What makes a Denham jean?
“What makes a Denham jean is Denham. Denham the guy, Jason Denham, and Denham the team within Denham the Jeanmaker. We design and build jeans according to our own particular ethos and we express our attitude about how a jean should be put together through a set of features, details and techniques that appear as signatures across our range.
These elements reveal both our of love of history and our passion for invention. Worship Tradtion – Destroy Convention.
Boxed button hole on 7-point pocket
Of all these elements, the “7-Point Pocket” is the most iconic. If you draw a line around your hand, the shape will have 7 points, not 5. For us this is symbolic of the hand of the worker for whom workwear was originally created and the hand of the jeanmaker as well. Denim purists may get a little nervous about replacing a traditional 5-point pocket with something new, but for us it follows the same spirit of practical invention that led to the use of machinist’s rivets on a pair of pants in the first place. -And for the purists we sometimes limit the gesture to the key-fob pocket only, so even on our classic 5-point designs you can still find a 7-point pocket hitching a ride.
The use of fully tailored “Boxed Button-Holes” to secure some of our key and hip-pocket assemblies further represents our fascination with quality workmanship and our hope to imbue our work with unexpected little celebrations of craft and tradition.
Drop front yoke
The “Drop-Yoke” is a very subtle design innovation that integrates the waistband with the back-yoke. The detail drops the appearance of the rise-measurement (the jean seems to sit a bit lower-slung) and reinforces the hip, waist and pocket zones with a rugged construction typical of traditional denim engineering.
Signature heritage one-piece fly placket
The most famous chapter in the mythology of the Birth of Denim has to be the J.W.Davis patent for riveting pockets. But there were dozens of other equally innovative inventions during those early days. One of them was from 1877 when a Mr. D. Neustadter designed a system to strengthen a fly construction by making ingenious use of a single piece of folded denim. We’ve brought this elegant concept back to the future.
Subtle darted leg shaping
One of the most elegant and subtle ways to tailor shape into a garment is to use a discreet system of darts. A little goes a long way but if you look closely at our constructions you’ll see this “Subtle Darted Leg Shaping” technique used to modernize the fit of some of our jeans through the back knee and cuff.
End-of-day mixed fabric waistband
The “End of Day” waistband is a nod to a long-gone American factory tradition. US shirt producers in the 1950′s used to halt their main manufacturing lines just before the end of the day. They would then use the time left on the clock to stitch together garments out of whatever fabric scraps were left from that day’s production. They created pretty crazy bowling-style shirts featuring stuff like yellow bodies with green sleeves… -an endless stream of cool accidental designs derived from unplanned combinations of waste fabric. Our jeans feature the same concept but in our case we “put the waste in the waist” mixing several fabrics within the waistband.
Chainstitch scissor logo
A piece of branding should indicate that a product is the real deal and it should represent a promise of quality from the maker to the wearer. In our case we’ve used a Chain Stitch Scissor Logo placed along the signature lower seam of our two-part hip-pocket panel. We see it as a freindly reminder to keep cutting.