Sized Up is a weekly feature that helps you find clothing in your size in cities around the world. You won’t see the same old mall stores here – we focus on independent, custom shops and boutiques that are off the beaten path. If you know of a unique place to shop for men’s clothing in extended sizes, let us know and we’ll talk about it here.
If you’re willing to do a bit of searching, you can uncover some pretty interesting places to buy clothing in extended sizes in L.A. The custom denim workshop known as Den.m Bar is one of those hidden gems we came across. Using traditional crafting methods and the finest quality materials from Japan, Europe, and America, they can create custom jeans for customers of any size.
Using a four step method, Den.m Bar creates jeans to your exact specifications right there in Los Angeles. If for whatever reason they aren’t up to your expectations, you can send them back and they’ll make sure they’re perfect. As you big guys know, finding big and tall denim in the style you want isn’t easy, so a resource like Den.m Bar might just come in handy.
We talked to Derek Yip, Marketing Manager at Den.m Bar about the company, the process, and when you’ll be able to buy a pair of jeans online.
Are there any size limitations on the jeans you make?
No, we do not have any size limitations on the jeans we make however for sizes 40 and up, we require a new pattern to be made only if it doesn’t exist already. Whenever we create a new pattern, it takes about 3 hours to create at $34 an hour + the jeans.
If someone wants a pair of jeans made with a type of denim you don’t have on hand, is it possible for you to find it?
Yes, we are always willing to help our customers create their own custom pair of denim jeans. If we are not able to find the exact fabric that our customer wants, we do suggest alternative fabric that is similar to what the customer wants.
Is it possible to purchase any of your products online or by phone?
In the near future, we plan on having our e-commerce site up where our customers can buy our products online. We currently do not take orders by phone.
A lot of our readers complain about being able to find jeans that fit their waist but end up being too tight in the thighs. Is there a style you’d recommend for a bigger guy?
For that particular situation, we recommend the Den.m Bar straight fit. If the customer doesn’t want the thigh area to be particularly tight, the straight fit will offer plenty of thigh space and at the same time not look/feel loose as well.
You’re making these awesome jeans for affordable prices – can you give us an idea of what a pair of Den.m Bar jeans cost?
Our hand crafted customizable denim starts at $229 and may vary depending on optional items you select. If you do not select the optional items, we do offer complementary options as well.
I have gone for the Levi's 508 that starts wide and tapers down as I have shorter legs, and don't always like to wear bulkier boots or shoes.