Originally Posted by Kevin24
I was wondering if anyone could comment on the quality/fit of J.Crew's "Made in the USA" denim?
If anyone has had any experience with it?
Originally Posted by Synthese
You'll find that most people on this forum are anti-J.Crew (including me), but for those jeans in particular I would certainly not consider them unless you have a chance to try in person. Made-in-USA (and "stitched in LA") tends to mean nothing from most mall brands, and J Crew is no exception. 125$ is getting into the range of decent denim from brands that do
make quality garments (Cone produces various denims for a few of them), and since another 50-75$ could net you a wide range of options including some interesting Japanese fabrics, I would hold off.
Besides, I don't know which cut the "484" is, but my experience with JCrew is that they're not cut for human-shaped humans. Something terribly wrong with the dimensions, in most cases.
FWIW, J. Crew revamped their denim line a while ago. A lot of their jeans are now made from Cone or Kaihara denim, including their raw selvedge options. Mid-weight stuff around 13/14 oz, which seems pretty good.
One of my favorite jeans is made from stock/ non-custom Kaihara fabric, although I don't know how it compares to whatever J. Crew uses.
484 is their slim-tapered fit. They also have a fuller slim-straight 770 model and an even fuller 1040 model, although all would be considered on the slim-side of things. I haven't tried any of them out, but I interviewed Frank Muytjens a while ago about their jeans and it sounded like they were trying to get into the made-in-USA raw denim game. I think they've also since added a few washes and treatments.
To Kevin24, I haven't tried any of their jeans on, but that 484 cut looks a little too tight IMO. Also not crazy about garment dyed denim. Feels a little too '90s, but not in a good way.