There are two new pairs of jeans in the .Bro family - a pair of euro-hip Nudie Straight Svens and a pair of classic-Americana Levi's 501xx Shrink-to-Fits.
Let's meet them -
Nudie is a Swedish brand, but their jeans are made in Italy and I ordered them from a Swiss retailer. It took a hair under three weeks for kitchener.ch to ship them to WI, which seems slow in this age of big internet hypercomputer-pipes. Worth the wait, though - they made it and they're gorgeous, even folded up in the box.
I ordered them in 30x34, which fits a tad snug. From what I've read, though, sanfordized dry denim stretches like a ballerina - that if I can get the top button done, that's all I need to worry about for now. I'm about a week into the six months Nudie recommends wearing them before washing for the first time, and they're just starting to feel non-shameful.
The 501xx Shrink-to-fits are raw and unsanfordized - basically, Levi's stitched them together and sent them out the door. I got them on super-clearance because I bought a ridiculously long inseam - 38". I wanted them over-long for cuffing anyway, so the price cut was fortiutous.
The "shrink" "to" "fit" portion happens in the bathtub - "cold-soak 'em, starch the hell out of 'em, and wear 'em hard" is the advice I was given. So I did, and then Emmett was all, "Day-umn, caretaker, them's some stiff jeans! Mrrow?" After the soak, they're down to a 31x36 and relatively loose through the thighs, knees, and calves. It's a very different fit and style than the Nudies - hipster tight vs. street-kid cuffed & loose.
(edit: what's wrong with blogger's photo-hosting? I'm finding something else temporarily because I want to get this up...)