I’m really not a fan of skinny jeans, as you all know by now. But here’s the thing.

I made that statement loud and clear in the AE77 SoHo store (read here) while I was there to choose a pair of jeans for my review. So, the very understanding and knowledgeable sales associated patiently guided me towards the men’s skinny jeans ($168). She pointed out that the fit is unisex actually. And the jeans are not really skinny-skinny, but rather slouchy skinny. And I had to try them on. And —- I left the store wearing them!

Yeah, the heavy weight stretch denim – I went for the black ones – is something else. The fit is slouchy, even though I went one size down. There is nothing restricting or movement impeding, it felt like I was wearing a pair of boyfriend jeans. Another thing that I love about the jeans is that, as it is the case with most men’s jeans, they have deeper inside pockets. I am really not a fan of those small almost not there front pockets in skinny women’s jeans.

About the jeans:

Available in five different washes, the jeans are cut from pure indigo-dyed Japanese selvedge denim with just a bit of stretch, for built-in comfort and durability. And it’s made with an innovative, lower-impact wash, and consciously made in a facility that exceeds our standards for water recycling and reduction.

So yes, you are paying more than in your usual American Eagle store, but it is worth it. Not only because of the sustainability, but also for the quality – Japanese selvedge denim never comes cheap – and, especially, for the impressive fit.

About the Recycled Cashmere Sweaters:

Cashmere has always been a “noble” choice when it comes to sweaters. My personal take on cashmere… generally not very favorable though. First because the sweaters are pretty thin and start pilling after a few uses, and second, well, the higher price point.

But while in the AE77 store, I had a chance to touch and feel their recycled cashmeres and I decided to give it a try. Okay, they don’t come cheap at $248, but this is one of the times when you actually get what you pay for.

They are way more consistent than regular cashmere sweaters, but without being too heavy. That is definitely a sign that they won’t pill that easily and get that old shabby look after a few wears.

The sweaters are a classic sweatshirt style with the V-Stitch detail at the neck and considered to be unisex. They are made of 70% cashmere and 30% recycled cashmere. And one more thing: they are EXTREMELY warm. I have worn them during a few really cold days here in NYC, and trust me when I tell you that it was the coolest (warmest) feeling 😉

And one more thing – they come in 15 different colors and a couple of them are even on sale right now, like the Maplewood and the Red which is a deep almost burgundy shade.

Resuming: The unisex skinny jeans and the recycled cashmere sweaters are really worth the higher price, you get sustainability, quality, and long wear.

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