Selvedge Denim

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 12:37 pm

Selvedge denim is a term used a lot in the industry, but if you don't know your warp from your weft, allow us to explain a little more about the artistry that is involved in this very special kind of denim.

7 for all mankind selvedge denim

Selvedge is different from regular denim fabrics because of the unique way the material is woven. A special machine called a shuttle loom is needed to make the denim, which creates a self-finishing edge (which is where the word selvedge comes from) on both sides of the material. These looms were widely used across the USA in the 1950s, but since then have become a bit of a rarity.

The colored ribbon on the outer seams makes selvedge jeans immediately recognizable, which is why denim aficionados will often cuff their jeans to show off this distinctive detail.

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Another reason why we love selvedge is that the fabric is softer and more compact, which creates great vintage washes with an authentic look.

7fam selvedge denim

The 7 For All Mankind selvedge collection for men and women uses this time honoured tradition, with each pair of jeans being made on vintage looms dating back to the 1950s.

Handcrafted in Italy, inspired by downtown Los Angeles, the 7 For All Mankind selvedge collection communicates the feeling of authentic aged and already-worn vintage denim pieces.

Shop the selvedge collection for men and women.