Last week I received an amazing pair of jeans from Ray Michaels, the man behind the Ray’s Raw Denim brand from Michigan – U.S.A. The jean is specialy made for me after he asked my measurements. A few weeks later something really special came in by the post. Something made with the best of the best! The jean is built on his R101 pattern and this is a classic loose straight fit which is a traditional work pant style. He call it a blue collar fit.

The jeans is made in his hometown Lansing, Michigan, USA. Lansing is famous for manufacturing Cadillac cars as well the Chevrolet Camaro. And now Lansing also has their own handmade denim brand called Ray’s Raw Denim! Many thanks Ray for being the first in Holland to check out your very nice made jean in real live. It’s unbelievable how it’s so perfect made full with great details! Ray also added Long John chain stitched in the inside of the front pockets as something secret and special. This jean shows some true craftsmanship. Bravo! Check below the beauty of the jean.

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Classic pocket flasher on the right backpocket.

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Thick natural vegetable tanned leather patch which will age very nice over time.

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Fully felled seams are much more comfortable against your skin, and more durable since the seam stitches are less exposed to abrasion. The belt loops are all selvedge, as well as the internal fly pieces. The buttons are copper from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. They are the traditional donut type attached with two prong rivets, super-strong.

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All of the pockets, including the watch pocket, are lined with matching red striped fabric. The rivets are true authentic poke through rivets, as you can see a bit of fabric fibers poking through them.

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The waistband is chain stitched with Ray’s slogan: ‘Throw Some Rocks’.

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Made in U.S.A. inside label.

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They are made from 15.2oz denim from the Cone Mills White Oak plant in the USA. It is a beautiful right hand twill with just a bit of a sulfur grey cast to the indigo color.

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Selvage button fly.

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The jean is hemmed a little long with a red double-locking chain stitch so I could cuff them if I want.

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http://raysrawdenim.com

Written by Wouter
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine I'm working as a freelance marketing specialist for brands and retail. Specialized in denim.