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  1. Cold Summer

    Skull Jeans by An Alchemist

    True that Skull has some more repro type stuff, but was anyone on here wearing that? I just remember seeing lots of high-contrast 5010s. There are a lot more slim selvedge options out there these days, so Skull seemed to lose their niche in the west on top of the QC issues/bad publicity. If I was looking for tight selvedge jeans for a high contrast fade, Japan Blue or N&F get you that at a cheaper price than Skull, and if I want a repro, something like TCB, Sugar Cane, or Warehouse would seem to be much more classic/accurate.
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    Skull Jeans by An Alchemist

    Yeah when Self Edge stopped carrying Skull, it absolutely obliterated the popularity of the brand. But there were lots of complaints about quality, the fabric changing to a smoother, less interesting denim, etc. that contributed to it as well. Today, it seems like there are vastly more options available to western denim fans that offer something similar to Skull or better. At the time there weren't many options for slim tapered selvedge jeans, and denimheads hadn't really come to a strong preference for unsanforized and rougher fabrics. Obviously all of that's changed. A lot of those early popular raw brands in the west like Skull, Imperial, Cheap Monday, April77 etc. have fallen out of favor due to Japan Blue, N&F/Unbranded, Gustin, Bravestar, etc.
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    On the one hand, I think that given the old machines and processes used, we should give some leeway to these kinds of brands for things like loose threads, variable stitch spacing, etc. It kind of comes with the territory, so I don't freak out when I see something less than perfect on a pair of my Flat Heads or whatever. But on the other, it does seem a little weird when certain "mistakes" are done on purpose. I think Japan in particular has everything necessary to exceed vintage Levis in basically every way possible, so it seems a bit constraining to limit yourself to making repros.
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    Watches and Denim

    Seiko SNZF17, Strike Gold jacket, Fullcount 1108, Flat Head flannel :] Got this for my birthday! I love my Junkers watch but it’s a little too classy looking for outfits that demand a more rugged watch. I’m probably never going to be much of a watch nerd, but I like this one a lot.
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    The Flat Head

    Wow, that's a great deal. I'll check it out. Part of my problem is that I live on the east coast so I have to fly across the whole country just to leave for Japan, which adds a lot to the cost. I've been incredibly unsuccessful as a denim evangelist, I've blabbered about it probably dozens of times over the years, and I think only two people ever actually bought anything. Lots of folks are kinda interested, but not enough to pull the trigger on some jeans.
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    The Flat Head

    I haven't been back since I moved back to the US about five years ago. I'd love to visit more often, but plane tickets are expensive I've never really been able to get them into it. One wore a pair of Left Field Greasers I got him for his birthday back in 2012, but they're retired and filled with holes; he also wore my old 3009s until the pockets fell apart. These days both of them wear Uniqlo raw jeans and occasionally wash them but haven't gotten into more stuff on their own.
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    1966 501's... in 1966

    The 1980s Levis seem like they're quite good quality, even if they lack the desirable features (more textured denim, chainstitched hems, hidden rivets, etc.) that inspired Japanese repro companies to do their thing. The problem is that now they're so expensive, a dead stock pair in my size is about $260 on eBay. If I could get them for $50 I'd jump on it, but at that price point, you might as well go with Japanese brands like TCB or Full Count that get you more for your money.
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    iconic denim photos

    I always loved Eric Clapton's look with Cream in this BBC live performance. Great fit on his jeans (presumably 66 501s) but the shirt, jacket, and shoes all go together really well. Makes me think that it's possibly to wear loafers in a non-preppy way... and the short but uncuffed look on the jeans is great as well.
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    I dunno, I think it's ugly when there's a lot of extra material folded into the pocket that becomes visible when it fades. Major issue I have with Unbranded/Naked And Famous fades. Maybe the thick left fold in the pocket there is more "vintage accurate" but I just think it looks better when there's little/no excess fabric folded under there. Overall though I think his jeans look great.
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    The Flat Head

    Great stuff Ben! Love how your jeans are looking in the car pic - I take it those are your RJBs? I am hopefully going to Japan in fall 2020 with my brothers, I'm going to save up some cash for clothes shopping while I'm there Most likely I'm going to prioritize stores like Bears in Shimokitazawa that sell lots of brands, but I'm sure I'll hit up a FH store or two. My youngest brother actually went to Japan with his wife about a year or so ago, they stopped by the FH store in Nagano city and said hey.
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    Full Count Denim Thread

    I bought a used/unworn pair of 1101 in my size with the arcs and tabs for a cheapo price, so I'm all stocked up on pre-"lawsuit" Full Count jeans. I understand Levi's being picky about the arcuate design and wanting to protect that, but the tab is just stupid, it's such a universal design element. They might as well sue Vans for putting tabs on their shoes.
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    The Flat Head

    There are few combinations more beautiful than raw denim and baseball. I will, of course, be wearing my jeans when I go to Houston in April, no matter how hot it is
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    Front Rise vs. Back Rise

    It's completely crazy to me how such a massive number of raw denim companies put these tiny front and back rises on their jeans. Brands that otherwise look appealing to me are basically unwearable because in my size they'll have a front rise of 9.5" (or lower) and a back of 14" or lower. For point of reference, my waist is about 31" and I prefer a front rise of 11.5" and back rise of 15". If I ever start my own denim company, I'll make a slim straight fit with a high rise and deep pockets you can actually insert your damned hands into. I estimate that it would take about six months to conquer the entire raw denim market. So far, the Full Count 1108 is probably the best fitting pair of jeans I've had, and a lot of credit goes to the rise.
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    Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    Those caps look awesome Kiya. One question: do the bills scale down with the smaller sizes? I have a pretty small head (7 1/8 in normal US cap sizing) and a lot of baseball caps look goofy on me because each size has the same bill width/depth.
  15. Thanks Julian, I'll give it a try. Too bad I never had a home economics class in school or anything like that which would've taught me anything about sewing. I basically always feel like I'm on my own with these kinds of repairs.