Perhaps you're familiar with the phenomenon of $300 jeans. As an alternative to the lightweight, cheap, tear-prone dungarees you'd buy for maybe $60 at most, you can get premium denim that's usually selvedge (jeans sewn using a single continuous thread folded back onto itself while on the loom, or "self-edged") and sold raw (meaning unwashed and untreated). The product is a stiff, coarse, and misanthropic pair of pants that eventually breaks in and, as advertised, conforms to your legs and develops wear patterns unique to your pair. They'll last for years, possibly decades. The consequence is a... More >>>