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Cleaned, Blocked, and Ready to Wear!

I’ve had my hat for over a year now, and have worn it just about everyday. So finally gave it to Mr. Gunner Foxx to get a great Clean & Block so it could be back to its perfect form again. I wish I would have taken a picture before to do the Clean & Block more justice but you’re just going to have to go off my word. The pinch wear I grab my hat was black! You couldn’t even see the original color of the brown felt! So you can imagine my surprise when I get my hat back today and its like day 1 all over again! Also, just for good measure Gunner changed my brim from a straight brim with a swoop to a pencil rolled straight brim. The great thing about this is that he can do this with just about any hat! So if you have a hat that you don’t wear much anymore because its seen better days bring it to the shop and let him work his magic!

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SCHAEFFERS GARMENT HOTEL DENIM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT

My friend and talented photographer Myles Blankenship did a photo shoot  for my denim line for the web site. All of the pictures are of the new denim right off the rack accept a few of the white board pictures are of my pair that I have worn everyday for the last 4 months with no wash and heavy wear. I hope you enjoy!

Robert Schaeffer

S.G.H NEW DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM MODEL SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM WITH HARDWARE

NEW S.G.H DENIM

NEW S.G.H DENIM

NEW S.G.H DENIM PRODUCT SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM PRODUCT SHOOT

NEW S.G.H DENIM PRODUCT SHOOT

S.G.H DENIM AFTER 4 MONTHS OF HARD WEAR EVERY DAY

S.G.H DENIM AFTER 4 MONTHS OF HARD WEAR EVERY DAY

S.G.H DENIM AFTER 4 MONTHS OF HARD WEAR EVERY DAY

 


SCHAEFFERS GARMENT HOTEL DENIM WASHING METHOD:

Washing your indigo denim jeans can be a very controversial topic. There are some jean company’s that ask you to run into the ocean and let the salt water take effect to the denim and shape to you then there are some people whom do not wash their jeans at all. I have been doing denim repair and alteration for 5 years before starting my own raw shuttle loom produced denim company and I have to say there are a few good ways to clean your favorite raw jeans so I want to go over a few of the ways that we feel are best from our experience with our denim and others that we have tested and worn.  When you purchase a pair of jeans that you are wanting to break in, you want to decide what your end result is that you want. To obtain a perfect worn in look and not compromise the construction of the jean it does require that you soak wash the denim a few time within the first year of wearing them. Some people wear their jeans almost every day for a year or more. That will give you an awesome fade because only the areas where you put wear will wash out, the downside to that is the acids and salt that your body naturally gives off will eat away at the jeans in the seat and crotch area. For my denim repair business that means we stay busy repairing jeans to their natural state at a cost to the customer. You also will have a very stinky pair of jeans without washing them which is where the discipline comes in and depending on your situation personally can require patience from your relationship partner. So I have a way that we suggest to all of our repair customers and denim customers. This is our basic and easy way to maximise the construction, fade, and wearability of the jeans while wearing them every day to a few times a week.

1) When purchasing your new denim ask the sales professional if they are sanforized or non-sanforized. Sanforized is a term for compressed cotton which means it has very minimal shrinking. Non- Sanforized denim is a shrink to fit denim which requires you to soak the jeans and hang dry them to as many times as it takes to get to your specific fit.

2) We are going to assume that you are dealing with a sanforzed denim, so the first step is deciding if you need a soak before you start your wear period. If the jeans fit almost to tight then they are the correct size and do not need soaking. The rule is if all the buttons button firmly but close but the top is on the line of un comfortable then they will stretch to your exact size. When buying raw denim you have to almost under size one size so that they will stretch to your body and not end up baggy and out of shape. If the pair you bought is a perfect size with no room to stretch then you can do a basic soak in which I will describe later in this article.

3)This is the easiest step of all and that is to wear your jeans everyday that you wear denim for 6 months. There is no wash that is required even if you spill food, drink etc on them. If you have any dirt, oil, beverage, food etc.. then you want to get a towel that is damp and lightly rub in an up and down fashion to wipe the problem stain off the jeans. This will insure you to not look like a slob and wear your jeans in style while breaking them in.

4) At any point during the 6 month wear period you can take your jeans and lay them flat, put a fabric softener sheet or two on the mid part of the jeans and then roll them up from leg to waist. When they are rolled up put them into a freezer bag, seal it and place them in the freezer for 2 days and then pull them out and they will be ready to wear with no smell.

