The WGC Hope Street: Skinny and Raw Denim from NYC
Glory On Hope Street – A Skinny Remix on Raw Denim Heritage
The Hope Street by the Williamsburg Garment Company is the brand’s first American-made jean and it’s their slimmest fit before stretch denim styles kick in.
Think of these jeans as a thoroughly contemporary take on the classic five-pocket design which, as well as straying in to the area of pure fashion, is also a progression with added practicality.
For instance, Williamsburg have added a little brother behind the coin pocket plus another to the right for stashing anything that you simply don’t want to lose. Little twists and touches like this tell the story about how much thought was applied before these jeans got anywhere near the cutting table.
The Build and Details
But, other aspects of the Hope Street are as thoroughbred as they come.
The lightweight 12 oz. Cone Mills raw denim is virtually flawless meaning that it will fade on your terms and the chain stitched hems will gradually reveal a delicious roping effect as the months and years roll by.
In terms of the fit, the clue is in the word “skinny” although we did think that there is enough play in the thigh to mean that these are not solely aimed at the slimmest of guys.
The unwashed fabric has a crispness to the feel but it is worth remembering that it is sanforized so shrinkage, once you do get badgered in to washing them, should be limited to no more than around 5%.
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As well as this close attention to detail, we have been particularly impressed by the burnished hardware on the Williamsburg Hope Street. The trademark W copper button sits sound and secure, and the punch through riveting takes a smidgen of fabric through to the other side ensuring that this jean will take just about as much abuse as you can throw at it.
We’re mainly Eurodudes here at Rope Dye so flags and symbols don’t really get us all hot and steamy but we can see why our Stateside siblings might just love the Stars & Stripes pocket linings that are a mainstay of Williamsburg’s DNA.
This lining is loud and proud but ultimately a private thing, (unless you’re in the habit of spontaneously shedding your strides in public), and WGC follows through on this modesty with there being no branding whatsoever on the jeans apart from what they term their “signature stealthy logo” sewn and embossed inside the waist band.
Great Value at $124
So what do we have here? A skinny fit, lightweight raw denim jean that is well-suited to the warmer months ahead and which, at $124, bundles up a whole bunch of quality with the workmanship and passion of this rising star on the US scene.