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Slim-straight, raw indigo, “Made in the USA” jeans for under $40?

Yes, please.

I stumbled on these earlier this week while looking for reviews and background information on the maker. A Los Angeles-based line, James Jeans is run by the husband and wife team of James Chung and Seun Lim. Seun Lim apparently hand-cuts all the patterns, and the line’s signature is a “dry-aging” process that’s meant to soften the denim. With suggested retail prices in the $120 to $185 range, I’d found a pair on MyHabit for $75, and Gilt carries them for $89. So imagine my surprise when Amazon had them for $32 (the price has since crept up to ~$37). I quickly snapped up a pair for an in-person review.

I’m not sure if the raw indigo denim is “dry-aged”, but it certainly felt softer and lighter than other raw denim I’ve worn. I found going true-to-size was a good choice; the overall fit is slim but comfortable. It’s a little loose in the waist, but I expect they should tighten up after a first wash. If you prefer a tighter fit, it might be worth sizing down one.

As you can tell from the pictures, the detailing on these is tastefully discreet, with barely-there decorative stitching on the back pockets. The hardware used throughout doesn’t seem quite as nice as what’s on the other premium denim I own (3Sixteen and LVC), and there’s no selvage line, if that matters to you (it doesn’t to me).

Perspective is in order, though. Are these a good deal for $40 jeans? Yes, they are.

As with many clothes available at Amazon, these jeans ship free, and returns are free if you have Amazon Prime—plus, you can get another 20% off if you sign up for Amazon’s Clothing newsletter.  I’m not the only one who’s caught on, as I’ve watched the stock of available sizes slowly dwindle over the the past day or so. If you’re interested, pick up a pair now before they’re gone.

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