You have to love PRPS denim. It never fails to feel great, look great and fit great.
The major flaws that we consistently see in a poor pair of jeans is either a terrible fit or a horrendous wash. If I was to rant about anything it would be how denim designers can release a finished product, a talisman of their talent whilst overlooking the ergonomics of the human body. Hallelujah for Donwan Harrell. He seems to consistently nail it. If you’ve already read our review of the King Krash jeans (another Harrell creation) then you’ll know that I probably couldn’t praise his abilities enough.
The PRPS Barracuda Straight Dirty Vintage wash jeans are remarkably tame for a Harrell number. The wash is mainly to imitate the wear you experience over time from a raw pair of jeans, which I obviously like. I was totally impressed with the whisker fades and slight abrasion, mimicking jeans that have been beaten by dry and dusty surroundings.
Usually I would wear a pair of slim fitting straight legs, with a slight taper from the knee down. However, I definitely warmed to the PRPS straight leg fit, despite the leg opening being slightly wider than I would typically wear. The lack of taper means that the jeans gather nicely when worn with low rise trainers. The leg opening is around 10.5″ and they hug the thighs nicely.
To be honest, I’m not the greatest fan of gimmicks in denim. I like tradition, I’m not a fan of change. Contrast stitching, doughnut buttons a red tab and a waist patch will suit me nicely. But I have to say, I slightly fell in love with the contrast PRPS fly buttons. Beautiful. The offset rear pockets are a nice touch and even the single fur belt loop grew on me to the point where I wished my t-shirts were slightly shorter to show it off.
So for PRPS and Donwan Harrell, once again it’s a thumbs up.