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As promised the Left Field NYC Greaser Jean review, after a few weeks of wear, and every activity from a job interview to some midnight rides on my Thruxton…

Left Field NYC Greaser Jean:

Quality/ Construction: The overall simple and clean look of the jeans hides some surprising details. This in and of itself is an indicator of quality.  Left Field went to the trouble and expense of detailing these in a way only the wearer can observe and appreciate. There is a lot more here than the Cone Mills selvedge denim.  The pocket lining is made from blue bandanas and the pocket bags from red ones, the buttons are made by Scovil in the USA, and the rear pocket rivets are nicely hidden, something your bike’s or car’s paint job will appreciate. 

The last detail to catch my eye was the two tone stitching on the inseam. The outer stitch is done in the light orange made standard by Levi’s but the first stitch is done in a matched deep indigo blue, rendering it invisible. This gives the garment a cleaner look, so its easily paired with more formal layers. The thought and principles behind this decision really won me over, the simpler way to achieve this effect would be to avoid a double stitch at all, which would have been cheaper, but also less durable. All blue stitching would have made this still more formal but to some extent it would also have lost its appeal as a classic pair of jeans. A closer inspection of the fabric yielded some more visually interesting details; weft knots are something normally only found in heavier Japanese jeans with a thicker weft (or hand, or knap ext..). However there were some blended into this denim as well, so well balanced to the finer proportions of this lighter more refined denim that they were nearly imperceptible.  Details, details…

Fit/Styling: Spot on for me, though I like straight cuts for riding, a slimmer cut is the only way you pair jeans with proper shoes or a jacket. The first pair I ordered walk this line so well I immediately ordered another and of course they work just as well while riding; though they were a little more restrictive than what I normally ride in, I’m sure after a month break in that will be mitigated. The Greaser Jean is free of the garish thick glaring stitching you see elsewhere and has no branding or embroidery on the back pockets. The leather patch is subdued without being slight. I cant think of a time in the last 50 years where a well fitting simple pair of jeans didn’t have its place somewhere in a man’s wardrobe, from my perspective that puts them squarely on trend and will keep them there indefinitely.

Comfort and Wear: Unlike the Black Sulfer model I reviewed and the rigid or unwashed models, these came noticeably softer right out of the box. This is not to say they felt broken in like your average Levi’s; they still had a certain stiffness to them. They were still on the tighter side the first 2 wears and this lessened significantly after the first wear and falling asleep in them. Tightness is to be expected and encouraged, if you buy them on the looser side they may break in to be too baggy around the waist. With minimal rigidity, the denim’s comparably soft hand, and the close fit, these are the most comfortable pair I have had without significant break in time.

Price to Quality:  At $175 these are a steal as much as they are a staple.  While you could find a pair of selvedge jeans for slightly less, possibly even ones that fit you well, you’re throwing a lot of quality details out the window just for the sake of owning a particular kind of denim, and subsequently missing the point entirely. Variable color stitching, chain-stitching at the hem and  and the all-American sourced hardware tied up with American manufacturing make this not only your best option below $200 but probably at several hundred dollars, more also.

On the model: 5’10 165 30” waist

P.S. Check out the Left Field Lookbook.  May give you a motorcycle/facial hair inferiority complex.

- Robert

Left Field NYC Sulfer Dyed Greaser Jean

I’m on day 4 of breaking this pair in, they have the most balanced feel and best fit of any pair I own so far. I couldn’t be happier to finally find a pair of selvedge jeans that walks the line between skinny and straight without straying into baggyness or girlfriend jeans. I have gotten very little perspective on them so far, give it a month (or 6, or 24…) but from the get go this is the stiffest pair I’ve put on, right up there with Irionhearts and Samurais. Unlike those ultra heavy weight denims (17-22oz), the greaser jeans as far as I can tell get their rigidity more from the special sulfur finish, though they are by no means lightweights either (best guess, 14oz).  With a little coaxing they stood up on their own… I always thought that was a myth too… with all that rigidity, creases are already starting to form and I am excited to see how these things are going to fade.  On comfort and sizing, I went with my normal 30 and it’s working well so far, they were a bit tighter than other pairs I have put on (much more than Levi’s, a hair more than 3Sixteens) but after a few hours of riding around and subsequently passing out with them on, they now fit much better and are working their way to comfortable.  You denim geeks have any insane thread count questions? Send ‘em my way.