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post #256 of 360
i returned a pair of crate routes due to an inch long irregularity on the back of the leg where the weft was overexposed, along with a knot (for lack of better term) an inch above the hem that looked awful when cuffed. only pair i've ever handled, so who knows.

i really liked the cut, but i wasn't too keen on waiting for a restock, even before the collab issues it seems like crate moves relatively slowly.

oh well, replaced rb11 from farinelli's
post #257 of 360
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Can anyone vouch for the recent quality on Crates?
Excellent jeans. I bought a pair in S/S '09 and been wearing them hard since late march. I wear them about 2-3 times a week and they look beautiful.
post #258 of 360
does anyone have any pictures of really nice, worn in crates?
post #259 of 360
FYI: There were quite a few pairs of Crates at the Barney's Warehouse sale in SF. I definitely saw James, Hamilton, and Routes in sizes 30-32.
post #260 of 360
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FYI: There were quite a few pairs of Crates at the Barney's Warehouse sale in SF. I definitely saw James, Hamilton, and Routes in sizes 30-32.

How much were they? Prepping for the sale at NY.
post #261 of 360
I believe all the pairs I saw were $59.
post #262 of 360
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Originally Posted by mdla View Post
FYI: There were quite a few pairs of Crates at the Barney's Warehouse sale in SF. I definitely saw James, Hamilton, and Routes in sizes 30-32.

Were the Crate Routes rinsed or raw?
post #263 of 360
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Were the Crate Routes rinsed or raw?
Where have you seen them rinsed?
post #264 of 360
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Where have you seen them rinsed?

Got a pair from Barney's. They are super soft and someone's actually selling a pair on SF as well:

post #265 of 360
I've had some mixed luck with Crate. I've owned four pair of the newer 'Squire' cut, and two pair of the 'Journal'. I've returned or sold four of the six for various quality reasons. The Journal has angled pockets which I didn't like, the Squire is cut more like a NS. Mid-rise, moderate tightness and taper.

Pros: The hardware is nice, with bronze fly buttons on all newer models that I've seen. The denim is dead-stock vintage blue-line selvage, pre-1975, originally destined for Levis, Jordache, etc. Denim color and texture will vary, since only 300 pair are made per batch. Denim is a lighter-weight (maybe 11oz?), and great for hot, humid weather, all sourced from American mills. Uniqueness factor is nice, due to New Old Stock denim and limited production runs - each pair is hand-numbered on the pocket lining. I can't speak to denim fade/wear qualities, since the denim used on each run seems to vary. Sevage line on coin pocket and on back right belt loop, instead of a leather patch, which is interesting. Stretch has been moderate with the denim my pairs were made from.

Cons: The stitching is very second rate, and seems to be sweat-shop quality. Chain stitching at waist and other areas was lazy, and the finishing stitches are loose and haphazard. The crotch stitching on both pair of Squires that I kept busted after one wear, and had to be repaired. One pair was missing the back belt loop when delivered (brand new) and now, stitching is coming loose on both pair at random places (not from abrasion). No leather patch, and no back pocket lining.

Other irregularities include the fact that the same model and size in the same production run of 300 may be made from variously sourced dead-stock denim. I had two pair from Barneys where the denim was incredibly slubby, and my hands were blue in minutes, the Squires I kept have a very smooth hand and tighter weave. The denim is not starched at all as far as I can tell.

I have a pair of APC NS, and also Rag & Bone RB15s, and both those jeans are of far better quality and construction and are definitely worth the approx. $150 price tag. Crates are a shot on the dark for the same retail price. Tread carefully.

I AM pleased with the two pair I kept, and they're breaking in nicely. Good lightweight summer denim. Size down at least 1.
post #266 of 360
Also, if it means anything, Context has dropped the line.
post #267 of 360
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Originally Posted by mlyngard View Post
Cons: The stitching is very second rate, and seems to be sweat-shop quality. Chain stitching at waist and other areas was lazy, and the finishing stitches are loose and haphazard. The crotch stitching on both pair of Squires that I kept busted after one wear, and had to be repaired. One pair was missing the back belt loop when delivered (brand new) and now, stitching is coming loose on both pair at random places (not from abrasion). No leather patch, and no back pocket lining.

This is the same issue I have with Crate's. My pair of Squire's seem to be ok for the most part, but the Crate/Farinelli jeans I have are probably the most piss-poor construction on any pair of jeans I've ever had, bar none. Which is a shame because the denim is FANTASTIC, I just keep wondering every time I wear them "will this be the time they explode".

I'd be very cautious with buying Crate jeans sight unseen or for retail price, but I'm really happy with the Squire's for what I paid for them ($37.50 or something like that, lol)
post #268 of 360
Funny. Both times I discovered my crotch stitching had unravelled and the seam split, I was far from home, and not wearing undies...talk about awkward... ;-)

At least I got a nice cool breeze.

Yeah, waiting for a sale is defintely recommended.
post #269 of 360
Just a few minor points: The Crate jeans posted above are not selvedge.. even though several have come out saying that Crate only does raw/selvedge jeans. People often list the lack of leather patch as a con. I think this is a more of a personal preference, as there are those of us who prefer not to have one for various reasons. Lastly, I agree with you on R&Bs.. I have 3 pairs and they look extremely well made and comfortable as heck.. But keep in mind they MSRP for $264 now which is significantly more than the pair of Crates or APCs.
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Originally Posted by mlyngard View Post
I've had some mixed luck with Crate. I've owned four pair of the newer 'Squire' cut, and two pair of the 'Journal'. I've returned or sold four of the six for various quality reasons. The Journal has angled pockets which I didn't like, the Squire is cut more like a NS. Mid-rise, moderate tightness and taper. Pros: The hardware is nice, with bronze fly buttons on all newer models that I've seen. The denim is dead-stock vintage blue-line selvage, pre-1975, originally destined for Levis, Jordache, etc. Denim color and texture will vary, since only 300 pair are made per batch. Denim is a lighter-weight (maybe 11oz?), and great for hot, humid weather, all sourced from American mills. Uniqueness factor is nice, due to New Old Stock denim and limited production runs - each pair is hand-numbered on the pocket lining. I can't speak to denim fade/wear qualities, since the denim used on each run seems to vary. Sevage line on coin pocket and on back right belt loop, instead of a leather patch, which is interesting. Stretch has been moderate with the denim my pairs were made from. Cons: The stitching is very second rate, and seems to be sweat-shop quality. Chain stitching at waist and other areas was lazy, and the finishing stitches are loose and haphazard. The crotch stitching on both pair of Squires that I kept busted after one wear, and had to be repaired. One pair was missing the back belt loop when delivered (brand new) and now, stitching is coming loose on both pair at random places (not from abrasion). No leather patch, and no back pocket lining. Other irregularities include the fact that the same model and size in the same production run of 300 may be made from variously sourced dead-stock denim. I had two pair from Barneys where the denim was incredibly slubby, and my hands were blue in minutes, the Squires I kept have a very smooth hand and tighter weave. The denim is not starched at all as far as I can tell. I have a pair of APC NS, and also Rag & Bone RB15s, and both those jeans are of far better quality and construction and are definitely worth the approx. $150 price tag. Crates are a shot on the dark for the same retail price. Tread carefully.
post #270 of 360
I have been rotating my crates for 3 years. They have been a really great pair of jeans. I bought another pair from barneys for 40 bucks when they went on sale. I think they are worth the 150 though.
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