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s/2010/10/IMG_4714-1024×681.jpg” alt=”" width=”1024″ height=”681″ />After 8 month of wear and tear (or there lack of) a few points have really shown the labor I have put into these pants (all 6 days a week on average). Starting with the crotch, a small hole has formed next to the bar-tack that hold the four parts together which can only mean one thing: imminent blowout. And speaking of holes, the one right where the top fly button hits the fly cover has been slowly but surely growing and will need a minor repair in the near future. Now what fabric to use… Any suggestions?
I recently started keeping my wallet in my back pocket and it is already showing. My iPhone mark is really starting to show as well from being in my front right pocket. I’ve noticed that the front pocket bag is exactly two iPhones wide which means that one side will always reside right on the middle of the pocket. That is the white line you see on the right side (my right side).
So, with that said, only one rivet has popped off since I started wearing my RTs and no blowouts. I have still yet to wash, soak or get them seriously wet and I have no plans to until after the 1 year mark. A Spring swim in a lake or an ocean soak should do the trick. But you’ll just have to wait and see.
Lastly, Ryan Plett has started to break in a pair of RT Stantons as well so pay attention to his cause you never how he’ll wear his in. Check it out here… http://denimdebate.com/2010/10/rogue-territory-stanton-initial-fit/
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Thanks Joe. - Ryan
After months of waiting for the weather to change, I can finally break out my LL Bean 1912 Selvedge Denim and begin the wear and tear process. I wish the fit was a little slimmer but I’m still going to enjoy putting these jeans through the paces of a busy dad’s life.
We worked with famed Cone Denim’s White Oak Plant™ of Greensboro, North Carolina, to produce L.L.Bean’s Selvedge Denim on vintage shuttle looms dating from the early 1900′s. To honor our heritage — and vintage production methods — we’ve created a limited quantity of only 1,912 pairs of L.L.Bean selvedge jeans. These jeans are five pocket, button-fly and will shrink to fit over time.
*Fit pics are forthcoming.
The Author: Hi, my name is Brad Bennett and I write Commerce with a Conscience.
The Jeans: Left Field NYC Basic Straight Slim Fit Jean in Raw
The Brand: Left Field NYC has been churning out tough-as-nails heritage and workwear inspired clothing since 1999. Founded by Christian McCann, the Brooklyn based label produces its entire range in the United States, using a mix of Japanese and American fabrics and components. Lots more background info here.
14 oz., 100% cotton Cone Mills selvedge denim
Natural indigo dye
Scovill tack buttons (made in USA)
Universal rivets and burs (made in USA)
100% cotton bandanna pockets (made in USA)
Cut and sewn in NYC
The Fit: Just about perfect. I’ve got a particularly narrow lower half, so finding jeans that fit slim but not “skinny” can be a bit of a to-do. The Left Fields have a comfortably narrow thigh, which subtly tapers down to a 7″ leg opening – the perfect width for sneakers or boots. I’ve been wearing them for about 12 – 16 hours a day for the past seven days now, and what little bit of stretching they’ve done has only bettered their shape. It’s still too soon to say, but I’m already starting to think these might just be the best pair of jeans I’ve ever owned. And as a long-time denim nerd, that’s really saying something.
So after several pairs of denim, sizing, wearing, fitting, stretching etc…
I have found something I really like and fits outstanding out of the gate… The Stanton’s are (for me) the perfect mix of a heavier weight denim, that is still comfortable, well fitting for any occasion, and with just enough details to brag…
-14 oz Sanforized Japanese Denim from Nihon Mills in the famous Okayama Prefecture. 100% pure Indigo Dye.
-Selvage on fly
-Selvage on coin pocket
-Branded buttons and rivets
-Hidden pen pocket in right back pocket
-Hand silk-screened pocket bag
-Single needle continuous stitch on waistband
-Belt loops sewn into the waistband
-Hand branded leather patch
-Handmade in downtown Los Angeles
*Note, these images were taken a month or so ago… *New photos are about one month steady wear…
Just as most, these jeans were put into a summer hibernation in favor of some lighter colored denim, but with fall in full swing they are back in the game. The fading/breaking in has come along way. Although there is not as much contrast in these that some of the other contributors have achived, if you take a look back to the initial fit pics they have come along way. Initally I though they were a little too “baggy” but I have come to like the sort of relaxed fit they have because of the sizeing. Within the next couple months I will be coming up on a year of wear and I could not be happier with the way these have broken in as well as they way they have held up to wear and tear.
Summer has come and gone, and there has not been much for me to report on regarding my denim. The summer months have not permitted me to really add to the wear comfortably. I did notice some fading along the seams of the pockets, so I am pleased with the contrast of colors (what little I have). The deep indigo color still remains throughout the length of legs. The hairiness of the denim also still holds up the soft feel. I expect to see some more dramatic changes since I will be resuming regular use (3-4 times a week) in the upcoming seasons.
The fit is snug around the seat and drape straight and relaxed throughout my legs. The leg opening is not particularly wide since I’ve had them altered, but they’re not slim either. I look forward to using boots with my jeans in the Fall and Winter months.
There were a few times throughout the Summer where I got a full day’s use outside. These contributed to some of the fading and the stench. These have gone in the freezer following those times, but I do think that I’d like to get a first soak in. I’m going to get to work on my jeans for you guys.
From “Specifications” (See http://denimdebate.com/jason-rodriguez-–-swipelife-real-japan-blues/)
- 13.75oz Rope Dyed Japanese Selvedge Unsanforized Denim
- Zimbabwe Cotton Fiber Denim
- Button Fly
- Standard Fit
Photos – Veronica Castillo www.byveronica.com
The brand: Imogene + Willie
*The cut is called Imogene.
*It was designed to look great on all ages and body types.
*Basically their goal with the Imogene was to design an everyday fit that blended vintage and modern seamlessly and stylishly.
* rigid 13oz raw Japanese denim.
* mid-rise, which sits above your hips (about 1″ below your belly button) and a slim straight leg with a 16″ leg opening).
The fit is a little different than I’m used to, a little higher waisted but I’m loving it. They’ve kind of created an entire new look for me for fall. I ended up having to size down 2 sizes – Ian at I + W was super helpful in choosing the style, size, length, etc.. especially since I was ordering everything over the phone. I’m digging these and I’ve been wearing them for the past week almost straight – which I rarely do, they’ve stretched just the right amount, and don’t feel like they’re going to stretch too much more- they’re perfect right now. Stoked about breaking these puppies in!
Lauren runs a fantastic shop down in Austin Texas called Bows + Arrows…
She is a fan of awesome denim, which I found out over drinks at the lobby bar of the ACE Hotel this past summer… She’s going to give us the run down on the denim and initial fit here soon, so I’ll keep this short till she adds in her two cents…
Thanks for contributing Lauren! -Ryan
These pics were taking on the avenue of the giants
On my last otp road trip down the west coast
They are breaking in beautifully
Feel like they are my second skin and even shrunk a bit (got them wet in the ocean once)
Love how the threads break down some
How the color fades in places and becomes shiny and rich in others
I’m happy with them and glad I picked these – some of the best jeans ive ever had.