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We're doing jeans differently: the best Japanese selvedge denim delivered and sold to you wholesale.
We're doing jeans differently: the best Japanese selvedge denim delivered and sold to you wholesale.
We're doing jeans differently: the best Japanese selvedge denim delivered and sold to you wholesale.
971 backers pledged $104,430 to help bring this project to life.

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We built RPMWEST in pursuit of one big idea: to sell the best jeans in the simplest way possible. For us, this means launching a new kind of jeans line: classic, 5-pocket Japanese selvedge denim sold wholesale for $95.

OUR STORY

We believe that the essence of denim is simplicity. Jeans used to be a democratic garment, one you could count on to be affordable and reliable.

Today, this is rarely the case--exploited workers build cheap jeans with cheap materials, while artisan, selvedge denim often costs more than $200. And neither retail nor online stores offer an ideal purchasing experience; online stores have a leg up in convenience, but only if you order the right size the first time.

So we’ve created RPMWEST with the intent of solving these problems in one fell swoop. We are selling American made, meticulously constructed selvedge denim for $95, and if we reach our stretch goal we will offer an option for three pairs of our jeans with every order at no extra charge.

QUALITY

Both the New Classic and the Slim Straight are made with selvedge, a term reserved for denim made on vintage shuttle looms. Denim made in this way emulates the process used by classic brands (prior to the 1970s), and produces heavier, higher quality material

Our jeans are made in America, but the denim itself comes from Japan, the country that led the initial charge in reviving selvedge production. Once the denim makes it stateside, it’s cut and sewn at our workshop in San Francisco. Here, we add a hand-stamped leather patch and copper rivets.

FITS

For Kickstarter we’re offering our denim in two cuts. The NEW CLASSIC is a more modern, flattering take on the classic 5-pocket fit. These have a normal rise and a straight leg. The SLIM STRAIGHT, compared to the New Classic, has a lower rise and a slimmer silhouette from the hip to the leg opening.

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PRICE

Since you’re buying RPMWEST denim wholesale, you don’t have to pay the unreasonably high markup typically imposed by retail stores.

OUR GOALS

RPMWEST is committed to providing perfect jeans and an equally perfect shopping experience. We believe that our purchasing model—both in terms of price and convenience—is truly disruptive, and we would like nothing more than to make it a reality. But we can’t do it without your help.

Note: You'll be able to select the indigo blue as well as black denim jean with every order of the New Classic and Slim Straight. We'll send out a survey to confirm your selection at the end of the Kickstarter.

HOME TRY-ON PROGRAM (50K STRETCH GOAL)

Buying clothes online isn’t as convenient as it should be, especially when it comes to jeans; a poor fit is an expensive and time-consuming problem.

Our Home Try-On Program guarantees a perfect fit. Whether you choose the New Classic or the Slim Straight, every order includes three sizes of your choice. Keep the pair that fits and send back the two that don't, free of charge. Every package from RPMWEST includes all of the necessary materials, including postage, so just leave the box at your front door. We'll handle the rest.

Note: The Home Try-On Program will only be available in the US. Backers outside the US will receive one pair in their shipment.

THANK YOU

Follow us on Instagram, FacebookPinterest and Twitter for continued updates regarding our production process. If you like what we’re doing, we encourage you to support us in this Kickstarter campaign and like, share, or retweet our activity.

- The RPMWEST Team

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Risks and challenges

Our team is fully committed to making RPMWEST the best it can be. We've spent the last 6 months sourcing the best materials and selecting the most experienced partners in order to mitigate as many potential risks as possible.

But RPMWEST, like everything else on Kickstarter, is a work in progress. We believe in transparency and communication, so our backers will be the first to know about any unplanned hurdles or delays.

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FAQ

  • You'll be able to select the size of the jeans upon the completion of the Kickstarter. Ideally we'll reach our stretch goal and you'll be able to mix and match any 3 sizes, colors and/or fits.

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  • Right now we can only promise to deliver waist sizes 28 - 38 and inseams 32 and 34. The reason is that we need to keep the production streamlined. Once we'll get closer to the completion of the Kickstarter we have a better understanding of our production levels and the feasibility of more sizes and lengths. Please continue to send us your requests though. We love to hear from you.

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  • The New Classic.

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  • All jeans will be available in 32/34 according to the industry standard. Here's what that means: pretty much the entire garment industry has sized up their jeans so if your true size in a Levi's jeans for example is 32 then you are really buying a 34 in waist jean.

    We decided to acknowledge this difference and size according to public perception. As a results we have a 32/34 according to the industry standard BUT only a 32/32 inch jean if you go by exact measurements.

