One of the best things about working closely with brands you carry is being able to collaborate on unique pieces that is exclusive to your store. Last year Signet worked together with Fullcount to produce a special run of jeans using a fabric that is a mix of farmed and wild Zimbabwe cotton. For those who aren’t familiar with Fullcount’s offerings their denim garments are made mostly with farmed Zimbabwe cotton.
Zimbabwe cotton is considered as one of the finest cotton in the world. It is handpicked thereby ensuring the cotton is less damaged and contains less impurities. It has a great fiber structure that when woven creates denim with a unique texture and an unmistakable softness. Zimbabwe cotton is also very clean and its whiteness allows for better indigo dye absorption.
Wild Zimbabwe cotton is similar to the farmed variety with a few differences. It lends a brown hue to the denim which can clearly be seen on the underside. It gives a slightly rougher texture to the denim and makes it less hairy. Denim made entirely from farmed Zimbabwe cotton stretches out a lot but mixing it with wild Zimbabwe cotton makes it more stubborn and less prone to stretch.
It’s also important to note that the denim was dyed differently. It has a deeper and darker indigo compared to the standard denim used by Fullcount. I’ve noticed that there was plenty of dye that was discharged during my cold soak. Signet’s resident denim expert, Ed Lim, tells me that it should fade like blue jeans after a few months of use.
Aside from the special denim used, there are plenty of details that denim enthusiasts will appreciate. Each pair of jeans has a patch with Signet logo stamped on top. All the four models (1108, 1109, 1101 and 0105) in this special run have the suffix “PH” which stands for “Philippines”. There’s a vintage label on the waistband and the top button is a WW2 black lacquered donut button. The rivets used in the back are rounded rivets and the pocket bags are made of olive green cotton twill. Thicker thread has been used in high stress areas and you can find contrast stitching all over. The arcuate thread used in the back pockets will also fade over time.
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