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It's solid work as always. I went with just the denim pocket bags as extra pimping, but Ande threw in a selvedge fly too just for kicks! Even though i own a denim store now, and can take my pick of what we carry, i'm sad this'll be the last pair of Ande's i can get - will have to hold on to those 15oz Cobras i don't fit, just in case i lose a few inches...

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Yes, I got a Mustang in the black denim.

 was gonna get the exact same thing before my memory failed me and forgot to wake up early for the last sale rush

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IF they don't fit me (size 34) whe can talk :D

 

if the jawnz don't fit, you must offload it

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I'm wearing my solid black Buffalos today and feeling smug, however, if I sell all my AW stash given the current demand, then I'll be able to retire early. Decisions, decisions

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This is a good point and one that's been on my mind. People can do what they like as it's their money but I feel a bit annoyed by those who jumped on the bandwagon once they heard Ande was closing down simply because they didn't want to 'miss out' or 'regret' not buying his jeans. Particularly when more loyal customers missed out in the final scramble (I don't include myself here as I have enough jeans and was only waiting for a restock of the 15.3oz). He's been in business for a long time so why wait until now?

Anyway, rant over...

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what happened with me was i found out about ande whall relatively late and then once i worked out how interesting he was i missed out on the sr with the blue wings and was always waiting for that to come back and i would get one. there were a few other srs that i liked as well but somehow they became available when i just bought new jeans so i didn't get them. not to be defensive about it but i did feel a bit silly when i was panicking trying to work out if i should get one of the last few pairs or not for that exact reason that it was all too little too late for ande.

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I've had 4 or 5 pairs over the years but sold or traded them off due to weight gain or loss. Gutted I couldn't snag a last pair. If anyone has a size 36" they want to pass on, hit me up.

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Ande checked in as ok on Facebook thankfully. Haven't heard from my brother yet who's there at the moment though he's further south so should be fine.

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This is a good point and one that's been on my mind. People can do what they like as it's their money but I feel a bit annoyed by those who jumped on the bandwagon once they heard Ande was closing down simply because they didn't want to 'miss out' or 'regret' not buying his jeans. Particularly when more loyal customers missed out in the final scramble (I don't include myself here as I have enough jeans and was only waiting for a restock of the 15.3oz). He's been in business for a long time so why wait until now?

Anyway, rant over...

 

I'm one of those who missed out and regretted not buying a pair when I had the chance. For me it boiled down to simply not having the funds available. I already have about 12 or so pairs of denim, so adding one more pair seemed silly when I really only wear 2 pairs in rotation at any given time. I also have a toddler to think about, so it's either I buy jeans I don't need or feed my son. Over the years i've had to learn to control my spending and not give in to every urge to spend money. Nowadays I allow myself one nice purchase every few months.

 

With that said, I think Ande could've continued his business had he marketed himself more. I find it odd that he has an Ande Whall Art Instagram page but not an Ande Whall denim IG page. Raw denim is insanely popular on IG and I believe he could've attracted more customers to his brand had he posted denim pics. He posted pics via Facebook but not IG, unfortunately, there are a lot of non-Facebook users out there. Not bashing Ande or anything, just an observation. I think Ande's story is far more interesting than most other denim companies precisely because he does everything himself. In that regard I would compare him to companies like VermilyeaPelle, Truman Boots, etc.

 

I didn't know about Ande's jeans until sometime last year. Initially the arcs on the pockets weren't my cuppa tea, but they gradually grew on me. I kept visiting his site to see what new SR series he was developing, but I never pulled the trigger. I think it's unfortunate that he had to close down. The economics of running a one-man-brand probably didn't provide a stable income, which is understandable. It sounds like he's selling off his machines but the optimistic side of me is hoping that down the road he'll stage a comeback and get back in the denim game. Wishful thinking, I know, but a man can dream.

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^ It's natural for people to not want to miss out, very understandable really. It's why people gravitate towards deadstock, limited-edition, new hipster brunch spots and other such things.

 

Anyway, I agree. Lots of great makers tend to have terrible advertising. Whereas lots of mediocre makers put actual budget into this, and sell a lot of product to the masses. Look at the "heritage" brands that are unpopular here, but massively popular in other, bigger parts of the internet.

 

It's good to be artisanal, authentic, and all the other hashtags...but you have to play it smart if it's something that's supposed to put food on the table, and not just a hobby. 

 

No disrespect towards anyone intended, just some random thoughts.

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if the jawnz don't fit, you must offload it

 

My pair is on the airplane since the 10th of November. Unusually long isnt' it?

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My pair is on the airplane since the 10th of November. Unusually long isnt' it?

Nah. Was 4 days to Sydney so double to Germany isn't that much of stretch, especially in the lead up to Xmas time when the mail volumes explode.

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Maybe the earthquake disrupted things.

Ande is in Christchurch no ?

 

Yes he is.

 

In theory my pair should have left before the quake but I can't be bothered to inquire right now as all those people have much more important things to do than looking for my missing pair of jeans which might be lost or not.

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^^ 11 to 14 days from Aus or NZ to Western Europe, unless EMS.

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Took 7 days for my pair to arrive on the east coast of the US just fyi.

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^ It was EMS? Oh, bit weird then...

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Your wish is my command ;)

 

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And the fit!

 

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The back rise is a tad lower than I would prefer but with a belt it's good :)

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