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On the Woad Again

Woad dyes have been kicking around since the Viking days (it’s that blue stuff on Mel’s face in Braveheart), but they’ve only made a dent in the menswear scene in the past few years. And more importantly, we haven’t seen them in a pair of jeans until now.

This pair comes from Nudie Jeans, and as of today you can find it at their LA shop or New York’s Atrium. If you’re in either neighborhood, it’s worth checking out in person. The woad gives the jeans a more atmospheric blue instead of the usual dark indigo, which makes for a nice twist on the summer jean.

And since half the fun of digging up ancient dyes is showing off how you made them, they’ve got plenty of factory pics to peruse. Check them out after the jump.

See how your woad denim gets made»

Is Bruce Springsteen Dyeing His Hair? A Critical Investigation

We’re pleased to see Bruce Springsteen back on the scene, supporting a new album...but there’s something different about him. We love the Boss, so it pains us to say this—but when a man of 62 appears with hair as consistently coltish as this, certain questions have to be asked. And as duly appointed grooming experts, we had no choice but to track down the answers...

A thorough investigation into Bruce Springsteen’s hair»

Good Morning to You

Turning Red: Travis has fun with some wine-red dye and a pair of white Tretorn Nylites. Nicely done. [Street Etiquette]

Take Shelter: A tour of Shelter Half, LA’s newest menswear pop-up. Anyone in the market for a bivouac should take note. [A Continuous Lean]

Also, Feed: A rural Vermont feed shop has more #menswear goods than you might expect—including a surprising selection of felt crushers. [10Engines]

Be More Resolved: And in case you’re still undecided, here are 10 more menswear resolutions. [Archival Clothing]

Owning the Presidential Gray

Much has been made of Obama’s graying hair this year. Seth Meyers likened the president to "Louis Gossett Senior." Gawker hinted at a dye job cover-up. Even the first lady chimed in on the matter, admitting she finds Barack’s salt way sexier than his pepper.

Once again, we’re with Michelle: the natural evolution of a gentleman’s hair color is to be embraced at any age, regardless of profession—particularly given how disastrous failed attempts at masquerading the inevitable can be.

Embracing the gray: Exhibits A through E...»

A Closer Look at Unionmade Indigo

California's Unionmade just unveiled a serious gift to the world’s denim-heads—an 18-piece collection assembled with some of menswear’s best brands (Unis, Farm Tactics and Raleigh Denim for starters) and a lustworthy quantity of 10.5 oz Cone Mills selvedge canvas.

It’s called Unionmade Indigo--and in the interest of getting behind the denim, we sat down with manager Spencer Lemon for a tour of the goods.

A Q&A on indigo, pea coats and the secrets of Japanese denim…»

Paint it Blue


Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect pair of shorts.

Now that we’ve sharpened up our dyeing skills, Tenue de Nimes has a handy reminder that all those tricks will work on canvas sneakers too. These white chucks were plunged into denim dye, resulting in the spotty blue you see here. If you want to pick up a pair, you’ll have to jet out to Amsterdam and hope you’re one of the first 50 people in line—so you may be better off with a fresh pair of sneakers and a dye bucket.

Check out Tenue de Nimes dye setup after the jump»

Kempt's Guide to the Dip-Dye


Ryan Plett at you_have_broken_the_internet has been showing off his dip-dyed oxford all week, and it's a sight to behold. The process is nothing new—Robert Geller's been into it for a while—but if you're looking to spice up your old workwear duds, it's one of the bolder moves out there.

So for anyone thinking of getting a little blue on their hands, we've put together a primer on DIY dip-dyeing. Gentlemen, approach with caution...

Kempt's guide to the elusive dip dye...»

The Rise of Indian Denim


Industry of All Nations is mostly known for their fair-trade espadrilles, but they’ve spent 2010 cooking up something a good deal more exciting. Next week, they'll be bringing a batch of Indian artisanal denim to Ron Herman at Fred Segal. We’re not sure if it’s the local dyeing process, their rickety loom or the notable absence of deep indigo, but it comes out looking softer than anything you'd see out of Japan. And the factory’s certainly unlike anything we’ve seen stateside. Check it out after the jump:

Take a factory tour»

Blue Note


Heritage can mean a lot of different things, but leave it to the chaps at Hill-Side to work Medieval England into the equation. Starting this Friday, they’ll be offering their classic stable of goods—that’s square-end tie, pocket square, handkerchief and scarf—in dip-dyed woad blue, with the help of the British artisan dyers at Tender Co..

About that heritage: Woad is one of the oldest dyes in the world, a staple of English clothing dating back to the Viking era, so it’s got a good millennium on most of what passes for heritage stateside. And as it turns out, the result is a pretty handsome shade of blue. It’s not that different from the chambray-assisted hues Hill-Side started out with—just with a new color and a richer dye pattern, and a whole lot more history to it.

Albion, here we come.

See a few snaps of the dyeing process after the jump»

Do or Dye


For all the emphasis on old-school production, the average shirt is still pretty homogeneous. No matter how distinctive they look on the runway, every single Band of Outsiders button-down will come out of the factory looking exactly the same. Pick one up, and there will be thousands more out there with exactly the same pattern. And, with the notable exception of raw denim, we’d guess true of every item in your closet.

But not these. In the DIY spirit, Blackbird put together a line of hand-dyed oxford shirts with know-how borrowed from a local dye shop called Earthhues. Each shirt was dyed in their Field House shop, and they’ve got watermarks and other irregularities to show for it—kind of like the distinctive wear patterns you worked so hard to cultivate on your jeans.