Wear & tear

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Wear & tear

Virgin denim is denim that is unwashed, untreated and virtually untouched after the indigo dying process. This means that over time the indigo color will fade in all of the areas where the jeans are regularly creased or rubbed. This natural fading process creates unique fades and patterns of wear that will become your individual denim fingerprint over time and therefore become you’re second skin. A pair of virgin jeans is like a individualized canvas.

Virgin denim is denim that is unwashed, untreated and virtually untouched after the indigo dying process. This means that over time the indigo color will fade in all of the areas where the jeans are regularly creased or rubbed. This natural fading process creates unique fades and patterns of wear that will become your individual denim fingerprint over time and therefore become you’re second skin. A pair of virgin jeans is like a individualized canvas.

 

The rule for virgin denim is to not wash them for about six months. We will take it a little further and extend this period to 10 months. Washing will fade the dye too quickly; wearing them for an extended period of time will naturally fade certain areas and distress others. You might want to think twice about washing your jeans, or even taking them off. If you wash virgin denim too soon all the indigo will bleed out and you will not achieve all the beautiful fading, contrast, or honeycombing around the knees.

 

Just remember that your everyday activities and lifestyle gives the denim its own unique, individual character. Basically the more you wear your jeans the cooler they will become. So wear them and wear them often. Give them a chance to fade. Live your life to the fullest. Cuff them. Uncuff them. Put shit in your pockets. Get on your bike. Whatever it is you did before you had your virgin denim jeans, continue doing it hard! The fades will completely unique to you. Nobody else in the world can have the exact wash you will have after 10 months. In other words, given enough time, virgin denim becomes totally you!

 

Remember that the holes can be repaired. In our opinion this only gives your jeans a more personal and unique look. Holes and rips do not mean that the jeans are of poor quality. Please bring your jeans to us so we can repair and take care of your jeans!

 

The Best Way to Care of your Good Genes Virgin Denim Jeans

 

Some of you may want to wash their virgin denim before the 10 month mark because of how they start to smell or get dirty, follow these tips and you will make the 10 month mark without any problems!  

 

Spillage - If you ever spill any liquid on your denim, try dry rubbing or dabbing with a paper napkin.  Do not use soap or any other cleaning product since you will risk losing some indigo dye and create an uneven fade.

 

  • You can also wait for it to dry and it will usually fade on its own.
  • try rubbing of the spot likely with only cold water and your fingers.

 

Freeze your jeans - you can also freeze your jeans for a quick refresh. Freezing kills some bacteria, and bacteria are the prime cause of unpleasant odors. Put your jeans in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a day or two.

 

Steam clean in the bathroom - Hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower. The steam will kill all of the bacteria and smell from your aromatic shower will soon have your virgin jeans smelling new, and a small amount of water vapor won’t make the fabric swell.

 

Hang your jeans outside - If it’s a nice day outside, hang your jeans outdoors. Having your jeans air out gives them a rejuvenated scent. Hang your jeans dry flat for at least 24 hours. Then turn them inside out and shake them well.

 

Vodka Spray - Get a cheap bottle of vodka and put the liquid in a spray. Put your jeans on a flat surface and spray the vodka on the jeans, (don’t spay to much, the jeans shouldn’t be soaking wet) let the liquid dry for about 4 hours, turn your jeans around and do the same on the other side. The alcohol will evaporate and take away the smelly odors.

How to fold jeans like a pro 

Denim fibers need to breathe, so if you are not wearing your jeans it’s important to also fold them correctly. The best way to fold your jeans is to lay your jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time. And there you go!

Breaking in your jeans 

You can break in your Jeans in many ways, the indigo of your virgin denim jeans will fade no matter what. But in order to get the best result and to make your jeans a log of what you have been up to for the upcoming months, you should definitely have a look a these pointers:

 

Ride a Bike - This is probably the most popular and immediately effective way to quickly break-in a pair of raw denim. The constant motion of the legs is a good way to get bautiful honeycombs, and the constant sitting position will open up the seat.

 

Sit your ass down - sit cross legged, Sitting this way will help shape up the whiskers and honeycombs on the back of the knee areas.

 

Wear Your Jeans Inside Out - Wearing your jeans inside out will allow you to turn 100% of the the natural friction your body creates and into fading gold.
 
Rub Coffee Beans on Your Jeans - Coffee is naturally acidic so it should be no surprise that the beans possess fading properties. Take a handful of roasted beans and rub them throughout the targeted areas. After you’ve rubbed it enough on the areas you want to, pour near boiling water over the top of your pants and hang dry them.

'have fun breaking-in your own personal virgin denim Good Genes jeans’

 

Don’t Wash Your Jeans!

 

Unless you've been playing in mud, your jeans probably aren’t very dirty anyway…

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