As the self proclaimed “Center of the Universe,” our neighborhood of Fremont has no shortage of landmarks to see upon visiting. From world-famous sandwich shops, to nationally acclaimed breweries and coffee shops, Fremont owns its fair share of national and local favorites alike - including a popular garden store that placed its roots into Seattle soil over 40 years ago. 

Since 1970, Indoor Sun Shoppe has been Seattle’s go-to store for all indoor garden and growing needs. Set directly across from the Fremont Canal, the store features a wide selection of indoor plants, succulents, and grow-related equipment for projects and living spaces of all sizes.

Upon making your way down N Canal St., peer around the corner of Phinney Ave N. until you are greeted by a welcoming front patio of weathered wood and towering greens. Inside, a blast of warm air sets the stage for an atmosphere reminiscent of a rainforest, with succulents around the permitter of the store, and larger plants in the center. In addition to plants, Indoor Sun offers a large variety of ceramics and pots to store any new additions to your home or garden, as well as fertilizer, soil, and high intensity discharge lighting.

The iconic design of the Western shirt is a blend between popular dress of Europeans and traditional Native American garbs. Due to scarcity of materials, the shirt was originally sewn using leather and animal skins caught during expeditions, until the early 1900s when tailors received better access to cottons and wools. It was at that time that the shirt was updated to include many of the signature details found on the Western-style shirts of today. Longer lengths became customary to prevent the shirt from becoming untucked while on horseback, and the signature pointed yoke found across the shoulders and chest was added to provide better support and durability in the field. Snap closures were added in the early 1900s thanks to Rockmount Ranch Wear founder, Jack A. Weil — whose innovations allowed for better functionality for cowboys and rodeo riders in the event their cuffs were snagged on a fence.

However, it wasn’t until Hollywood adopted the Western shirt in the mid-1900s that it became a cultural icon. Films like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), High Noon (1952), and The Good, Bad, and the Ugly (1966) created a newfound craze for Western-inspired garments. It was at this point that designers began taking creative liberties of their own to differentiate their styles from traditional shirts. Snap button closure was forgone at the neck, instead replaced with a traditional button for much better breathability and functionality. Details and embroidery became either more or less animated — depending on the designer — and fabrics used went beyond just traditional denim and wool. The shirt became particularly popular in post-World War II era Japan, where Americana and Western-inspired workwear continues to be one of the primary subjects of local designers.

The storied history of the Western shirt makes it easy to see why it remains one of the most sought-after pieces in the world of fashion. Even after 150+ years, brands such as BLUE BLUE continue to reinvent the shirt in hopes of keeping the garment at the forefront of fashion for generations to come. Here’s to another 150 years.

Congratulations! You’ve acquired some raw denim! In order to ensure your denim lasts as long and looks as good as possible, we’ve created this instructional guide to help you navigate through your pivotal first wash.

Your first wash should take place on a timeline relative to your lifestyle. Depending on your job or activity level, you may have to wash your jeans more frequently. Fortunately, washing your denim is a good thing, and can actually go a long ways towards extending the life of your jeans.

When it finally comes time to take the plunge (heh, wash pun), take a sigh of relief and entrust your jeans to the handy steps we’ve laid out ahead.

The absolute best thing you can do for your jeans? Wear them. Take them on your next hike. Wear them on your commute to work. Play sports in them. Roll in the mud. Wear your jeans the way they were meant to be worn. It’s the only way to ensure your denim will look its best after the first wash.

When it finally comes time to wash your jeans, remember these simple rules:
  • Wash your jeans inside out
  • Wash with cold water
  • If using washing machine, wash on gentle cycle
Whether you’re using a bathtub or a washing machine, it’s extremely important that you wash your jeans on their own - free from all other clothing. Turn your jeans inside out and fully submerge or place them into your wash of choice, accompanied by a small amount of your preferred bleach-free liquid detergent. Wait 30 minutes and proceed to Step 3.

Once your wash is complete, you’ll need to let your jeans dry. Avoid the dryer at all costs. Heat shrinks cotton, and there’s a good chance that your size 31s could turn into 29s after 30 minutes of tumble dry high. Instead, find yourself some clips or a hanger and hang your denim in the shower. Or — if the weather allows — hang your denim outside for a faster turnaround time.

Once your denim is dry, it’s time to put on your now clean and crispy pair of jeans for even more wear! You’ll probably notice that your fades and creases are now more defined - particularly so if you waited an extended period of time before washing your jeans. Remember, if your denim gets dirty, or starts to smell, repeat steps 1-3 until your jeans are clean and ready to wear again. Enjoy!

Please note: the steps listed above are meant to serve as recommendations, and are not law.

 

As always, we’re available via email and Twitter for all of your fabric, sizing, or washing questions.