Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim – Review

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Some time ago we wrote about a fresh, yet promising Norwegian brand, Livid JeansLivid has since taken a few steps forward and among several achieved milestones, they’ve gone on to create a retail line. However, there were still two items to accomplish on their to-do-list: launch a new website, including a fully operational web-shop; and create their flagship product, a pair of jeans from the Handmade Line, for worldwide purchase.

In order to gain a better understanding of their Handmade LineLivid delivered us a pair for a closer inspection and full review.

Details

  • Name: Livid Jeans Handmade Line
  • Weight: 14 Oz.
  • Model: Edvard Skinny
  • Size: W33/L34
  • Denim: 100% Cotton. From the Cone Mills’ white oak plant in North Carolina, USA
  • Other Details:
    • Red line selvedge along button fly and coin pocket
    • Beltloops tucked under waistband
    • 8 Oz. ecru colored canvas pocket lining
    • Extra reinforced pockets
    • 2mm thick natural leather patch
    • Handwritten and numbered leather patch
  • Available at: Livid Jeans for $376.00 

Denim

Denim - Livid Jeans 'Handmade Line' Review

The denim for these jeans is from the well-known Cone Mills ‘White Oak Plant’ in North Carolina, weighs in at mid-range 14 Oz., and is finished with a red selvedge line. The denim feels soft rather than rigid and has such a smooth surface that upon first wear it seems to be less than a 14oz denim.

Due to such as a soft texture as well, I found that creases just wouldn’t set in after the first few days of wear. That said, having given them their initial soak, which Livid Jeans is a supporter of, the denim underwent a near metamorphosis. It became rigid, crisp and tougher and creases set immediately.

Fit

Fit - Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim Fit Side - Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim Back Fit - Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim

The Livid Jeans handmade line has three different fits – the Roald (tapered), Edvard (skinny), and Jakob (slim straight). All of the hardware, construction, and material details remain the same on each cut, and you’re able to conveniently choose the inseam lengths (30″ to 36″). The jean I selected for review was the Edvard Skinny in a W33/L34.

The third model developed by Livid Jeans, the Edvard is slim in the top block and has a medium rise. A taper from the knee down to the leg gives it a slim silhouette and although it is deemed a skinny fit, it definitely errs on the looser side. If you are the type who typically favours this cut, I would advise going true-to-size for a well-fitted result.

Hardware

Hardware - Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim

In terms of the hardware, Livid Jeans uses 100% brass sheet metal with a matte finish for the doughnut buttons and rivets. They have a vintage, dirty, and oily aesthetic and, apart from the rivets which are emblazoned with “WT”, both are completely bare of any insignia. Some may be indifferent towards this detail but in my opinion it seems like a missed opportunity and impersonal.

Pocket bags - Livid Jeans Handmade Line Edvard Skinny Denim

Reinforced Pocket Bags

Reinforced Pocket Bags

Flipping the denim inside out, one will notice Livid Jeans use a no-nonsense, unmarked 8 Oz. ecru canvas for the pocket bags. As opposed to denim which skimp on pocket bags, the canvas material is tough and strong and reassure the wearer how well they’ll hold up. Don’t expect these to blowout or rip anytime soon.

2mm Vegetable Tanned Leather Patch

2mm Vegetable Tanned Leather Patch

As for the leather patch, Livid opted to utilize a 2 mm thick vegetable tanned leather patch. The name of the company ‘’Livid Jeans’’ is burnt into the patch alongside the number of the jeans (‘’20/50’’ in our case). This is a lovely feature which feels like the signature on a painting.

Construction

Single Needle Lockstitch Finishing

Single Needle Lockstitch Finishing

Overall, the Handmade Line denim feels very well built and constructed to withstand a serious amount of tension. While we found the entire garment to be neatly finished with no loose stitching whatsoever, you may detect some irregular stitching as the denim is made with non-automated machinery. However, abnormalities can often be a positive, rather than negative, characteristic given how it can enhance the long-term jean’s charm, character, and aesthetic progress.

The denim itself is sewn together almost entirely with a single needle lockstitch as well, except on the waistband where a chainstitch is used. This leaves us with the question at to why the hem isn’t also chain stitched. Looking to the opposed end of the denim, the belt loops are neatly tucked under the waistband and reinforced. I felt they are noticeably smaller and thinner than usual and thus limiting you to belts that are less than 45mm wide.

