Thursday, March 18, 2010
Premium Selvedge Levi's 514
I get a lot of inquiries from guys looking to get into their first pair of selvedge denim and I usually recommend the APC New Standard - that was my first pair and I have yet to meet someone who wasn't completely satisfied with them. If you're someone mulling over the various options of selvedge denim you might want to also check out a pair of premium selvedge 514's. They are back in stock over at Levis and at $98 they are one of the cheaper, "starter" pairs on the market. The 514 is a "slim straight" cut and my personal favorite from the brand - not as Obama as the 501 and not as Russell Brand as the 511. Here are the facts: the jeans are made from Japanese sourced denim, manufactured in China and feature a zipper fly. They probably wouldn't be the first choice for a denim snob, but for someone just getting into the game they are a good entry point with an entry level price. As far as sizing goes, the lengths are all 34L which if un-hemmed can give you either a neat roll, a deep cuff or some stacking depending on your height of course. Waist measurements can get a little tricky based on the 514's lower rise, but there is a ton of literature on the internet, particularly a thread in Style Forum, to help you out with that.