Whatever your walk of life, it’s in jeans; they’re the workhorses of the wardrobe. Worldwide, people own an average of 6 pairs, but only wear 4. There’s probably significantly higher averages in this community, but amongst the stacks in the closet, the few in heavy rotation stay on top. We all have our favorites. There is simply no other material that develops character like denim does, so finding the right couple of pairs is worth the hunt.
There’s a lot of great choices out there. If you like something slubby, with variance in the texture and that will produce amazing, mostly vertical fades over time, no brand makes a slubbier denim than ONI (more on Slub and Nep here). If you’re looking for something special with even more texture and the deepest indigo possible, nothing matches Kapital’s sashiko stitched Century Denim. All of those will age beautifully, but can take some work to break-in.
For a daily go-to, orSlow's 105 Standard Denim are the most classic cut...
105 Standard Denim
105 Standard Denim - One Wash
105s are a chip off the old block. Modeled after Industrial Era 501s, these are the truest classics of American style. orSlow takes that and puts every bit of Japanese craftsmanship ethos into them; they're not a direct reproduction, incorporating a few bonus details and, more than anything, orSlow always puts the fit first.
They’re cut from the same cloth as the 107s and the comfortable top-block is the same refined balance of look and feel. The only real difference between the two is in the leg taper. 105s have a relaxed taper that is close to a straight cut. 105s fit over a bigger boot comfortably and match nicely to any chunkier footwear.
A slightly curved hip with a straight waistband give them an authentic vintage feel right away. High rise with plenty of room in the top block, there’s a slight taper that allows for easy movement from top to bottom.
The other serious draw to orSlow is in the fabrication. A rigid grayscale Japanese 13.5oz denim furthers the easy-wear, daily favorite theme with these and will create only subtle fading and light whiskering for something that balances out to an even, light wash.
Looking for a slightly different fit? Try out orSlow's 107s (read about them here.)