Fall: a season for crispy leaves and crispier denim. The crispiest? Raw. Means it’s never been washed. The factory-floor-rich dye — like a leather briefcase, brass belt buckle or waxed canvas jacket — provides its wearer with a blank canvas; no two pairs age quite the same. Also means they wear heavy and breathe about as well as an asthmatic in a dust storm till properly broken in.
So take advantage of dropping temps and pick up fresh pair. By next summer they’ll be riding like a second skin. Herewith: five options we endorse.
We hold newcomers Mott & Bow in high regard for two reasons: clean aesthetics and a price you can’t beat. Website is dead simple to navigate, and they’ll even send you a second try-on size to ensure a proper fit.
Another young upstart, Gustin co-opts the Kickstarter model to offer a wide range of styles and fabrics. Stay updated on new offerings here. We’re digging the Italian denim on the #80. Check out their new line of boots while you’re there.
Jeans so classic you’ll wanna call ‘em dungarees. It’s the same cut gents sported Post-WWII, faithfully reproduced by Levi’s Vintage Clothing division. For men who don’t do skinny — a timeless straight-leg fit with a few modern updates like durable double-needle stitching.
Classic blue jean from J. Crew’s completely overhauled denim line. New slim, stylish cuts. Denim from Japan. The 484 is their slimmest offering, but still provides enough room for comfort.
A lightweight black jean handmade in L.A. with a perfect slim-straight fit. Bonus points for the hidden back pen pocket.
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