than PDC or Nudie jeans must have quality-control issues.
Really tempted to move this thread... Actually, smaller companies like Paper Denim have more quality control issues than larger ones like Levis. Only in the past 3 years or so has Paper Denim really gotten its production consistent. Previously, although the jeans were of good (and I submit, better) quality denim, and the washes better conceived, consistency was a problem. The washes were more likely to be different between batches, the sizing could vary widely between batches, etc... On the other hand, one pair of cheap, mass produced 501s is pretty much interchangeable with any other pair. This extends to their higher ranges too, because the infrastructure for really high quality control is there, although the *quality* of the final prioduct may still be lower. Similarly, Isaia is a mid-sized company that makes a great product, but lacks the infrastructure of say, Zegna or Hugo Boss; and although they may ultimately make a better suit, they don't probably, for example, have fit models for *every* size they make, and have to make do with a little bit more ingenuity. Making a 56L is probably a rarity for them in any case. I'd wager that their 38/40/42Rs fit better than their larger or smaller sizes. That being said, "hachet job" is a poor characterization. Maybe "out of their core competency" is better.