30 thoughts on “Are there any denim brands you guys dislike, for whatever reason? Could be aesthetics, business model, etc.

  1. Anonymous says:

    True Religion. Tacky designs that appeal to Black folk and midwestern whiye trash. Screams "low class, poor education" to me.

    • Anonymous says:

      i dislike 99% of ‘designer’ denim unless its actually genuinely interesting or different. dior 19cm and rick geth are probably the only designer jeans i actually like.

      i actually don’t hate true religion. they’re not my thing but on a technical level stuff like the super qt’s are actually pretty impressive & cool from a strictly denim sperg perspective. i also remember them being the only place you could get a non hideous pre-fade wash at the mall 20yrs ago when malls were a thing.

      • Anonymous says:

        To each their own, I guess. Regardless of the quality, I can’t get over the flat colors and huge overstitching that make True Religion look like something outside of a cartoon or borderlands.I also haven’t seen a single person wearing True Religion who wasn’t a massive douchebag.

        • Anonymous says:

          oh yeah i agree its been probably 15 years since i’ve worn a pair of trues. i’ll always keep at least a pair in the denim nerd archive collection though. some of the stuff they do on the higher end is pretty technically impressive not that i’m a fan of the end result either.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Brave Star because they’re cut for skeletons. N&F because I’ve met BPD whores more reliable then their sizing. Levi’s because their business model consists of ruining their own product and then bringing back the good version at a 400% markup limited release

  3. Anonymous says:

    Levi’s. Horrific QC, extremely overpriced for what you get, even from their premium lines. They’ve been riding off their brand recognition for like 30 years while cutting more and more corners every year. I hecking hate Levi’s.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Let’s start by saying all brands made in bangledesh are hecking trash (Levi’s, true religion, etc, etc.)

    Now for some trash jeans that are seen as "good" by others

    Unbranded – Cheap and shitty, Naked & famous – ugliest stupid patches I’ve ever seen + stupid cuts, rogue territory — Made for twinks

    Basically just buy iron heart or what the heck are you even doing

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hate brands that don’t offer a 100% cotton option, so basically most mass market brands.
    God I hate stretch in my denim. Makes me feel greasy for some reason.
    Lots of Levi’s hate in the thread. Mostly agree, but I like my STF 501s

    • Anonymous says:

      >Lots of Levi’s hate in the thread.
      With reason, and I say this as someone who still loves the brand. The thing is that levis coasts on a lot of brand recognition and can get away with lots of shitty products. I don’t know if it’s ever gonna catch up to them, they’re basically the Coke of jeans.
      Their mainline sucks, the premium line should be their basic and at half the price. Their vintage line is cool but way, way overpriced.

      oh yeah i agree its been probably 15 years since i’ve worn a pair of trues. i’ll always keep at least a pair in the denim nerd archive collection though. some of the stuff they do on the higher end is pretty technically impressive not that i’m a fan of the end result either.

      Didn’t mean no offense, of course. I’ll admit that part of my contempt for True Religion comes from me heavily associating the brand with the most tacky and douchebaggy trends of the y2k era. In my mind they’re in the same category of affliction tees, snowed jeans and gelled spiked hair.

  6. Anonymous says:

    What brands do you guys recommend then? Is tuxbell/the sticky still relevant? I’m pretty new to all this and saw that it was last updated in 2018, so I feel like opinions and trends have drastically changed since then. I like to shop locally so I can try things on, so I’ll go to any NYC places you recommend.

    • Anonymous says:

      just go to self edge in nyc
      they have the widest selection of good denim you will find outside japan you cant possibly heck up

      • Anonymous says:

        nice, thanks for the tip. What should I be looking for in general? I’m trying to upgrade from just levis and uniqlo jeans. Or is everything good here aka just pick whatever looks good?

        • Anonymous says:

          really just know what kind of fit you want otherwise most denim boutiques will default to steering you towards the skinnier type /r/mfa fit.
          and remember fit is everything.
          beyond that… denim speaks for itself when you look at it. you’ll find everything from the more out there giga slubby/neppy shuttle loomed fabrics to "just a damn good pair of jeans" gimmicky stuff basic stuff etc. self edge mostly caters to modern cuts/brands.
          if you want a brand i know they stock to check out right out of the gate: samurai at the higher price tier, sugar cane at the lower price tier.
          the nyc location is smaller and i’m a west coastie so i don’t really know what they have there… probably worth checking out blue in green and standard & strange too. there’s also a bunch of denim brand flagship stores in nyc.

          • Anonymous says:

            fuark, I’m too stupidly new to know exactly what it is that I want, so I hope

            i haven’t been to any of the nyc stores but all the west coast denim boutiques exclusively employ hyper-sperg denim enthusiasts so there’s not really any sale pressure and the employees will actually know everything about everything in their store + be able to tell you what will and won’t work on your frame just looking at you. its not like shopping at uniqlo you can just ask the guys working there ‘hey i want this type of fit in a slubby mid weight denim’ and they’ll set you up or let you know they don’t have what you’re looking for and probably tell you where to go to get it.

            is right and they can just tell me what would look good on me.

          • Anonymous says:

            I regularly frequent the Self Edge shop in Portland. The guys at any Self Edge location will tell you exactly what you need. Generally as a rule of thumb, do not go with a slim fit unless you are actually really skinny, it’s going to look like you’re stuck in 2010. The three brands you’ll want to check out are Sugar Cane (really great 40s-60s Levi’s reproductions), Samurai (repro inspired cuts, but with more experimental denim and Japanese heritage features), and Iron Heart (robust, straight weave heavy denim with motorcycle culture inspiration). Each of these companies have their own fits with dimensions that differ slightly. If a specific brand fits you significantly better than others, you will want to hold that as a higher priority since fit is EVERYTHING with jeans. If all those jeans fit you well, it’s just up to you to figure out what aesthetic and denim texture you like more

          • Anonymous says:

            I regularly frequent the Self Edge shop in Portland. The guys at any Self Edge location will tell you exactly what you need. Generally as a rule of thumb, do not go with a slim fit unless you are actually really skinny, it’s going to look like you’re stuck in 2010. The three brands you’ll want to check out are Sugar Cane (really great 40s-60s Levi’s reproductions), Samurai (repro inspired cuts, but with more experimental denim and Japanese heritage features), and Iron Heart (robust, straight weave heavy denim with motorcycle culture inspiration). Each of these companies have their own fits with dimensions that differ slightly. If a specific brand fits you significantly better than others, you will want to hold that as a higher priority since fit is EVERYTHING with jeans. If all those jeans fit you well, it’s just up to you to figure out what aesthetic and denim texture you like more

            they really don’t give a heck if you spend all day there looking at denim and don’t buy anything. everyone who works at those stores are prolific online denim enthusiasts who will lose sleep if someone posts a bad looking fit pic online that they know came out of their store. denim boutiques, western or in japan it doesn’t matter, are my favorite shopping experience in the world even better than the rick store. i went through a ~8 year period where i didn’t wear denim at all and i felt like i was cheating on a girlfriend.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i haven’t been to any of the nyc stores but all the west coast denim boutiques exclusively employ hyper-sperg denim enthusiasts so there’s not really any sale pressure and the employees will actually know everything about everything in their store + be able to tell you what will and won’t work on your frame just looking at you. its not like shopping at uniqlo you can just ask the guys working there ‘hey i want this type of fit in a slubby mid weight denim’ and they’ll set you up or let you know they don’t have what you’re looking for and probably tell you where to go to get it.

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