Raw Denim on a Budget

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by zriggle, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. JustinW

    JustinW Senior member

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    FWEIW, I love my raw 514 Levi's - better than other jeans I've owned that cost 3 or 4 times as much.

    Check overstock - they usually have a few brands with a raw line going cheap.
     
  2. Robert

    Robert Senior member

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    Damn, wish I could find some raw 514s around here. I'm making do with my tumble rigid pair, which I love. The 514 fit is so right on the money for me.
     
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    feynmix Senior member

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    Good Society can be had for a relatively cheap price.
     
  4. onion

    onion Senior member

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    Personally, I would try to find quality denim brands on sale. Very often high quality raw denim can be had for around the same price, maybe a little more or less, than 'budget brands'. Try the Buying and Selling forum here, ebay, Superfuture's supermarket, and/or SF affiliate's sales.
     
  5. erbs

    erbs Senior member

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    It's pretty common to find APCs in the B/S forum for under $100. I would say that's your best bet. If that's too much, go for the 501 STF.
     
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    Get yourself some Wrangler 13MWZ. Really cheap and durable. A classic pair of blue jean pants. Broken twill and exposed rivets.
     
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    Fortysomething Senior member

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    Get yourself some Wrangler 13MWZ. Really cheap and durable. A classic pair of blue jean pants. Broken twill and exposed rivets.

    But if you do, please be advised that the post-soak/wash hue of blue may not be to your liking. It is a different shade.
     
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    Get yourself some Wrangler 13MWZ. Really cheap and durable. A classic pair of blue jean pants. Broken twill and exposed rivets.

    I agree with this
     
  9. whacked

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    I donno... I was the the Uniqlo store in NYC just yesterday and I was about to pick up a pair, but they really didn't seem too great. They felt really crappy to me, but then again, they were pretty cheap (for selvege) and I suppose I was comparing them to the APCs I was wearing at the time.

    Interesting... The Uniqlo S-002 I had was from Uniqlo Japan 2 seasons ago, so may be they changed the source.


    And APC is definitely a fair benchmark for "budget" denim.
     
  10. Ludeykrus

    Ludeykrus Senior member

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    And APC is definitely a fair benchmark for "budget" denim.

    I'm not sure that I can say this is true anymore. Even in my area, every mainline store is introducing a glut of cheap raw denim, often with good cuts and decent denim.
     
  11. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Interesting... The Uniqlo S-002 I had was from Uniqlo Japan 2 seasons ago, so may be they changed the source.


    And APC is definitely a fair benchmark for "budget" denim.

    Much like the Spurs, you're slipping. Now that there are no discounts on $155 APC's, can we really still call them the budget jean benchmark? One word :Crate.
     
  12. KitAkira

    KitAkira Wait! Wait! I gots an opinion!

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    Oh, well the pair I'm buying is less than half the price from the B&S section, so it'll be worth it.
    Make sure you research sizing for it or they'll be back up there for even less And I'd say Naked&Famous makes a pretty good product (don't own any tbh) in the APC price range. I think it's smarter to go with expensive denim that lasts than an abundance of cheap jeans though
     
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    Can't knock Uniqlo. Just this evening I'm giving them the 1 year hot soak and in retrospect they've been wonderful jeans. S-002 (straight leg) is in my opinion a great midpoint between APC's Rescue and New Standard (in terms of cut). I believe I was close to crotch blowout on my APCs after a year - hence repaired - but the Uniqlos are still going strong. They fit pretty true to size and don't stretch as much as APC. As a starter raw denim and potentially under $50... I'd say go for it. Personally, I'd treat Uniqlo/APC as starter raw and then move straight to higher end raw denims after you realize how fun they can be.
     
  14. yamazs

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    +1 on the uniqlo... pretty standard cut... nothing flashy but you great pair of jeans for the price...

    You might wanna check out Academi too (they may be a little looser fitting than you are looking for)... I just bought a pair of $80 and they seem nice for the price point... although people have had some problems with them in the past...
     
  15. robbie

    robbie Pleading Poverty

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    Budget is a pretty relative term.

    There are 10- 30 dollar jeans that fade well and are decent quality (Rustler, Wrangler 13MWZ, Dickies)
    There are some with better fits for 30-50 (levis red tab,gap morrisons, 'raw' skate brands)
    There are some with different fits for 65ish (AA,Uniqlo,H&M,Cheap Monday,BDG...)
    Crate,APC,and a few other brands are around 150 or so a pair.

    But if you do a little research and browse around great jeans go up for sale at well below their retail all over the internet.

    I think the 5EP's were less than 100 last week.
    A friend got LVC repros for around 45$.
    I got Kicking Mules for a steal.
     

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