I agree-they look sorta like a hybrid of a Levi's and Nudie Jeans (at least in terms of number of threads) logo. It's entirely possible that it is a brand like Levi's and was photoshopped so DSW didn't have to pay for the rights.
Yeah, I think most denim brands have started releasing a lot of styles in STD for sale at places like Nordstrom Rack, Gilt, etc. True Religion seems to have done a bit of rebranding lately, moving away from the once iconic stitching. Could be why they decided to sell those styles as straight to discount.
Is anyone wearing a denim based costume for halloween? Not sure what I'm going to be yet but I'll probably end up wearing something with denim at the last minute. If you are, would love to get some inspiration/ideas. We also have some ideas and inspiration in these blog posts.