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Wrangler is Better than Levi's

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Levi’s became synonymous with rebel culture post war. James Dean and Marlon Brando turned the brand into something iconic.

I don’t think Levi’s has since branded itself as anything but cool and urban. Even during the Jordache era, Levi’s were worn by punk rockers.

Two different companies with different marketing strategies. Wrangler did seem to acquire a few cool points a couple of years ago thanks to “Old Town Road”, but it didn’t seem to use it as a spring board into a new market.

As for bedazzled jeans, I’m not sure I quite follow that as “fashion”. About a decade ago Von Dutch (a motorcycle mod company) got big with their denim, there was Diesel and of course True Religion but today’s landscape is more subdued and artisanal.

The Japanese brands certainly pay homage to the traditional cuts and overall aesthetic and then their are also the discount brands like UniQlo.

So one can certainly look past the 501 and still fall on the conservative side of the ledger. After all, odds are those “fashion” jeans basically use the 501 DNA.
 

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I don't know anything about cars, so I can't say. It would be easier for me to understand cars if people compared cars to fashion, than it is for me to understand fashion by people comparing clothes to cars.

If someone said "KIA is the Allen Edmonds of cars," I'd say, "ah, got it."
Mmmm. Not sure, thinking Meermin is like Hyundai maybe. KIA would probably be like Allen Edmonds seconds under a different brand name, and with better quality control. Allen Edmonds would probably be like Ford.
 

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Mmmm. Not sure, thinking Meermin is like Hyundai maybe. KIA would probably be like Allen Edmonds seconds under a different brand name, and with better quality control. Allen Edmonds would probably be like Ford.
Allen Edmonds is becoming the AMC Gremlin of shoes.
 

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Mmmm. Not sure, thinking Meermin is like Hyundai maybe. KIA would probably be like Allen Edmonds seconds under a different brand name, and with better quality control. Allen Edmonds would probably be like Ford.
*nods along*
 

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Levi’s became synonymous with rebel culture post war. James Dean and Marlon Brando turned the brand into something iconic.

I don’t think Levi’s has since branded itself as anything but cool and urban. Even during the Jordache era, Levi’s were worn by punk rockers.

Two different companies with different marketing strategies. Wrangler did seem to acquire a few cool points a couple of years ago thanks to “Old Town Road”, but it didn’t seem to use it as a spring board into a new market.

As for bedazzled jeans, I’m not sure I quite follow that as “fashion”. About a decade ago Von Dutch (a motorcycle mod company) got big with their denim, there was Diesel and of course True Religion but today’s landscape is more subdued and artisanal.

The Japanese brands certainly pay homage to the traditional cuts and overall aesthetic and then their are also the discount brands like UniQlo.

So one can certainly look past the 501 and still fall on the conservative side of the ledger. After all, odds are those “fashion” jeans basically use the 501 DNA.
 

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Allen Edmonds is becoming the AMC Gremlin of shoes.
I'm new to menswear. Took me all of maybe a day's research to identify a trend, where AE was once the go to American entry level shoe brand, but have since let competition really bypass them and make them something that newer menswear enthusiasts possibly purchase based on recommendation, and those who do research find better quality for cheaper prices.
 

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interesting. Thanks for the post. I didn’t realize they were Lee jeans.

I based my information on things I had previously seen:

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I suppose Dean wore Levi’s too... but his Lee Riders jeans style is well known.

in « The wild one » Brando do wear 501s, but as you can’t see any arcuates on the back pockets in the movie it puzzled me a long time.
Until I realized he wore the 501s made during the war, with painted arcuates(to economize thread) that faded quickly...
 

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Brett Favre doing Wrangler commercials on daytime tv breaks really doesn't add the brand much caché.
 

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A client bought an existing clothing company and jeans are part of their line. He bought every make of jeans he could find to research what was in the market and came to the same conclusion about Wrangler. They learned more from the Wrangler jeans to improve their own.

Best make of Levi's, IMO, is their "Made and Crafted" line
I think LVC is very well done. At least where their jeans are concerned. Haven't bought a pair of non-LVC jeans in 2 decades
 

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I think LVC is very well done. At least where their jeans are concerned. Haven't bought a pair of non-LVC jeans in 2 decades
How old is the LVC range? Didn't know it was more than 2 decades...
 

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That was even before the Engineered range became popular in my country (Spain). Levi's were popular probably since the 70's but not sure if before. My first pair was probably a 501 shrink to fit (don't recall if selvedge) to shrank so badly after the first wash that I couldn't wear them anymore. I was 12 or 13 years old and my mother had never saw a jean like that one haha
 

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