Red-line Selvedge with Single Needle Lockstitch Hem

Red-line Selvedge with Single Needle Lockstitch Hem

Following our introduction to Livid Jeans as well, we learned that some members were skeptical about the back pockets. Contrary to the general feedback, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the back pockets. They are seemingly longer than any other pair of denim, but according to my measurements this is not the case. For instance, they are 0.6’’ longer than a pair of Naked & Famous Left Hand Twill and 0.25’’ shorter than a pair of Railcar Fine Goods Spikes X009.

The stitching on the back pockets is designed in simple fashion as well – four straight lines and a diagonal bartack at both ends of the four lines. Practically speaking this makes sense  as the back pockets are composed of two pieces of denim and the four stitched lines meld both pieces together.

While the retail price for a pair of Livid Jeans Handmade Line denim is on the higher side and there are some areas of improvement, there is unique value in the product’s artisanal construction and conscious design.

Somar

Somar

Somar is a young and passionate denimhead. He's in over his head and his denim addiction has definitely taken over all his free time. ''October 2012 was when I discovered raw denim and it definitely got a hold on me! Every day I'm still learning and discovering new stuff.'' Next to reading and writing about it, Somar also has his own blog called 'Fade Project' where he posts updates about his denim. Tumblr: http://fadeproject.tumblr.com/ Instagram: @fadeproject

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  • Jun

    The hem stitching is fugly

  • http://mediasyrup.com/ Mister56

    I enjoyed the article. This is a comprehensive review. After reading your writing I felt full and complete. I rarely feel this informed after reading anything, be it a children’s book or Ikea instructions. Somar, I want you to have a good day and write my obituary when the time comes. Thank you.

    • Somar

      Haha thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed it.
      And thanks for the offer, I am honored that you trust me with that task. :D

    • FRINGECLASS

      yeah, somar. Im not even sure if English is your first language. but you write some pretty impressive reviews (in English) for being from a non-English speaking country and new to raw denim. hope to see more reviews like this from you..

  • Devan Prithipaul

    Good review, unbiased and fair. Price seems very good for cone mills handmade denim. and the hem really isnt that bad, almost no one notices anyways. I really like the pocket bags, very clean and and go with the aesthetic of the jean.

  • Jotun treolje

    I would Expect That the hem was chainstitched.. Nice to hear That the pocket bags were solid. Nice review though! Would love to have a pair, since i am from Norway!

  • BillygoatsGruff312

    I look at a pair of these boring jeans (with their hideous back pockets) and I look at a pair of premium jap heavyweight jeans like Oni, Samurai, or PBJ, I cannot imagine why someone would pay the same for these bland highfalutin domestics.

    • cincinnatus

      still confused on where the near $400 price tag comes from on these? i’ve never worn any of the Premium Japanese brands personally, but with a massive following they do have sounds like the price is justifiable. If I wanted a handmade cone pair for near $400… I’ll take a pair from Roy.

    • FRINGECLASS

      European people will pay that much. Europeans, like americans influenced by the tv, love tacky things that cost too much.

  • Jason Timpson

    While I do like some of the details, $376 for Cone denim is nuts.

    • Devan Prithipaul

      handmade though?

      • Jason Timpson

        So are Railcar, Rogue Territory, Roy, etc., and even the Roy’s that are made from Cone denim that was made especially for him are cheaper than these.

        • Ole

          Two things that are worth mentioning:

          Shipping costs. Cone denim in the US is cheap since it’s made in the US, and can be shipped by truck, train or whatever suits you best. It suddenly becomes much more expensive when it has to be shipped to europe by plane.

          Norway is also one of the most expensive countries in the world, which means that anything that’s made here will set you back a bit more than foreign products.

          Personally I really appreciate that someone actually goes through with making stuff like this in Norway, instead of just setting up production somewhere else in the world. That’s what most Norwegian companies do, and though understandable, I think it’s a shame.

          • Somar

            Thanks for sharing that info Ole!

    • Mene

      While the price might seem a bit harsh at first glance, the quality you get and the exceptional way you’re being treated, not only as a costumer, but also as a denim gent’ no matter who you are, makes everything Livid Jeans worth it.

  • Johnson Benjamin

    Ha. I like those back pockets actually.

  • Somar

    Hey everybody,

    Regarding the retail price, I found out that it includes Norwegian VAT at 25%. This vat will be deducted at checkout for all non-eu countries. Leaving the pair at 300 dollars + import taxes (which depend on where you are based).

    Thought this was worth mentioning as I noticed there was already a discussion going about the price.

    Cheers! :)