01/23/08 EDITORS NOTE:
Update our test pair of Ujeans jeans arrived after over four months. We will be posting a follow up to our original posting after we've had a chance to check out the jeans.
Readers should be aware that as of 12/19 we have not received our test pair of jeans from Ujeans to finish this review we began on 9/15/07. We were under the impression the jeans would be back within 6-8 weeks after we sent them in on 9/15/07. The company founder Daniel Feuer emailed me two weeks ago (after repeated attempts at contact by me) indicating he was having production and customs problems and that those issues should be resolved and we along with other paying customers should be getting our jeans in the very near future. Since publishing this story we have been contacted by several customers of Ujeans - who are experiencing similar problems and not getting responses from the company. PLEASE NOTE: We are in no way affiliated with this company and are simply conducting a product review as we do with numerous other products. If and when the jeans do arrive to our product tester - we will finish our review as we had intended on doing three months ago.
Canadian jeans company UJeans offers consumers a custom fitted pair of jeans. "Our jeans are designed by our customers and are made-to-measure so they are guaranteed to fit. The jeans are also environmentally and socially responsible," said Daniel Feuer UJeans President.
Sustainable is Good is going through the process of getting a pair of UJeans. Buying Ujeans is quite different from going to a retail store like most are accustomed to doing.
Ujeans sells direct to consumers through the internet. Interested consumers register on the site and Ujeans sends a detailed instruction guide via email. The consumer needs to have a tailors tape at home in order to complete the measurements.
You can send a pair of UJeans to someone as a gift as well. If you choose this option the receiver gets a measuring kit and CD along with a gift certificate card from UJeans.
The kit arrives in a mailer made from reclaimed denim and can be reused by the consumer. Inside is a metal CD sized box containing a measuring tape and instructions on CD. "The denim bag has been used for a make-up bag, pencil case and even a sleeping bag for a stuffed animal," said Feuer UJeans.
Following the instructions a consumer takes detailed measurements of their body. You'll need the help of the another person to take the measurements. We went through the process last week. The measurements are specific and the instructions tell you exactly how to take them accurately.
After the consumer has the measurements they would visit the UJeans web site and enter the measurements online along with a whole host of choices regarding color and style. The jeans are then custom made and sent directly to the consumer in about 4-6 weeks.
Sustainable is Good sent in measurements for one of our testers last week and will report on the jeans when they arrive.
Ujeans have a number of socially responsible eco-friendly elements to them. The cotton used to make the jeans is sourced from the Pakistan Sustainable Cotton Initiative which focuses on conserving water resources. The cotton is not organic. The company uses natural minerals and enzymes in their dying process and does not use chemicals like chlorine bleach, formaldehyde or azo.
The packaging Ujeans uses is made from reclaimed denim from their production process. They have found the denim mailer to be not only unique but durable and able to withstand the shipping process.
When our test pair of jeans arrives we will provide an update on the product and process.