Thursday, August 16, 2007
before the denim sea change
remember when there were only a few denim options?
jordache. lee. gloria vanderbilt. guess. levi's.
i bought this pair freshman year of college for $3 at a secondhand shop in a faded mini strip mall. that wasn't very long ago, i know, but for most of my life i only wore levi's from sears. as a baby, osh kosh overalls. i had a single pair of acid wash guess jeans with zippered ankle openings, which were unbelievably uncomfortable. my husband wore these levi's for a year or two, ripped the knee open, and then they were forgotten. since then, i've graduated from levi's to the gap and lucky brand, and then seven for all mankind, built by wendy, farmer industry, habitual, a.p.c., and now earnest sewn. i have this vision in my head of the ideal dungarees. i've been watching old jacques cousteau programs, and i love the long, rangy look of everyone in their circa 70s jeans. medium rise, tight on top, wider on bottom, structured yet slouchy, insouciant. i'm not exactly built like a boy, so boy jeans will never hang just so. does anyone know of a denim designer who can do this? the earnest sewn keatons come close, but i'm still looking for the perfect pair.