Elgin - Mid Rise Slim Tapered Selvedge Jeans - 12.5 oz.

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Mid rise slim tapered fit. Made with our proprietary Kaihara Japanese dark blue line raw selvage denim (sanforized). Button fly. Extra heavy pocket bags. Bottom of back pockets lined for durability. Leather patch by Tanner Goods, Portland, OR. Graduated inseams from 34.75" to 36". If you require a hem, please contact us directly after receiving your jeans. Made in San Francisco, Calif. USA


Sometimes, the road is uphill. Sometimes downhill. Our Elgin jean was downhill as far as complications go - just short of speed wobbles really. We had been selling our Ladbroke Grove lower rise slim tapered jean for a few years and there were enough of you out there who spoke up to let us know that the jean was good, but could be better for them if it had a mid rise.

We had a 5 minute meeting with our pattern maker, Pam, and just said, "Pam, please take our LG fit, add about 1.5 inches to the rise and send the pattern to the factory so we can make a sample." I remember trying the first prototype on and Tony and I agreed that it was exactly what we needed. No second prototype necessary. Let's get to production.

Stay safe out there and bloody Hell, wear a helmet when you bomb that hill.


Tony Patella
Pete Searson


  • 4
    My favorite pair of jeans 2 years in

    Posted by Jeremiah McCann on 9th Oct 2023

    These are my second pair of Tellason Elgins and my 5th pair of raw denim pants. Good: A larger front rise means there is proper room for a gentlemen's sausage. The mid-rise means plumber crack isn't an issue. The thigh fit is PERFECT. I have slightly larger thighs and other jeans tend to feel uncomfortable in this area. Needs Work: I do think the taper should be slimmer. I'm not a skinny jeans guy, but the extra fabric around the calf can look strange. On my size 36, the knee is about 9.25'' with the opening at around 8''. I have my tailor bring them to 8.75'' at the knee to 6.75'' at the opening. Conclusion: With patience, these jeans become my ultimate custom pair of jeans. The fabric is great and I cannot stress enough how they have room for thighs and bits. Also extra points for the free inseam hemming service!

  • 5

    Posted by Sascha on 13th Jun 2023

    Best jeans I have ever had, only disappointed that I did not know/had them earlier….Perfect cut: not too baggy, not too tight but cleary shaped…and the midrise cut makes the difference for me: I always had to choose between low cuts that look good in the front but exposed my behind, or high cuts that looked good from behind but were weirdly shaped in the front. With the Elgin: problem solved! I am on my 6th pair in 6 years, always having one pair to wear out until it dies and one fresh pair to wear in…With an additional pair of black Elgins this makes basically makes up my whole pants wardrobe: every day, all year.

  • 5
    Elgin Mid Rise jeans 12oz

    Posted by Todd Trumper on 10th Apr 2023

    Great fitting jeans. Ideal weighted denim for year round use in Australia. Nice tapered fit to wear with Chelsea style boots or Vans. Great service from the boys at Tellason. Highly recommend buying your jeans from Tellason.

  • 4

    Posted by Jason Mastin on 21st Mar 2023

    They run a bit small as I am a 32 but they are definitely tight.

  • 5
    Forget Levis, buy these instead!

    Posted by Eric on 5th Dec 2022

    I owe my friend BIG TIME for telling me about this company and their PERFECT jeans. I know where I'll be buying all my jeans for the rest of my life.

  • 5

    Posted by Eric on 27th Jun 2022

    Once you nail the fit, it's a great pair of pants with the room to swing your leg over the seat of a bicycle or motorcycle and the weight to feel comfortable, but not overwhelmed with heat. I prefer the mid-rise to the low-rise of lesser denim. I like the extra inches to cuff, roll, or even cover my ankle when riding. These will be my all-season 'go-to' for comfort and style. Cheers!

  • 5
    Best denim, best cut, best light weight

    Posted by Andrew Anastassiou on 19th Jun 2022

    Really amazing denim, especially of you live in a hot climate like I do. Lightweight, and it breaks in really quickly. I did a cold soak and hung it to dry. Nice mid rise, for reference, my 29s (which actually measure 30.5”, perfect for me) have a 10.7” front rise. Not jacked up, but comfortably higher. Love them. I also adore the mid weight Elgins, but I think the lighter weight is perfect for my living climate. Great, silvery light Indigo with a smooth hand, and top notch stitching, etc. Really nice people, too, especially Tony. They surprised me with one of their last Cone Mills 14.5 oz Elgins, which I was not expecting, adds some variety and some Americana to my collection.

  • 5
    Second pair of Elgins

    Posted by Garrett Lynch on 4th Jun 2022

    This is my second pair of Elgins. I’m 6’2” 180lbs and the 32 waist and mid rise fit perfectly. The Tellason Elgin is one of the rare selvedge jeans made with premium denim in a mid rise, which, for those of us over 40, is a blessing.

  • 5

    Posted by Andrew on 1st Jun 2022

    These are really excellent quality. The fit is comfortably snug, with a nice higher rise. They are pretty crispy and coarse right out of the box, but it’s amazing what a single cold rinse, hang dry, and a few hours of wear can do. They soften up, little by little, with immediate fear of knee honeycombs. Beautiful Kaihara denim, and made in San Fran, which warms my heart. I love em. I actually bought two pairs of the 12.5 and two of the 14.5 in the Elgin, because I loved the cut so,much. The lighter ones have a slightly grayish, beautiful tint to them, so not dark blue. The 14.5s are more blue, and a bit darker. I would advise ordering one size down from your normal waist size. I usually go 30, but the 29s are perfect, and they gently give up to an inch in the Australian with wear. Gorgeous denim, love em.