It's Oni and that someone was me.
Frankly RRL can keep up with the demand using Japanese textiles. They choose to make the brand more mainstream and commercial and hope to attract more customers with the Cone denim and to save money in the process. Nothing wrong with saving a company money, but lets call a spade a spade.
I think the Cone switch will work in their favor even though it will alienate hardcore RRL enthusiasts like myself, Hoit, Dave and some others. Of course this doesn't matter to RL because they want commercial success. But the brand has been slowly going downhill and becoming somewhat too mainstream for my tastes ever since they started the website. The last thing I want is for RRL to become another Polo or Denim & Supply line.
If the Japanese denim is becoming too expensive or they need to find more suppliers, they can always subsidize it with all the Made in China crap they sell, right?
I also don't buy that Cone's one Mill can supply enough denim for RRL and tons of other USA brands, but Japan's many high quality Mills can't. I'm sure they'll always be willing to make more room for RRL.
Edited by RRL CLOTHING - 9/4/13 at 7:36pm