Portland is Denim – Self Edge

Words and Photographs by Ryan Fish

I first came across Self Edge several years ago while searching for a tailor who could hem my jeans with a chain stitch machine. The chain stitch is the interlocking stitch found at the hem of most quality denim (and especially vintage denim), and the stitch tends to twist the fabric which, after some fading, results in a very appealing roping pattern at the bottom of each leg.  At that time, Self Edge’s San Francisco store had one of the only Union Special chain stitch machines on the west coast, so I sent in my pair and they came back with a perfect hem.


When I visited their new Portland store in Union Way, Kiya and Demitra Babzani showed me the back room where they’d set up their Union Special and Singer Darning machine, allowing the store to handle almost all denim repairs right here in town. We walked around the  small but well-appointed retail space making particular note of two limited edition items made especially for the store’s opening: a shirt made by Roy Denim from “6oz Selvage indigo slub-stripe fabric from Rampuya mill, Japan”; and an indigo dyed banana by Mister Freedom.



One Response to “Portland is Denim – Self Edge”

  1. brian says:

    Dropped by here last week and got a pair of Strike Gold jeans, service was top notch!

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