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Oct 26, 2016

So, What's the Deal? How Often ARE You Supposed to Wash Your Jeans?

No doubt, in your quest to learn more, look sharp, and be informed (you clever ManMaker, you ), you've come across the advice: you should never wash your jeans. Like, ever. For many, that's a welcome recommendation. It's nice when wisdom confirms your natural habits, cause you weren't washing 'em anyway. For others, that's the most digusting thing you've ever heard, and it makes you want to strip down to your shorts and toss your pants in the machine before even finishing reading this sentence. Or perhaps you've heard that you should forgo the soap and wash with vinegar, or in a bucket, not the washing machine.

So...what do we do with all this information? What's the best way to take care of your denim?   

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Oct 13, 2016

The DIY Tailor: An Easy Way to Fix Holes in Your Jeans and Other Garments

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Hey ManMakers! We're spending this week in the workshop creating some new projects, and so, in addition to new content and cool inspiration, we'll be sharing some classics from ManMade's all-time greatest hits.

 

There are two basic principles to the ManMade approach to style and dress: fit is everything, and buy high-quality, universal items that will last. In order to help you hold on to those investment items, and make sure they suit you as best they can, ManMade is happy to present our latest series: The DIY Tailor. This summer and fall, professional tailor and alteration specialist Danni Trester will teach us some basic sewing principles and easy DIY repairs that every guy should know. 

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Oct 11, 2016

The DIY Tailor: How to Hem Jeans Like a Pro

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There are two basic principles to the ManMade approach to style and dress: fit is everything, and buy high-quality, universal items that will last. In order to help you hold on to those investment items, and make sure they suit you as best they can, ManMade is happy to present our latest series: The DIY Tailor. This summer and fall, professional tailor and alteration specialist Danni Trester will teach us some basic sewing principles and easy DIY repairs that every guy should know. 

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Oct 11, 2016

5 Ways to Wear and Layer Denim Jackets for Fall

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If you only think of a denim jacket as something to throw over a t-shirt, we hope this post will change your mind. Just as blue jeans can be dressed up and down, denim jackets are actually quite versatile. Paired with basic black pants and trench coat, a denim jacket can feel casually sophisticated. Throw a denim jacket over a camo blazer to give a peek of on-trend pattern. And since they work perfectly for fall,

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Apr 05, 2016

The Process: Denim Jeans From Scratch

Here's a great look at how those denim jeans look so just worn enough before you even pull them on. From material cutting all the way to hand pressing the buttons on.Sewing MachineMan, I love these process videos.  

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Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

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Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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Mar 02, 2015

Mend Your Clothing the Japanese Way

Japanese Textile Mending

If you have a few wardrobe items that haven't seen the light of day due to some wear and tear. Take a look at the Japanese method of mending textiles, especially denim, with unique, stylized stitchery.

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Nov 07, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Growler Tote from an Upcycled Pair of Jeans

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The growler is a great way to transport beer to a buddy's house to to a party, and allow you to share and enjoy a greater variety of brews than what you can find in six pack. But, what about transporting the actual growler itself? The handles are small and slippery, and the whole thing is made of fragile glass. So, awesome if you're got someone to hold in their laps on the passenger seat, but what if you're walking, cycling, taking transit, or driving solo?   

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Feb 16, 2013

Are There Any Good Sources for Affordable Selvedge or Raw Denim Jeans?

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Though the quality and integrity of handmade selvedge jeans made of raw denim is apparent to anyone who actually owns a pair, their steep initial investment price can hold many of us back. Including...me. I've got my eyes on a few different styles from a variety of makers, but that initial $250-350 can be

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Jan 09, 2013

Denim Mythbusters: What You Should Never Do to Good Jeans

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If you're interested in purchasing one or two long-lasting quality style pieces instead of a closet full of single-seasons, you've probably heard some of the myths about selvedge denim. Like, that you should never wash it (ever), wear it in the bathtub or roll around in the ocean and sand with it, or clean your jeans by putting them in the freezer.   

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Oct 02, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy DIY Method to Repair Your Own Denim Jeans

created at: 10/02/2012While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.  

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Aug 29, 2012

How to: Shrink Denim Jeans for a Perfect Fit

"Your new favorite jeans cost less than $50 and will fit you perfectly."

So, I learned something new today: there's such a item called Shrink-to-Fit (STF) jeans, which are made from raw denim that you then conform to fit your body perfectly. Huh.  

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Jun 18, 2012

Legacy of Cool: A Film about the Versatility, Ruggedness, and Ubiquity of Denim

The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.  

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May 18, 2012

The Process: How Denim Jeans are Made, By Hand

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Ande Whall is one-man shop and independent denim designer from New Zealand. He recently posted his process of making a pair of jeans, from receiving the rolled denim from Japan, cutting each piece by hand, sewing the pockets and stitches and fastening the rivets and buttons.

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

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Denim jeans were invented to be the pants of hard work: durable, long lasting, and flexible. And most of a pair of jeans do last that long; has anyone ever had the part covering your shin or calf shread? But denim does tend to wear along stress points: the knees, the cuffs, the crotch, and the inner thigh.

If you've made a significant investment in a pair that are just worn in these high friction areas, they can be easily repaired at home. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and the Self Edge shop shows you how to fix 'em up good as new in this helpful video:

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Mar 08, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Jeans are Made

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I went to a Jesuit high school with a dress code (collared shirt tucked in, dress pants, no shorts), and so spent most of my teenage years in, literally, fancy pants. When I got to college, it was totally weird to wear jeans to class, but once I got in the habit again, I haven't been able to wear non-demin pants unless it's dress-up time.

Like me, you likely wear jeans most days of the week. And though we see them everyday, and they look like most other pants, they actually have a really fascinating manufacturing process that's worth checking out in this video:

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