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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I am wrapping up my KS1002/RT1002 rotation soon and have a perhaps overly ambitious plan of comparing 4 pairs of black seed by doing one pair frequent wash and dryer (test lot R01,) one pair my normal routine with initial hot wash to get shrink out and regular cold washes every 3 months or so (regular R01,) one pair with his site instructions 15 minute initial lukewarm soak hand washed sparingly (Test lot 00 pair,) and one worn raw for as long as possible, which I believe is his preference (no pair currently on hand, but hopefully he does another round of the new RT cut)...so check back here in 10 years or so for the results. I definitely respect and understand his appreciation for the properties of unwashed, loom state denim and am looking forward to wearing a pair that way, but I think losing a bit of that in exchange for getting the shrink out of the way up front is reasonable for many people and in no way ruins the jeans from my experience.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    They do not go on sale until Friday.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    RT2 page is up on Self Edge's site.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I imagine Roy has modified the cut a bit since, but the original RT measurements are available here. Size 30 31 32 33 Waist 31.5 32.5 34.0 35.0 Inseam 38.0 38.0 38.0 38.0 Thigh 12.0 12.3 12.6 13.1 Knee 8.6 8.8 8.9 9.1 Leg Opening 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.4 Rise 11.1 11.4 11.7 11.9 Size 34 36 38 Waist 36.0 38.0 40.0 Inseam 38.0 38.0 38.0 Thigh 13.5 14.1 14.7 Knee 9.2 9.6 10.2 Leg Opening 8.5 8.8 9.2 Rise 12.1 12.4 12.6
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I have primarily been rotating a pair of Cone Project denim (KS1002) and Black Seed (RT1002) for the last 3 years and I still cannot figure out which denim I like better. It is usually whichever I am wearing, currently the cone project denim, same as the RS04. It seems like a lot of people prefer the original contest denim most of all from his stuff, but unfortunately the rare pairs that come up on eBay are all pretty worn. I had both pairs fixed up at Indigo proof last summer and had a similar issue with the thickness of the crotch repair on the KS1002s/mostly the weight I had gained, but they broke in pretty quickly again. The cone project denim seems to have about as much stretch as the black seed has shrink.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Kiya said they would be a different fit than the R01 on his first IG announcement, but those measurements do seem familiar.
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    I also consider his work to be the next best thing/best repro and and I think I will end up with a pair of CSF before anything vintage, pre 1960s anyway, and certainly anything in deadstock condition. I imagine that I would even appreciate ordering via DM once I did it. I settled on size 34 second half 1946 last time originally, which is probably still where I would end up. If he threw up small batches for order online with detailed measurements and photos in the way that Roy does, I imagine I would have already bought a pair at one point or another, which I know is not exactly logical since this way is in many ways easier. Do you have a favorite model?
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    Conners Sewing Factory

    I have wanted a pair for a couple years, but between ordering via Instagram, the waiting period from there, the sizing seeming difficult, indecision about which model to go with, the higher price point & potentially putting that money towards a vintage pair of Big E 501s, and already having too many pairs of jeans, I have resisted so far.
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    Levi's Vintage Clothing

    Over on denimbro, someone just shared an attic find that look like the might be 100+ years old Levis.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Mine arrived today-some very cool details. This article might add some interesting context.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    He posted the measurements for the last Test lot/RS00 so you can compare to the current Peanut/Memorial/R01/test lot cut as well.