Why pay $200 or more for something that you’re going to wear through and can be bought at a department store for $40?
Why would you pay so much money for a pair of jeans?
There’s no way to justify high end denim. The reason being denim has really transformed in the last 40 to 50 years. It’s moved from work wear to business casual.
It’s worn with $1000 sports jackets with $500 dress shoes with $300 shirts.
Jeans are a classic wardrobe piece. Since they’re worn now with dressier outfits, the material and the workmanship have had to increase, and so is the cost.
How do you buy a pair of denim jeans?
In this article, we’ll discuss 5 factors that explain why high-end denim is a smart choice for many sharp-dressed men.
Five Factors Influencing Price
This stuff is made to last a decade versus stuff you go and you buy at the Buckle or True Religion or something like that.
That’s made to last a couple of years and the reason being is raw denim uses a heavier weight cotton denim, usually 12 to 18 ounces and they use specialty looms coming out of Japan, Zimbabwe, and in the USA. These are more resistant to wear.
They use specialty processes such as selvedge, and that’s where the end of the fabric is finished to prevent fraying, or slubiness, and what that is, is it’s small little imperfections that some of the denim heads are willing to pay extra for.
Attention to the Details
1. A mixture of other fabrics such as colorful cotton linings.
2. Another attention to detail is sewing with specialty threads, so oftentimes, lower end jeans, they don’t use a great thread and that’s why it eventually comes out. You can use specialty threads with higher end denim and it’s going to stick around longer and bring color.
4. Unique rivets and studs. The gentleman that helped me put this together, Christopher over at Brown, Deim, he actually uses 50-cal casings as part of his jeans, pretty unique.
5. Stingray, eel, and calf leather, all of those can be used on belt loops and the pockets.
The Right Fit
You can find a lot of brands out there that perhaps fit you if you’ve got a good body, but if you don’t have a good body or you’ve got one that has shorter legs or really longer legs, you want a unique type of fit or cut, that’s where going with higher end line is going to pay dividends because they target specific client profiles, build types.
By going after less, actually the fit is spot on for those that they actually do target.
So a few of the lines actually out there, they can actually make everything to your exact measurements and fit specifications.
Handmade Quality Control
One person takes the project from start to finish. This is very different from let’s say a pair of Levi’s which they’re made on a factory floor and they go from person to person, and there isn’t always a great quality control.
You do have quality control checks, but not to the degree of one person who takes full control of the project from start to finish.
Limited number, so this is where it becomes an art because it’s basically like a painting or a sculpture.
Only so many can be made from, I would say, the higher end brands because you’ve got one person and he can only do so many or she can only do so many per year.
It’s a piece of art really. It’s not a piece of common clothing. And in fact, oftentimes when you’re getting them from these one of a kind manufacturers, basically what you’re getting is one of a kind.
Cost Per Wear
It’s made for heavy use, so it’s common. You get a thousand plus wears over ten years, compare that with a hundred wears from a conventional pair of jeans. Think about it.
You pay $100 or $50 for a conventional pair of jeans that you’re never really happy with and they just do the job, and if you pay $200 to $300 for a pair of higher end denim and you get a thousand wears out of it, it actually comes to less per wear.
It also requires careful washing, which you may be saying, “Oh, that’s not a great thing because I have to actually think about it.” Well, it’s not always true because actually you wash it less.
When you do wash it, you take better care of it and therefore, you get a longer life.
Many people who are in the raw denim, they actually like the character that develops in a pair of jeans as they’re worn and they conform to the body.
For further information,I’d like for you to check out Casey over at The Butt Therapist. You can send her an email and she’ll send you three brands she thinks will work well for you.
In addition, go check out Brown, Deim. Christopher helped me out with this article. He makes custom-made denim right in the great State of Massachusetts.