Jeans are supposed to be sturdy, but who knew they’d survive for centuries, stuffed into attic walls? A real-life Grizzly Adams, The Denim Whisperer (who prefers to stay nameless,) is a successful businessman who shares his compadre Donwan’s denim obsession. D.W. made a life-changing discovery while gutting a Midwestern fixer-upper – he pulled jeans dating back two hundred years out of crumbling brickwork, where it had been used as insulation.
As well as the stains and tears of long-gone toil, mice had chewed some of the denim into lace; but still, the jeans miraculously survived, in all their tattered defiance of time and the elements.
The workmanship and ingenuity that went into these prototypical working men’s pants were a revelation. These jeans were like the Rosetta Stone, unlocking the deep secrets of denim manufacture when tailors were inventors, making it up as they went along from whatever they could find.
The Denim Whisperer started his search in earnest and began combing industrial and rural areas for the oldest buildings. Most homeowners were amazed to discover that work clothes which their great-grandparents might have worn, were still being used in the roof to keep the damp out. Stored in the Prps archive of rare denim, their faded glory inspires all our jeans.