Originally Posted by Sigsoho
I've owned a pair of Jean Shop jeans for almost 2 years now and they still look great with heavy use. I would buy more but my local shop doesn't carry them anymore. I may check out their NYC store next time I'm there.
Forum-affiliate Farinelli's carries all the models at 20% off.
I actually (cough) stole (cough) my Skinny pair at the holiday party last month and have been wearing them off/on since. I had tried them on before at BlueBee but forgot/didn't listen to Get Smart's advice about sizing down two and only sized down one. They fit a touch loose around my waist but don't think it's that bad as I've gone with a more "anti-fit" fit. I like the way they sort of slouch on me while still being fairly slim (but in NO way skinny) on me.
Honestly, I think this might be my favorite fitting jeans. My old RRL slim cut is fantastic as a standard slim jean but I feel this is truly a great "not-so-skinny" cut with near perfect dimensions.
-The 14oz denim is much lighter than I expected making them much more versatile. For reference, they feel like a stiffer version of my pair of rb15s.
-The denim is color is rich without being very complex (5EP), ordinary (LVC), or saturated (Spurr). As others have mentioned (not specifically here), it looks and feels like a much-improved version of APC.
-Love the orange selvage, stitching, and details (selvage fly).
-Love the feel of the riri zipper.
-Love the hardware, construction, and "born on" date.
-Love the leather patch.
-Miss the hidden back pocket rivets.
-The Skinny model is unisex making the coin pocket tiny and purely for show.
-The Skinny model is unisex making the pocket bags incredibly shallow.
Some would argue that the pricepoint is set a little high compared to its Japanese counterparts known for their more unique denim and greater focus on traditional details but I almost find that as unfair as comparing apples and oranges. Not only are they made in different countries (Jean Shop is made in the USA with Japanese denim) but their aesthetics are notably different. The bottom line is that they're a great pair of jeans with a few bells and whistles that set them apart from the rest.