Searching for the best cotton in all of America? Look no further because Memphis, Tennessee has got you covered. The ideal temperature, humidty, and soil type are just a few factors contributing to the damn near perfect cotton-growing conditions in Memphis. It should come as no surprise that xx489, one of our newest and favorite 14.5 oz denims, is made with this special Memphis cotton. In our last denim feature we discussed xx485, which is made from another staff favorite, Zimbabwe cotton. In comparing the two, you will find that xx489 has a more startchy hand with a more uniform saturation, yet enough tiny slubs to make each jean truly a one-of-a-kind. Given the weight and relatively startchy hand of this fabric, the jeans will start out stiff but surely develop some of the most unique fades over time.