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  1. AlientoyWorkmachine

    Sugar Cane Denim

    Nice. How's the cut/fit compare to the edo's for you? I know they're technically the same but ya know... And where'd you pick them up raw?
  2. AlientoyWorkmachine

    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    World needs more Keith Haring.
  3. AlientoyWorkmachine

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

    So it's not that some of the threads are dyed with natural and then woven with synthetic ones also? Because the official description really makes it sound like that. But I wouldn't be surprised if things got lost in translation. The official description even calls it the "Awa mixed" denim. Edit - Digging in a little more - it specifies about the blend "which is a blend of Awa Ai and indigo". I am taking "indigo" to mean synthetic, and Awa ai to mean natural indigo as per the previous desciption on the site here https://www.sugarcane.jp/news/709/. Help me see what I'm missing - I'm sure it's obvious, apologies.
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    Self Edge, SF/NY/LA/PDX - updates & info

    It seems to me it is a mix of natural and synthetic, just like the Edo Ai is a mix of the greenish stuff and well, regular indigo. That they go to pains to emphasize the natural dyeing of the pocket bags and the patch but not the denim itself reinforces this to me. What that mix is, who knows. So yea, it's made of natural indigo, but not exclusively so.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Yea, I personally wouldn't ascribe any motivation to his statement other than increased profits - though I'm sure he will milk any PR win that he can given the company's direct role in essentially bringing one of medicine's best weapons to the edge of uselessness. That's the thing though, once lab meat is systemized, it is very likely to be more profitable. Tyson and other companies are increasingly just starting to think of themselves as protein companies, and will just be bent on making the most protein at the cheapest price. With cultivated meats they eventually will need less human labor, expend far less resources on land/feed and all of the expenses that come with large ag and the messy, disease ridden unpredictability of real livestock. This isn't to say the lab stuff won't have it's costs - but competitive pricing is on the horizon where as just a few years ago it was north of $250 USD/ lb. I think a lot of the public will be wary, but look at GMO's and how they've transformed the food industry. They're pretty much only intentionally avoided by a select few people who tend to be, um, more well heeled even if they don't good empirical research to back up their choices. Once an average customer is in the supermarket looking at pound of cultivated meat for 5$ /lb and factory farm stuff at $8 or 10, and the taste is the same....well, I think that's gonna change a lot of things - totally regardless of any sort of ethical or idealistic predilections. As an aside personally I don't mind the Beyond meat products my issue is it's just processed to high heaven and back and processed food really is something I try to generally steer clear of. Cereals, meat substitutes or otherwise.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    They'll be short lived I think. But people want a certain taste - but the ones who buy this stuff also know that factory farming is high in the betting odds to cause the next pandemic or kill off any usefulness that antibiotics have left. So there's ... um depending on how you view it ethical and/or practical reasons to not contribute to that industry, animal's feelings not even entering the equation. The real thing is when lab grown (aka "cultivated") meat becomes cheaper and more scalable. When that happens, within a decade or so a real slaughtered animal as sustenance will be as much a novelty as analog film in a world iPhones. I think it was the CEO of Tyson (huge meat packing company) said something along the lines of "if we could make meat that were safer, cleaner and cheaper why on earth wouldn't we?"
  7. AlientoyWorkmachine

    Warehouse

    These looks great. I recently picked up those same 46's (I think? Assuming you removed the arcs) with the intention of them getting a lot of time this summer, but I haven't given them much love yet. I really like the fit and the denim though. Do you know the difference between 1001's and 1003's? I can't keep track of the naming conventions.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    @julian-wolf now this is the stuff I'm here for. At one point there were plans to explore this area. I used to see a prof out in the Bay area and we would hit up different coastal areas whenever I would get out there. Sad I missed on this one. My life (happily) went in another direction since that time but I will never be able to get enough of the coastal area out West, all the way up to northern WA state. Maybe eventually, though I'm pretty happy with what's more local these days. It's not pictures of scenery so much but there's a pretty great documentary photographer who did a project out that a ways. https://www.dashwoodbooks.com/pages/books/16755/curran-hatleberg/lost-coast?soldItem=true Too bad the book is $900 on the used market now. Looks like a beautiful trip - hope you didn't get too chewed up by the plants or the flies.
  9. AlientoyWorkmachine

