Originally Posted by whatever123
right, im aware of that, so no, its not hard to understand. but "rethinking everything" is a truly conclusive statement and i was simply wondering if it was only because his is limiting production or if he is doing something truly original. but like i said, i was going to get a pair when they were like WAY less money...but never did.
i think he even said "success means more machines," so maybe it wont be long before he can buy machines that will allow him to produce more.
but my point is it doesnt seem like he is doing something unique in the jean making process (aside from low production), at least from what i can tell, to justify a price increase aside from what has already been mentioned, i.e., new patch, hardware, or a different/modified cut.
if you think about it, just several months ago his pricing was such his competition was apc or left field, but now, he is competing (price wise) on a whole new level with several well established japanese denim companies, so i was just trying to figure out if he was doing something they were not. but they look good and it will be interesting to see the response.
A few points;
-having the whole production be in the same room and done by one person (or a very limited team in the case of specialized actions) is something that, for example, only the best bespoke shoemakers do. John Lobb Paris (around 7K) does it but not John Lobb Northampton (not sure now but certainly 4-5k). He does the design, the patch, every fucking step, that is truly exceptional and I'm sure the "team" (this one dude) never has problems understanding what the other teams do and always gets what he wants, after all he is the only one. It is very impressive indeed if done at an artisanal BUT professional level and not as an amateur in his basement with whatever skill he has.
-sure it was lower, you were getting the stuff straight from the maker while he was getting started, this couldn't last so be happy you got an exceptional deal not angry you won't get it anymore; all fashion labels pretty much start with some designer dressing their friends for free than a small network of people for not much, it just cannot last if the label wants to continue existing. Now you've got Kiya/Selfedge distributing the guy and we know he is fully commited to artisan/heritage jeans and has the means to get the brand known and distributed, I say good work Kiya not you greedy bastard, I wanna pay $150.
-I only wear designer jeans like Dior homme and Cloak and I'm seriously thinking of getting a pair, would most def do if they were black as I hardly wear blue jeans.