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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by whodini, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. meltingz

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    A friend of mine is looking for raw bootcut jeans with a zipper fly. Suggestions?
     


  2. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    I just got my first pair of Iron Heart 634S, and I'm not exactly sure whether to bother hot soaking them or not. I know they are sanfordized and will not shrink notably, but it seems that if I want to set my whiskers and honeycombs I'd want to soak them and wear them to dry. That said, I don't expect them to get very contrasty fades, so I'm not really sure if it is worth the bother. I like them dark and stiff, should I just wear them and wash them inside out as necessary and hang to dry, not bothering to set my shape into them?

    Clearly this is just a matter of personal preference, but what have folks here generally done with their Iron Hearts? Is there a need, or even a real payoff, for going months without washing?

    With any sanforized jeans, I find soaking before wearing to be relatively unnecessary. Some people still prefer to do so to get the 3% shrinkage in the legs out of the way but it's so minimal it seems hardly worth mentioning.

    Whiskers and honeycombs set through repeated wear. If you soak your jeans and then wear them while still wet you're only speeding up the natural process by what, a couple of hours? Unnecessary.

    IH is notoriously hard to fade in general. If you're trying to keep them as dark and "contrasty" as possible, go as long as you can without washing. If you really don't care, wash they when they're dirty. I don't expect them to lose much indigo either way.
    If I got a pair of levi 501 stf's do they fade to a different color (like a lighter blue kind of like their medium stonewash) on their own or is that only after you've washed them when they're dirty?
    The stonewash color comes from repeated washing. They will lighten up naturally from exposure to the sun but that process is much slower than exposing them to water.
     


  3. Bona Drag

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    A friend of mine is looking for raw bootcut jeans with a zipper fly. Suggestions?

    That's a tough one; I take it he wants something better than Levi's 517, although that's not a bad option.

    Maybe try these:

    http://www.cultizm.com/product_info....-ORIGINAL.html
     


  4. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    A friend of mine is looking for raw bootcut jeans with a zipper fly. Suggestions?
    Bootcuts are somewhat hard to come by raw and are even more rare zippered. Samurai made a few bootcut zipper models but I'm not sure how you'd track them down aside from Yakuten. RRL has a Slim Boot but it's very subtle and nearly straight leg. But yeah, everything else is button-fly.
     


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    A friend of mine is looking for raw bootcut jeans with a zipper fly. Suggestions?

    A new friend would solve your problem as i see it.
     


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    LVC 517, if he can find a pair. These kick ass!

    A friend of mine is looking for raw bootcut jeans with a zipper fly. Suggestions?
     


  7. TyroneFig

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    Please help with this question soon:

    I just got a new pair of Levi STF 501s. They seem to be 1/2 to 1 whole inch shorter than the others of the same length I saw. That's a good thing though. But I don't need them to shrink in length any extraordinary amount. And I would like to keep the color in.

    So what I was thinking of doing was turning them inside out, giving them a soak in a bathtub with hot water for an hour or so and then putting them in the dryer. Any setting advice would be appreciated. Is this a good idea?
     


  8. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Please help with this question soon:

    I just got a new pair of Levi STF 501s. They seem to be 1/2 to 1 whole inch shorter than the others of the same length I saw. That's a good thing though. But I don't need them to shrink in length any extraordinary amount. And I would like to keep the color in.

    So what I was thinking of doing was turning them inside out, giving them a soak in a bathtub with hot water for an hour or so and then putting them in the dryer. Any setting advice would be appreciated. Is this a good idea?

    This sounds a bit overly complicated.

    If you're concerned about how much the inseam will shrink, I'd probably leave the water cold and reduce the soak time. You can also stretch out the legs by pulling on them while still damp. I also wouldn't put them in the dryer, that's for damn sure. Drip-dry only.

    I've heard quite a few people complain that soaking regular STFs makes them lose a bit of their darkness but there's no real alternative. Just make sure they aren't agitated in the water.
     


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    god i feel like an idiot
    one leg is a half inch shorter than the other.. and I think it was like that before I shrank them because that's why I thought they were shorter than the others one in the store
     


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    Looking to get the Flat Head F310. Right now I wear APC NC in 30 and have a natural waist of 32. Should I get a tagged 32 in F310? Or 31 knowing it'll stretch?
     


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    Depends on how you want them to fit; probably a 31, but pm or call kiya (click Self Edge link above), as he is el mejor expert de Flat Head around here.
     


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    A healthy majority of us purchase our jeans online.

    Brands that I'd recommend: RRL, Jean Shop, Crate, Kicking Mule Workshop, and Pure Blue Japan.

    Nudie is good, too, but for the price you can usually do better like with Crate; Crate jeans come out to around $120 after the Styleforum discount.

    You can take a look at the pics of Crate jeans on http://blog.shopfarinellis.com and a good number of forum-recommend jeans are on http://shopfarinellis.com . You can also check the webstores of other online affiliates like Secret Service (makers of Crate), Context, etc. by clicking the links at the top of this page.


    Thanks for the help whodini. Isn't it quite risky to purchase jeans online since you cant really try them on and each company's sizing is always a little bit different?
     


  13. Doctor Quack

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    ^ It's not especially risky. There's a reason measurement charts exist, and you can always call the stores if you're unsure about something. Return policies vary from store to store, but at the very least they'll let you do an exchange. Plus, many people don't live anywhere near stores that sell these brands, so buying online is the only option.
     


  14. Bona Drag

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    Good points; it is a bit risky, but them's the breaks if you want nice jawnz and live outside a handful of cities.

    I would once again remind people to not obsess over a 'perfect' fit, b/c it doesn't really exist. In general, if you're unsure of sizing at an online store, measure your best fitting pair (don't worry too much about thigh/knee measurements, as they're usually all over the place) and go with the larger of the two sizes you're considering. Aside from APC (which don't really make a whole lot of sense anymore anyway), almost nothing is going to stretch to the point where it fits like a completely different cut.
     


  15. kennyyboy

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    Thanks for the helpful replies. Like I said, I'm not too familiar with the denim industry and jeans. I'm surprised no one mentioned the designers like seven, true religion, j brand, citzens of humanity, etc etc. The ones that are normally sold in Nordstrom/Bloomingdales.

    What web shops do you guys often visit and make your purchases from that you recommend?



    "Brands that I'd recommend: RRL, Jean Shop, Crate, Kicking Mule Workshop, and Pure Blue Japan.
    Nudie is good, too, but for the price you can usually do better like with Crate; Crate jeans come out to around $120 after the Styleforum discount."

    Do you have a link to online vendors that carry those jeans? What would be the styleforum discount, I've checked out Farinelli's webshop and Context, everything seems to be the price of $200+


    EDIT: Does SecretserviceLA have a webshop? or would it just be a blog
     


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