

Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.