Originally Posted by kolecho
A slight digression. Having seen LVC (made in USA) and LVC (made in Jaoan) side by side, I think that the Japanese version has better workmanship and possibly better denim (the hue is a lot deeper than US version).
AFAIK the difference in denim is sample variation - LVC Japan use Cone for all their post 1927 STF models. I don't believe there's any difference in spec at all. I will check. Quality of sewing and detailing does look better recently in the Japanese versions, hardly surprising given that four different factories have produced US LVC in the last five years. The looms are inconsistent and one lot of fabric can turn out a lot different to the next; certainly I had pairs of 1947 LVC from consecutive seasons that turned out very different.