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  • MarkB
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    Originally posted by sabrown View Post
    My first ever pair of raw, selvedge jeans were from Gap. I didn't know much about raw denim at the time, and had no idea they would stretch so much. I think I've also lost a few pounds since then too. I ended up having a tailor bring the waist in a bit, but before that, I did run them through the dryer. They did shrink a bit, although not a ton. Maybe an inch in the waist max. My raw pairs since then were purchased much tighter initially, and they have all stretched out perfectly. So, it's been all air drying since. My Gap pair was sanforized, just so you know. Unless you purchased the Loomstates from Gustin, yours should be sanforized as well, and I think would react similarly...

    Nice to see you back and posting btw!
    Hey thanks!! Yeah, I haven't been posting much over the last year and a half. Med school has been keeping me pretty slammed. I've been lurking some every now and again.

    I picked up a pair of unworn Heather Greys, and they're about .75-1" big in the waist. They're wearable as is with a belt, but if I could get them to tighten up at all it would be great.

    Btw, I had and sold a pair of Loomstates from the original run and everything Mcadam said above is absolutely true. They are incredible. I picked them up off a guy on grailed, post-soak and they were just a little too tight in the thigh. I wore them 5 or so times hoping they'd stretch some, but it wasn't happening. I would love to grab another pair at some point.

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  • sabrown
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    Originally posted by MarkB View Post
    Anyone ever run their Gustins or other raw/selvedge through the drier after soaking? I've got a pair that could stand to shrink a bit and I'm wondering if this would do the trick.
    My first ever pair of raw, selvedge jeans were from Gap. I didn't know much about raw denim at the time, and had no idea they would stretch so much. I think I've also lost a few pounds since then too. I ended up having a tailor bring the waist in a bit, but before that, I did run them through the dryer. They did shrink a bit, although not a ton. Maybe an inch in the waist max. My raw pairs since then were purchased much tighter initially, and they have all stretched out perfectly. So, it's been all air drying since. My Gap pair was sanforized, just so you know. Unless you purchased the Loomstates from Gustin, yours should be sanforized as well, and I think would react similarly...

    Nice to see you back and posting btw!

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  • MarkB
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    Anyone ever run their Gustins or other raw/selvedge through the drier after soaking? I've got a pair that could stand to shrink a bit and I'm wondering if this would do the trick.

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  • kbaskim
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    I received my first pair of Gustin jeans today, the Zimbabwe. IĀ“m really looking forward to see how these will fade.

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  • Brent k
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    Next loomies I'll jump on. I am giving the herringbone caramel chinos a shot since I had $171 in store credit to burn. I am not jumping on the work shirts especially after trying iron heart.

    Wore the #43 left hand twills for 6 months. Cool color lighter than traditional indigo. Started wearing the 15oz zimbs in September and love them. Also wearing the 18oz super heavy and they are sweet too. I find myself wearing one at a time and trying to get them to fade. Can't rotate too much.

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  • mcadamsandwich
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    Originally posted by sabrown View Post
    What is it about the loomstate denim that sets it apart, or makes it so much better in your experience?
    It's the insane texture. The slub, nep, and ripples in the fabric are out of this world. It's nothing like your run-of-the-mill Levis. If Levi's denim is smooth concrete, the Loomstate fabric is a cobblestone street. Uneven, bumpy, and totally different from anything you've ever experienced. The complexity of the denim is what separates it from the rest.

    If you've ever handled a Harris Tweed blazer, it has a similar thing going on.

    They're also unsanforized. You get the shrink to fit experience, which, if you sized correctly, will give you the best fitting jeans of your life.

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  • sabrown
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    Originally posted by mcadamsandwich View Post
    Loomstate denim is where it's at. I'm not sure I can go back to sanforized denim now..
    What is it about the loomstate denim that sets it apart, or makes it so much better in your experience?

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  • mcadamsandwich
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    Loomstate denim is where it's at. I'm not sure I can go back to sanforized denim now..

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  • Mikeylikesit
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    Getting way too expensive now

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  • Jamie
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    I've had quite a few QC issues with their items - from sizing variance, crooked seams, to misplaced buttonholes - but most of their items have been solid. I'm pretty much done myself - I haven't bought anything since the spring. I'm pretty set on jeans, their shirts aren't a great fit and I despise the high side scoops, and most of their other items don't appeal to me or cost more than I care to spend. I think the chinos look nice, and I'd like to give them a shot, but when I've bought my JCrew and Club Monaco chinos for under $25, its hard to justify the extra $100. Going north of $100, I'd prefer to get a pair of nice wool trousers, not cotton chinos. I do think they've lost some of their competitive advantage in their more recent product expansion.

    That said, I think they still offer a great value for jeans (cashmere, silk, and other silliness aside), and offer some unique colors and fabrics. I think they make some good things that should appeal to fans of workwear. I find myself wearing more tailored and classic menswear nowadays... but when I'm wearing a pair of jeans, more often than not they are Gustins.

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  • Brent k
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    Originally posted by mcadamsandwich View Post
    Just an FYI, their scarves are really nice. Worth the $40 if anyone is in the market. Just make sure you go all-cotton or wool. None of that poly crap.
    The flannel ones looks nice. The poly blend ones are cheesy fabrics. Wonder how the flannel scarves will hold up over time.

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  • mcadamsandwich
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    Originally posted by Brent k View Post
    scarves
    Just an FYI, their scarves are really nice. Worth the $40 if anyone is in the market. Just make sure you go all-cotton or wool. None of that poly crap.

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  • Brent k
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    Originally posted by devastitis View Post
    You crack me up, Brent.
    What can I say.

    I always thought Gustin branched out way too fast and some items I thought were a bit too fashion forward. The items I have I do love and are very worth it.

    2015 new year new spending habits!

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  • devastitis
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    Originally posted by Brent k View Post
    Ive said it a few times I'm done with them.
    You crack me up, Brent.

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  • sabrown
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    Originally posted by Vicious49 View Post
    I'm most likely done with Gustin. They've been steadily increasing prices, they're branching out in to too many things now where the quality control is starting to suffer, and they have cut off credits to people for invites. Supposedly there's small print somewhere that says the credits are capped at $200. I exceeded that over a year ago when they were handing out $20 credits instead of $5 but they've decided to start enforcing this unknown policy in the last few months.
    I've been thinking the same thing about them branching out too far, too fast. I hope the quality doesn't drop off because of it. I've got another pair of jeans on the way for Christmas. It's also interesting how the prices have steadily risen over time. The big advantage they offered when they started out was that they were priced so well compared with products of similar quality from other brands.

    With how expensive they have gotten, when I'm ready to buy my next pair of raw, selvedge denim, I'll have to look hard at other brands that don't have the wait time or shaky customer service.

    With that said, I am happy with everything I've purchased from them to date.

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