Who We Are

Brave Star Selvage Extra Heavy Selvedge Denim Made in the USAA BRIEF HISTORY...Brave Star Selvage was born in 2005 when we got an invitation from Cone Mills to view their first selvedge denim collection from the newly launched White Oak label. Once we saw the full extent of the offering there was no other choice than to start a label exclusively showcasing Cone Mills selvedge denims. Our goal was to not only educate the discerning denim customer on the unique nature of selvedge but also the storied history behind Cone and all it had achieved as the premier weaver of indigo yarns in America. With this vision, Brave Star Selvage became the first premium, all selvedge ‘Made in the USA’ brand – a distinction it holds to this day. Unfortunately, the men’s denim market of 2005 was a very different market than it is today. Overly constructed and embellished jeans were the trend at that time making our understated, simple raw denim a very ‘shocking’ proposition. We struggled. A lot. The idea of wearing stiff, dark blue denim was not on the ‘must have’ list of most customers. People looked at us weird. We didn’t care, we loved what we were doing and wanted to spread the gospel of selvedge and Cone Mills to whomever would listen. At the end of 2008, just as we were beginning to see momentum for the brand and an interest in selvedge by a new generation of denim heads the global financial crisis hit and ripped the brand from our hands. Brave Star was regrettably sold, along with our namesake brand SERFONTAINE to a large apparel conglomerate and put on ice.
 
 Fortunately, a vision does not die easily and favorable circumstances enabled us to purchase Brave Star back in 2012. After a successful Kickstarter campaign to get the brand funded we fired up the sewing machines in May 2013 and have been producing high quality, affordable, American made selvedge jeans without compromise in Downtown Los Angeles.
Stay Raw, Mik
 
“FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE”
                                               -Anon




HOW TO MEASURE YOUR JEANS/SIZING CHART

How to correctly measure your jeans

Waist Measure:

Lay the jeans on a flat surface. Flatten the waistband by pressing out any wrinkles or kinks with your hands. Pull the front waistband up parallel with the back waistband and measure across the top from edge to edge. This edge to edge measurement will give you a half measure which is what we have listed below in our sizing chart. A full measure can be obtained by doubling the flat measurement number for e.g. 16.75 inches x 2 = 33.5 inches.

Measuring your selvedge denim jeans

Low Hip:

This is an important point of measure for low hips and seat. Flatten down the hips so no wrinkle or kinks remain.

Next, measure 6 inches down from the bottom of the waistband at the side seam. Mark with your finger or light colored pencil.

Measure at a slight downward angle just below the J stitch and then across the opposite side going up at the same slight angle. A picture is worth a thousand words so here it is.

Thigh:

Most folks get this wrong, thats ok this is how you get the correct measure. Measure one inch down from the midpoint between the double needle stitch of the front rise. Mark with your finger or light colored pencil.

Measure across at a slightly upward angle following the natural pitch of the thigh panel.

INSEAM:

Measure from the same midpoint of the double needle at the top where the thigh and crotch meet. Walk the tape measure down the contour of the inseam along the stitch to the edge of the hem. 

BRAVE STAR SIZING CHART:

The comparison to LEVI'S fit styles is merely a reference point for those unfamiliar with how our jeans fit since there is no industry sizing standard. Most people have at some point in their lives owned a pair of LEVI'S and is the greatest common fit denominator when trying to gauge jean sizing. Our pattern blocks are unique to Brave Star and have been developed and fine tuned over the years with our head pattern maker and could feel completely different on your body in comparison to a pair of LEVI'S due to fabric weight & composition. One other factor to keep in mind is that the single pair of LEVI'S that we purchased here in Los Angeles to measure and feature on our size chart is not necessarily indicative of how that same style of LEVI'S fits on you when you purchased it since we have found quite a large variance in their sizing depending on where the jean was manufactured, the weight of the fabric and the wash applied to the jean.                                        

Fit Model is wearing size 31 in all fits.

Please allow for a +/- 1/4" tolerance in the waistband vs listed spec.

All measurements are flat measurements. For full measure double the number listed, for eg size 32 waist = 17.25 inches flat x 2 = 34.5 all the way around.

SIZE 28 29 30      

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

510

31

32 33 34 35 36
WAIST 14 3/4  15 1/4 15 3/4  16 3/4 16 17 1/4  17 3/4 18 1/4 18 3/4  19 1/4
F.RISE 9 1/4 9 1/2 9 3/4 10  11.5

 

10 1/4   

10 1/2 10 3/4 11  11 1/4
B.RISE 13 3/4 14 14 1/4 14 1/2 15 14 3/4 15 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4
THIGH 10 1/4 10 5/8 11  11 3/8 11 1/4 11 5/8 11 3/4 12 1/8 12 1/2 12 3/4
KNEE 6 1/2 6 3/4  7 5/8 7 1/2 7 3/4  8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4

OPENING

5 7/8  6 1/8 6 3/8 6 1/2 6 5/8 6 3/4 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4

INSEAM

34 34 34 34 32 34 34 34 34 34

  

All measurements are flat measurements. For full measure double the number listed, for eg size 32 waist = 17.25 inches flat x 2 = 34.5 all the way around.

