Japanese or Italian Selvedge Denim Jeans: High Premium Quality, Low Price from One Denim

One Denim Japanese Raw Selvedge Denim, Worn by Urban Gent Taariq Tut

It's been awhile since we've done a proper denim piece at The Urban Gentleman, so when the kind folks at One Denim hit us up we decided to to explore their offerings instead of just bypassing the request like we sometimes do (sorry others). A little history lesson… We wrote our first denim article, "Top 10 Jeans" back in July 2008, just a month after we started (the styles have changed so so much, it's kinda hilarious). In 2010, we were asked to do a Denim Style guide for H&M. Then in 2011 we collaborated with Italian brand Meltin Pot on their in-store and online campaign to relaunch their new collection. I reference all that to say we're definitely denim lovers and we've seen the growth in the past decade from a focus on just jean style to a more dedicated focus on premium selvedge denim.

Since 2010, selvedge denim has been a staple in any stylish man's wardrobe. The rise in popularity of course lead to more and more companies making their jeans selvedge, nearly every brand has caught on, but there's mediocre quality and high quality. You of course want high quality. The price for a really good pair of premium selvedge denim ranges between $195 – $450, generally landing around $300. This can be a little bit pricey if you're on a budget– whether it's saving for university or saving for that floating home you're itching to build in Seattle. The thing we like about One Denim is that they've found a way to cut out the middle man and offer a $300 pair of denim for $100 (£80). Pretty sweet right? Yea, we think so. To test out their line we chose to compare their staple Italian Selvedge Denim and Japanese Selvedge Denim

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Top 10 List: Best Men’s Jeans

I've been getting alot of questions recently about jeans. Many of you want to know what are the best brands to buy. There's ALOT that goes into jeans- so many fits, styles, washes, brands, etc. . . It's hard to narrow the best brands down. So I'll do a couple of articles about jeans – this time I'll focus on 10 top brands

 

~LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER~

1. EXPRESS


Express jeans are so nicely tailored. And they're the first jean types that I have friends try-on when they are changing their style from baggy to more tailored and fitted.

2. 7 for all Mankind
aka Seven Jeans

These were my first real "designer" jeans. Seven jeans
are super soft, top quality, and can last you a lifetime. These are everyday jeans for stars, especially when they're in movies.

3. LRG Jeans

LRG Jeans are actually some of my favorite! They have so many styles and colors- they offer looks that no one else does.

4. True Religion

You'll also catch the rich and famous rockin' these on a daily basis- you can tell by the "upside down horseshoe" stitching on the back pockets. They're comfortable and have an overall good fit.

5. Evisu

Japanese jeans are on top these days, and Evisu is one of the top brands stealing everyone's thunder. They're a happy medium between extra baggy and extra fitted.

6. Gap

Gap jeans are also an "every guy" type of jean, probably more so than Lucky. Gap offers a plethora of sizes and style for men of all shapes and sizes.

7. Levi's

When in doubt- Buy Levis. Levi's are the classic jeans, and they ALWAYS look good. The brand develops with time so they work hard to keep the latest styles in stock.
(Levi's skinny jeans shown above- most guys shouldn't wear these though)

8. Rock & Republic

Once again, these are jeans worn by the rich and famous. I really like the way these jeans fit on most guys. . . they make men look trim and not that it's important to guys, but they also make your ass look great.

9. Tommy Bahama

Some of you may be thinking, WTF! Tommy Bahama?? Yeah, thats right Tommy Bahama. This pick is specifically for the older gentleman- I would say 35 and above (hopefully that doesn't offend anyone). Tommy Bahama offers a great variety of styles and washes that are very comfortable, they're especially good for older gent who are unsure of what type of jean to wear.

 

10. Lucky


Lucky jeans, I call these the "every guy jean" because almost every type of guy looks good in these jeans.

 

Other Top Brands:

Diesel Jeans


 

Mavi Jeans

Gucci
For some reason, not everyone knows they make jeans. But they do – and they're flawless. Stars like to rock these on the red carpet.

 
You can buy jeans at most department stores and even at some boutiques. For the best prices on these jeans look for sales at store like Macys, Nordstrom, Saks, etc. and also check out online sites- bluefly.com and ebay.com are always great choices.There are still so many top-notch jeans that I didn't mention- let me know what brand jeans are your favorite. . .


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