I have very very mixed feelings about these jeans. The way that it fades is really cool, I love the super slubby material and craftsmanship that went into these. The hidden rivets make some really cool and intense fades on the tops of the rear pockets as they ought to.
Unfortunately, things that I initially really loved about the jeans are starting to become a problem. The minimalist approach to the construction has lead to some really early holes and tears in the rear pocket where I keep my phone. Having worn these for only 2.5 months, there’s already 3 pretty sizable holes in the rear. The RGT SK’s that I have, are 1/2 reinforced with canvas so the tears took some time to come in. The other problem is the material. I bought these anticipating that they would stretch some amount (research told to me to expect stretching UP TO 2.5 inches in length). Don’t get me wrong, they have stretched, just not quite enough for my tastes.
Nonetheless, still love these like the day I got em.
I still wear this thing pretty religiously. I really love the way the denim fades/breaks in. This being my first raw jacket as well as being made from light weight denim, I’ve learned that I’m not a huge fan of lighter weights. The jacket almost feels like shirting so it’s really light and super comfy.
On a side note, this jacket has definitely reinforced my love for denim. The fades and stretching tell no lies and show how I usually cuff/wear my jacket or keep in my pockets.
The tools I’m using are really pitiful so the next one I make, I should have better tools by then. I didn’t really know anything about leather working before I did this but I definitely know what I need to change next time. I realized half way through that when folding the leather, you can wet it to make it more flexible, that’s why there are tears in the middle at the spine. The punch I’m using is too big, it works more like a… apple coring tool(?) and takes out too much material, so the holes are too big for my liking. It also does individual holes rather then a line of holes so it’s hard to keep a consistently straight line. I also need a tool to clean the edges so they’re rounded and don’t look so rough.
As far as the design goes, I made it really basic. Bifold wallet, 2 pockets, ideally 1 for cash, 1 for card. This wallet is oriented for a right handed person, so if I made one for a left handed person, the pockets would just switch sides.
On future wallets, I plan on putting in a lining eventually and maybe making a simple sleeve wallet with 2 pockets, all made from 1 piece.
In some ways, this is very NOT my style and in some ways, it totally is. Typically, I would never go for any pre-distressed denim because I see that as sacrilege and disrespectful but this whole jacket is chalked full of that. Made from light weight denim and cotton fabric typically found in henleys, 3 top stitched pockets, 1 interior pocket, non-uniform notions. This reeks of modernized Americana. Love it!
Food from the first time I visited New York. Before I even moved here.
1. Pork belly on top of grits and broccoli. Cafeteria. Great cocktails and good good here.
2. Deconstructed apple tart. wd-50. The infamous Wylie Dufresne’s restaurant. Needless to say, fuckin great meal.
3. Roasted chicken on top of spinach. Cafe Select. Solid food all around. Mixture of multiple European cuisines.
4. Braised pork belly banh mi. I honestly can’t remember where this is from. Let’s take a second here and note that come from California, where we have a HUGE Vietnamese population (arguably the largest in the U.S.), New York has some banh mi game. Granted less authentic, but LEAGUES better. Check out Banh Mi Zon for what I think is the best banh mi in NYC. I’ve only been here a month though so there’s that.
5. Classic shrimp and grits. Peels. ‘Only the good die young’, as they say. Peels is closed which is a shame and a travesty. Arguably my favorite dining experience in NYC because of the decor, atmosphere, food, everything. All of it had a Southern charm.
6. King salmon, 1 of 15 pieces from the Omakase we had at Yuba. I cannot stress this enough about this place, it’s super low key and doesn’t look like much, but their Omakase is fucking amazing (and affordable). They don’t get caught up on formalities or snobbiness. They score the shit out of any fish they put sauce on to take in a lot of the sauce. Still balanced and delicious. This place is a prime example of ‘don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it’.
7. Dancing spicy ramen at Zen6. Really interesting and really tasty. Whoever thought about putting fried calamari in ramen is a mad man.
I learned to love broccoli rabe on this trip. Tasty.
Goodbye to my favorite shoes. I really loved these things. When I bought them, I didn’t know of any brand loyalty and marks or signs of quality, I bought them purely for aesthetic value and nothing else. Frankly, I didn’t really care about clothes or a wardrobe until I bought these. The brand that made them (Alfani) doesn’t produce soles for these shoes anymore so I can’t get them resoled… It’s been a good 5 years but it’s time to say goodbye.
Also, moving to New York City on Tuesday! So goodbye to California for a bit I suppose.
14oz of slubby, indigo dyed denim. Indigo dyed threads as well so the stitching should change as the denim itself does. Minimal and elegant stitching so these are constructed around the denim itself. I’ve worn these for… 5(?) days now and the slubby parts are already fading.
Computers still broken! More posts in higher detail and quality coming soon.