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


  • 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.

  • 5
    Finally, denim that doesn’t cramp my manhood and constrict my thighs

    Posted by Jeremiah McCann on 20th Feb 2022

    I’ve been wearing my Tellason in the Elgin fit for 6 months now and absolutely love them. I’m pretty average in build, heigh, and weight, but find that most denim companies make the rise too low and the thighs too tight. Pete at Tellason worked directly with me to find my best fit. He went above and beyond to provide individual attention to my questions and I really appreciated that. Forever customer.

  • 5
    Review of Jeans

    Posted by Frank Kern on 29th Jan 2022

    I Iike the finish and the fit is exactly a stated on the website

  • 5

    Posted by Bruce Hollcroft on 29th Jan 2022

    Great fit and quality.

  • 5
    Elgin jeans are fab!

    Posted by Carolyn on 22nd Sep 2021

    These are my new favorite jeans. The fabric is reminiscent of the way shrink-to-fit Levis used to feel, but these only shrunk a tiny bit. Solid, stiff cotton that breaks in nicely to the body. They went from a bit baggy pre-wash to perfect post wash (air dry). I'm a 5'6" female, slender build, 118 lbs and the 30 fits great (not tight). I like the rise, it's comfortably high in the back and the front is right at my belly button. Perfect!

  • 5
    Perfect fit

    Posted by Adam Primi on 3rd Oct 2020

    My wife doesn't know if yet, but she is now in a thruple with me and these jeans.

  • 5
    Elgin Denim

    Posted by Great Everyday Selvedge on 27th May 2020

    Great Everyday pant. The taper is perfect for sneakers and boots. The 12.5 oz. isn’t too heavy in the warmer weather as well.

  • 5
    Game Changer

    Posted by Derek on 20th Apr 2018

    The only thing as good as these jeans is Tellasons customer service. Being new to raw denim, I didn't know where to start for the right fit. After a phone call from Pete, and trying on a couple of different fits, the Elgin was my pick. They're the perfect cut slim jean. Not too tight, not too loose. The slightly higher rise makes a huge difference if you're an active dude. As far as the weight, I'm also really pleased. Even though the 12.5 oz. is their lightest, it's still sturdy as hell and should be great for year round wear. A nice surprise was also that this particular weight has had zero bleeding onto anything whatsoever. Easy to wear right out of the box. If I ever manage to wear these out (seems unlikely) I'll definitely be back for some more.

  • 5
    Very pleased with Tellason Jeans

    Posted by Fred on 15th Nov 2016

    I thoroughly enjoy the jeans, the quality of the denim they are made of and the craftsmanship in the jeans. I have been complimented about them and asked where they are available and have given them the e-mail address. I now have three pairs of these jeans, two of the Elgin and one of the straight leg Ankara.