Originally Posted by wurlwyde
How does soaking affect the break in/fading process? I soaked a pair of jeans (cold) for about 3 hours and the water was brown when I pulled them out? Any idea on what that was and how that soak will affect fading moving forward? I don't feel like they really lost any indigo just the sheen. I've looked all over the internet, but there doesn't seem to be anything definitive. Thank you for the help.
First, it's just plain unwise to not soak any jeans. So that takes care of any debate about fading.
However, in my direct experience, soaks do not impact indigo loss at all. Despite debate to the contrary. Only wear, abrasion and washing fade jeans. There's theories that you get greater creasing and higher contrast fades when you avoid soaking, but that's a huge and unresolved debate.
Originally Posted by Yamas
Could someone recommend jeans similar in cut to Levis 514 for less than $100? I got a pair and despite about 10 other brans of jeans tried on, I can't find anything close to the slim, but not skinny cut.
Try Uniqlo's MIJ (premium raw selvage) denim - only in the NYC store - they have a 'classic' and a 'slim' fit. Or there's GAP slim fit 1969 model. JCrew has some nice slim denim cuts these days, like the '484'.
Originally Posted by whiskeybeard
My question, simple: what (raw) jeans should I get next?
About a year ago I got my first raw denim, a pair of APC NS. I liked them a lot, but since general opinion seems to be that there is better out there, I was thinking I'd try something else. Since there's so much out there I've never seen in person, I thought I'd ask for suggestions.
My style is pretty simple: one part work-wear/americana, one part prep, maybe one part 'scene'. For jeans I'd like something similar to the APCs in terms of simplicity (plain raw indigo, lack of pocket stitching etc.) but maybe a bit more relaxed/masculine.
Based on reading things here I had considered LVC (maybe 1947?), RRL, and maybe KMW (although for me the huge pockets on the Rocker were a definite no.) Any comments about these, or further suggestions would be appreciated. (I'd like to keep it under $200, and of course it's always nice to snag something good on sale..)
I think you would also like the Studio D'Artisan 103, and the Momotaro 0701. Both are slim fits somewhat close to APC NS cut, but just so much better in so many ways. Size up one for Momotaro 0701, TTS for SDA. Both are over $200, but don't limit yourself with a random price-cap like that. All the best denim is over $200.