Originally Posted by Fuuma
It's basically that there are basic costs that have to be paid no matter how small the run and then you get into add. costs per unit. If you add a very rare and specific fabric (left hand twill, japanese mill, purple shade) and good workmanship you get a pretty nice product. Now I gotta confess ringring is pretty much the guy that knows more about jeans I've seen discuss the topic so I tend to respect what he says and does.
Selfedge keeps releasing very nice pairs of jeans, I don't see the point in buying them all as I'd say it's nicer to focus on a few pairs but if you have to get only three this could be one of these...
Yeah from what I understand the opportunity cost in producing jeans like this and the yield is pretty brutal. Flathead's production has, like any good japanese production line, been optimized for the specific production of their usual 5 pocket jeans. There are some drastically different construction techniques used for this pair which required more overhead in training and ramping up means they are made slower and more mistakes are made so fewer pass qc. Think of it in terms of how many 300 dollar jeans they could have made versus 1 485 dollar jean. The ratio is probably more than 485/300.
Of course that might just be pre wallet-rape rationalization as I think I've sold myself on buying two pairs.
Why? I'm a filthy hoarder and a consumer whore in one! Thank god my quarterly bonus is getting paid out in 1-3 weeks depending on which paycheck it hits.