I don't know much about denim production, but I do know that it's possible to get these sick fades without the use of millions of gallons of water, washing, and sand paper (oh, and lots of workers). This is some classic American consumerism at play here. That is, wanting the look of extreme wear (sometimes not even) without actually putting in the effort to do so. It's a convenience many gladly pay for at the expense of good taste. Here's how one factory in Los Angeles makes those dreams come true.