Here is my take on their picks: 1) Salt works - decent cuts, good, though not particularly distinctive finishes. A fair number of their jeans are stretch though, which is a no-no in my books. Fair number of cuts/washes to choose from. Reasonably priced too (around $130-140). 2) Corpus - one of my favorites. In my top ten. 'Nuff said. 3) big star usa - totally corporate shill. They are cheap for a reason. The denim is not even as good as the denim on Lucky jeans, and the washes are incredibly boring. 4) hollywood trading company - decent, and certainly high quality. Guess where you can get them? I don't know why they felt the need to make their own jeans though. 5) energie - for the Eurotrash in us all - hate there stuff. The clothing is even worse. I hear Italians use the brand name as an insult, and I think that how a domestic market sees a produt speaks volumes. 6) ddc lab - been around a long time. I have seen some really interesting, space age designs, and some really classic ones. Generally good quality (though not my style). Will be a good brand once a consistent identity is developed. 7) carpe diem - cool jeans, especially if you are into the preppy/urban thing. Lots of interesting details, and decent denim. However, if you are short, you lose the graduated hem, which is one of the really interesting things about the jeans. 8) nomad tribe - never seen the brand. The pictures didn't make me want to go find a pair. Though I'll take a look to give them a fair shake. 9) nudie - Greycast Regular Ralph in top ten. Need more be said? 10) Notify - Overprocesses and overly body conscious. Looks good on some girls. Think True Religion interpreted Italian style, and yep, there you go - way over the edge. 11) Kasil - have been impressed by cuts and finishes. But again, why the need for stretch denim. You can buy Rufskins if you want your jeans that tight. 12) loomstate - they suck. The end. 13) Red+ - haven't seen the brand. Will try to check out next time I am in LA (this weekend) or NYC, whichever is convenient. They missed J.P. Da'mage, which blows Big Star out of the water, and a whole lot more. But hey, this is Cargo, which is catering to the American Jackass.