i think ES is looked upon favorably in this forum as far as washed denim go....i think most will agree
plus they pretty good cuts IMO for all types of styles (straight, bootcut, slim, skinny)
i like straight simple denim, with the exception of a pair of nudies that i want to cop
but brands u should check out:
rag and bone (thru denimbar) - simple, good construction, good fit
Kicking Mule, for your raw denim needs....i have the 1980, which is a real popular...