5) 6 Month soak: At 6 months we recommend you soak your jeans in the tub  woolite dark or all natural garment soap. Fill the tub with 6″ of water  and put the soap of your choice in the tub before you place the jeans in. Mix the soap in the tub thoroughly then place the jeans in the tub laid flat. Do not move the jeans around, just leave them for an hour then pull them out and let them hang dry over the tub with the water drained. If you do not have a tub you can do this in your sink or if this all is too much you can use your washer without the spin cycle and hang dry after the cycle is over. I like to put them jeans on when they are almost completely dry but not totally dry so that the jeans can conform to my body as they finish the last 10% of the drying process.

6) After these steps I repeat them exactly for the next 6 months and so on as I wear the jeans. unfortunately by the time I get them worn into perfect I usually am on to the next jean I want to break in. It always seems to be a bitter-sweet when they are completed but I hope to come back to them when I have missed them enough.

To finish, we currently have 15oz Italian denim produced from old Shuttle Looms that is a cross weave stitch and is rope dyed. It takes twice as long to break our jeans in due to the high amount of natural indigo that is used in the dying process. So I wish you well with your new jeans and we are always here if you decide to try ours.

Robert Schaeffer

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SCHAEFFERS GARMENT HOTEL DENIM RELEASE PARTY FRIDAY AUGUST 6TH 7PM

We are having our denim company release party this Friday August 6th at 7pm at our store on Sunset blvd in Los Angeles, CA. If any of our blog followers are in the area this Friday the invite is extended to you. We will have  free drinks and good times for all. We do event party’s every month and this one is a special one that we have all worked hard to make happen. The formation of the S.G.H. Denim Co. has taken a while to form and after all the endless days and nights to accomplish what we feel is a REAL handmade jean that is from a highly regarded denim mill in Italy, it is here. The denim that we decided to go with is a redline selvage 15oz black blue cross weave indigo denim constructed from old shuttle looms that were bought out of the old denim factorys from the pre 60’s. There is only a handfull of mills in the world that actually still use these machines, it is expensive to buy but worth it. We have sold out of every pair that we have created already and hope to be able to make more than we can sell. We will only be running a few hundred pairs of this denim so I hope that every one can have a chance to view them this Friday and possibly own a pair for themselves. The flier listed has all the info and address is listed below.


SCAHEFFERS GARMENT HOTEL DENIM COMPLETED

Here is the final sample for the new run of 100 pairs of Schaeffers Garment Hotel Denim. I have chosen over the black open weft japanese denim to go with an amazing redline selvage italian 15oz denim. The reason I have gone this route is because of the absolute amazing quality of this denim. The denim is quite expensive per yard but worth it. This is all spun off old shuttle looms that were responsable for the early 1900’s Levis denim. The color and texture are thick and waxy and is the perfect dark indigo blue. I will only run 100 pairs then we will re-order more of the same or better if it is available. Just to remind every one, we are a fully handcrafted and tailored denim store and manufacture the complete process in-house behind our retail store on Sunset Blvd. I inspect every pair for any flaws, therefore insuring perfection with every pair. We are starting to put them on the floor as they are completed and are selling faster than we can produce them. There is an event this August 5th to officially promote them at our store. We always have good events here and want everyone to attend that can. For any purchasing questions please contact us at the store number listed below. You can also follow all of our store updates on the twitter address listed below. So here are the pictures, I hope everyone can get a chance to have the first pair of Schaeffers Garment Hotel Denim.

Finishing area for sample pair

Italian redline selvege 15oz

Schaeffers Garment Hotel Denim


SCHAEFFERS GARMENT HOTEL DENIM COMPANY RELEASE STATMENT

Schaeffers Garment Hotel has officially started our own denim line and it will be in our Sunset Store this month. We manufacture all of our denim in our shop which  attached to our retail store on sunset blvd. I am a denim head and have created my denim company based on old 1900’s-1940’s denim construction and quality of the fabrics. There are a lot of denim companys out there but few to none are actually created in house by denim entuhsiats. We beleive in the old way of doing things which puts quality first and not profit first. My Company will only sell its denim through the store front and website, there will be no vendor sales. The reason that we do this is to insure the price point, quality, and customer service. We have three fits in which one will be released this month and run on a few different denim looms then the other fits will be released each season this year. We only use Cone Denim and some japanese denim mills for speacialty runs. I will hope everyone can have a chance to enjoy a pair of our denim when the time is right.

750 yards of cone selvedge perfection

Respectfully,

Robert Schaeffer