05-10-2011, 12:34 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Taipei / Melbourne
^ Nudies, APC or 7FAM aren't Japanese brands, although they do use some Japanese fabrics (although cheaper fabrics) in some of their models.
The fit depends on the company and the individual models...I can't really think of a generalisation for jeans made in Japan or made in the US.
Likewise, in terms of the quality, it really depends on the workshop and how the brand spec'd the jeans - although people tend to consider jeans that are made in Japan to have a superior construct, I have seen some made in USA jeans that aren't too bad at all (e.g. the pair I'm wearing now made by Roy Slaper).
IMO Japanese denim, depending on the fabric mill, has become more experimental in the last few years - ranging from ultra-slubby low tension weaves to 29 oz carpet denim - I find the higher end fabrics from Japan to be more interesting. In terms of USA made denim, I guess we're talking about Cone Denim - generally more conservative, although they do make interesting stuff too (e.g. that cool tweed denim they did a while back.)