Who tests denim at just 2 weeks in? We do. To us, initial reaction is one thing, but when it comes to denim, our goal is to stretch them out in the first two weeks so that those remaining five and a half months feel great. We’re stoked about getting Raleigh Denim in the shop and available online because we like to establish good relationships with our neighbors, and that’s how we think of Raleigh Denim. Click for the continuation.
So let’s get to it. What we have here is a pair of two-week-old Raleigh Denim Lincoln Raw Thin Cut jeans. I sized down one size because that’s what fit the tightest at the time while still being able to button the fly. Initial reaction in the dressing room was instant hit. These guys look and feel absolutely amazing. The fit alone was unmatched to any denim I had ever tried on. The length was perfect and I’m 5′-11″, so the bunch at the end was just enough. The fit around the calves all the way to the thighs were awesome, and I’m not one for thin-cut jeans. A Levi’s 514 is my ideal cut and fit, so you can see why I was a bit nervous about these at first.
But, besides the labeling as a thin-cut jean, I was beyond impressed on how they looked on me and felt. Good to go, I was leaving with them that day.
Within three days of wearing them every chance that I could; running up the stairs at work, numerous bike rides, sweat, taking a nap in them and simply lounging, they had stretched to a pretty perfect fit. Getting them on was no longer a struggle and they were beginning to sit perfectly at the hips, no belt needed.
Now the details: This company knows they make one amazing pair of jeans and they’re not afraid to let you know in the details. Starting from the inside the label reads, “Handcrafted in North Carolina by NON-AUTOMATED Jeansmiths.” Click here for the proof of that. Secondly, I can’t express to you without being able to touch it in person how amazing this NC White Cone Denim really is. I believe this particular pair is probably a nice 10 or 12oz American denim, not too thick, not too thin, and God they feel good. Then, on each inside pocket, they have screenprinted left and right hipbones, signed by the owners and creators themselves, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko.
And the simplicity on the outside is apparent too. With no exterior markings except for the batch number stamped into the corner of the back pocket, beautiful. You’ll also notice by the pictures that they have included the white selvedge detail through a thin strip on the left and right pockets, as well as the center rear belt loop. Just small little details that are so wonderful.
At just two weeks in, they’re everything I could ask for and more. I haven’t touched my other two pairs since, although they look kind of sad over there on the shelf. We’ll keep you posted every month on the wear and tear of these guys. Click here to shop Raleigh Denim.