Famously, you can’t please all of the dudes all of the time. There are heritage denim fanatics — the kind of guys who typically shop at Son of Stag or Clutch Cafe. Then there are guys who certainly appreciate the beauty of 22oz rope-dyed denim, but are also drawn to more modern fits.
These jeans from Italian imprint Sunnei are more likely to appeal to the latter. If the denim here has a back-story, one of antique looms and irregular weaves, it is not mentioned on the brand site. Rather I suspect, the denim here is good and serviceable, but nothing that demands documents of authenticity. Basically, these are fashion jeans. Or, to put it in a way that’s less likely to induce vomiting, we’re talking leading-edge design, having a stab at what feels right for now.
There’s a lot to like here. The elasticated waist = ease of wear during a bloated hangover. The drawstings are a suitably modish touch, while those jumbo back pockets look like the kind of back pockets I’d actually use. There’s the colour of course, a sort of mid-washed blue, which might not be to your taste. But then, if like me you’ve a closet full of dark indigo, wouldn’t these break things up a bit?
Most crucially, there’s the cut. Wide and loose and cropped. If the truncated length scares you, I reckon that elasticated waist would help — you’d be able to jiggle them to sit on your hips, minimising the gulf between hem and shoe. I also notice that the wideness of the hem itself can be modified with a couple of snap buttons. So if the whole ‘pipe me aboard sailor’ vibe isn’t working for you, you can clip them in for a more tapered approach.
Personally, I’m all about that last detail. As I’ve discussed here before, I’ve got a couple of pairs of immense Needles H.D pants. One pair features a drawcord at the hem, one doesn’t. The pair with the drawcord gets frequent wear. The pair without doesn’t. It’s a situation that’s bumming me out. I’m seriously considering taking the drawcordless pair, snipping the hem open and trying to feed a lace through (probably with a wire coat hanger) to try and manufacture my own DIY cinch. I’m all about the wild trouser. But some days, even I have to admit, looking like you’re wearing a pair of hot air balloons in a meeting just makes everyone feel uncomfortable.