In March of this year, we buried a pair of Edwin SEN skinnys in the cold, hard earth. We wanted to see the effect a stint in the ground – three months – would have on the Denim. As the SENs were coated, we thought they’d stand up quite well, but were eager to see how the natural environment would alter the colour, look and feel of the jeans. That in mind, we dug a big hole, dropped in our test subject, and filled it in again, emerging from the woods shooting nervous glances up and down the road. Sidling shiftily out of the undergrowth after burying clothes in the woods is bound to attract the wrong kind of scrutiny.
Months passed, the rain beat down and spring passed unceremoniously. We found ourselves wondering whether we’d be digging up the tattered shreds of something akin to denim roadkill or your average pair of muddy, rather uninspiring jeans. July came around and saw us uncover something that looked quite pleasantly in between. Altered but wearable, the SENs had, quite impressively, survived the shifting soil and heavy plant growth. The photographs are fairly self explanatory, with the most obvious change wrought upon the denim being the colour, the dye having run out, creating some deep blue tones. The leather patch above the rear pocket has aged noticeably, softening and turning up at the edges, whilst there is some inexplicable fraying and holes in the denim which we like to think are the work of worms and creepy crawlies.
Photography by Samuel Bradley
Concept by Leo Gubbins
Jeans from Edwin