With many denimheads looking for that “one” pair of jeans is always a difficult task. Fading raw denim takes a lot of time, effort and love, and thus it is best to wear one pair at a time to get the best wear and fade results one can achieve.
“It is quite difficult for me to find a pair that fits well because of my body-type…I have lifter legs with 13” thighs, and they fit quite well without being too big or small.”
My latest find: the ONI 299GC KHN. Before ending up with ONI 299GC KHN, I had many different pairs in my head and looked closely into all of them. I love vintage fits and vintage fabrics (I have a pair of TCB Jeans 50’s and 4 more Viapiana custom jeans in my collection), but this time I was looking for a combination of a more modern fit with vintage feeling fabric. It is quite difficult for me to find a pair that fits well because of my body-type. I have a slim waist with large thighs (and behind!).
“I felt that this was going to be something different for me, so they became the “one”: my current pair in heavy rotation”
Because I continuously second-guess my size choices, and as a customer of Denimio, I asked Peter for a recommendation. He helped me compare several pairs — from Pure Blue Japan, Momotaro Jeans, Japan Blue, to, finally, ONI Denim. The pair that struck me most was the ONI Denim Green Cast Kihannen fabric. Since they were only released in 2015, I couldn’t find many pictures of them, even after extensive Googling. Nevertheless I felt that this was going to be something different for me, so they became the “one”: my current pair in heavy rotation.
“The fit, feel, details, design, and even the smell is different from any other beast I have had or have tried on.“
The green cast and the indigo dye color in this pair are the perfect combination. The straight cut from ONI Denim looks exactly like the pair of Viapiana I have which were custom made for me! Even though ONI calls this a “regular straight”, this pair fit like a modern slim straight for me. I decided to pick the ONI Denim 299GC KHN for my next jeans.
“The weight of 16oz doesn’t really feel hot at all for the climate here in Bangkok, Thailand.“
As this is my first pair of ONI Denim, they totally caught me off guard. The fit, feel, details, design, and even the smell is different from any other beast I have had or have tried on. They were cardboard-stiff and, I will admit, it was a pain to wear them the first few times. However, I connected with them, they fit me like a glove and I knew that I would wear them to shreds. I also decided not to wash them much (unless it becomes unbearable for people around me!). If only it was not as hot and humid here in Thailand, this pair would probably not touch a single drop of water.
“…after breaking them in, they’re one of the most comfortable jeans I have.”
After wearing them for two months straight, I have to say these are one tough pair of jeans. The slubbiness, roughness, and rigidness in the first week might feel different from most vintage jeans but after breaking them in, they’re one of the most comfortable jeans I have. The weight of 16oz doesn’t really feel hot at all for the climate here in Bangkok, Thailand. I often pair them with sneakers, chukka boots, trampling boots, or even sandals such as Birkenstocks. I have lifter legs with 13” thighs, and they fit quite well without being too big or small.
For the value, it is a great jeans for anyone who is looking into a nice green cast vintage fabric with a modern feel of slubbiness in them. The cut is just right with a medium rise, comfortable thigh, and a modern straight leg. Fabric is so great that even though they look like they fade, to me they are “evolving” into one of the best canvas painting of my life.