I have a confession to make. As much as I like Left Field’s Greaser jeans – and I really do think they’re some of the best on the market – there’s one thing about them I’ve never been totally satisfied with: the fit. That’s not to say they fit poorly, it’s just that they’re a little looser than I prefer, which is actually more my fault than theirs since I have a particularly narrow lower half (humblebrag?). So, when Left Field founder, and good friend, Christian McCann offered to send over a pair of his new(ish) slim-fit Chelsea Jeans for review, I was very happy to accept. “Could this be the solution to my problems?” I wondered while anxiously awaiting their arrival. “Can I have my rock-solid construction and kick-ass materials cake, and eat it too?” Spoiler alert: yes, I can.
Crafted to the same exacting standards (and in the same San Francisco factory), the Chelseas are just as rough and tumble as the co.’s signature Greaser jeans, but, boast a much-better-suited-for-guys-like-me fit. With winter on the way, I opted for the heavier-weight Nisshinbo model which are made out of 100% cotton redline selvedge denim from Nisshinbo mills in Japan.
The day they arrived, I soaked them in cold water for about 20 miniutes to get the starch out and then, once they were dry, took them to the tailor to get hemmed. I’ve been wearing them nearly every day since, and as you can see from the shots above, they’re already starting to show some nice signs of wear.
I’ve also always liked how minimal their design is. There’s nothing extraneous or over-the-top about them. And yet, they’re not completely without details either. Here you can see both the hidden selvedge in the fifth pocket and the US-made bandana pocket bags. Little touches that add something more, without taking away from the jean’s overall subtlety.
And here’s a close-up look at the selvedge edge and that fantastically fuzzy Nisshinbo denim. Unfortunately, there isn’t a single tailor in the state of Illinois that has a chain-stitch machine, so I had to get a top-stitch for the hem (nerd alert).
While all the above is great, the real draw here is, of course, the fit. The key differences between the Chelseas and the Greasers are a lower rise, slimmer thigh and narrower leg opening. That said, in no way are the Chelseas skinny jeans. They’re still a slim-straight fit, just for a slimmer guy.
All in all, I really couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. Finally, a pair of Left Fields with a fit that rivals the materials and construction. It doesn’t get much better than that. I officially have a new favorite pair of jeans. Thanks Christian!
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