Ever wonder what it is that makes worn-in jeans look so amazing? Although the answer to that question is almost as personal as the way we break in our favorite pairs, I'd say that indigo—the blue dye that, unlike other fabric dyes, never fully soaks a yarn's fiber and is therefore rubbed out over time—is the secret. For my website, JeanStories.com, I see a lot of this indigo business. I also frequently uncover more distant members of The Family Denim, such as chambray and cotton blends, fabrics that are often as improved by a good, hard wearing-in as blue jeans. From Coast-Wide's embroidered shirts to Ricker Handmade's traditionally dipped tote bags and blankets, what the following goods have in common is indigo. Recycled, revived, or revered by ancient cultures (see Sri), these beautiful blues only get better with age.