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JohnM last won the day on January 31

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  1. JohnM

    Conners Sewing Factory

    ^ ah yes Flash, memories of childhood -- skateboards, dodge ball, spin the bottle, and hope these fit me, etc.
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    ^ Thanks b_F -- I may be too old for Instagram, but did message him there ;-) This discussion of Levi's jeans of the past (and their unique characteristics) is interesting to me since I used to buy them when I was a kid in the 60s -- or my mom used to buy them for me. They were thick, flat, and stiff, shrank a lot, and had a sort of odd, baggy, straight, non-contoured fit. They weren't necessarily cool at the time (or 'Boss'!) but they were interesting and different, since you had to soak them. I sometimes think of Roy Slaper's comment (or a messed up paraphrase of something he may have said) that jeans are an ill-fitting garment. That's pretty much how the 501 felt to me at the time. And now we're trying to build in these characteristics from decades ago. Reminds me of when I took my Dad (now long gone) to a nice B&B in northern California for his 80th birthday. After taking one look at the inside, he said, "Thanks very much for arranging this for my birthday. I'm sure we'll have a great time. But, just so you know, I grew up with bathtubs with legs and hardwood floors. Now I like wall-to-wall carpeting and air conditioning."
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    Quick question regarding ordering and communicating with CSF. I paid for my first pair (1947, size 38) on February 11th and haven't heard a peep. I assume this is normal, given that Konaka is essentially a one-man shop and busy making jeans. For this who've been through this process, was it your experience to wait a bit, with no word for a while? Also Flash, would love to hear more about what you (or other) find unique or special about Conners.
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    ^ Funny! No idea whether it's intentional, but I think Levi's tended to have that on the right leg instead ;-)
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    b_F -- beautiful pics and quite far from your home! Broark -- ever heard of (or seen) the Marfa Lights? Haven't driven through there for many years, but there were these lights on the horizon at twilight that no one could explain.
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    Great fit and they’re wearing in nicely. I’ve been wearing my size 3 pair too — thanks for the tip on the 105. Will be interesting to see if the inseam comes up at all with washing. There’s a little room but not much!
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Broark, is this the same cut and fit as the recent Test Lot and Memorial jeans?
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Agree, I have both and they fit similarly -- both have a lot of room in the hips, thighs, and knees, but come in at the waist. Both are also size 34 and the Roy's are a touch bigger, pretty much everywhere. But the shape is similar. The IH pair I have is also significantly brighter blue, not quite 'electric'. I prefer the more subdued color of the Roy's.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    ^ Nice Broark. Am I right that the Memorial, (latest) Test Lot, and R01 jeans are all essentially the same, at least in terms of Cone denim and cut?
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    Watches and Denim

    ^ That's a great choice. Tough to find those first year editions with the sandwich dial. While I love the sandwich, the current painted dials are very nice too. Big, bold numerals with lots of lume. The current brown dialed 560 and 564 are great, as is the earlier 176 with a black dial.
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    ^ Those look great! Perfect silhouette, as they say. Color and texture looks interesting too. Thanks b_F.
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    Watches and Denim

    ^ Just finished reading Murakami's 'Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World'. What a great book. The Panerai is huge at 47mm. Despite the size, I love the simple, two-hand design with sandwich dial and manual wind movement.
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    Watches and Denim

    Panerai 587 Fullcount 1101
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    Thanks for the correction b_F. I always wondered where the term 'banner denim' came from and assumed it referred to any company's standard denim. But you're saying it's only Warehouse and pertains to Levi's big, silkscreened advertising banners, if I understand correctly. Did Warehouse make this reference themselves and did they make a denim that closely matched the denim or details shown in the banners?
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    ^i_denim, I was referring to FC in that sentence -- FC's banner denim is as as soft as any I've experienced. The denim on the Warehouse 800 is also quite soft, in a thicker, nubbier way. But for sheer softness and comfort, I'd rate FC banner #1. As an aside, soft isn't necessarily better IMO. Sometimes harder is better. Wait ...