FAQ's

1) What is raw denim? What is selvage denim? 

  • Raw Denim- Raw denim, also known as dry denim, skips the entire washing/laundering process in making a typical pair of jeans. One of the benefits of raw denim is getting to create your own look and "worn-in" look to the jeans as they fade with everyday wear. 
  • Selvage Denim- selvage or selvedge comes from term "self-edge" and refers to the vintage type of shuttle loom that weaves the denim with one continuous yarn called the weft. Because of this, the denim will not fray or come apart, which can be seen from the desirable selvage id lines when you cuff your jeans. 
  • For a full rundown on selvage and raw denim, check out this very informative post from our friends at Rawrdenim.com 

 

2) How do your Jeans fit in comparison to other brands? 

  • We have put comparisons to Levi's and Nudies on each sillhouette we offer, but this is just an estimate not an absolute way of measuring your jeans.
  • Denim Hunters has a great article on measuring your jeans for online purchasing HERE 
  • For a more thorough view of our sizing, you can check our sizing chart here

 

3) Should I wash my jeans and when?

 

4) Do you make custom made jeans? 

  • Although that was the premise of our Kickstarter campaign, we have not yet developed the infrastructure to make this a reality. Be sure to join our email newsletter to stay on top of when we start to roll our our new custom-made program! 

 

5) Do you offer returns/ exchanges if the jeans don't fit? 

    6) Can you hem the jeans for us? 

    • Yes, we are currently offering hemming service on all purchases. This service must be purchased at the same time as your jeans and can be added as a 'product' to your shopping cart to enable a seamless shopping experience.

    7) Is your Denim Sanforized? 

    • Unless specifically advertised differently, all of our denim is "sanforized". 

     

     

     

     

    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.                                        

    Please allow for a +/- 1/4" tolerance (flat measure) 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR ACTUAL WAIST (MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 4 INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL) AND PURCHASE A WAISTBAND MEASUREMENT 1" LESS THAN YOUR ACTUAL WAIST.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIT PICS ON THE WEBSITE THE FIT MODELS ACTUAL WAIST MEASURES 34.5 INCHES AND WEARS A SIZE 31 (33.5 INCHES) IN BRAVE STAR.

    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR ACTUAL WAIST (MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 4 INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL) AND PURCHASE A WAISTBAND MEASUREMENT 1" LESS THAN YOUR ACTUAL WAIST.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIT PICS ON THE WEBSITE THE FIT MODELS ACTUAL WAIST MEASURES 34.5 INCHES AND WEARS A SIZE 31 (33.5 INCHES) IN BRAVE STAR.

    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.   

    PLEASE NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR ACTUAL WAIST (MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 4 INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL) AND PURCHASE A WAISTBAND MEASUREMENT 1" LESS THAN YOUR ACTUAL WAIST.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIT PICS ON THE WEBSITE THE FIT MODELS ACTUAL WAIST MEASURES 34.5 INCHES AND WEARS A SIZE 31 (33.5 INCHES) IN BRAVE STAR.

                             

    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.     

    PLEASE NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR ACTUAL WAIST (MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 4 INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL) AND PURCHASE A WAISTBAND MEASUREMENT 1" LESS THAN YOUR ACTUAL WAIST.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIT PICS ON THE WEBSITE THE FIT MODELS ACTUAL WAIST MEASURES 34.5 INCHES AND WEARS A SIZE 31 (33.5 INCHES) IN BRAVE STAR.

                           

    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 36 36 36 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. 

    PLEASE NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU MEASURE YOUR ACTUAL WAIST (MEASURED APPROXIMATELY 4 INCHES BELOW YOUR NAVEL) AND PURCHASE A WAISTBAND MEASUREMENT 1" LESS THAN YOUR ACTUAL WAIST.

    FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIT PICS ON THE WEBSITE THE FIT MODELS ACTUAL WAIST MEASURES 34.5 INCHES AND WEARS A SIZE 31 (33.5 INCHES) IN BRAVE STAR.

    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