Are you guys serious?
For one, as far as I know, Blake paid for an affiliate thread. That isn't this thread but there's been more than one Epaulet thread, and some of those others were contests that I'm sure generated sales and that was fine.
I met Blake in person when I was in Portland back in Feb 2010 when I originally purchased these which then got this whole thing going. We talked briefly about RRL and the shop-in-shop concept he was working on, and about the forums and how there'd be at least one guy who would wear the RRL chinos like raw denim and probably get some really cool results from them. I told him that as an office worker, I'd probably not be able to go to that extreme but that it would certainly be cool to see if someone did. He talked about trying to get something from RRL as an incentive, which is, I assume, where all this went wrong. I have no idea and I've had no contact with Blake but if I had to guess, I'd say whatever deal he was going to work with RRL fell through. But that's just me giving the benefit of the doubt, I'm sure it's possible that they just run a busy shop, don't need internet sales as much (or think they don't, or have been overshadowed by other vendors here), and this project has simply fallen by the wayside.
I don't however, believe this was all some scam to sell chinos and now Blake has disappeared with oodles and poodles of our chino money. These aren't that much of a big ticket item so it simply makes absolutely no business sense whatsoever to alienate all of styleforum for a quick buck. I suppose there are some stupid people in this business but Blake did not impress me as one of them. He seemed like an earnest guy who wanted to do something cool, but was relying in RRL in some part and we don't know what happened there. He's always had a more minimal presence on styleforum than a lot of other vendors and it's a shame nothing ever came of this, but no one should feel ripped off. You were never promised anything specific, and if you bought in, you still got a great pair of pants.
So shut up.
Well Said. I love your fits btw SVB! Even though this contest is over, people should still poast pics as they still make for great viewing.