So when you respond, do you know what you're talking about?
If you have no idea why 3sixteen jeans are better, why are you buying them over the other ones?
The denim for 3sixteen is much better, just absolutely worlds better. Like I said with the whole silver and gold reference. The thing is my family doesn't buy that and I just don't know how to explain it better.
I've had to justify expensive (-esque, by SF standards) purchases a bunch recently as well. I'm a college student, don't have a lot of cash rolling around, but am employed. My parents and friends both shrieked when I bought $140 denim.
But hey, it was my money, and I really wanted those pants.
Especially for premium denim, there were a few things I said that seemed to help. I mentioned how well it wears, how the pants are meant to last for a long time and get more comfortable and interesting with age. They are an investment—not a pair of $35 levi's from Sears that you throw out once the crotch blows out. I anticipate them getting older with age.
My first denim purchase were Blackbird Hazelwoods (might get some gripe for that but my second pair was RRL and I still love my hazelwoods to death—I'm wearing them now!). I almost always try to mention that they're made in the U.S.A. with Cone Mills denim and what this means—high quality, and supporting business I believe in. It's not just about the use I get from the jeans—it's about what kind of economy I'm supporting in buying them. I buy from brands I like who use quality manufacturers.
That's the main thing—longevity, quality through-and-through. I'm willing to spend money on those things. I'd rather have 3 pairs of denim for my entire life than go through a cheap-o pair every 2 years because they start falling apart at the seams.