We all know what it is like to have a favorite pair of treasured jeans that are so comfortable and fit so perfectly that we want to wear them every day. The downside to this pure and beautiful jean-love is that too much wear leads to jeans wearing out – with telltale holes in the crotch and knees – and then before you know it, you have to either start patching, or search around far and wide to find another pair of jeans as great as your favorite. But now, thanks to Denim Therapy, there is a better solution! Denim Therapy offers an amazing (and very affordable) service to seamlessly repair all the threadbare patches, broken zippers, and holes in your favorite pair of jeans, and return them to a like-new state — without patches, seams or any indication that your jeans have been through the ringer and back!
Like most people, I had a favorite pair of jeans in my closet that was getting holey and threadbare, so I decided to check out Denim Therapy’s service for myself to see if they lived up to the hype…
I have a pair of grey Del Forte jeans that I adore for their perfect, comfortable fit and go-with-anything shape. I practically live in these jeans, so when I accidentally ripped a hole in the crotch (due to a case of wider-than-usual pregnancy butt), I was bummed….would I have to give them up and search around for another brand new pair of $200 organic jeans that I would then have to break in all over again? Happily a friend told me about Denim Therapy right after my jeans had their little “accident” – and I am thrilled to say that Denim Therapy was my jean savior! They magically patched up the crotch hole with their signature seamless denim repair process (see above) – and now you literally cannot tell that there was ever a hole there at all!
I’m honestly not even sure exactly how Denim Therapy fixes such beyond-repair holes so craftily – but their services are amazing. They have to be seen to be believed. I think they might employ magic elves in their studio or something. Either that, or they somehow weave new denim fabric into your old, falling-apart fabric, and with a little bit of pixie-dust create a like-new garment. Whatever their secret, I highly recommend Denim Therapy as your first stop for wearing-out jeans. After all, it is so much more environmentally friendly (not to mention economical), to repair clothes rather than buy new ones, and when it comes to favorite pairs of jeans – you don’t want to give up on an old friend so quickly.
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Hi all. Happy New Year. I was in LA and I found one great Denim repair and alteration store. I heard about them long time ago but never have a business. So I gave them my jeans and asked them to repair it and taper it in 2 inches. They call me back in 3 days and they told me my jeans are ready. When I saw my jeans first impression was - OK this is not my jeans :) It was like new jeans, Now I know for sure Denim revival is the place for denim repair and alterations. Prices are OK for repair about $20-$30 and they are truly Denim Doctors :). I cant remember the address but I remember they are on 3rd street near by Farmers market.
I agree with Mike- as a WALK IN service, sure, I can see someone trying to salvage a pair of $100 jeans just as you would a nice suit or dress. And it would also depend on the extent of the damage- say if it's a fairly new pair of jeans that were ripped somehow, versus a pair that was simply nearing the end of its' life. But personally, I can't see how the ENERGY expended in shipping my jeans for repair would outweigh a replacement. I buy my jeans at Marshall's or TJMaxx, and I USE them. And if I'm going to ship my old jeans anywhere, it'll be here: http://www.cottonfrombluetogreen.org/ They transform old jeans into insulation!
Repairing jeans is spectacular, assuming that the repair process itself is a reasonably clean affair. Jeans would also appear to be a very sustainable article of clothing, with cotton being a natural, farmed fiber and denim being extremely tough. However, I question the sustainability of most "designer" jeans. I could not load the Del Forte web site, but looking at the other companies in the linked article, the 7 For Mankind web site, and various other denim manufacturers, I find that a majority of designer styles are one or all of: acid washed, stone washed, distressed, or otherwise damaged before purchase. This, in my mind, isn't a very "green" practice, as each of these techniques significantly reduces the life of the fabric. Dark blue or black jeans may not be quite so stylish, but they last for years. I do see that Del Forte jeans are produced in the United States, with the attendant comparatively stringent environmental requirements, instead of in Southeast Asia or other developing nations where the standard waste disposal techniques are often "dump it in the river". I'm sure there are a number of EU-based manufacturers with similar or even stronger environmental requirements, as well. Thankfully I don't have to worry about fit -- I've been buying the same, readily available and rather affordable jeans for close on a decade now. All of my pants are exactly the same, modulo differences in the fade of time. My wife, on the other hand, is unable to do this. It seems like women's clothing manufacturers and designers don't have the constancy of men's clothing manufacturers, and she finds that every pair of pants requires an arduous search, with even the same brand, size, and nominal style of a pair of pants she already owns fitting poorly or not at all. I'm sure she would happily pay $54 to repair a favorite pair of jeans, even if that were similar to the purchase price! I find that I purchase about one new pair of jeans every 18 months to two years, and I seldom wear anything else. There may be many things in my life for which I can reduce my impact, but I think I'm doing pretty well on clothing. ;-)
Hi Mike- Obviously 'economical' is all relative, but this service is provided in NYC, where a lot of people are willing to spend a lot more than $34 on their fancy designer jeans. $35 to fix an old pair of 7 For Mankind jeans is certainly more economical than spending $100 on a brand new pair. Not to mention the TIME it takes to find a good pair of jeans that fits well. I will certainly be using and recommending Denim Therapy's services. I get my shoes repaired by cobblers too. I think it is nicer to repair and take care of products you own over a long lifespan rather than just constantly consuming new things. -Jill
A standard pair of Levi's is only about $34. How is this in any way economical?