Maybe they decided to stitch the rips to prevent the iron patches to come off after certain number of washes and/or to prevent the holes of getting bigger or something like that but it ruins it IMO, I prefer when the holes are let as is without further stitching or something.
Tomorrow i'll post my pair and compare the fabrication date/lab.
Strongly disagree with this. When looking at my different options, this one was the winner because of this stitching detail and no noticeable hole in back of left leg. There is nothing I hate worse than big cheesy holes in my jeans. I have always been one to iron on patches behind distress holes if they are there because I dont want there to ever be a time when my legs are showing through. I think its kind of tacky. The patches behind the distressing was another draw towards this wash or 73j. If they werent there I wouldve added to prevent enlargement. I wouldnt have gone as far as to sew the things on like was done here for fear of ruining the garment but they did a flawless job. I am impressed and the jeans look far better now because of it(nice added detail).