11/20/2013

Denim Fades: Big John "Faux Slub" Fabric


Our friends at Big John recently sent us some amazing fade photos of their unique Faux Slub fabric. The fabric uses speckle dyed yarns, which are regular straight yarns that are dyed to leave the core of the yarn uneven. It looks clean and smooth when raw, but with it fades it gives an uneven appearance similar to that of slub yarn denim. This creates the kind of contrast fading vintage denim often has. The fact that the denim is woven at low tension emphasizes this effect. It is a brilliant mix of modern and heritage appearance. You can see the effect in action in the photos below!

The high contrast on this pair is an added bonus we never expected. You can see the uneven vertical fading along the whole denim that gives it the vintage look and shows the cool effect that the speckle dying gives.

The fabric has, as a whole, changed from deep natural indigo to a nostalgic vintage blue. The whiskers are great, but even more interesting is the uneven fading on the thigh of the fabric. Despite being a fabric smooth to the touch, it has created an incredible bumpy pattern.

The close up on the knee reveals the uneven fade in more detail. In addition to the amazing wrap-around honeycomb fades, we see the vertical lines coming down the fabric.

The back of the jean reveals some nice honeycombs and the wallet fade.

Another great example of the vertical, slub-like fading. You can see the impression of a wallet in the back pocket, and how the back pocket stitching begins to pop out as the indigo rubs away.

Finally, a close up on the back of the knee. Despite being a newer fabric, this pair has developed some astounding fades in a relatively short amount of time. We're very impressed with the first fades we've seen come out of Big John! The Faux Slub fabric is available in both fits that we carry.

Big John "Slim Tapered" Faux Slub Selvedge Denim. 100% cotton, made in Japan. Sizes 28-34, 36. $200. For more information and pictures, check it out on our online site here.

Big John "Slim Straight" Faux Slub Selvedge Denim. 100% cotton, made in Japan. Sizes 28-34, 36. $200. For more information and pictures, check it out on our online site here.