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How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Jeans

Designer and denim expert Loren Cronk explains selvage, vintage, grains, washes, stitching, and more.

On Washes

"I first learned about washes during this time, too, and would also do all the finishing touches myself. Oftentimes I'd torch denim (where I actually use a blowtorch) for distressed details and to create damage, or I'd experiment with bleach to destruct a pair."

Pictured: A pair of distressed jeans that have been "torched."

Photographs: Slides 2-4, by Anna Schori/courtesy of; slides 5-18, by Sara Salamone.
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