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I had been checking out the Railcar Fine Goods jeans at Mildblend Supply Co. and came away impressed with the build quality and the fabric. When I was finally able to get a pair on my legs, they did not disappoint! The slub denim, even at 16.5 oz. (it seems to be available in 15 oz. weight as well at some retailers), was comfortable right away, before and after the initial soak. With raw denim being known to require a break in, this came as a pleasant surprise, especially at the higher end of the mid-weight category.
My Spikes X034 are a size 32" and has a standard inseam of 34" (32" on waist sizes 28" and 29") and mine are hemmed to 29.5" which seems to be just right (I am 5'9"). I am really impressed with the overall fit which not only looks great, but is as comfortable as sweatpants! With the top notch construction, I can see this pair of jeans ones that I will be wearing for along time!
Purchase the Spikes X034 16.5 oz. from Railcar Fine Goods
Purchase the Spikes X034 15 oz. from Context Clothing
My pair of Kasuri Selvedge was a great Christmas gift from my soon-to-be bride. What makes this pair of raw denim unique is the dyeing method: Kasuri. Kasuri is a traditional Japanese method for dyeing cloth in order to make patterns. The patterns form because certain threads are bound before the dyeing process so the indigo has a harder time staying on the cloth. This process is repeated until the desired pattern is formed. I would recommend clicking the above link to learn more about this interesting Japanese dyeing method. It really is quite fascinating!
The thread used is more of a passive gold which is a nice contrast to the shades of blue, black, and white of the denim itself. All of the hardware is branded with Naked & Famous and they decided to go with a black leather (although I have seen it listed as blue) patch branded with their usual logo. The overall fit is Naked & Famous's Weird Guy which, according to their website, is the most popular and is a "standard" cut. In regards to the sewing of the inseam, it seems to be a flat-fell seam which will have pretty good fraying resistance.
I have only worn the pair of handful of times but it looks like the much sought after honeycomb fades will be look as good as the best of them. There was no break in period for the jeans as they are of a lighter weight. I plan on wearing them as my main summer pair and am really looking forward to seeing their evolution after the hot weather ends!
Chicago isn't known for having the best selection of brick and mortar stores that cater to people who are into quality clothing and goods. If you live in the suburbs, most likely you have to make a day trip into the downtown area to find a boutique or specialty store. One such store in Chicago is Mildblend, a place that sells raw denim, well-made boots, and other quality items.
Mildblend has a great atmosphere and very friendly staff. At the time, I was really having trouble finding raw denim jeans that fit my frame. I wanted a slim fit, but not too skinny that my legs didn't get any oxygen either. It was overwhelming at first looking at their selection. Luckily, one of their employees assisted me on finding the perfect pair.
After trying on about five pairs, I decided on the ST-120x by 3sixteen model because of the fit, design, and overall look. Listed below are some of the jean's specifications:
The fabric is probably my favorite denim out there! 3sixteen describes it as "indigo warp and black weft threads." The jeans are definitely dark in color and could be seen as black, not indigo, in certain lighting. That's one of the reasons I love jeans!
With such a dark color and no fades, I was easily able to dress the jeans up. Church? Jeans. Work? Jeans. Wedding? No, just kidding on that one. Regardless of if I should have worn them to a wedding or not, the 3sixteen's look great as part of almost any outfit!
The one con of the Shadow Selvedge is that it attracts dog hair like non other. My lint roller as been the jean's best friend! Yes, the sticky sheets do remove some indigo, but definitely not enough to effect fading.
Since getting my ST-120x jeans, I have worn them constantly for the last seven months. They have been on many adventures: Rome, got engaged in them, worn them during presentations, taught classes in them... Yes, I have definitely gotten my money's worth with this pair!
Check out the close up of the ST-120x Jeans below:
ST-120x After Seven Months of Constant Wear & Two Washes