Seriously though - has time been called on raws? In comparison to when I first stumbled on the boards, let alone when I finally joined, seems like there has been a serious drop off in activity (especially amongst older users) regarding raw denim. The LVC threads, PBJ, Momotaro and the like don't seem to be nearly as populated as in former years. These treasure trove threads with fit pics, denim experience, sizing information etc. just seem to have dried up in comparison to former use.
The B/S too is now almost exclusively RRL or LVC, heavily washed and likely outlet-bought, or the occasional missizing on N&F or APC with people trying to shove their balls in something obviously too small. Really amazing B/S denim is hard to come by - the Samurais, Eternals, Skulls, Somets all seem to have just dried up. No one seems to be experimenting with these brands anymore - branching outside of what's slowly popping up at Barney's, Nordstroms and the like.
Has raw denim been overplayed since 2007? With the death of workwear, is the market drying up, or has it reached a saturation point where now the general public is keyed in and therefore only the lowest price stuff survives? I know that I personally find myself reaching more and more frequently for various chinos or other pants as opposed to my denim rotation, despite loving each pair I have available.
Thoughts? If in agreement, at what point did raw jawnz jump the shark?