Originally posted by LA Guy:
...... The real problem I have with Japanese, and to a lesser extent, European denim companies is that they are so enamored with the whole "authenticity" and "original make" thing that the lose sight of what's important - jeans that fit well and look good. I mean, who cares if the denim was handloomed or is selvedge unless it really adds character (in the first case) or durability (in the second case). Same goes for vegetal indigo. Sure, denim was originally treated with real indigo, but if you are going for a sixties or seventies feel, why would you want to go with real indigo rather than a synthetic dye? To me, it's no different than the guys who are into the minutae of suit making - sometimes it matters. Most of the time, it matters not.
Personally I love the 'older' fits, say the 1947 Levis, that is why I love the way the Japanese, especially Denime, cut thier jeans. Thank goodness that Levis has come to their senses and started their Vintage line to try and recapture 'thier' market. As for denim weights, I generally like them all, and the 14oz do
get softer with age.... when I first tried jeans that heavy, I thought I was wearing sandpaper cardboard.
But after awhile it softens and wears incredibly well. p.s. I dislike Edwin jeans
You do not like Edwin's, huh? I suppose it's all preference - I like them more than Denime myself (although I have not as much experience with Denime). Do you like Kunna? If you aren't familiar, they're headed by a previous Levis designer (as I was told), they use Japanese denim and antique looms for a unique vintage effect. They also have some extra stitching on them (a K logo near the bottom back of the leg). The fit is, of course, excellent: a bit slimmer up top than 501s, and a bit less tapered down below. They are similar to Tsubi jeans, and are a little less abused. Also, made in the USA.