Originally Posted by TheObserver
Jay, what is your thought on APC and N&F. I've worn APC for years and wanted to switch to something new. I dont know much about N&F Skinny Guy in term of construction, materials, fit, etc compare to APC Petite Standard.
APC's quality has gone down a lot in the past four or five years. All their production is in China now and while I believe their selvedge is still Japanese, the cotton used leaves something to be desired. N&F is great quality for the price point. Made in Canada, uses all Japanese fabrics, and they've been improving every season. The Skinny Guy fit will be tighter in the thigh and looser in the leg opening when put side-by-side with the same waist size of Petite Standard. The Weird Guy is actually the more equivalent fit, with a bit more room in the thighs and a healthy taper.
Originally Posted by bl@ster
Jay: Will there ever be a re-stock of the N&F Okayama Spirit?
Unfortunately, they're out of fabric and there are no plans to make it again. The Japan Heritage 2 from N&F and the Japan Blue Monster Selvedge are both pretty similar to it though.
Originally Posted by oboy_oboy
Hey Jay, if I'm 6'3"/175, pretty much a true 32" waist (typically wear tagged 31 in most denim) would you recommend the M or the L in these? I'm pretty tall/lean, but I do have muscular thighs.
You could do either. One of my guys has a similar build and went with the Medium for a slimmer look, if you want it more relaxed get the Large.
Brand new belts have arrived too!
Our friend Dustin from over the mountains has finished up his first belt for us, and we're seriously impressed with the craftsmanship. All three belts use premium leather from the Horween tannery in Chicago, and are made entirely by hand, exclusively for Blue Owl. The attention to detail is what really sets these belts apart.
Vermilyea Pelle "Wenatchee Belt" in Chromexcel Black. 100% Horween tanned leather, made in USA. Sizes 30-38. $85. For more information, click here
Vermilyea Pelle "Wenatchee Belt" in Color 8 Illini Latigo. 100% Horween tanned leather, made in USA. Sizes 30-38. $85. For more information, click here
Vermilyea Pelle "Wenatchee Belt" in Natural Vegetable Tanned Horse Hide. 100% Horween tanned leather, made in USA. Sizes 30-38. $85. For more information, click here
Each belt uses different style of leather. The natural belt is a vegetable tanned horse hide, something we've never seen on a belt before. The unique character of each hide makes every belt different. The leather is stiff and rigid, but will break in beautifully as it is worn. The black uses the Horween staple, Chromexcel, which is widely known as an extremely comfortable and durable leather. The Latigo uses Horween's Color #8 Illini Latigo, which has a hot stuffed blend of natural oils and waxes to create a leather that breaks in quickly and creates a unique patina.
Dustin punches 7 holes in his belts to make sizing easier, and has a clean angular end design. He bevels the edges to a smooth finish, and wax burnishes them to a nice sheen. Every cut Dustin makes is precise to the dot: we didn't find even a fourth inch difference between belts of the same size.
All belts use a single piece matte nickel plated solid brass buckle. Dustin's rivets are a black oxide brass from Belgium, which are reverse set. The open side of the rivets is hidden by the other end of the belt when worn, and the smooth side of the rivets faces the denim, preventing any possible damage to your jeans.