Diesel and 7 For All Mankind jeans are not newcomers in the industry of denim production, as they have been around much longer than most new-age jeans and have their names already written in gold.
I will run a quick evaluation on these two brands of jeans, which are known as premium jeans.
These jeans are undoubtedly laced with a quality that defies seasonal fashion, which qualifies them for a session of comparison.
Differences between Diesel and 7 For All Mankind
The major difference between the jeans branded Diesel and those from 7 For All Mankind is lodged in their ideology of denim production.
Diesel jeans were made with the intent of producing jeans that would enter the market, not as a new fashion item but as denim jeans that will stand the test of time.
I noticed this from their heavy distressing pattern, which often turns their jeans into old-looking jeans. But the quality remains unshaken.
In contrast, 7 For All Mankind made jeans from an ideology based on competing with the fashion market, and guess what? They did conquer the denim circle for a long period.
Coming from California, the second home of fashion in the US after New York; the 7 For All Mankind brand clearly understood the assignment and worked towards filling the gap left uncovered by most brands of jeans.
Still on the differences, what gender specification do you think of whenever you hear about Diesel jeans? Certainly, “men” because the brand started as a brand that caters to the ideal Italian man, with its vintage look and comfortable fit.
That there; is another difference between it and 7 For All Mankind jeans which commenced its operations using women’s jeans as a tool to break into the fashion market.
Brief History of Diesel Jeans
The Diesel jeans are a denim line produced by the retail clothing company Diesel S.p.A. which was founded in 1978 in Molvena, Italy.
The brand Diesel S.p.A, which presently has its headquarters in Breganze, Veneto, Italy; was formerly known as the Moltex textile company owned by Adriano Goldshcmied.
However, the main Diesel brand did not exist until fashion revolutionist Renzo Rosso, came into the picture in the early 1970s.
After working under Goldschmied for some time, he bought him out from the company with only $500,000 and proceeded to become the sole owner of the franchise.
The Italian company which doubles as a denim producer and retail company started distributing its merchandise across the US and Mexico through the Russ Tog company in 1990.
In the year 1998, the Diesel Stylelab was created to produce higher-end jeans with Italian standards other than regular jeans. And this development added to the quality streak that Diesel was already known for.
Diesel jeans might be expensive, but they are equal to their price in quality and fitting. They are not made to fit tight on the body and come with a distressed powerful denim hue, hence an expression of their grounded knowledge of denim production.
In recent times, the Diesel brand has been more proactive in the production of innovative denim rather than the regular traditional denim wash and design.
They achieved this with a new type of jeans, under the Diesel jeans line known as Jogg. The Diesel Jogg is made from a mixture of denim ad sweatpants to create comfy and stretchy jeans, that can aid you to bend or squat at any angle.
- High-quality material.
- Not based on fast fashion.
- High build quality.
- Ample space in the legs.
- Mostly for men.
- Expensive compared to other low-end jeans.
- Over distressing.
Brief History of 7 For All Mankind Jeans
The history of 7 For All Mankind jeans started with the collaboration between Michael Glasser, Peter Koral, and Jerome Dahan; to create a denim line that offers more quality. However, the brand which is simply known as 7FAM was founded in the year 2000.
It has its headquarters in Vermont, California, with a host of creative designers. 7 For All Mankind brand of jeans was established in Los Angeles, California, and has the record of being the first denim company to lead in the production of premium jeans.
They brought their city to the limelight of fashion and transported their products from being just a start-up denim brand, into being a super high-end luxury line of jeans.
The name 7 For All Mankind, is a reflection of an ideology which means that every person is expected to have at least7 pairs of jeans; one for every day.
The company which started as a denim line for women later introduced its Men’s line in 2002 and started its transition into a standard brand of immense value. In 2007, it was sold to VF Corporation and was purchased a few years later by Delta Galil Industries in 2016.
This series of transitions brought the brand further upfront in the denim market, as it is now sold in over 80 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The denim line is renowned for its special precision and detail in stitching, fitting, fabric type, washes, and their famous brand logo at the back pocket.
The iconic brand logo plus its design is probably what makes it famous among celebrities, singers, actors, and sports stars alike.
The likes of screen players Gigi Hadid and Lucy Hale, singers Adele, Billie Eilish, and Selena Gomez are all lovers of the 7 For All Mankind jeans.
- Dressy and stylish.
- Appealing designs and detailing.
- Luxury brand.
- High-quality, stretch materials.
- Hard to identify different cuts, due to the variety of detailing used on the back pocket.
- Very expensive.
- Mass-produced, unlike most luxury jeans.
- Mostly for women.
Head-to-Head Comparison between Diesel and 7 For All Mankind Jeans
This is the part where I compare brands of jeans and decide which of them best suits the important features of good denim jeans. But before that, I will like to reiterate that the continual debate about these jeans is not unhealthy.
