Originally Posted by KitAkira
And that's why you research before dropping $300 on a pair of jeans.... The most shrinkage will occur if you do a boiling soak (pour boiling water on them and let them sit in the tub until the water cools or go all out and boil the jeans in a pot of water) and then throw them in the dryer on high. After doing this though, you will find it harder to sell so beware, not sure how much shrink you'll actually get (and they're likely to stretch back at least a bit)
I did a fair bit of research. Spent a solid 4-5 hours on google in the two days before the purchase, and likely close to 8 hours total in the week preparping to buy them. It's actually how I found this forum.
Thing is, all the advice I found -- dozens of topics -- said to go about 2 sizes too big. So I did.
But I now realize that likely every one of those discussions were for the lot 2001s and 2001s that are Made in Japan.
Evisu only sells Made in Macau jeans online now. Heritage is Made in Macau, specifically. Evisu rep finally replied to my emails: he said that MiJ are basically just in-store now [unless of course you find someone else who buys and re-sells them, like Blue In Green).
So, though I found a lot of advice saying to go 2 sizes larger, I never noticed any notes saying that it only applied to certain Evisu jeans. No mention of different tagging methods for different Evisu jeans. Just the same basic rule, so I applied it :P
It failed. It's not a big deal. I got another pair of No13 Heritage 200s for cheap. They were $300 earlier this year, but they put them on sale at $129 so I snagged them. Funny thing is, a week later, the sale price was increased to $199. Still Made in Macau Heritage but they're a cool 'loud' Evisu jean. And I've been emailing with a guy in New York at BiG about a pair of genuine Made in Japan 2000s, so I think I'll invest with those as my every-day Evisu.
The 0001 cut No1 Specials may just have to be a loss. Put them on eBay a couple times at $150 but no luck yet. I still may keep them. My 200s measure 17, maybe 16.75, across the waist and fit nice (tag size 30), where as my 0001s are about 17.5 right now. So, the waist really isn't that much bigger.
It's more that they are slightly big in the waist PLUS they're a super baggy cut. They expand out much more than the 200s (a more relaxed cut). If I could get a tiny bit more shrinkage, they'd likely be OK for a casual loose jean. And I may always expand in my waist a bit more too (from the gym... my skinny ass and skinny abdomen are filling out a bit haha).
So I may be able to salvage them for myself instead of selling 'em for $150/taking a $150 loss on them. They're a pretty cool jean. Love the pink/purple gull on them. They go amazing with a white/pink tshirt I have hehehe
And at the end of the day, having a lot of fun learning all these brands. Especially Evisu. I've worn a few pairs of their shoes for a long time, but I'm somewhat new to their jeans. Almost never see them on the west coast here in Canada.... (everyone here is about 501s with Chucks... extremely so, or maybe Versace and APC (especially the Russian students, they love those with Y3s) surprisingly, most I've seen them are on African university students. Now and again on guys from Taipei, too, but they're far bigger fans of BAPE and XLarge.