How to Pick the Perfect Pair of Jeans

Designer and denim expert Loren Cronk explains selvage, vintage, grains, washes, stitching, and more.

On Denim Repair

"With denim, it's easy to make the repair work look organic. It doesn't have to be a perfectly tailored look. For example, we can do a heavy top stitch to camouflage the work. The more you patch up a denim piece, the more character it adds—that's the beauty of repair work. If someone brings in a great pair of vintage Levi's, but they don't fit great around the legs, tapering is an easy alteration. To change the waist, we would need to change the darts, take it apart, and measure to make sure they match up with the wearer. When doing this kind of work, you really have to make sure the seams and details match up or it'll look altered. But almost any pair can be 'streamlined' with a little minor tailoring."

Photographs: Slides 2-4, by Anna Schori/courtesy of; slides 5-18, by Sara Salamone.
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