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The Next Decade of Denim

The Next Decade of Denim
The past ten years have been characterized by several important denim trends: we saw the skinny jean/jegging trend take over the world in the early 2010s; by the mid-2010s, raw denim was a household term; and near the end of the 2010s, we saw the beginning of the vintage denim movement that we're now in the midst of. So what are the next ten years going to look like? Here's what we think. Continue reading

Unbranded vs. Naked & Famous: Fit Comparison

Unbranded vs. Naked & Famous: Fit Comparison
Founded by the folks over at Naked & FamousUnbranded is a denim company that celebrates craftsmanship, quality and value. Unbranded's ethos is thus: make minimalist jeans without any over the top branding or unnecessary details. Stay away from celebrity endorsements and expensive ad campaigns. Let the products do the talking. So when we were confronted with the opportunity to stock Unbranded jeans on our shelves, the choice was obvious. We love quality goods made with high value. In proper introductory form, this blog post is all about how Unbranded's jeans fit. Continue reading

Rinsed or Raw? - Building Your Denim Rotation

Rinsed or Raw? - Building Your Denim Rotation

Shopping for denim can be an extremely varied experience, depending on who you ask. Some choose to invest in one, long-lasting pair, holding off on buying another until their previous option is no longer wearable. Others however, choose to embrace the variety of denim out in the world, amassing a collection of jeans to cycle through as they please.

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Denim Weather: Our Favourite Denim Jackets

Denim Weather: Our Favourite Denim Jackets

As the leaves begin changing and the days get shorter, we begin to miss summer days in the park and visits to the beach. While sometimes this seasonal transition can feel like saying goodbye to the late nights on the patio, our team here at Dutil know it’s the perfect time of year to pull out a tried and true garment - the perfect layering piece for a sweatshirt or flannel. You know where this is going (we are a denim store after all!). We’re talking about the Denim Jacket.

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Introducing Dutil x PBJ: Year One Collaboration Jean

Introducing Dutil x PBJ: Year One Collaboration Jean

A year ago today, we decided to make a jean. 

We had just opened our Dutil Denim location in Calgary and wanted to honour the city and its rough and tumble history of denim. We wanted to celebrate the beautiful denim fabrics worn by cowboys and ranchers in an entirely modern way. But we knew we couldn't do it alone... so we turned to our friends at Pure Blue Japan to help us turn this vision into a reality, and the Dutil x PBJ: Year One collaboration jean was born. 

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Toronto’s Underground Music Scene

Toronto’s Underground Music Scene

Now, you might be wondering: what does music (and thus a blog post about music) have to do with denim? As it happens, music and denim actually have a long-standing history together. Jagger, John, Jackson… Some of the music industry’s biggest names are almost synonymous with the denim they wore. Some might even argue that the popularization of denim as a casual staple in the average person’s wardrobe was brought on by the commercialization of these musical giants. Besides, our staff here have lives and passions outside of just denim… we promise.  A scene that I’ve personally been involved with for the last decade of my life has been the punk/hardcore scene. Punk dates back to the 70s and 80s with bands like Sex Pistols and The Clash, sure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a thriving subculture today. In major cities all over the world, there are groups of young people expressing their frustrations, both political and personal, through fringe genres like punk and hardcore. After all, punk music started out as a symbol of rebellion… kind of like denim, no? Denim became a symbol of rebellion in the 50s and 60s because of its association with the American […]

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Breaking in Raw Denim – Naked & Famous Classics

Breaking in Raw Denim – Naked & Famous Classics

Editor’s Note: The following is a part of our Denim Diaries project – a deep dive into process of breaking in raw denim. So far in this series, we have explored the journey of a pair of raw jeans from initial discomfort to gradual acceptance. In this piece, Jen Hughes — one of our denim guinea pigs — gives us a blow-by-blow account of her first 2 weeks in her Naked & Famous Classic 11oz Selvedge. Day One I loved the fit. The look was excellent, and I was optimistic about breaking in my first pair raw jeans. However, about two hours in I was starting to regret my decision. I don’t often use the word hate, but I genuinely hated that I couldn’t take the jeans off until work was done. Furthermore, I could barely bend over, they were strangely itchy (!?) and man did they pinch my thighs. They even left (small but present nonetheless) bruises around my hips. “Why?” I asked myself, “why on earth would a person intentionally cause themselves so much discomfort for a pair of jeans?!”. Then I remembered the pair of heels that I can’t walk two blocks in without bleeding. Oh, right. Day […]

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