I recently made a trip to the Petronas Twin Towers Suria KLCC shopping center, a place where every form of luxury brand available if you have the cash to indulge. I made brief visits to Parkson department store to check out their European Evisu, followed by RL and Paul Smith boutique to see what they have in store.
This is what I found, trips in no particular order. Double RL selvage is inferior in quality in my opinion, their selvage line up is not on par with the rest and with a price point in the region of $200, there are much better pick out there.
Next stop was Evisu. Apparently, they sell fast, having only a single pair left. European Evisu’s and double RL side by side, RL don’t even come close. Price here you may ask? It’s a little over $250 which is worth buying in all due respect.
I’d save the best for last. Now, Paul Smith is a class act, very classy boutique and top notch customer service. Surprisingly they carry most models. The Red Ear range are very popular here having most of the regular sizes went straight out in record time.
To my knowledge, there is only a pair of red devil – rainbow selvage (the design is exactly the same as Red Ear made in Japan but its made in China instead) selvage left which is neatly displayed on a table top near the other selvages. I don’t think I need to elaborate any further as it has been said many times before from people who are into premium denim, Red Ear is amongst the best premium denim money can buy.
Besides the new Blenheim Orange, which is a non selvage, there’s another selvage model which catches my attention
but the name slipped due to my short span memory though I’ve seen it before. However, I’d recall there are a few tiny white patches with a deer (rabbit) in black embroidery on (top back pocket) the front pocket. This model in particular (Nelson’s Glory) was stunning in all areas especially the details. Cost of ownership is the steepest here, basic model starts from $320. On a side note, the red devil/rainbow (made in Japan) model to my surprise were quite affordable at $380.
Selvage or not, all PS jeans are top notch and the fitting in particular are amazing. If one who buy a pair of jeans solely on the pretext of selvage, I must insist they also try the non selvage. Selvage should not be the determiner when choosing a pair of good denim but good if it is.