Nice list L.A Guy, although I'm more a denim 'traditionalist' like Baron, I do have some
treated/washed jeans like Diesel and PDC (GTO/GTS), mainly for hot summer wear. Originally posted by Baron:
I'm a big denim fan, but I won't buy any jeans with a manafacturers "finish." It always looks fake to me - I've never seen one that was truly done right. And I feel self-conscious wearing non-Levi's jeans with to much designer info on the back pockets, like Sevens. I buy vintage Levi's, or new jeans that are unwashed, or raw, and let them fade naturally over a few years. I have several pairs of reprduction 501's, a pair of Helmut Lang Bootcut, and a pair of Denime, all originally raw. The Helmut lang cut is great, but the denim quaility is mediocre. The 501's are great quality and a classic cut, but I prefer more of a bootcut. The Denime denim quality is unreal, but the cut is super narrow - not an everyday look. My newest discovery is vintage Levi's 517's and vintage Lee Riders - the original bootcut jeans. I just got a pair of 517's on ebay, probably 1970's era, with a talon zipper. Great denim, great cut. I also have a big collection of 517 cords. No longer available new, but frequently on ebay.
I'm with you regarding the raw unwashed selvedge denim, and some suggestions as how to get newer 'classics': 1) If you like Denime's fabrics, they also have various styles. If you want something looser, try the 517 Type (modelled after Levi's 517), or the new WW2 type (modelled after the WW2 era Levis 501) 2) I second L.A Guy's suggestion of Nudie's Regular Ralf, but I would also look at their Selvedge in Veggie Indigo, a totally unique colour. A note about Nudie... I am getting a bit fed up with their almost superior attitude about denim, as if they are the keepers of the flame, and they are the one's who know what denim is all about
. Rant over.
3) You like Lee's classic, then try the Lee Originals, made in Japan of selvedge denim. These are a stitch for stitch recreations of the classic 101 in all it's iterations. 4) Another good Lee, is the Rosco in Raw selvedge from the X line. One of the cheapest selvege denim you can buy (here in the Netherlands, it costs Euro 75). Fit and cut is like Nudie's R.Ralf. The denim is very nice to boot.