J.Crew recently relaunched their men’s denim line – updating cuts and finishes. The line consists of three different cuts: 484, 770 and 1040 (and 7 available washes). The line features premium Japanese denim from world renowned denim mill Kaihara; using a special in-house rope dying technique. Although I am not normally a fan of washes or finishes ( I like my denim raw), J. Crew manages to make whiskering and distressing look natural (their secret is doing it by hand). I got to check out the preview and tried them all on, here is the low down.
484 is the slimmest fit in the line. The 484 sits below the waist and features a narrow leg. This is the perfect jean for the guy who appreciates a skinny jean but isn’t about to adopt the denim leggings popularized with the hipsters. For the technical guys: a 14.5″ leg opening.This is a grown up skinny jean. Interesting fact, named after the J. Crew Men’s store in SoHo – if you are a SoHo guy, this is probably the jean for you (this is the jean I went with in the end).
770 The 770 occupies the perfect space between a straight cut jean and a skinny jeans. The jean is cut straight through the hip but still slim in the thigh and leg. This is the a great fit for almost any man. For the technical guys: a 15″ leg opening.This cut is named after the address of the corporate office in NoHo – so think of this as the fashion forward corporate jean ( I got this pair for those days I want skinny but not too skinny).
1040 Although the brand likes to say that this cut is for guys who prefer a traditional fit with more room to move in – this isn’t what you think of when you hear those words. It is not loose cut or a boot cut – these aren’t your dad’s jeans. The 1040 falls straight through the hip, thigh and leg. For the technical guys: a 16″ leg opening. Named after their store on Madison – this jean is perfect for the Upper East kind of man.