Slim tapered +. Compared to our Ladbroke Grove slim tapered fit, the Gustave has a slightly longer front rise and a slightly lower back rise, and the leg is slimmer from the thigh down. Made with our proprietary Kaihara Japanese red 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 32.75" to 35". If you require a hem, please contact us directly after receiving your jeans. Made in San Francisco, Calif. USA.
A note from Tony & Pete
This fit came to us in 2012 from our friend, confidant, and master of everything counterculture, Mr. Brian Awitan. Brian was instrumental to Tellason back in the early days, laying out our story to influential people (real influencers before today's "influencers" started calling themselves "influencers"). It was all packed with organic feel good stuff since he had nothing to gain other than seeing his friends get an opportunity to start a denim business the right way.
I suppose our payback was to create a fit that Brian wanted to wear. He sent us an old pair of jeans 4 sizes too large for him that had been heavily manipulated by his local tailor. The idea was straight forward- take a medium rise, medium fitting leg and taper the hell out of it. Hold it up and it has a bit of a carrot feel to it. Put it on and you will get the true tapered leg you may be looking for, without it being too tight in the thigh.
Looking back, we should have called this the Awitan, but at the time, Brian was out there working for another denim company that may have had a problem with him working with a competitor. So, Gustave it is. A strong name which happens to be the middle name of the bass player of a little rock and roll band called, you guessed it, The Clash.
C'est mon troisième Gustave et certainement pas le dernier ! La coupe est parfaite, la qualité top, et plus ils vieillissent plus ils sont beaux.
I was shopping jeans for WAY too long. I had found a (different)brand that fit but both the fit and quality were inconsistent between colorways. I shopped for raw denim reading reviews and feedback from the community, discovered tellason, shopped for another few weeks. Then asked about sizing, the response was quick. Bought the gustaves in 35(6’1” 210lbs). Fit great after 3 1 inch cuffs and a soak. The calves are VERY fitted but I have about a half inch of play. Can’t wait for them to break in. Will buy the Elgins next to mix up fits.
Tellason made the prefect decision by going with the legendary Kaihara Mills fir their denim. Kaihara’s expertise and variety always continues to amaze me, especially when sewn into an amazing pair of jeans like these. I bought the Gustave 12.5oz and was so happy to be back with Tellason. I liked them enough to get the 14.75oz also. Between the two this will cover cold and warm seasons. The 14.75oz denim is a more saturated indigo- almost black, while the 12.5oz has a greyer, silvery sheen to it. Both are beautiful and both exhibit different characteristics of high promise great fades. I’m a denimhead, but to be honest I haven’t gotten this psyched to break in new pairs like these in a long while. Way to go, Tellason. Oh, and faultless customer service from Pete as always.
I think these are my new favorite jeans. They are well made and the fit is very nice. I usually fit a size 29 but I purchased a 29 and a 30 to find my fit with Tellason. I ended up with the 30 as I could not fit their 29s. First thing I did was soak the jeans in warm water in the shower and let it for form to me. Since they are unsanforized, it shrunk just enough for it to become a perfect fit on me. I can tell these will be my go to jeans from now on.
Extremely happy with these jeans. They are the perfect fit, length and weight. Tony and Pete are fantastic and it is a pleasure to support them and their amazing product.
What a great pair of denim sold by a great company with amazing service! I bought the JGMs initially but found them to be too baggy on the legs. Swapped them out for a pair of these Gustaves, and they’re absolutely perfect. These are a proper slim taper without being skin-tight, which is exactly what I was looking for. Got these in the 14oz and while they’re stiff out of the package they’re actually comfortable after a week straight of wear. These seem built to last and I’m excited to put a few years of wear on these. I’m thinking of getting them in the black as well because they fit and feel so great. Note these were not Cone Mills for those that seem to care. Personally I like the Japanese denim feel better and I found prior Cone Mills pairs I had to be very slow faders., so to me I am glad they aren’t CM. Thanks guys for a great product, and you’ve got a long term repeat customer on your hands now!
I had been researching quality American made denim for months and while there are a handful of companies that seem more appealing initially I chose Tellason because they are committed to a whole other level of customer service and quality craftsmanship. What I appreciate most is that the time that Pete (co-owner of tellason) took to answer questions I had about their denim. Pete not only answered my questions but explained their philosophy as a company and wanted to know about my interest in denim. The denim: These jeans are incredibly well made. The fabric has a very distinct look with a natural white fibers coming through. The legal tab inside the back pocket is yet another feature that shows their attention to detail and unique story behind their denim. The weight of the denim, the stitching, the material itself, the button holes, the pocket liners, all one of kind. From the first time I picked them up, They felt significantly better than any pair of jeans I have worn. FINAL THOUGHTS: These jeans are built to last and I will not have to worry about what abuse I will throw at them at work or at home. I trust that they’ll keep feeling and looking better as time and wear make them my jeans.
The Gustave's in 14.75oz are hands down the best fitting denim I've ever owned. I thought they might fit baggier than I would have like based on the picture, but they turned out to be on point. I'm 6'0", ~ 175lb. and have athletic thighs and usually end up either having my pants fit too baggy in the waist or too tight everywhere else. I also own RGT SK 12.5's in 32, which are solid, but the Gustave's definitely fit better and have more of a taper without becoming "skinny jeans". These are also the ideal length and avoid having to over-cuff the bottoms, but can still show off that sweet, sweet, selvedge. I got them in 33.
Shipping accross the country took two days. Denim is high quality and a great color for new jeans. Looking forward to putting some wear on them.