Brand Spotlight: Baldwin Denim

by thejourneyofdenim

Established in 2009, Baldwin Denim quickly entered the spotlight. Based in Kansas City, the brand specializes in American made apparel. Known for their quality selvedge denim, the brand has other ready-to-wear items such as knits, button downs, hats and more.

Pictured is founder of Baldwin Denim, Matt Baldwin in his home shop located in Kansas City. Source: www.baldwindenim.com

Pictured is founder of Baldwin Denim, Matt Baldwin in his home shop located in Kansas City. Source: (www.baldwindenim.com)

Over the summer, I purchased a pair of the White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim in the Henley fit. They happened to be on sale at Nordstrom’s for around $80 (literally a steal). They are a 28 waist, which made them a bit too tight at first, but I have quit noticing or lost weight (who knows?). At 13oz, they were my first pair of Cone Mills selvedge denim and I couldn’t wait to break them in. I am in love with the wash as well as the way the denim feels.

The Henley fit in a size 28. This pair could easily become an every day pair. Source: (Austin Scarborough)

The Henley fit in a size 28. This pair could easily become an every day pair. Source: (Austin Scarborough)

This pair in particular has an orange selvedge which I thought was pretty unique without being too cheesy. I keep finding myself attracted to the company and I am unable to pinpoint exactly why, but I believe it is due to the quality of their product and the minimal marketing on their behalf. The company does utilize a few advertising methods, but I love the slick look of their website and the style they promote.

Along with the recent increase in raw and selvedge denim, there has also been a rise in companies claiming a quality product through intense marketing strategies, only to provide sub-par quality (refer to my previous post, reviewing the brand Bluer Denim). However, competitors such as those help others see the quality in brands such as Baldwin.

 

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Notice the orange selvedge on my pair. This is a larger cuff than I usually make, but I wanted to switch it up a bit by minimizing the stacking for a more clean fade. Source: (Austin Scarborough)

Recently, the brand has done a collaboration with Suitsupply and it looks  like a quality pair of jeans. Also, the brand’s Fall/Winter campaign is really slick. In this collection you will find wool and corduroy pants, a brand new fit and knitwear. I find myself frequently checking their website to see what they are up to.

Oh, and that keychain in the mirror shot above? That is a project I am working on with this pair. A friend of mine had a Momotaro X N&F Collaboration pair and in the coin pocket left a pair of brass knuckles creating a sick fade! For this pair, I have placed a gold anchor in the coin pocket in the hopes of creating a slight anchor fade. Why an anchor? Simply because it is one of my few obsessions next to owls.

The anchor I am leaving in my coin pocket. I can't wait to see how this turns out.

The anchor I am leaving in my coin pocket. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. Source: (Austin Scarborough)

Also, the brand’s customer service is rather friendly. I popped the top button of my pair off on 6th while twerking (due to the size, not the quality). After contacting the company and receiving a friendly response, I mailed the denim off and they replaced the button free of charge. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you purchase a pair from Baldwin Denim. Whether you start off with a pair of selvedge denim, a sweater, a hat or even just view their website, as a denim enthusiast, you will not be disappointed. I am excited to see what this brand does in the future, let alone in their next collection.

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