Happy Friday! Alden LSxSE boots

It’s a happy Friday today! I can never feel better and can’t wait to share with everyone. I woke up and these boots were delivered to my door! Alden x Leather Soul x Self Edge collaboration boots! I always wanted a pair of Alden x LeatherSoul, but every time they posted their new arrivals, they always seem to be pre-ordered and almost sold out. Finally, my savings allowed me to order this limited pair in time. These are my first Alden with Goodyear sole. I always love the natural chromexcel leather, and these boots turned out great together! Unionmade also did a great collaboration of bison leather boots w/ Goodyear sole over a year ago (some pics from another great Alden blog HERE), but they were sold out fairly quickly. Anyway, they are 2 different boots but similar construction. Enough said! please enjoy the pics of these great boots! Thank you Leather Soul x Self Edge for great collaboration. Have a great obsessing weekend!

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Balcony report: Imperial Duke

This is the denim that started my rawww obsession, the Imperial Duke! I may have owned some used vintage Levi’s and admittedly some lame fashion jeans in the past, but this was the first new raw denim for me. It was the first time I stopped by Self Edge 3-4 years ago. I tried on a few jeans like Imperial, Sugar cane, Flat head, and Iron heart, to get the feel of different fittings. I like many of them but had to choose one. The Duke is a mid/high rise slim straight jeans. At the time, I wasn’t used to the really tight and uncomfy jeans, so I bought a tagged size 33. My usual waist size is 32. After a few months wears, the waist and thighs stretched out quite a lot. Though these are the slim straight jeans, the thighs are quite roomy. I should have got size 32, so if someone is looking to buy Imperial Duke, I’d recommend true-to-size.

They call their cut a ‘low yoke’ skinny/straight cut, but the jeans really feel like a mid/high rise. Maybe I’m not exactly sure what ‘low yoke’ means. The denim is 14.25 oz, but after many wears, it felt quite soft and thin. To be honest, I didn’t wear them as much after I got Sugar cane and PBJ. My Imperial hasn’t faded much yet. I’ve seen my friend’s Imperial Duke with heavy wears, and the fading is quite something. Another thing I like about Imperial jeans is that the selvedge line comes up all the way to the waistband, which gives that distinctive fading to the sides of the jeans. You can see the selvedge detail in the last 2 pictures. I’ll continue to update these when I get back on wearing them. From the pics, my Imperial is about 1 year ‘not-so-regular’ wear and one hot wash.

Imperial Duke tagged size 33 current measurement:

Waist = 33.50″
Thighs = 12″
Knee = 8.25″
Leg Opening = 8″
Front Rise = 11″
Rear Rise = 14″
Inseam (Hemmed) = 31.25″

My Friday the 13th nightmare: Dry Bones x Self Edge x Superfuture x Styleforum

Here’s my very own Friday the 13th nightmare, Dry Bones x Self Edge x Superfuture x Styleforum SEXDBXSXS12 *^%#€£¥!?!! It sports a super heavyweight 22oz Japanese selvedge unsanforized exclusive fabric by Dry Bones. You can’t find any comfort in this jean but I’m fighting it! I’ll post more review soon. Have a happy obsessing Friday 13th!

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Balcony report: Levi’s Vintage Clothing LVC 501 1947

A classic is always a classic. I love Levi’s. The classic ‘v’ arcuate  back pocket and ‘2 horses pulling jeans’ leather patch design that inspired many other brands. The trademark ‘red tab’ with Capital E on vintage 501s is simply classic. I bought this a few months after PBJ (almost 3 years ago). It’s Levi’s Vintage Clothing LVC 501 1947 reproduction. At that time, I found it hard to find LVC around. The Levi’s store in SF downtown didn’t carry them only until recently. I got this at a local shop in Portland called Blake.

This LVC 501 1947 has a very different character comparing to my other Japanese selvedge jeans. The Cone Mills 14 oz fabric feels and looks somewhat stretchy to me. It has a classic slim straight fit with medium-to-high rise. From what I understand, it is the slimmest 501 out of all the classic 501s. Maybe that’s why it feels sooo tight on my thighs! The color is still quite dark, and it doesn’t fade much at all. I wore it regularly for 8-10 months and no wash yet. Later, I found that the Levi’s shop in downtown can do custom embroidery for all your Levi’s jeans. So I got my name embroidered on the top left front pocket and a bit of ‘stars’ on the rear thighs. I think the stars embroidered turned out a little bit much, but they are there now…Check out my fit and detail pics. You can also find more info for all LVC 501s reproduction here. They just launched their official site a few months back.

LVC 501 1947 tagged size 32 current measurement:

Waist = 32″
Thighs = 11″
Knee = 8″
Leg Opening = 7.75″
Front Rise = 11″
Rear Rise = 14.75″
Inseam (Hemmed) = 33.5″

Balcony report: Pure Blue Japan PBJ xx-005

This PBJ xx-005 came right after I got Sugar Cane, so they were in my frequent rotation during the first year. It also has a very nice slim straight fit and a little taper from knee down similarly to SC. When I bought the jean, I believed it is 12.5 oz. Now the xx-005 I see is 14 oz. My favorite part of this jean is the slubby texture. The jean looks so nice when aged. I bought this from Blue in Green NYC, and you can find more info here. Check out the slubbiness pics~~!

PBJ xx-005 tagged size 31 current measurement:

Waist = 32″
Thighs = 11.5″
Knee = 8″
Leg Opening = 7.75″
Front Rise = 9.5″
Rear Rise = 13.25″
Inseam (Hemmed) = 31.5″