Moving forward with Denim Week, we roll up our sleeves and head to the factory to show you how a proper pair is made. Whether you’re just curious about denim, a strict Levi’s man, selvedge snob, or American vintage master, there’s something out there for everyone.
Almost entirely due to the Internet, niche (mostly Japanese) labels that favor material and old world craftsmanship have gained cult-like followings – which is very cool, we condone that. And while we admit that the mysticism of expensive foreign-made goods intrigues us, too, it’s refreshing to sit down and watch this thing we hold so dear be made right in front of our face.
Meet Taylor Spong, owner and operator of Domino New York – a small Brooklyn-based label that focuses on handmade jeans. Taylor does everything himself – drafts the pattern, cuts, sews, finishes, and eventually markets and sells his own product. A literal one-man team. Taylor walked us through the entire production process from sourcing American-made denim to securing the final copper rivets. This pair was cut from White Oak selvedge from Cone Mills, one of the only remaining shuttle loom operations in the States.
Walk with us through the production process in the gallery above and check out the rest of our Denim Week features here.
- Photography: Thomas Welch for Highsnobiety.com