Personally I would go with whichever brand fits better. I know that's not a great answer but I think fit will trump any of the other concerns regarding back pocket stitching, etc.
Originally Posted by CafeRacer
I was under the impression that the nudie jeans in the 100 - 150 price range aren't selvedge.
This has been my experience as well, unless you find them on sale. My Nudie AJDS were $185, marked down from $275 (Xmas sale). Still, this is $40-50 more than APC NS or Rescues.
Currently I own two pair of Nudies (GTDO, AJDS). I don't own any APC jeans but I hope to rectify that issue this weekend when I drop by Denimbar's Arlington store --- if I find a pair of NS or Rescues that fit, I'm taking them home.
Regarding stretch, I have found that my Nudie AJDS have stretched very little, while my GTDO have stretched considerably, especially in the waist area. This may be because my AJDS aren't as form-fitting, mind you. From this limited sample I am thinking that the Dry Dirt Organic denim on my GTs stretch more than the Dry Selvege denim on my AJs, for whatever reason.
Stretch is important ... read the official APC thread and you'll see. Most posters in that thread recommend sizing down at least two for APCs, if not more. It seems that APCs will stretch more than most brands.