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mpukas last won the day on November 17 2019

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About mpukas

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  • Birthday 05/28/1969

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  • Gender
  • style
    rough trade
  • attitude
  • biography:
    denim, boot & workwear obsessed
  • location:
    The ass-end of the Eagle River Valley, CO
  • wish i was in
    Keira Knightley
  • talents:
    making things taste good
  • denim
    size 33
  • t-shirt
  • shoes
    us 9 uk 8.5 eu 43 jp 27

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  1. mpukas

    What are your jeans doing today?

    results of sound?
  2. mpukas

    WAYWT 2022 [denim edition]

    @beautiful_FrEaK on point, especially hair
  3. mpukas

    Freewheelers, Bootleggers Reunion, Bubo, etc.

    @Double 0 Soul nooooooooooooooooooo!
  4. mpukas

    The Flat Head

    Copped FN3009 size 36, one wash, from 2nd. Been wanting a pair for years. Had copped size 34 previously, but were too small in this cut. This 36 is a little roomier than I prefer, and a 35 would be ideal if they made it. Still, I think this could be the best fitting pair I've ever had! I'm really impressed with how well they fit, and how comfortable they are, without being baggy. This is about as close to my ideal fit as I've had. And the denim - now I get it. These are the first pair of TFH jeans I own. I have a couple pairs of RJB, that use a different denim, which is amazing. I actually think I prefer this denim - it's their Pioneer Denim, yes? Just the right combo of soft hand, rigid, rugged, refined, textured, depth of color. But the front pockets are terrible. I knew they'd be bad, and they're actually even worse than I expected. The front belt loops are too far apart from the center line, and inside edge of the pockets is in large part determined by the placement of the belts loops. Also, the height of the waist band is rather short, and this affects the pocket openings. A tall belt cuts off the top part of the pocket opening. Little details like this could easily be addressed in the pattern, without changing the overall cut and aesthetic. Regardless, very happy with this pair!!!
  5. mpukas

    Raw for Women

    My girlfriend Heather is petite. She manages a consignment clothing store in our resort town valley, and also does private fashion/style consulting, and has done some modelling. She has a hard time finding clothing that fits her small frame, especially jeans, as she's a size 23. She has a tiny frame and is muscular and has curves, just small muscles and small curves. I know some of Levi's cuts work well for some women. When I showed them to her on-line, she politely scoffed. I bought her a couple pairs to try on: skinny fit in medium and high rise. They fit her amazingly well! She looks stunning in them. We've bought other pairs in different colors: black, grey and white ('cuz... fashion...) Here're pics of her size 23 jeans on top of my RJBxTFHx sized 34 jeans:
  6. mpukas

    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Several years ago I scored some towles f/ BB&B - don't recall the brand/model name (Valkyrie comes to mind, and it was entirely appropriate). They were rather incredible - extremely dense and heavy it was almost unbelievable. very large bath sheets, almost too large. Unlike any other towel I've ever handled. Nothing lasts forever, and BB&B doesn't seem to carry them any longer. Last year I was searching for new towels and decided on waffle weave towels by Onsen, to try something different. Apparently JP waffle weave towels are a thing, but are very expensive and hard to find. I bought into the hype about being highly absorbent and quick drying. They do dry quick, but are not highly absorbent. They're very light weight. Being at altitude in the CO Rockies, humidity is very low, so quick drying isn't a concern. Not sure I'd buy them again, or recommend them over regular terry weave towels. Personal preference there... One thing that drives me bonkers about towels in the inevitable band set back from the end. The Onsen towels don't have that. You're reco for Towels by Gus doesn't have a band on their Teton collection. Unfortunately the color I'd like is sold out in sets, otherwise I'd prolly cop.
  7. mpukas

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

    @kiya I think you may have made a mistake on the pricing of those Rick Owens kicks. Shouldn't there be another "0" before the decimal point separating dollars from cents?
  8. mpukas

    Shoes that look better with age...

    I had him do a full lower re-build to hand welt on a pair of Chippewa engineer boots a few years back, just before he blew up, when he was still posting here. The stock leather on the uppers was good quality, but everything in the stock lowers was junk. His work on the outside looked great. The inside, however, was not. In the heel area where the leather upper was folded under was very bumpy. In the forefoot where he did the hand stitched welt was also very bumpy. The boots were so uncomfortable - like having pebbles all over the bottom of the boots - that I don't wear them. I thought about selling them, but did not because I wouldn't sell something I think is defective. I tried to talk to Brian about it at the time, but he basically said his work was good and my feet would adapt to the boots over time. For what he charged and the quality of the work, I found unacceptable. The bottom of the boots should have been completely flat, smooth, no bumps or imperfections. I made a post about it here at the time, got a couple of supportive comments from members that are no longer active; then Brian stopped posting here.
  9. mpukas

    The Leather Jacket Thread

    TFH single rider's is indeed a thing of beauty. Great fit.
  10. mpukas

    Shoes that look better with age...

    Different Ford family lineage. Henry Ford was not Tom Ford's father. The sentiment is the same, though.
  11. mpukas

    Sugar Cane Denim

    We know the basics, some more than others. I've never used anything I learned in school, except for the exams. All the engineers I work with know enough about architecture and design, and are more than willing to accommodate my ideas. Or tell me I'm way off base.
  12. mpukas

    Shoes that look better with age...

    I'm going with this black plain toe derby, black suit f/ J. Crew, white shirt, black tie. Good enough, and I needed all of the kit. When in doubt, follow the advice of Tom Ford.
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