Those of you who know me will be the first to attest to my complete ignorance of fashion and may have noted that I've been wearing the same pair of pants for about a year. Those pants (pictured below) have kept my modesty in check while photographing dogs, grandmothers, loggers, brewers and rock-and-roll musicians. After all that they've began to look rather unsanitary and several of you questioned the safety wearing them so I began to look for a replacement pair.
My search brought me to Raleigh Denim, one of the smallest jean manufactures in the country but a brand which I'd seen worn by musicians, friends and on the shelves of American made stores as I criss-crossed the country on my tintype tour. I called the shop in Raleigh and was surprised to have the phone handed straight to the co- founder/owner, Sarah, who talked with me for a few minutes, listened to the studio details and agreed to host the tintype studio in the NYC showroom as well as the workshop in Raleigh.
The one impression I came away with from my time at both shops is that, while being a business and a ton of hard work, Raleigh Denim as a company and each pair of jeans they produce is a work of love, dedication to perfection and the embodiment of the founders vision. We were able to watch the jeans go from rolls of fabric, through a dozen pairs of skilled hands and into their final form as a wearable, very functional work of art. A few of the photos of the process are below.
Huge thank you to Victor, Sarah and your entire crew for making us feel so welcome, taking the time to host the studio and to everyone in NC and NYC for coming out to have their tintypes made. We're back on the road again, but this time wearing a pair of jeans which won't wrinkle your nose and a custom raw denim leash which will make jean aficionados and their four legged friends blue with envy.