Originally Posted by horriblyjollyjinx
I used to prefer Japanese brands over LVC but now I almost prefer LVC. Some years of the EU/US LVC range have so-so denim, though, but some are great. The jp LVC line is really good for most parts.
INteresting to hear of your gradual conversion - I remember you had a downer on Cone denim, is that changing? Which years/models of denim do you prefer?
One thing worth pointing out here is that while there have been some fantastically quirky products from, say, Workhouse or Real McCoy, LVC have gone to enormous amounts of trouble to reproduce obscure, funky lines like the the 333 and 200 series that must surely make minimal amounts of money, considering the investment in time and money. They pay $45,000 for an old pair of jeans, reproduce them with painstaking care, in the case of the Nevada jeans, then Sugar Cane produce a knock-off! (which, in the case of the 40501, was a far blander, less exacting repro than the LVC version). Yet sill there's an LVC perception (or perhaps no-perception) problem. So in general I feel we're lucky to have them.
Again, though, to the OP, I'd say do with the jeans you like the look/fit of best. Sugar Cane, Samurai, LVC and most of the other brands mentioned here are all capable of looking fantastic after six months, and much longer.