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What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« on: January 26, 2010, 01:03:51 am »
I doubt many, if any, of us grew up with high end denim being particularly important in our lives. All of us here either own a nice piece of denim, or are looking to purchase one, so how did you find your way here?

I'll start:

I only started getting into high end denim about two years ago, when I found myself single after a number of years. I have always enjoyed dressing well, though it was not much of a priority. Many times, my girlfriend (now ex) was embarrassed to go out with me, since I usually wore a pair of beat up baggy Levis, complete (or incomplete) with holes worn through from my pocketknife and wallet, and a tshirt that was either way too loose or way too tight.

So I'm on the prowl again, looking for love, and I come across on another forum the suggestion of a nice pair of jeans. I buy my first pair of APC Rescues (hoping to clean up my look), and quickly realize that I'm a lot bigger than some of the guys into fashion!!! Well, the APCs led to Imperials, to Sugarcanes, to ESEFs, to FlatHeads, to Skulls, to KMWs...to IronHeart finally...(and somewhere along, I met a wonderful woman)

The rest...has yet to come!!!

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010, 02:27:26 am »
What a GREAT thread DougNg !

OK, for me...I discovered high end denim when Self Edge first opened doors, some 3.5 years ago.

I stumbled upon Self Edge accidentally one late summer,  Saturday afternoon, in Year 2006. Having just had some sinfully sick Turkish coffee at Philz, I decided to walk up 18th toward Valencia just for some pretty people watching (lots of it to be found in The Mission). I too was going through some doldrums in life...I was broken-hearted over a girl, and while wandering aimlessly round The Castro on that day, I was hoping to bump into her (didn't happen).

But I had recently thrown myself hyper-intensively into yoga -- I was doing it 7 days a week, mostly to overcome the heartbreak I was feeling. When you perform this much yoga, however, your psyche changes whether you want it to or not...in a good way. At that point, I realized that I had too much clutter in my life and that I needed....LESS. This may sound bad, but my clutter included people with whom I wasted a lot of time but had superficial relationships with. I wanted to simplify my life...and just keep less shit around.

Derek sold me my first pair of IH, 634S, W30, on that day. When I tried them on, I wasn't too crazy about them but I felt like spending $$ so I went ahead and splurged.

The 634S hung in my closet without wear for the next  year and a half.

Then one day in December 2007,  I started wearing the IH 634S. I couldn't believe what I had been missing all along ! I wore them every day during the entire month of December and made my  New Years Resolution for 2008 : Get rid of every fucking pair of pants I own except my IH 634S and a couple pair of interview/funeral/wedding slacks.

Come January 2008, that's exactly what I did. I threw my 50 or so pair of jcrew, levis 514, levis 511, diesel, true religion, etc...into several hefty lawn bags and either gave them to friends/relatives or goodwill.

I was left with 3 pair of pants in my closet -- one of them being IH jeans -- the other two, like I said, formal pants for formal occasions. In February 2008, after the big closet purge, I bought my second pair of IH jeans -- IH-1634 in a W30 (also sold to me by Derek).

For all of 2008-2009, til about September 2009, I just rotated between these two pair of IH Straightcut jeans. Though I love them (I'm wearing the 634S today), they're quite big on me. I've lost weight since I bought them, and I don't see myself ever gaining those 10 Lbs back. I needed new skinny IH jeans. That's when I went on a rampage at Self Edge late last fall and bought IH 301S, 9301 Slim Super Black, SEXIH03BK and SEXIH03.  Ginno sold me my IH 301S and 9301 Slim Super Black while Derek turned me on to the Cyclist jeans.  These 4 pair of "skinny" IH became my main rotation overnight.

So I didn't try Skull, Flat Head, Imperial, etc...I just went straight from mall brand to IH and never looked back !

But you should see my closet now. It's very thin. I don't have much shit. IH has helped me live a clutter-free life. And PS...my social life has also become clutter-free. I have a few friends that I enjoy hanging out with -- a FEW. That's all I need. :)
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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010, 09:36:57 am »
What a story! :)

I actually don't really remember how I learned about IH. I think I discovered by chance in a forum. I might have wanted to look up something on jeans and then read about it. Doesn't matter, I'm happy I ran into IH, Giles, and the gang here. I won't becoming a premium denim snob like Shuba. ;) I was wearing my ordinary Levi's STF 501 Verde Rigid the last two days and really enjoyed them. Absolutely beautiful color with a slight green cast. I actually did sit in the hot bath tub with those pants and had them shrink down and dry on my body in the Texas sun.

