Originally Posted by quattro88
Why is sanding, or any self-treatment to raw denim, specifically a taboo?
Yah all the denimheads might be doubting how "authentic" the fades are, but if you think about it, how did some of the most coveted washes in Dior (just for example) like Dust and Jakes come to be?
Well, denimheads don't consider Dior jeans or their washes to be very good.
If you want to see some mastery of pre-distressed jeans, check out brands like Eternal or Sugar Cane.
The point of raw denim, at least for the guys who brought it back to life in the 80s and 90s, was to have the fabric evolve with your lifestyle and everyday journey, an indigo 'trip'
if you like.
It's that intimate connection between man and fabric that makes the denimheads nerd about it so much - not necessarily all about aesthetics, not necessarily the most fashionable cut at any one time, it transcends that...up to a point where the denimhead no longer dresses for the eyes of others, but purely for the denim and himself/herself.
Sanding, and to a certain extent excessive starching, not washing for long periods, etc are kinda considered a short-cut.
Certainly without the right tools, years of experience and a study into vintage denim
, all pre-distressed work done by the layman will look 'off
', no matter how much natural talent for design his genes and education has bestowed upon him.
' work done by many companies look so-so.
I know this because I used to do lots of denim and leather distress work and experiments.