Originally Posted by horriblyjollyjinx
there are no brands outside of Japan that justify a $200+ price tag, in regards to quality. For around $100, buy APC, if you want to spend more, turn to Japan. SC 1947 cost $150 shipped from mil-mil.net.
Actually, production costs pretty much never exceed $50 US, and that's if you use the best denim, the best construction methods, use the very best trims, produce in first world countries, and use the most intricate washes, and have low volumnes, so pretty much no jean justifies a $200 retail price.
So know that if you are buying "premium" denim, no matter how you define it, you are probably getting taken to the bank. Of course, some brands are "relatively" a better bang for your buck. But still, it's not like you are getting a bargain by buying Sugarcanes instead of Rag & Bone instead of 1921. It all really comes down to personal preference.
Some people like the cuts of more mainstream brands (many of which, frankly, fit the majority of people better than the repros), and some people like niche brands because of the superior denim, construction, whateve,,,.
It's that simple.