yes the raw denim does shrink if it's washed, but first it stretches, a lot.
it isn't that the sizes run weird - the sizes are true, but because they will stretch significantly, you're supposed to buy several sizes down from your regular size, making the breaking-in period very uncomfortable for some. because it's raw denim, the jeans can better produce a personal pattern of use, so they are intended to be aged through wear and not wash. the indigo wears off in certain places depending on your body and what you do in the jeans. washing uniformly removes the indigo whereas friction from wear accelerates fading only in particular parts, creating natural whiskering, etc. the longer you wait to wash them, the stronger the contrast will appear between areas with fading and the darker indigo.
how the jeans fit depend on your body, i think, and how you care for the jeans. they really become very very different with use - much looser in parts, etc. and washing them changes the denim a lot too. definitely a trial-by-error process.
Has anyone been to the new APC surplus store in Williamsburg, yet? I don't know if it's worth a trip since it seems that most of their better pieces sell out pretty quickly, and I suspect that what's left (for the surplus store) isn't worth buying even at a discounted price. I'm curious as to what exactly is there. I hear they have their regular-priced denim line there - are they better stocked than the Soho store?
But, truthfully, I've become such an APC whore, I'll probably end up making the 4-hour trip up to NYC anyway.
does anyone buy their clothing aside from their jeans?
the pieces are pretty basic and nice, just out of my price range
and i'd have to order online
Apparently the APC stores have alot more merchandise inside then what's online which is a shame because there are not many APC stores. The most affordable time to buy APC items is when theyre on sale at 50% like earlier this month. The horrible thing though is that everything you want in your size sells out within hours, most often before you even get to see.
Does anyone know how their men's black "tight jeans" fit? Theyre supposed to be 100% cotton so there's no stretch. Also, it's not listed under the denim page but you have to go to the looks page to see it. I'm just wondering how tight they are and whether or not the fit is the same as the new cure or not. Anyone able to elaborate?
just bought a pair of new cures in new york a week ago and i can finally walk in them... i had kind of a the-sartorialist experience. tried a 28, they looked right, and when i when i was telling the SA that i was going to get them he looked at me and just said no,no,no,no,no! try a 27 or 26!
i decided to get the 27, and put them on for my way back home (7 hours flight). after some sitting/sleeping/airplaning/walking on them, they've streched!! so now that i have recovered my breathe, i'll be able to wear them everywhere else!
just one question: what about cleaning? the "dirty for as long as you can and then sea water and sand rubbing"-thing sounds kinda odd/fun... what's the result really? how do you guys take care of your APCs?