Friday, January 16, 2009

Back To Black!

I am a denim snob. I only wear denim pants and I only wear raw denim. I love the complexities and intricacies of breaking in jeans and seeing the evolution of the denim. They stretch and fade and from some standardized mass marketed product comes something unique. Forest Gump says that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, but you can learn even more about a person from their jeans. 

Although I am a self admitted denim snob, price doesn't enter the equation. Fit is the top priority. The quality of the denim used, detailing, and construction are all secondary, yet of high consideration. Once you find a pair of jeans that fit you, everything in the universe seems to have aligned. The stars positioned themselves in just such a way the first time I put on a pair of A.P.C. New Standards. The French label's New Standard cut is considered to be the 501 of Europe, classic and timeless. They are a slim cut that tapers slightly from the knee. The upper end is very flattering with that is tight and boxy and fits a slimmer more European figure. There is no branding or excess detail on them at all. Just silver rivets and golden chainstiched thread holding together the beautiful, crunchy, stiff, raw selvage denim. 

I have worn my New Standards everyday since I purchased them on April 28, 2008. The fading and contrast is incredible on the jeans and they fit like a glove. Until recently they were the only pants I wore. They're just my go-to item in my wardrobe. I'm a jeans an t-shirt kinda guy, so it was easy. 

Recently A.P.C. released a limited number of New Standard cut jeans featuring black denim. It was time for me to consider another pair of jeans, and after looking around I decided to get back to black as I have enjoyed black jeans in the past. The picture is terrible, but I just thought I would try to give you an idea of how the jeans fit. They are without flaw. I have a new favorite pair of jeans! 

If you don't already have a pair of favorite jeans, go get a pair. Good denim is essential to any wardrobe. 


  1. I agree, jeans are essential. I have been looking for a pair of jeans that fit well and look good.

  2. Jeans are only essential to those that haven't enjoyed the feeling of a nice pair of slacks! Bye the way, the "european figure" should be the figure of the world, but unfortunately, the "American/Fatass Figure" seems to win. It pisses me off.

  3. always on the lookout for a good pair of jeans.

  4. ummm when are you going to update your blog? can't keep us hanging like this!

  5. Dear Teddy,

    You live on in our hearts, remembered by your sweet smile, great temperment and artistic flare. I wish I would have know you as an adult, but I'll bet anything you had the same wonderful characterisitcs that we knew and loved when you were a little neighbor boy!

    All of our good memories of you Teddy are here to stay! Love, Mary, Meredith & Allie