Tell Me About Salvage Denim? - A Hand Tailored Suit

Tell Me About Salvage Denim?

What is Salvage Denim?

Salvage denim is a term used to describe jeans that have been worn and then re-worn, giving them a unique texture and character. These jeans are usually made from cotton or hemp and are often recycled from old clothes, which makes them eco-friendly as well.
The history of salvage denim goes back to the 1950s when Levi Strauss & Co. began selling their first pairs of jeans made out of blue jean fabric scraps leftover from their manufacturing process. The company sold these "salvaged" products under their 501 label (named after its waist size), which quickly became popular among American cowboys who loved how rugged they looked but also appreciated their durability--they could wear them for years without needing replacement!

The Benefits of Salvage Denim

Salvage denim is a unique look and feel. The fabric is stiff, heavy and has a distinct texture that can only be achieved through wear. This makes it more durable than most other types of denim, so you won't have to worry about them falling apart after just a few months of use.
Salvage denim also has several environmental benefits over traditional mass-produced jeans:

  • It's made from used clothing scraps rather than virgin materials, which means less waste goes into making your clothes (and fewer resources are needed).

  • Because they're made from discarded items instead of new ones, salvage denims are often cheaper than regular pairs--so you'll save money while doing good for the planet!

Styling Salvage Denim

  • Wear it with a button-down shirt and sneakers.

  • Try on a pair of high-waisted jeans with an oversized sweater, ankle boots and statement jewelry for an edgy look.

  • Layer your favorite tee under a chambray shirt for an easy weekend look that's perfect for running errands or hanging out with friends at the park.

Caring for Salvage Denim

  • Washing tips

  • How to store salvage denim

  • How to repair salvage denim

Where to Buy Salvage Denim

You can find salvage denim in a variety of places. Online retailers like Etsy and eBay often sell vintage jeans, as do thrift stores and consignment shops. You may also be able to find salvage denim at your local Goodwill store or through other local charities that sell donated clothing items for charity.


If you're still on the fence about investing in salvage denim, here are some reasons why it's worth the investment:

  • Salvage jeans are more unique than mass-produced ones. Because they're not all made at the same factory or with the same materials, each pair will have its own personality and style. This means that you can create an outfit that's completely yours--no one else will be wearing it!

  • Salvage jeans are better quality than new ones because they've been worn before (and washed) so many times by different people over time. This means that they'll last longer than regular jeans made from new fabric, which tend to shrink after just one wash cycle (or even before).



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