The jeans are washed in large industrial washing machines together with stones (primarily pumice). When washed in this way together, the pumice stones give the jeans a pleasant, evenly worn, faded and washed look. This is the most common way that our jeans are washed.
Some of Gina Tricot's jeans are garment dyed. This means that the garment is dyed in large washing machines after all of the sewing has been completed. It's easy to see if the jeans have been garment dyed by looking at the pocket lining, which will also have absorbed the dye.
The majority of our jeans are fabric dyed. This means that the fabric is dyed before the garment is sewn. With this method, there is less fading.
Several of Gina Tricot's trousers are coated. The most common coating used is polyurethane. The jeans fabric is coated with a very thin layer of polyurethane. The material is also heated to give it a shiny finish. Coatings may also be applied to finished garments by spraying or using heat transfer films.
Jeans that have been oil washed obtain a unique look, with a darker tone. The jeans are first garment dyed and then washed in cold water with dye in order to obtain the original appearance. At Gina Tricot, we use oilwash primarily to obtain a "dirty and oily" look.
Snow wash/Acid wash
The jeans are washed in large industrial washing machines. Bleach-saturated stones (primarily pumice) are added to the washing machines as well. This type of wash gives the jeans a characteristic, speckled bleached look. If the jeans are washed for a longer period of time, they become almost entirely white, which is what we call acid wash.
The jeans are washed in large industrial washing machines. Bleach-saturated towels are added to the washing machines as well. This type of wash gives the jeans a diffusely spotted bleached look.
This is exactly what it sounds like – overdyed jeans. A snow wash or more rigorous wash is typically done first, so that the colour will be more vibrant. The result is two-tone jeans.
Tint is dye (typically yellowish) that we use to give the jeans a dirty appearance. The more tint used, the dirtier the look. We do this because vintage and antique wash is in fashion.
Worn edges (for example, hems and pocket edges) are produced manually using an electric sander.
The worn appearance is created by hand using sandpaper. For example, the light creases around the crotch that look like cat whiskers are created in this way.
Chemicals are sprayed or brushed onto the jeans on the areas that will be bleached. When washed, the colour on those areas fades.
These have intentionally been extra distressed to give them a rock chic look. They should look like they've been used for a long time. The holes and worn effects are created by hand using an electric sander or laser.
Denim vs. Twill
Denim products have been dyed with indigo, which fades naturally when worn and washed. This is how denim trousers get a naturally worn, vintage look. All denim products wear out and fade, regardless of whether the colour is classic, denim blue or black.
Twill products are very different from denim products. For twill fabrics, the dye is permanent (colourfast). Twill trousers will not naturally wear out and fade in the same way as denim trousers. However, it is possible to distress twill trousers to give them a denim look.
Also, our jeans often have special details, like rivets, stones or a print.