I'd posted this same question in the Ask anything thread but i think i'll get a more focused answer here.
I'll be in Tokyo come March, and i've set aside a shopping session in the famous Isetan in shinjuku.
Can someone point me to a few brands to watch out for?
Given that im looking for a good pair of dark indigo jeans, and my budget is just below 250 USD.
Also, what kind of cut should i be going for, straight or tapered, especially given that i have huge chunky thighs, but my build is average/athletic.
I'm interested in this question also. I'm heading over in April. As for brands to look out for i'd suggest Momotaro, Samurai, Sugar cane, Skull Jeans, Studio D'Artisan. I'm only familiar with Samurai and Momotaro, I haven't had a chance to try the other brands, but have seen them in person and they look quality.
I own 2 pair of Samurai, 710x and s003jp. the s003jp is the slimmest fit samurai offers, and I personally prefer these. I'm selling my 710's as I prefer the more slim fit of the s003jp. I know your budget is 250 USD but try get up to the 300 - 350 mark. The quality of Samurai and Momotaro are totally worth it.
As for your build I'd try the 710x they are a slim jean without going too slim. Should have plenty of room in the thigh. I sized true to size, could probably have gone down one for a more slim fit. For the Momotaro's probably try the 0705SP they are also a slimmer fit, but if you go true to size shouldn't be overly slim.
Just walk around and try on as many pairs as you can find, this is what i'm intending to do. There are so many great brands out there, and many more i've never heard of. So try many, and buy what you think fits you the best. I personally am going to be getting some Momotaro's when I head over, their denim is amazing! Have fun!