22 Months, 1 Wash
Nash Rinse Thin Fit
Barney’s San Francisco
Unionmade Goods San Francisco
Here’s a link to Day One and Month 13 of my Raleigh Denim. There you can read about where I bought them and how I washed them. Since then I have patched the crotch twice and the back pocket once. The phone pocket in the front needs to get patched up as well as both the crotch and the back pocket.
These jeans were purchased the same day I came out to my sisters. After two 50 hour weeks and the daunting task of coming out, I figured that I could have this $250 reward. I decided to write the date on the inside front pocket of my jeans, to indicate both the birth of my Raleigh Denim and my coming out date. Those first few weeks were tough, it was like wearing cardboard. With every move I made, my legs were dying to be freed. Being outed to only two people was equally as painful. That first year it was difficult to break in my jeans. I was only going to school two days per week and I worked at a restaurant the other 5 days. It took awhile for me to get comfortable in my jeans and myself. I came out to my parents a few months later in February of 2012. After a dinner and a very long conversation, I was unsure where my parents stood on the whole ordeal. That night, I wrote the next date on my jeans. Since then I have been slowly adding to my list of dates. The first few dates are spread apart quite a lot. The last ones are weeks or even days apart and now I’ve just stopped documenting it. As I’ve become more comfortable in myself, my Raleigh Denim have molded and faded to my body. My jeans have documented my coming of age. I, like my denim, was so rigid and monotone and uncomfortable in every aspect. Now I’m worn and weathered, patched up every now and then, but still strong. Still the same, but very different; ready, I’m just ready.