Originally Posted by kiya
Hardware was different on the early pairs, leather is thicker and has gone through two steps of dying AND tanning, he's tweaked more of the details like the hip outseam stitch. Also, his first set of jeans which he was selling direct were in his words "practice".
My gen. 1 pair was dyed and sun-tanned too, not to mention it's bridle leather and hand-carved... the later patches were grainier steer-hide? The latest patch were stamped according to your website description? Has Roy stopped hand-carving each patch?
The hardware on mine were pretty good, can't imagine the new YKK stuff would be more expensive than a couple more bucks on a single pair, if more expensive at all.
I'm very happy with my 'practice' jeans, and I would recommend to those who haven't handled a pair of Roy's to do so. But my Roy's certainly haven't made me rethink denim
- same concept of one-man workshop has been done by guys like Ande Whall, Double Volante, etc before.
Certainly agree that at the $275 price-range, I can easily get myself a pair of The Flat Head, Studio D'artisan, Iron Heart, etc straight from Japan - competition is definitely tougher now