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Get Your Selvedge Jeans Cropped The Right Way, Free This Saturday
Don't entrust your precious selvedge denim to some random alteration shop.
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Anyone who owns a pair of serious selvedge jeans knows that while you're meant do anything and everything in them, they also demand a certain degree of attention. It takes a lot of time and effort to get selvedge denim to fade right, to shrink right, to age well—and all of that is part of the fun.

One particular part of selvedge denim ownership, however, is a common cause of trepidation: having your jeans altered. Sometimes, they don't shrink in exactly the way you expected, and after the first wash, you're left wishing you bought a different size. But because you've already invested in that pair, buying a new one isn't an option—you'd rather take your current pair in for some cut-and-sew fixes.

However, because the construction of selvedge jeans is different and often more painstaking than regular jeans, not every tailor know how to handle them correctly, resulting in some alteration horror stories. If you're looking to get your jeans fixed, it's always best to find a place that knows the ins and outs of selvedge denim and selvedge denim ownership.

Menswear and lifestyle boutique Signet is one such place. Not only do they carry some of the best selvedge jeans in Metro Manila—they also do selvedge jean hemming, using an ultra-rare machine called the Union Special 43200G, which hems jeans the old-fashioned way, chain-stitched for that roping effect when it fades. If there's anyone you can trust with your precious selvedge jeans, it'd be someone with this machine.

On a regular day, Signet hems selvedge jeans for a fee: P400 for jeans you bought from them and P800 for everything else. They accept jeans every day of the week, but do the actual hemming on Saturdays.

But this Saturday, they'll be offering their services for free, and for all jeans. Anyone looking to chop a few quarter inches off their cuffs are in luck.

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Head down to Signet at Power Plant Mall this weekend to avail. First come, first served; and only one pair per person.

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