Originally Posted by Alexander Kabbaz
Though I read and re-read your top 10, I din't find an answer to: Is there any brand which duplicates the fit and style of 505's (preferred) or 501's, yet in a better quality of similar weight denim and/or with better construction?
The answer is an unqualified yes. There are lots of Japanese brands, in particular, commonly termed "repro" brands, which make historically very correct 501 (and other models of Levis, though these are less common) in terrific denim and with workmanship that rivals the originals. Of course, the 501 has changed throughout the years, although the basic silhouette has stayed "relatively" constant. A popular model is the 1947 mdoel.
A few good brands to try are Sugarcane (I think that they are still available at www.historypreservation.com
, but Mauro's Denim Bar in Arlington, VA have them at relatively reasonabl prices,) Denime and Samurai, both of which are very difficult to find in the States. The best accessible 501 jean (and one of the mst expensive) are by R by 45RPM, which has a store in New York City. Kicking Mule Workshop (a U.S. based brand, I think. also does similar jeans, and is available at Denim Bar. Most of the repro lovers are purists, so 501 models are most common, but there are good repros out there (I am pretty sure Denime has a version) of the 505 models as well.
Go get your Marlon Brando on.