Selvedge Denim and Chinos

Selvedge denim, aka 'self-edge,' boasts a tight-woven band on both fabric edges to keep it from fraying, resulting in a polished look. Where modern machines leave fabric with fringed edges, the original denim's shuttle looms make closed selvedges. Selvedge is the white fabric edge securing and shielding against unraveling. Famed denim supplier Cone Mills used different colored threads to mark fabrics for big brands: vintage Levi's had a white strip (later red), Lee's had blue/green, and Wrangler's were yellow. Woven on old-style looms, it's narrower and valued for its quirks, making it pricier. Selvedges in jeans often indicate top-notch denim, but quality entails more than that.

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