It comes from a place of personal prejudice as a lot of people tend to voice out their take on either Diesel or 7FAM jeans based on how they perceive their usage.
Therefore, I will not be discrediting anybody’s opinion about these jeans, rather I will conduct this comparison based on my observations. The comparison between these jeans will be graded based on the following:
- Build quality.
- Design and Style.
- Fit and Sizing.
Build quality refers to the standard of the production process of a product. Hence, in this context build quality denotes the standard of the production stage of denim jeans.
I am opportune to be the owner of Diesel jeans; lol I’m not that much of a flyboy… I was gifted a pair of Diesel Men’s D-Struckt jeans, that sold for like $150 or so but I’m sure it is pricey. And I’ve worn these jeans for 4 months.
I wasn’t surprised at its strong state, because I know it’s from an Italian brand… Italians and quality products relate very well.
In the case of 7 For All Mankind, the build quality results in the production of soft jeans when touched and stretchy too.
This is because their main focus is on women’s jeans, which should be soft enough to fit in fine.
The 7FAM jeans are also quality jeans, being made in good industries in Mexico and the US, other than substandard industries in China.
There is a common thread that runs between jeans that are dubbed premium jeans, and this thread has something to do with their market value.
Most premium jeans in the market are not priced below the $100 markup, such brands of jeans like Joe’s Jeans and Izod fall in this category. However, Diesel jeans are also included in this grouping as they are costly which denotes their position as a premium jeans brand.
Most of their styles like The Thanaz and Liv are all expensive compared to the regular style of jeans in the market.
Similarly, 7 For All Mankind is also costly but they are way higher than Diesel in price.
Like I will say, Diesel jeans are slightly affordable compared to the price tag placed on the jeans from the stables of 7 For ALL Mankind.
I think the least price of their jeans which I have seen in a store is around $150-$170. Now that is very much on the high end, which explains why it is worn by the elitists in society such as celebrities and public figures.
If you know anybody who owns a pair of Diesel jeans or you own a pair yourself, you will testify to its stronger texture and feel.
This is so, due to the type of material used in the production of Diese; jeans. They are both sturdy, stiff, and very uneasy to sew.
This type of material suggests that the producers of these jeans are bent on producing long-lasting denim jeans.
The only flaw with these materials is that they get heavy when they are submerged in water. So if you get drenched in rain wearing your Diesel jeans, you might not be able to run in them.
In direct opposition, the jeans from 7 For All Mankind are mostly made with a cotton blend especially spandex, polyester, or lycra.
These blends weaken the pure cotton which should be sturdy and heavy, making it more lightweight, soft, and stretchy. And this makes the jeans to be more comfortable, particularly for their vast women customers and audience.
Design and Style
Aside from quality, design is another factor that makes a pair of jeans worthwhile and covetous.
Design breeds uniqueness and most brands of jeans do not fail to come with a design that sends a resounding message to their intended audience.
Diesel has more of a vintage appeal and design factor than 7 For All Mankind. Their jeans are a reflection of a deeply rooted Italian culture, which shows in its use of styles that are restricted by the boundaries of seasonal fashion or trends.
Differently, 7 For All Mankind has its eyes on the trend, which is why it overtook the fashion space of the Californian circle of denim lovers.
The brand uses different pocket embroidery designs for its back pocket like the famous Swarovski crystals on its A pocket jean, stylized 7s for its Dojo jeans, Signature logo for bootcut and low-rise styles, and then V-shaped embroidery for their Kate jeans.
This adds to their style-based ideology of denim production.
Fit and Sizing
The sizing of both Diesel and 7 For All Mankind jeans is similar, as both of these jeans come up a tad more.
Diesel on one hand is made with 100% cotton which eventually shrinks, while 7FAM jeans are made with stretch.
To make sure that these jeans do not get snug on the body, the manufacturers add more size to the jeans to achieve a better fitting after shrinkage or when they stretch out.
But still, refer to a size chart before making your purchases, as Diesel adds the American format for sizing in their size chart. Study the chart and purchase with the right size choice.
You know what they say, that shrinkage does not make a pair of jeans less inferior, it is what makes them denim jeans.
On that note, I believe that Diesel jeans come up in more durability than the 7FAM, which stretches out easily with the first or second wash. It ends up becoming baggy and less attractive.
My take on these jeans is that they are both good, at least better than most high-end jeans which are priced like them.
However, I have a stronger connection with the Diesel jeans, which offer more value of durability and less cost than the 7 For All Mankind jeans are way costlier.
The Diesel also has more styles for men, and as a guy, I would naturally go for what fits my gender specification more.
Summarily, as more premium jeans brands keep coming up, the older ones in the circle keep scaling up their game.
That is exactly the case with Diesel and 7FAM jeans, which have been upgrading to the current standard of denim jeans, without falling for the antics of fast fashion.
And if you have a little more dollar to splash on jeans to show your denim loyalty, then these jeans are your go-to jeans.