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  1. The Flat Head

    Derp, don’t know why I assumed they are the same cut. For my defense, though, these 2 cuts do appear very similar, with mid-rise, room in the thighs, some taper (one more than the other). Thanks!
  2. The Flat Head

    Guys, is anyone able to figure out the differences between models 3202Z and 3209Z? Both are available in Japan with - as far as I can tell - identical descriptions, but close-up shots of the respective tags confirm the existence of model numbers 3202 and 3209 as separate entities. Both are 20oz. denim, with zipper instead of buttons.
  3. Black jeans lovers!!!

    Reporting in, although I’m not sure if I love black denim - although I do remember being quite fond of the last pair I had - but I certainly do feel that I need a new pair for those ”indigo jeans not quite proper enough, but wear formal trousers and people will think you are a dork” -occasions that I find myself in fairly often these days. Sooo... As catalogued in the relevant thread, I was looking at the Samurai S710BK a couple of weeks ago... Then I almost managed to snag a pair of S710BKBs but after a few days of Whatsapp-tennis, it turned out that they don’t have it even though they thought they did. But I digress. Since then, I have kind of been gravitating towards Iron Heart’s 555-03 and just about the only thing holding me back at this point is that I’m not crazy about the vanity-sized waist and the skin-tight fit from thighs down. However the positives are numerous, including but not limited to the highish rise, reasonably spacious thighs and the fabric used; the same fabric is also available in 777 cut which is also not totally out of the question, but the availability of that one is limited and the rise is lower than I’m probably willing to accept. 634 is not really for me as I try to keep the leg-opening at or preferably below 8” (in tag size 32ish). Considering the above, is there anything else out there that I should take a look at? I prefer heavier denim (limits my options by a ton) and black warp-weft (otherwise I would have grabbed the aforementioned S710BK and called it a day). Regardless of what I said about semi-formal use above, I like my denim to fade cos that’s how I roll (in reality the most impressive evo I seem to be able to develop are blown out pocket-bags, my speciality ). Suggestions (other than dial down the drivel, dork)?
  4. THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    Take a look at Okayamadenim: https://www.okayamadenim.com/products/samurai-jeans-s710xx19oz-19oz-selvedge-denim-jeans-slim-tapered Their measurements charts are not bullet-proof but they are the best by far among the Japanese distributors. Of further interest to you might be that they have exactly one pair, tag size 34, in stock right now. The denim is unsanforized and with shrinking and stretching they should arrive precisely in the middle of the ballpark you descrbied in the earlier post, measurements wise. Whatever you buy and wherever you buy from, if it's online you should ask them the check and re-check the measurements of the actual pair you are looking to buy.
  5. THIS OR THAT? (Use me for all your Should I Buy...? questions)

    Wish I could be of help but instead, I'm here to cheekily suggest you to check out Samurai's S710 cut as well - the measurements should line up very well with what you are after.
  6. Sounds like a fit related issue with very little to do with the origin of the denim.
  7. Waywt 2018 (denim version)

    In with a bang, as they say.
  8. Samurai Jeans

    Got a reply from 2nd, their stock of S710BK is indeed of lot 17 vintage from 2014.
  9. Samurai Jeans

    Thanks! Did you find the measurements chart over at Okayamadenim to be of reasonable accuracy re: the BK17oz-II? https://www.okayamadenim.com/products/samurai-jeans-s710bk17oz-ii-17oz-black-selvedge-denim-jeans-slim-tapered
  10. Samurai Jeans

    Guys, how was it with the sizing of the S710BK17oz? Does it vary by the lot? They seemingly have these, lot 17 vintage, in stock at 2nd, and realized I might need a pair of black fade-to-gray jeans. I wear the S710XX24oz in tag size 32; would I go for the same in these? Edit: Turns out that I have been looking at the S710BK17oz-II (lot 20) last winter when some sizes were still in stock at Denimio; it strikes to me as rather peculiar that the lot 17 would now suddenly make a reappearance but on 2nd's inventory the 2 models are clearly separate (lot 20 out of stock in my size).
  11. Denim Shirts

    Thanks for the suggestions - the RgT shirt is exactly what I was looking for... And hence, as these things often go, out of stock everywhere.
  12. Denim Shirts

    Guys, what are my options if I'm looking to get a white denim shirt in western cut? Iron Heart have a couple of offerings (but not readily available in my size), what else is there? It seems the Japanese are not big on white shirts.
  13. Yes, but why do you need to measure your waist when you have a pair of ”best-fitting” jeans to measure instead?
  14. Naked & Famous Easy Guy comes in a variety of stretch fabrics.
  15. Waywt 2018 (denim version)

    That's a boss outfit and great job grabbing that t-shirt, looks ace! Made in 'murica, surely?