My next premium jeans, not that I need any, having ten pair of perfectly good jeans in the closet and probably 20 pair of other trousers, will probably be the Triple Works 1220 in Natural Indigo or the Sunrise Mud-dyed natural indigo jeans. If that stuff just wasn't so expensive, sigh.

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010, 07:48:04 pm »
I didn't wear jeans àt all until I was about 24... First I bought jeans from skatestores... Mind you: those cost 70-100 € as well... That's what still baffles me: massproduced crap jeans made in China costs you as much as 2ndhand (but 80-90 % new) Samurais or IHs or FHs or w/e...

My first 'proper' jeans were Nudies... 'Average Joe'... Bought for cheap on eBay... My first REAL proper jeans, were purchased a bit later: Atelier LaDurance 'Prescott' (overdyed). Also bought on eBay, for 40 €, and it was brandnew. Still have and still love those btw.

Then I got to know the SF and SuFu fora, and started buying FH and Sams and other high end jeans.. Bought tons of jeans the last 2 years, now I have a couple left... By now I exàctly know what a pair of jeans have to look like, and how they have to measure for me to love them.

I really am in love with the pairs I have left/ decided to keep... They hang right next to me, while I'm on the computer, typing away... So I'm able to  squeeze 'm... Look at the fades...  :-* :-* :-*

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2010, 08:18:27 pm »
You're a true denim-geek, Seul !

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 11:02:30 pm »
I bought my first selvedge items in a Amsterdam Levi store in 1997 (Jeans & Jacket‚ both Big E). A trendy work friend had just told me all about vintage shuttle looms and the Japanese owning them all. From there I started to collect some Evis items‚ imported from their flagship store in Tokyo. I continued to collect various Levis selvedge items (and some Lee  for good measure). I then went to live in Hong Kong in 2001 (for 2 years) and I found a shop with (genuine) Japanese Evis(U) and bought some more items. All of the denim I owned (all selvedge except 1 pair of Diesel) have lasted a very long time‚ then about 8 months ago I got the urge to start buying some new items‚ SuFu took my to IH‚ google took me to Giles..the rest is history.....

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 03:09:26 pm »
Funnily enough, Beatle asked me how I got into the denim thing earlier today.  It is only a snap-shot of a denim life story, but here it is:

About 6 years I decided it was time to get rid of some of the millions of pairs of 501's I had been hoarding since my youth.  As is my way, I did a stack of research, and realised that there was a massive Japanese denim culture that was not being well serviced in The West (and which I knew zippo about).

So, I researched a bit more and worked out which, in my mind, were the 5 best brands that did not have representation outside of Japan.  Top of the list was IH, so I emailed and said I wanted to look after their interests.  Luckily for me, Harakis best friend is a good English speaker, so I got an answer almost right away.

In typical Japanese fashion, it took a long, long time to get the relationship working in a way that suited both our cultures, but we got there in the end.

I was in New York with Haraki last year and a person who I had not met before asked me over dinner if I was the international representative for IH.  Before I could answer, Haraki said, "he is my partner, but more importantly, he is my friend", it was then that I knew I had eventually cracked it.

I am sure I drive him wild as I am extremely demanding and I email him incessantly, but I reckon I take well over 50% of his output (he's far to cute to confirm or otherwise), so he puts up with me!

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2010, 01:05:47 am »
Thanks for sharing that Giles, and a thank you to Beatle for asking the question!
RIP Geo

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2010, 02:39:16 am »
I expected more "spicy-ness" in Giles's story. :( I was hoping that he discovered denim along with wine, women and song when he was a lad in his mere 20s.

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2010, 02:51:20 am »
If my personal impression of Giles is worth anything at all, he discovered wine, women and song before his twenties...  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2010, 08:39:17 am »
As is my way, I found out about denim heads a long time ago and did absolutly nothing entrepreneurial about it !!! good on giles, shame on me !

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Re: What is your Denim/ Clothing Life Story?
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2010, 09:00:13 am »
Long story, short version

I've been using jeans since boyhood, thats over 40 yrs now...

