Originally Posted by phxlawstudent
Can someone explain how they make non-selvage, but great quality denim? ...
As for the Lees or Wranglers comment, it is unfair to compare years worn. In order to get an accurate comparison, you have to compare the actual hours worn and compensate for the added wear and tear one wearer has vs. the other. I am pretty damn sure that the Wrangler wearer does not 1) wear his jeans very hard, and 2) live in them for most of his waking hours daily. He probably washes them too and didn't put a lot of wear & tear trying to fade them. In addition, I bet his jeans started off without starch which is horrible to fabrics.
Do a search for some of ringring's posts but others far more knowledgeable on the subject than myself have answered this questions several times before. One such thread: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=117799
How are you so "damn sure" when you're cherry picking examples? For every example you have of a guy who beats the shit out of his jeans but they hold together there's another of a guy whose got a crotch blowout from his 9-5 desk job. I think few were really that familiar with busted seams until they got on here. Say what you will about washing/not washing, it also has to do with the kind of cotton threads used which are bound to be more fragile than their contemporary poly counterparts.
You don't know much about denim if you think that somehow the jeans you find at Self Edge, etc. are free of starch.