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.
If you’re looking for a daily pair that starts out great and keeps getting better, orSlow 107s are our favorites...
107 Ivy Denim - 2 Year Wash
107s win top billing for us. They’re the perfect balance between modern and classic, have no uncomfortable break-in period and benefit from heavy use. There’s nothing aggressive on any front, just a detail rich, total package of a jean. (They were also the winner in our Denim Fits feature.)
Modeled after a favorite pair in designer Ichiro Nakatsu’s vintage collection, these are a refined familiar. With a slightly curved hip, but a straight waistband, these sit comfortably in the top-block without looking slouchy. They’re a very clean cut that pairs with anything. They have some texture, but it is pretty uniform and will fade accordingly - predominately at the stress points.
107s come in a classic, natural indigo dyed denim in both a One Year and Two Year Wash. By doing so, this sanforization process reduces future shrinkage (mostly, but not completely) so you can usually pick your normal size without a problem. Additionally, this will limit dye transfer associated with raw denim.
107 Ivy Denim - One Wash
Being the most popular cut, you can switch it up from the indigo blues with versions in white, black, or a washed black. The most comparable jeans to these are Levi’s 505s from the 1960s (if you can find them). If you can’t, picture rock & roll before highly tapered “skinny” jeans - like Sticky Fingers era Rolling Stones.
107 Ivy Denim - Black
107 Ivy Denim - Black Stone
107 Ivy Denim - White
If you have thicker thighs, you’ll fill these out without feeling like your legs are sausages. But if you’re looking for some extra movement or you want to add a little volume to your look, then go for the 105s. (Click here to read more about orSlow's 105 Standard Denim.)