Got my Crate James IV today from Active Endeavors. 25% discount on these is just awesome! They definitely fit true to size and I am pretty happy with the fit so far (although I am worried about stretching). As already mentioned, they have almost no hardware beyond the button fly and the way that the belt loops are sewn do not look very sturdy. The denim coloration is very nice though and I think they look very sleek and spare, just as I prefer them.
A couple of questions:
I ordered the James IV and that's what it says on the hangtag, however the interior label says "James the Third". Was this a mix-up or do other James IV say the same thing? I don't really care as whatever I have fits pretty well, but I am more curious than anything else.
While this is not my first pair of dry denim, this is my first pair that I am going to do the "not washing until completely rank and foul" experiment. I would have to hem at least 3-4 inches off the bottom for the length to be right, should this be done now, or cuff and wait til the wear is right? I don't think I would wear them as often if they were cuffed.
Also, as mentioned the fit right now is perfect if maybe slightly snug. I am worried about this as people with APC's have stretch that is 2-3" at times. Should I exchange for a smaller size or will they only stretch to how much I need them to?
Is there an initial soak I need to do in order to take out any of the existing manufacturing processes, or just wear them straight away?
Thanks for all the advice in advance, my SF addiction is growing daily!