Product(s): Pants, Shirts, Bags, Belts, Shoes
Founder(s): Josh Gustin & Steve Powell
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Product Featured: #129 Japan BlackXSlate
Bought on EBay
Gustin is one of those Direct-to-Consumer brands that uses the campaign business model. I find that this model is not really my cup of tea; your product may or may not get enough funding and you must wait on manufacturing if your particular item does get achieve it's campaign goal. However, just because I do not like their business model doesn't mean their items suck either!
I was fortunate to find these for around $30 on EBay from a guy who barely wore them and never washed it. I was getting a new pair of denim jeans at a really good deal as the original campaign price was $116.00 (Gustin put them at a $205+ value for what that is worth).
Food restrictions aside, I find these jeans to be very well made. Despite being branded as an "entry level" company into the world of raw and selvedge denim, they don't seem to be that far off from my Warehouse & Co. and 3sixteens. The sewing is well done, the hardware is sturdy, and they look fantastic as a dressier pair of jeans.
In terms of how the fabric feels, this is where the difference lies. I would say that the jeans have that "normal" feel, if that makes any sense. They don't feel like they need to be seriously broken in like my 3sixteens and they're more flexible than my Warehouse & Co. pair, they just feel like regular,old jeans. Whether a person likes that or not is a personal preference. I prefer the breaking in period of a quality pair of selvedge, raw denim clothing and the after effect of long term wear: like my Gilded Age that I also got used and already have specific fades. Granted, the fades and wear are not specific to me but they are so soft from wear!.
While they are missing that "quality feel", they still are a darn good looking pair of jeans. If I am not dressing them up, I like to wear them with my red 1000 Mile Boots and my indigo Pigeon Tree Crafting Quick Release Belt.
Although I probably won't purchase another Gustin product in the future (Just so many brands out there to try!), I can't say that they aren't a quality pair of jeans. They look good and are well made. You can dress them up and you can dress them down. I can't wait to see what cool fades develop with the black dye and compare them with my indigo denim jeans. -Stylin' Asian