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  • Yes, please visit the following link: http://rpmwe.st/ks_tee

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  • Not at the moment. We are focusing on men's jeans for this Kickstarter but our mission is to design the simplest and most convient way to get the perfect jeans for anyone. If you still like to back this project please considered the Slim Straight in a size 28 or 29? We have already seen quite a lot of orders for women come in for that size & fit.

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  • Yes, exciting backers can get the black denim special edition jeans. Here's how'd works:

    1) SWITCH TO THE BLACK DENIM SPECIAL: Change your existing pledge from the Limited Edition, New Classic or Slim Straight to the Black Denim Special Edition. All you have to do is go to the kickstarter page and click "Manage your pledge"
    2) ADD THE BLACK DENIM SPECIAL EDITION TO A NEW CLASSIC OR SLIM FIT ORDER: Change your New Classic or Slim Straight order to the Black Denim Special Edition and add $95.
    3) ADD THE BLACK DENIM SPECIAL EDITION TO A LIMITED EDITION: Unfortunately this is not as easy for us to process as both types are limited runs. In order to get both these editions you'd have to create another account and pledge $95 / $110 (international order) to the Black Denim Special Edition.

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    DENIM SWATCH. A fabric sample from our very first production run, and a personalized thank you card.

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    PREMIUM TEE. A premium blend t-shirt in a modern, flattering cut. Chose between a crew or v-neck in one of the following colors: Midnight Navy, Heather Gray, Charcoal, Black, and White.

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    HANDCRAFTED BELT. Made with genuine leather sourced right here in San Francisco. It comes in either brown or black and includes silver finished hardware. The belt is also available as an add-on. Just add $35 to your existing pledge.

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    LIMITED EDITION. Choose the New Classic or the Slim Straight, each constructed in San Francisco from the highest quality Japanese selvedge denim. These are the first 100 orders and they are going to be marked with a unique production number.

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    THE NEW CLASSIC. A modern straight fit. Cut and sewn in San Francisco, these are made with the highest quality Japanese selvedge denim.

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    THE SLIM STRAIGHT. Slimmer, with a lower rise than the New Classic. Cut and sewn in San Francisco, these are made with the highest quality Japanese selvedge denim.

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    BLACK DENIM [SPECIAL EDITION]. Choose the New Classic or the Slim Straight, each constructed in San Francisco from the highest quality 14.5 oz Japanese BLACK selvedge denim. This is a THANK YOU for funding us in less than 48 hrs and a SPECIAL pre-production run. Each jeans is going to be marked with our funding date: 05-08-13.

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    HEAVY 16 OZ [SPECIAL EDITION]. A Kickstarter exclusive. This jean is for
    the denim connoisseur. It’s not for everyone.
    Made from thick 16 oz Japanese indigo
    selvedge, this jean ONLY comes in the
    New Classic fit and a longer than usual
    35 inch inseam. Each jeans is going to be marked with the "Kickstarter" logo in the inside of the waistband.

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    LIGHT WEIGHT [SPECIAL EDITION]. Made from lighter 11.5 oz Japanese black selvedge, this jean ONLY comes in the SLIM FIT & with a ZIPPER FLY. Each jean is going to be marked with the "Kickstarter" logo in the inside of the waistband.

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    CHARCOAL [SPECIAL EDITION]. Made from heavier 14.5 oz Japanese charcoal selvedge, this jean ONLY comes in the NEW CLASSIC fit and a LONGER than usual 35 INCH INSEAM. Each jean is going to be marked with the "Kickstarter" logo in the inside of the waistband.

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    THE CLASSIC. A classic straight leg, with a higher rise and looser fit than THE NEW CLASSIC. We are introducing this cut with a special run of 100 jeans. It comes in our signature 13.5oz Japanese denim.

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    LIMITED EDITION DENIM SHIRT. Our highly limited 13.5oz denim shirt, a kickstarter exclusive. It comes in a modern cut, and is dyed with the same indigo as our jeans. This shirt will fade beautifully over time.

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    THE COMBO. Comes with your choice of the New Classic or the Slim Straight (see above), and our limited edition denim shirt (saves $10).

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    THE FULL PACKAGE. You get it all: a denim swatch, a premium tee, two pairs of jeans, and our denim shirt. You are a true RPMWEST brand ambassador! Thank you.

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    THE CUSTOM PACKAGE. Includes everything that comes in the FULL PACKAGE + you get to customize your jeans (choose a pocket design and thread colors).

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    JEANS FOR 5 YEARS. Get the full package + any style of jeans we make for the next 5 years. Invest in your denim future. [Note: This reward is for personal use only.]

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    JEANS FOR LIFE. Get the full package + any style of jeans we make for the rest of your life. Stay around and we'll keep delivering jeans. [Note: This reward is for personal use only.]

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