Product(s): Jeans, Belts, Shirts, and other Clothing Accessories
Founder(s): Johan Lam and Andrew Chen
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Product Featured: ST-120x Jeans
Bought at: Mildblend Supply Co. in Chicago
Fabric Weight: 14.5 oz.
Fabric: 100% Shadow Denim Cotton from Kuroki Mills in Okayama, Japan
Special Leather Patch made by Tanner Goods
Made in the U,S,A,
First I would like to say that purchasing this pair of jeans was a very pleasurable experience. The staff at Mildbend Supply Co. was very helpful and it seemed like each shopper had their own personal Mildbend assistant uh, "assisting", them to find the perfect pair of jeans. I tried on about 4 or 5 different pairs from different companies until I settled on the 3sixteen ST-120x.
My initial reaction to the pair was, "that's different." The jeans were way darker than the other pairs I had tried on and have. In certain lighting, they can appear almost black. I already have a pair of black Gustin jeans but I thought, "meh, maybe a little lighter color pair but I'll try them on anyways." Boy am I glad I did!
I was wearing a pair of monk straps by Magnanni that I had bought second hand and recently dyed black myself (I'll write about that in another post). The jeans and the shoes looked so good together. The colors blended well and jeans seemed "dressier" than the others that I had tried on. I loved how different they were and after the employee at Mildblend had gotten them to a perfect length, they hemmed the jeans free of charge.
In terms of comfort, I would say that my Warehouse & Co. jeans (click here for my post about that pair) that I got a week later are not as stiff and ultimately more comfortable at this point in time. Obviously after more wear (and maybe a soak or two), these will get broken in.
The 3sixteen's feel sturdy though, especially compared to my Gustin's and Gilded Age (which are my most comfortable). They are great for work and a night out. You can dress them up or dress them down, they look just as good with a T-shirt and Converse as they do with a collared shirt and dress shoes/boots. I usually don't cuff the jeans because the hemmed bottom is already a great length. I think cuffing them also takes a way from their formality. However, I won't say that I don't sometimes show off that selvedge!
The little details are what I love about these jeans. For instance, the beautifully written description of the jeans that can be found written on the outside of the pocket on the interior of the jeans. Also, I love the leather patch, it is beautiful and feels like a well made leather good and not just like a brand logo. The patch adds to the overall look and you can fit slimmer belts under if you feel like showing it off. All of the jean's hardware is also top notch.
My 3sixteen ST-120x jeans are my first pair of selvedge and raw jeans that I paid full price for. My Gustins and Gilded Age are both second hand and my Warehouse & Co. were a gift. That adds to the sentimental value of these jeans and I after I looked up some of the fades that people have produced and am excited to start developing my own based on my lifestyle! I will update as time goes on!