The Sheffield was taken from our Ankara Straight Leg fit, and tapered from the knee down by 2 inches at the leg opening. 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 35.75" to 36.5". If you require a hem, please contact us directly after receiving your jeans. Made in San Francisco, Calif. USA
Ten years ago, We had a few fits in the stable with ambition to have a few more, in due time. We form our opinions, we get some feedback from people who know denim and are not afraid to share their viewpoints, and we pull the trigger when the time is right and head over to Pam's place to get a pattern started.
I was in Boston then, participating in an open to to the public event put on by Boston's own, Ball and Buck store. The venue was an incredible old brick warehouse, which basically describes a lot of that old city. Anyway, I was there to sell some pants. One dude stepped up to my fold out table full of jeans and spoke about what he wanted in a jean. Now, we are in "hockey country" so it seemed like every man around spoke about their love for hockey and had the legs and bunz to prove their commitment to their sport. They were also in need to have a tapered leg on a fit that suited their burly thighs to show off their new leather Alden boot or whatever. I tried to get them into our Ankara straight leg fit but you can tell that they were bothered by the straight leg effect of extra fabric below the knee.
The event was over, I sold some jeans and thought how many more I could have sold if we had a jean like the Ankara but with a tapered finish at the bottom. That was enough of a message for Tony and I to get going on our newest fit back in 2011- The Sheffield- mid rise, straight tapered jean. See, we listen once in a while...
I'm very happy with my purchase from Tellason. Here are some observations on my experience and the jeans I purchased. Customer Service: I ordered two sizes of the 14.75oz Sheffield (30" & 31") to test the fit. Had a few questions on how they should fit, so I shot off an email to their 'info' email address. Within the hour, I got an email back from Pete Searson, one of the owners, with his personal cell and a request for me to call him to talk denim and fit. After 10-15 minutes of his time, i was settled on a size and comfortable in my choice. It was clear that Pete knows denim, stands by his product, and believes in quality customer service. Also, returns are easy and, should you need a hem, you can send your jeans back to them and they cover shipping both ways and hem for free. Hard to beat that! Jeans: Quality is top notch. Denim, seams, stitching, pocket bags, etc is all A+. 14.75 oz weight feels like a good all around weight that shouldn't be too hot in the summer. The weight isn't as heavy as I anticipated, so I might go with the 16oz for the next pair. I am happy with the 14.75 though. Styling is simple with small nods of character...nothing overt. Fit: I'm 5'9" 155-160ibs with "athletic" thighs. I chose the Sheffield because of the extra room in the thigh. I ordered the 30 and 31 to compare size. The 30 were snug (not tight) off the bat and the 31 fit well to start. I kept the size tagged 30 and am happy I did. After a few weeks of wear, they have loosened up in waist, thighs, and throughout the top block. Seeing how they loosened up, I might have even been able to get away with a 29". However, I am happy with my choice to go with the 30"...the 31's would have ended up too big. After a few weeks of wear, here are the measurements of my pair of 30" Sheffields (results may vary): Waist: 16.75"(x2) = 33.5 Front Rise: 10.5" Back Rise: 16" Thigh @ 1" down: 11.75"(x2) = 23.5" Leg Opening (mine have been hemmed to 31" inseam): 8"(x2) = 16" Bottom line: I love the jeans, wear them all the time, and will most certainly buy another pair of Tellasons. Might try the 16 oz Sheffields or JGM next. The great customer service and quality product will keep me coming back.
My first pair of raw denim. Excellent build quality and construction. Excited to see how they age!
Overall these are really great jeans; strong and beautifully finished. Waist fit is exactly to measurements. They come with a fairly long inseam. I'll be buying a few more pairs of these soon.