Wash Descriptions | Handmade History
Edwin is widely regarded as the originator of ‘Old Wash’ techniques which have become common place in the denim market. Having already introduced the ‘One Wash process, to make our jeans comfortable right off the shelf in 1963, Edwin developed and then released in 1975 the first ’Old Wash’ jeans. Hand distressed to realistically recreate the patina and character of vintage denim, they proved an instant success.

Also key to the development of denim as we know it today; in 1981 Edwin introduced Stone-washing; the use of pumice stones in the washing cycle to imbue a softened, vintage feel to the jeans. Stone-washing has now permeated almost all facets of clothing production and help cement a love of vintage style clothing.

We always start with a jean which we believe has the right ‘feel’, garnered from friends who have worn them for years or from thrift stores whilst out on our travels.
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At Edwin there are no short-cuts to achieving a bona-fide recreation... the whiskering on the crotch and thighs and the backs of the knees have to be in exactly the right spot.

Sandpaper of just the right grade is used with almost surgical precision to create streaks on the denim. The seams, pocket openings and other points of stress and wear are also distressed with sandpaper to mimic the unique wear pattern and history of the original sample.

Holes and knicks are created and some patched and repaired, paint may be flicked, whatever it takes to achieve the character of the original.

The final stage of the process brings all this hard work together in the washing machine, where the indigo bleeds out revealing and amplifying the ‘damage’ applied. It takes a keen, experienced eye to know how much is enough and how much is too much.

That’s the key... craftsmanship.