cotton boll

In addition to making jeans, I also love to cook.  Making something taste great starts with the quality of the ingredients used.  You gotta use the best ingredients.  Most people don’t realize that cotton is the remanent of a flower.  The fibers protect the seeds and provide a medium to catch and hold moisture so the seeds can germinate.  The longer the fiber the better for yarn spinning.  The finer the fiber the better for fabric softness. The stronger the fiber the better fabric strength and durability.  Supima Cotton is a genetic Pima that is superior based up its length, width and strength.  Mostly grown in California in the San Joaquin Valley just west of Mt. Whitney, Supima is the foundation of super soft, beautiful and very strong denim.  Agave uses Supima Cotton in most of its denim and knit fabrications.

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shuttle loom

Vintage “shuttle” looms were replaced with wider and higher speed modern “power” looms in the 1960′s to increase production speed and lower costs.  Because the looms ran faster, they were less tolerant of inconsistent yarn sizes.  The denim lost its soul but fed America’s youth’s obsession for jeans.  Today, a few makers use the old loom goods and make incredible denim product.  Brands making jeans with old loom selvage denim include Nudie, Edwin, Agave (Gold), Edwin, Evisu and RRL to name a few.  Agave selvage denim comes from Cone Mill’s White Oak (USA) as well as Kaihara and Kuroki (Japan).

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stingray

Although not mine I did have one of these back in the day.  Check out the front and rear suspension…  The shifter was functional but my fav was the banana seat.  Next bike had a sissy bar and fork extensions.

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laundry

Not exactly as glam as a runway show but its how we do.

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side show

Some guys love cars, others love motorcycles.  These are not your daddy’s side cars.

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what a guy

Ronnie was my very first rep at Agave.  He approached me some 8 years ago and gave 100% since day one.  He has been an incredible friend and a true inspiration with this commitment to honesty, integrity and friendship.  I loved him dearly as everyone did.  He lived his life on his terms and was taken early like the best often do.  Ronnie brought smiles to the world and in doing so made it a better place.  Take care buddy and give my best to Senna.

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the smell

I have often been accused of being “weird” about my sensitivity to the way things smell. A perfect example is how I love the smell of denim production.  First there is the smell of the denim fabric as it is rolled out on the table for cutting.  Rich and earthy and very distinctive.  Raw denim.  Then there is a smell on the factory floor which starts with denim but is often mixed with human work odors.  Not the prettiest scent but denim was made to go with sweat.  Then there is the smell of the laundry.  Here the flavor is usually bleach or some variant.  You probably think this is weird too.  Maybe its an acquired taste.  

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