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mpukas last won the day on January 16

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About mpukas

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  • Birthday 05/28/1969

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    rough trade
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  • biography:
    denim, boot & workwear obsessed
  • location:
    The ass-end of the Eagle River Valley, CO
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    Keira Knightley
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    making things taste good
  • denim
    size 33
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    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. mpukas

    The Flat Head

    @itsbenhere Congrats on an awesome trip and thx for posting. Looks like a great time! And CONGRATS on the boots - pls post more in the boots thread!!! (those are grail boots for me, although I'll prolly never get a pair and even if I did not sure I would/could wear them very much...)
  2. mpukas

    Conners Sewing Factory

    What's up with the threads on the cut edge poking through the seam? Is that intentional and part of his precise, exquisite reproduction of flawed construction?
  3. mpukas

    The Leather Jacket Thread

  4. mpukas

    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Very good fit. IMO a size up would have been too big. Well done! Are you gonna get them hemmed or cuffs?
  5. mpukas

    Real McCoy's / Joe McCoy's Jeans

    They're a great pair! Have you washed them? They do look a bit big...
  6. mpukas

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    this conversation re: leg taper echoes my sentiments from a few pages back - some leg taper is good, but the current trend of relaxed tapered cuts have a taper that's too drastic. A full leg with a hem of anything less than 7.5" looks disproportionate. Also, I think these high-rise trend has become too drastic as well. A 12" rise is at the high-end of what's comfortable and practical. No guys really wear their jeans close to their navel. As much as I like Roy's R01 cut and think it's one of the best cuts ever, anywhere, I'd like it more with a slightly lower rise. Denim detergents are nonsense. Jeans are clothes made from fabric, just like any other clothes. The only special care really needed is washing them inside out to avoid crocking at the creases. Something else I don't get and think is just a fashion trend - coats over jackets. Being in CO and engaging in outdoor winter activities, I get the need for layering. But I don't get wearing a heaving winter coat over a denim jacket. You're not going to wear that denim jacket indoors and will take it off when you take off your overcoat. As for extra warmth the denim jacket isn't going to do much; if you really need an extra layer for warmth, you'd opt for something truly warm, like a wool sweater/jacket, fleece, insulated puffy, etc. What really bugs me is fashionistas that wear a pre-distressed Type III under a beautiful wool overcoat with nice trousers, maybe a nice vest, in an attempt to be faux-casual. When did coats over jackets become a thing, and why is it even viewed in an acceptable way? I'll admit some guys can pull off the "look", but it's pointless beyond aesthetic.
  7. I have a small dilema, and can't make up my mind... Long story short, I have 3 new pairs of Vivo boots in front me; I'm keeping 1 pair, sending 2 back. They are made of hand-finished Camel leather, and all three leathers are very different in color and suppleness. The pair I like the most has a 1" cut on the inside of the boot. I assume it was an errant knife stroke when the hide was stripped. If the leather is, say, 2.0mm thick, the cut is about 1.5mm deep. It doesn't go all the way through, and is not visible at all on the outside, finished face. But it can be felt when I run a finger over it. Eventually I fear the cut would tear through the surface. Do I: a) keep the pair I like best and patch the cut . I'm thinking of applying a flexible UV resin to the cut to fill it in, and then put a moleskin patch over it. It's in an area where I probably wouldn't feel it. b) not risk the patch and keep the distant-#2 pair.
  8. mpukas

    Unknown Japanese Brands

    yeah, that Type II looks great!
  9. mpukas

    Unknown Japanese Brands

    What about Deluxe, or Deluxeware? not sure of their exact brand name... I see them at several stores on Rakuten, but haven't seen them discussed here. Their designs and quality look solid.
  10. mpukas

    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Different opinion here - The 32's look big on you now, and with a little more shrink they'll be a good fit. I think a 33 will be too big. You'll get a little more shrink with a hot wash; then you can decide on a hot dryer or not. My black seed pairs shrank almost 2" in the waist and almost 4" in length. Most of it came with the first wash. The waist and hips stretch back rather quickly, and depending on how tight they are on you, will shrink more or less in proportion to the amount of stress. It comes down to how you like your jeans to fit. This is a very loose cut, and with the high rise it's possible to size down, since the natural waist is smaller than the hips. It's meant to ride higher, but can be worn lower towards the hips too, if you're ok w/ a bit of baggy butt. If you haven't already, check out Roy's IG account where he shows fit pics of three different sizes for comparison.
  11. mpukas

    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I skipped this drop, too. I have a pair of R01 w/ test lot details, washed and shrunken, but unworn. Maybe if this drop was unsoaked I might have grabbed a pair just to hoard in their raw state.
  12. mpukas

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    @JDelage was your package value over the $800 limit?
  13. mpukas

    Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    @kiya those pics of the new Roy's are awesome. I'd go so far as to say the denim and details look better in the pics than IRL. The color of the denim appears darker, and the threads pop much more. I'd love to cop another pair of Roy's, but it's not gonna happen for me this round.
  14. mpukas

    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Personally, I have no issue with tapering a pair of Roy's. Roy probably does (I'm not ripping on him, I love the guy and his passion, and I don't even know him). They're your jeans, and if you can have them altered to make them more perfect for you, then why not? Of course it needs to be done by someone who really, really knows what they are doing, otherwise it could be a complete disaster and a waste of a beautiful pair. I find it strange that some modifications to jeans are acceptable, while some are not.