    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    Cottle, Blue Blue Japan, Mister Freedom, Clae
  10. Americans as a population were already plenty round when the sausage casing trend started - so I'm not sure that's got to do with it. I always get the sense that certain cultures like skateboarding and music actually have a profound influence on fit trends. Though I never hopped into the skinny jeans (I did go slim, and still will on occasion for black jeans), a few peers of mine (involved in both) were wearing their girlfriend's jeans in like...99/00. You couldn't find skinny jeans for men then in most places. It took a few years for retailers to catch on, but then they did in a really big way for a trend that arguably has really gotten long in the tooth now. I started noticing skaters going back to straight leg, or at least more forgiving fits probably 10 or more years ago, and a few people I'd come across in my work world in fashion and were embracing looser fits about a decade ago as well. Not large people, again, btw. I think it's just now the pendulum is swinging back with the added bonus of them being more comfortable for the bigger folks. Then, of course, there is a certain contingent that never bothered with the nut huggers for a moment. In my opinion there is a time and place for most fits, but for the truly skinny jeans that time and place is and always has been pretty damn rare - for pretty much the reasons that Roy pointed out I guess.
  11. Historically jeans are sort of an ill fitting garment that were really just supposed to be practical. There's no right way. One person's "baggy" is another's slim. Plenty of Japanese brands are making slim stuff (all of that relaxed tapered isn't all that relaxed up top on many western bodies...). The Wall St Journal recently ran a piece that skinny jeans are becoming less popular in the US (for good reason for anyone who ever tried on something with more room). When the WSJ is reporting on fashion...given that they analyze revenue figures that represent what's already happened...it's a safe bet they weren't the first to notice. I mean, get what you want, but your last statement was a lot more accurate 10 years ago. You can try, and the waist might stretch a bit more easily, but the thighs usually not as much. But slubby jeans fitting super slim is also a great recipe for crotch blow outs earlier, since slubby fabric is less durable already. If you size down the waist the rest of the jeans can still be too small, which is often the case in the slim stuff.
  12. AlientoyWorkmachine

    The ugliest Jeans in the world thread.

    Repro of David Copperfield's old pants?
  13. AlientoyWorkmachine

    What are your jeans doing today?

    As luck (or a very generous partner) would have it I was able to get out with a friend for about 36 hours over the weekend to get in a few short hikes and make some work off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The goal was to check out a few "balds" - treeless mountaintops, usually because of clearcutting decades ago. I'm more or less a stay at home dad right at the moment but my art practice isn't going away, it's just mostly dormant for a bit. Anyways, while the view at these places is amazing most of the work I do has to do with places that have some kind of history of blatant mediation in the landscape. While I make landscape pictures - these images below aren't my work - just some iphone pics to catalog the trip a bit. We started off at Max Patch, which used to be a cattle and sheep pasture and even had a landing strip for airplanes ~100 yrs ago. It's right off the AT (Appalachian Trail) so you cross paths with some serious hikers from time to time who stop to enjoy the view. I'm also not sure how much they love us denim clad car hikers. small car park after about 10 miles on gravel roads - if it's full you're SOL and need to drive the 30-40 min back out. Not quite peak season yet thankfully. A quick view from up top. Then crashing at the Pisgah Inn right off the parkway. It's usually tough to get a room there, but travel is still down because of Covid, and also early season. I'd never been able to get a spot at the Inn during my 5 years living in NC - so I was happy to get it finally. Dusk from my dinner spot. Doing this trip in one of my preferred tuxes - Companion Natural Indigo jacket / MF midnight 64's. Hat is Cottle. Woke up to that Thomas Cole / Hudson River Valley painters kinda light the next morning. The city I live in is just forested and hilly enough that I really don't get to see much sunrise/sunset so this was a treat. Hit a couple of more spots the after this before jetting back down the hills but will leave it here. Probably the last time I get up there before our family moves back to the Midwest so while a short trip I'll take it. @julian-wolf any part of Big Sur will do if it's open. I have no idea how it is these days, it's been almost a decade since I got out there but some of my favorite camping I've ever done - there was a spot off highway one first come first serve no reservation - overlooking the sea. Just bananas.
  14. AlientoyWorkmachine

    The Sneakers we wear with our jeans

    That's great - does he work on the numeric line? If you see him maybe drop a note that some people out there would love a return of the Epic Tr... There's a numeric model that's modeled after it, but it's just not really the same.
  15. AlientoyWorkmachine

    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    Yea they're tts. These are 29's and I'm usually a 29 as long as the thighs are big enough. The 14+ oz "new denim"
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