Originally Posted by whatever123
here is my top 10.
1. samurai 710xx. this is by far my favorite denim/cut. perfect in nearly every respect.
2. pbj-007. not only because of a great slim fit but for the unique color of the denim.
3. pbj-ai-001 or 002. my personal grail. i will have my greedy little hands on a pair very soon!
4. warehouse 660. the 1000xx denim is a perfect weight that fades beautifully.
5. samurai 500xx. a great classic fit that looks great on most body types and the denim has a unique texture that tends to grow on you.
6. oni shoai. no explanation required. hopefully they will make another production this year.
7. 45rpm jomon. natural indigo denim dyed 24 times yields one of the finest colors on a pair of jeans ive ever seen. the grail of all grails. if i didnt mind spending $1k on denim i would own a pair.
9. oni blue. a slubby textured denim that takes on a very unusual fade. this particular cut has one of the best front/back rises out there.
10. momotaro goo-t. natural indigo, all hand made with hand embroidered patch. woven on modified loom which only yields 1m/day of denim. if you had $2k and didnt mind waiting a year then this is the denim for you. this denim is so unique and special im not worthy of this particular pair of jeans.
This is a nice list. I've handled only 7 of these jeans, but in any case, I'm not sure that I'd agree with this as a representative Top 10, since they are only representative of one branch of jeans-dom. It'd be like saying that the best art is all from early Italian Renaissance. But a nice list nonetheless.
FWIW, to the poster who asked, I think that although Diesel was a pioneer brand, it's atrophied somewhat, and initiatives like Diesel Black Gold have been mixed successes, at best. The rest of the world has moved on, but it seems that Diesel has stagnated and is becoming increasingly irrelevant. (In terms of it's other brands, it does seem to have done a good job with Margiela and with DSquared, but when's the last time you heard about New York Industrie or Victor and Rolf?) It is big enough that it will probably have its day in the sun again, but big companies have good and lean years. For example, in 2000, GAP could do no wrong. Then they found that they'd lost touch with the zeitgeist, and haven't reconnected yet, while staid J.Crew really found its stride after years in the wilderness.