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  1. do a google search for the jade selvedge that came out a couple years ago -- they're essentially the same as the rusted blue selvedge.
  2. what one chooses to do with their jacket is their choice. I personally wouldn't ruin an expensive denim jacket with a patch, but that's me. I think, too, that the type of patch factors into it as well. lapel pins i'm ok with.
  3. I'm sure the construction/materials, like denim, makes them worth more. But the whole value thing is subjective. I wouldn't spend $300 for chinos but might drop $200 for a pair.
  4. those are hideous
  5. for me it depends on the article of clothing and how it fits into my wardrobe. I'm not particularly interested in adding more denim to my rotation, so ltd edition jeans do nothing for me. however, I have been slowly adding more shirts to my collection and i've been quite impressed with the flannels that IH have been putting out. I won't jump at every flannel they release, mainly because I simply don't have that kinda spare change lying around, but it sounds like the fabrics they use are woven by a small mill and therefore have limited runs. I don't think IH hypes their stuff, because not everything they do is a winner, but sometimes they get a really nice and unique looking fabric and it's a work of art, so in that regard I it's the customers who hype the brand because everyone wants their latest and greatest shirt.
  6. poverty is poverty any way you cut it. For me ethics has to do with a combination of things, such as liveable wages and work safety. I can't help but think of factory workers that have died because of a building collapse or whatever. I'm speaking in broad terms and many of the companies we buy from don't apply here, but I can't in good conscience support anyone that has little regard for its workers or has poor working conditions. I think the denim companies we support know this and think it's equally important that their clothing is ethically made. I know a lot of you probably dislike N&F but they own their own production facility and their stuff is made in Canada. Rgt, Freenote Cloth & 3sixteen has their stuff made in California from what I gather.
  7. for me it's a combination of ethics and transparency. I'd be a hypocrite if I said none of my clothing comes from third world countries, but my tastes have gotten a little more refined than 2 yrs ago and thus, I try to only buy from companies who either have a history of making quality garments, like Japanese denim companies, or those that try to keep production local. I've used Taylor Stitch as an example before but to me their business model sums it up perfectly. They started out with the MiUSA messaging and with time they started outsourcing to Portugal. Now, i'm sure part of this decision was probably because they had grown signficantly in the past 2-3 yrs and needed a production facility that could keep up with demand. But, you can't help but wonder if it was also a move to save money. If it's the former I can understand, but if it's the latter then it would put me off their brand completely. Keeping things local means keeping jobs here and the economy flowing, but at the same time, if those few production facilities here in the US aren't making quality garments then I can see why people would gravitate towards Japanese brands.
  8. Another trend I noticed on IG is dudes who cut the hem on their jeans to either get the frayed look or to show off their socks/boots. Looks pretty stupid and when I see guys falling in line and doing the same thing it makes me scratch my head. Why is this even a thing?
  9. you guys probably know about Livid Jeans, who are another Scandinavian brand from Norway that happens to make their stuff in Norway. I only perused their site so don't know with 100% certainty that all of their stuff is made there, but this just shows that it can be done.
  10. i'm speculating here but I think some people are opposed to Portuguese made stuff because they want their goods to be sourced locally, which translates to jobs and a more robust economy. I know nothing about the labor practices of Portugal but my assumption is they don't pay their workers a decent wage. I'm being ignorant on this issue but my opinion stands because why would a company like Taylor Stitch outsource to Portugal if it wasn't to save money on manufacturing costs? Same goes for Indigofera. It could be that there isn't enough skilled labor in the the US or Sweden for that matter but with the rise in popularity in handmade goods I find find that argument implausible.
  11. i'm basing my response on the fit charts i've seen from both companies. Either the thigh/knees are too skinny or the hem is too big. I need something that has a good thigh/knee/hem ratio that doesn't look silly on me.
  12. I see your point but don't know that I could stick to the single craftsman rule. I agree that there are a lot of makers out there doing things by themselves that are quite successful at what they do, but for me it's about variety, and whether or not a company has 1 employee versus 10 makes no difference. I've found that quality can be subjective with anything we buy. For example, a lot of people swear by Filson's bags, but if I was in the market for one i'd likely buy from Vermilyea Pelle. Also, I know a lot of people swear by Ashland Leather but a couple years ago I bought a shell cordovan front pocket wallet from them and it looked like it was sewn by a blind man who didn't know how to put a wallet together. The edges weren't beveled/waxed and a piece of the leather was folded over on itself when it should've been cut/aligned/sewn correctly. I was pretty pissed about that and will never buy a wallet from them again. Red Moon and TFH make nice looking leather goods but I can't justify the price tag, so from an affordable viewpoint Guarded Goods, Tanner Goods or First Settlement Goods (Context Clothing's in-house leather brand) make nice looking stuff. I never understood the appeal of Indigofera, but some people like their stuff so whatever. I do agree that if they're selling goods at a premium but manufacturing in Portugal it instantly puts me off. It's the same with Taylor Stitch, who upon starting their company drew people in with their MiUSA pitch but are now outsourcing a lot of their stuff to Portugal. I like some of their stuff but don't think I could buy anything from them unless it was on steep discount. I find TS's scenario more aggravating because MiUSA was why customers supported them and now they've taken a corporate approach and are outsourcing overseas.
  13. I don't own jeans from either brand because their fits are too skinny. I'm sure PBJ denim is more interesting but I think this is why you see brands like Rgt and 3sixteen using Japanese denim milled exclusively for them rather than Cone Mills denim.
  14. I think the confusion for customers is that sizing for a lot of Japanese brands seems to typically be 1 size smaller than their US counterparts. For example, my SDA flannel is an xl but it fits me like a US large. Again, I have very limited experience but my IH shirts are size large and fit me like my other size larges from US makers. I realize that my personal fit experience only makes up a small fraction of customers and that B&M stores do try and get companies to make bigger sizes (as Danny from R&H mentioned in another thread).