Originally Posted by zacharydschroeder
I picked up some rigid japanese selvedge jeans from Gap today. I got them for $12 so I figured they'd be a cheap project. I am wondering, though, if they're japanese selvedge, what makes them lower quality than other japanese selvedge? I realize that these are probably 12 oz, and some jeans are 14, 16, or 21, but what other advantages would they have? From what I understand, japanese denim is always well dyed, so these should be no exception, right?
Also, I cold soaked them tonight. If I want to get them tailored to a more slim cut, do I need to machine wash them first?
Pretty much what chrono said. Toyota and Lexus are both Japanese brands so what sets them apart in price? I think it'd help you out if you actually had a pair in your hands. It's much easier to feel the difference than just look at a couple of photos online.