I'm loving my "1980 Skinny" Kicking Mule Workshop (KMW) jeans (above left). So much so I think I've worn them nearly every day since I got them.
Boulder-based KMW produces denim for those who appreciate quality, details and subtlety; for those who want to make their jeans their own. They make a few styles (for guys) including the 1950 Classic, 1980 Skinny, Rocker and 2010 Straight, which are available in a range of weights from 13 – 19 oz. depending on the edition. The denim is made from Zimbabwean cotton, is rope dyed in natural Indigo, and made in Japan's Okayama prefecture.
My 1980's are mid-rise, regular fit jean with oversized but understated back pockets. A slight taper give them a clean look without giving up the comfy, roomy feel. The 13oz weight is perfect and is breaking in nicely. The coin pocket features a red and blue selvage line (which is a point of some debate on the boards) but a detail I like. Some other details include hidden rivets, doughnut buttons, and an embroidered kicking mule on the inside of the fly.
Check out the KMW site for a list of retailers, or buy them online at Context or Revolve.