04-28-2012, 01:42 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sandpoint, ID
6 months + before a wash is mainly for the "cheaper" brands (nudie, 3sixteen ect) that aren't dyed as well as the true japanese brands like Samurai, Flathead, Eternal, PBJ. I could wash my Samurais every couple weeks if I needed to and they would still fade nicely but a pair of nudies that are washed regularly will not fade as well since the dye will "wash out" and won't give you the desired contrast in your fades. The dry japan is just a different denim Nudie uses that has more of an electric blue color as it fades. Looks pretty cool but it's really an opinion thing.
Imperials are a decent brand but if you're going to put in the time, I'd suggest one of the aforementioned true Japanese brands. I stared with Nudies (RRDS and a pair of RR greycast) then picked up a pair of Imperials before switching to Flathead and now buy only Samurais. The Samurais feel like wearing cardboard at first (you grow to love and actually desire this!) but after some time they are soften up and truly form to your body. IMO they are well worth the extra initial investment. You can also look for a pair that was soaked by someone else and then didn't fit, I've picked up several pairs at a big discount doing this.