I got my real denim jeans from Hiut Denim in Wales. It was a bit of luxury buying these jeans but I figure I want something made by hand, I don't want to support sweat shops and I bloody well deserve a nice treat. Washing instructions said to refrain from washing for at least 6 months. I have had them a month and haven't washed yet but I can't wear them like this to school. This may be a good idea for an accountant or some non blue collar type bu I am a clay pusher and teach at a college. I hung them out on the line praying for rain to wash them so that I won't be accused of giving in. The other issue without washing them is that they feel like cardboard. It's a bit like using a clay that is too hard. I figure these jeans by January will be able to walk by themselves to the pottery and they will weigh 600 lbs.