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Selvedge or selvage denim (the former is the British spelling, the latter the American) is a self-finished denim where the edge (see where the spelling comes from?) ensures the fabric won’t unravel. It s usually finished in red or orange, the colour of which you can see if the jeans are rolled up – rather than an overlocked finish. Selvedge denim is made on a shuttle loom that means the resulting fabric is narrower (typically a yard wide) and is associated with premium quality. Very few factories in the world still use shuttle looms and for a while the Japanese had a near-monopoly thanks to that nation’s fascination with all things immediately post-war American (though the most famous denim mill in history was Cone Mills in Greensboro, North Carolina that produced denim for Levi Strauss) – so yes, this denim will be more expensive. While most selvedge denim tends to be raw there is no actual connection between the two terms. Raw simply means the denim has not been pre-washed – which is why if you wear white sneakers with new raw denim jeans you will seen find they have turned blue.
For the full article see: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/what-is-the-difference-between-selvedge-and-raw-denim
Merino wool comes from merino sheep, originally the Saxon merino sheep. These sheep produce very fine, soft wool that is prized by knitters and manufacturers to create fine garments. Merino wool wicks sweat from your skin to keep you dry. Its properties keep you cool when it’s hot and warms you when it’s cold, which makes merino wool ideal for any weather. In fact, before the advent of synthetic fabrics, merino wool was used to create sporting attire.
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There are many different methods used to construct shoes these days. In our opinion, the best and the most traditional methods of footwear construction is Goodyear welted, the method and machinery for this process was invented by a gentleman called Charles Goodyear Jnr, the Welt is the strip of Leather (sometimes a synthetic Welt is used) which runs around the outside edge of the shoe, this is then stitch through and attached to the upper and the insole, this is a great manufacturing method as the sole can be easily replaced and a new one stitched on without altering the shape of the upper. This means your favourite shoes will be able to keep on going!
When tied correctly the knot is tight and does not slip away from the collar during wear. It is very comfortable to wear, as the knot itself will hold the tie firmly in place while still keeping space between the collar and the neck.