Originally Posted by Kross
It was this RB15X
model. I'm trying to get my friend into raw denim and this was the first pair he chose because it felt the most comfortable for him because it was only 10oz and much softer than the other brands on the shelf. Does R&B denim generally have a good rep? I'm just hoping I didn't lead him astray here because I told him fades would be awesome for raw yadayadayada.
r&b's denim program has change dramatically over the years. It was never really meant to compete with repro brands but rather as a more-polished, "dressier" alternative to designer jeans. They used to only use Cone but now they use mostly Japanese with a few American/Cone pieces. Is the denim itself good? Again, it depends on which model but overall it's good. I believe the model you linked is Cone White Oak which, while not as interesting as other denim, is well-regarded. The X-series, however, has been noted for cutting a few corners in details as compared to the standard series (non-x), but the denim is quality at least. You might want to tell your buddy that lighter-ounce stuff might not break in the same as heavy but to keep at it. There are plenty of good examples of lighter Cone stuff wearing in nicely.
I think r&b is trying to price all their jeans under the $200 range which is a smart play in which to compete with the flooded market of USA-made jeans these days.