SIZE 28 29 30

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

505

31

32 33 34 35 36 38
WAIST 15 151/2 16 161/2 161/2

 

17      

171/2 18 181/2 19 201/4
F.RISE 10 101/4 101/2 103/4 12 11 11 1/4 11 1/2 11 3/4 12 121/2
B. RISE 13 1/4 13 3/4 14 141/4 143/4 141/2 143/4 15 151/4 151/2 16
THIGH 105/8 11 113/8 11 3/4 12 12 121/4  121/2 123/4 13 131/4
KNEE 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/2 85/8 8 3/4 9 5/8
OPENING 6 1/4 6 1/2 6 5/8 7 67/8  7 1/8 7 3/8 75/8 77/8  81/4
INSEAM 35 35 35 35 32 35 35 35 35 35 35

 

All measurements are flat measurements. For full measure double the number listed, for eg size 32 waist = 17.25 inches flat x 2 = 34.5 all the way around.                             

SIZE 28 29 30

BRAVE

STAR

31

LEVI'S

511

31

32 33 34 35 36 38 40
WAIST 15 1/4 153/4 161/4  163/4 16 5/8 171/4 173/4 181/4 183/4 191/4 201/4 211/4
F.RISE 9 3/4

 

10 10 1/4 101/2 10 1/4 10 3/4 11 11 1/4 11 1/2 11 3/4 12 1/4 12 3/4
B.RISE 13 1/4 13 1/2 13 3/4 14 13 5/8 141/4 14 1/2 14 3/4 15 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 
THIGH 10 5/8 103/4  11 3/8 11 3/4 11 5/8 121/8 125/8 123/4 131/8 131/2 14 1/4 143/4
KNEE 7 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 3/4 101/4
OPENING 6 1/2 6 3/4 7 7 1/4 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 1/2 9 9 1/4
INSEAM 34 34 34 35 32 35 35 36 36 36 36 36

 

The Regular Taper Cone Mills Heavy Weight Selvedge Denim 

All measurements are flat measurements. For full measure double the number listed, for eg size 32 waist = 17.25 inches flat x 2 = 34.5 all the way around.                             

SIZE 28 29

30

31 32 33 34 35 36 38 40
WAIST 15  151/2 16  16 1/2 17 17 1/2 18 181/2 19 20 21
F.RISE

 

9 3/4 

 

10 10 1/4 101/2 10 3/4 11 11 1/4 11 1/2 11 3/4 12 1/4 12 3/4
B.RISE 13 1/4

 

13 1/2

13 3/4 14 141/4 14 1/2 14 3/4 15 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 
Low Hip 18 18 1/4 18 5/8 19 19 5/8 20 20 5/8 21 21 5/8 22 1/2 23
THIGH 10 3/4 11  11 1/4 11 3/4 121/8 12 1/2 123/4 131/8 131/2 14 1/4 143/4
KNEE 6 3/4 7 1/4 7 3/4 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/2 10
OPENING 6 1/4 6 1/2 6 3/4 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 3/8 8 3/4 
INSEAM 33 35 35 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36

 

All measurements are flat measurements. For full measure double the number listed, for eg size 32 waist = 17.25 inches flat x 2 = 34.5 all the way around. 

SIZE 29 30

Brave

Star

31

LEVI'S

504

31

32 33 34 35 36 38 40 42
WAIST 16
16 1/2 16 3/4 17 17 1/4 17 3/4 18 1/4 18 3/4 19 1/4 20 1/4 21 1/4 22 1/4
F.RISE 10 1/2 10 3/4 11 10 3/4 11 1/4 11 1/2 11 3/4 12 12 1/4 12 3/4 13 1/4 13 3/4
B.RISE 14 1/2 14 3/4 15 14.5 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 16  16 1/4 16 3/4 17 1/4 17 3/4
Low Hip 18 18 1/2 19 19 19 1/2 20 20 1/2 21 21 1/2 22 1/4 23 1/4 24 1/4
THIGH 11 1/4 11 5/8 11 3/4 12  12 1/8 12 1/2 12 7/8 13 1/8 13 1/2 14 3/8 14 7/8 15 1/2
KNEE 8 1/4 8 1/2 8 3/4 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2 9 3/4 10 10 1/2 10 3/4 11
OPENING 7 1/4 7 1/2 7 3/4 8 8 1/4 8 3/8 8 1/2 8 5/8 8 3/4 9 1/4
INSEAM 35 1/2 35 1/2 35 1/2 32 35 1/2 35 1/2 36 36 36 36 36 36