About 2 or 3 years ago I got sick of what they are offering in shops nowadays here in Finland. 
Crap, at high prices. So thin denim, that it makes me wanna puke.
I'm not into fashion, been a biker since I got my license.
At first I bought 2 pairs of Levi517 as they aren't sold here (yea I know, El Cheapos) and I wanted bootcut jeans, and at that point there wasn't any available here, which is odd. Then couple of pairs of 501's Shrink-to-Fit's. At that point I found out of japanese denim. (from US with help of friends)
Then I bought Sugar Cane's 1947's.  They are fine, but still wanted bootcuts, not those skinny emo-type ridiculousies or vintage cuts...
Last autumn I found out about IH, and have been wanting a pair since. Now I got me a second-hand pair coming...

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2010, 01:43:28 pm »
I'll first start off by talking about my Dad.  I don't know him very well as my parents divorced when I was about four years old.  The one thing that drives me crazy is the fact that he lectures me constantly on just about everything. . . even to this day as I'm in my late 20's.  Although there were a few things he said that stuck with me and make sense.  "Buy things of high quality that will last."

I did this with a lot of things, even in my younger days when I slowly put together a good stereo system over several years instead of buying a cheap little boombox.  I never cared about my clothing this way because I felt like, "whats the point"?  Jumping ahead on this a bit; I was in a terrible relationship throughout my whole time in college where I took that "whats the point" outlook to another level. 

After I got out of that dismal situation and graduated I slowly started caring more about taking care of myself.  Eventually this came to the idea of clothing where I really can't remember how I found out about raw denim. . . I just know that my first pair was a Nudie "Average Joe".  Boy did I struggle with these; too tight, didn't seem as well-made as they should for the money, didn't stretch as much as I'd hope, etc, etc. 

Now I'm a person who usually has what I like to call "fleeting passions".  I get very interested and involved with something and then I could care less about it after a few months.  It was looking like good denim/clothing would be the same way until. . .

I thought to myself one day, "These Nudie's really aren't all they're cracked up to be, I need something serious".  As I looked on some message boards and checked out some brands I stumbled upon Iron Heart.  21oz ?! Three-hundred-and-how-many dollars?!  I dove right in and purchased my 634S not really knowing what to expect, just that my expectations were high.

When they finally arrived I took them out of the box and they felt like something you'd wear into combat.  I could barely get them on or close the buttons.  But it was the fact that I spent so much money that I couldn't just give up on these jeans, I was determined to fight the good fight.  After about 6-8 months they turned into something that begged to be worn everyday.  They saved me once from a nasty fall I took while playing basketball (I know, basketball in jeans) where I have a horrible scar on my elbow and a faded patch on my jeans to show what happened.  They've been with me hiking where 'pricker bushes' don't stand a chance to get through and cut me.  They've made people at work say, "Just give it up with those jeans already"!  I love these jeans  :)

Ever since then I've been filling in the gaps with some Samurai, Flat Head, etc.  Now that my jeans drawer is filled how I want, I have been picking up shirts/jackets this past year to complete everything.  Soon I'll have a wardrobe for life. . . but damn if the upcoming releases don't tug at my willpower!  ;)

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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2010, 06:01:33 pm »
Haha Jestre - great stuff... And so recognisable... Started with Nudies dry AJ's as well, and going IH only this year as well...  :-*

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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2011, 11:50:28 am »
I quite liked this thread, so I thought I would repost and see whether it is resurectable:

Funnily enough, Beatle asked me how I got into the denim thing earlier today.  It is only a snap-shot of a denim life story, but here it is:

About 6 years I decided it was time to get rid of some of the millions of pairs of 501's I had been hoarding since my youth.  As is my way, I did a stack of research, and realised that there was a massive Japanese denim culture that was not being well serviced in The West (and which I knew zippo about).

So, I researched a bit more and worked out which, in my mind, were the 5 best brands that did not have representation outside of Japan.  Top of the list was IH, so I emailed and said I wanted to look after their interests.  Luckily for me, Harakis best friend is a good English speaker, so I got an answer almost right away.

In typical Japanese fashion, it took a long, long time to get the relationship working in a way that suited both our cultures, but we got there in the end.

I was in New York with Haraki last year and a person who I had not met before asked me over dinner if I was the international representative for IH.  Before I could answer, Haraki said, "he is my partner, but more importantly, he is my friend", it was then that I knew I had eventually cracked it.

I am sure I drive him wild as I am extremely demanding and I email him incessantly, but I reckon I take well over 50% of his output (he's far to cute to confirm or otherwise), so he puts up with me!

"OK face up to it - you're useless but generally pretty honest and straightforward . . . it's a rare combination of qualities that I have come to admire in you" - Geo 2011