The Mineko Club, a volunteer group in Hitachi City, Japan, is selling jeans personally shredded by animals to raise money for wildlife conservation. Lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo were given toys covered in the denim to tear into, creating a “worn-in” look. The denim was then sewn to create the pants, Zoo Jeans, which are being auctioned online through Monday. The tiger-designed pair’s current price is well into the thousands, which proves this bizarre fundraising idea was brilliant. As a person who gets beyond annoyed when I see “distressed” jeans going for triple the price because some factory machine or employee ripped them up for show, it’s awesome to see a pair of pants that were torn up in a more, well, authentic way. [Uproxx, Australia Network News]
Theory: Khloe Kardashian is a messy eater and frequently drops food on her lap, so she bought these jeans with GAPING HOLES between her kneecaps and upper thighs, aka the spill zone, so they wouldn’t stain. If you have the same problem, you can buy a similar pair from Urban Outfitters. This egregiously destroyed denim trend is worthless otherwise. [Photo: INFDaily]
Chip Bergh (best name), the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, made major waves earlier this week when he implored people to stop washing their jeans. Bergh made the statements at a sustainability conference, and revealed that the jeans he was wearing at that moment were almost a year old — and had never seen the inside of a washing machine. The general reaction to Bergh’s words seemed to be a resounding “Eeeewwww!”, with a bit of “Huh?” mixed in. But pause your initial rush to judgment for one second, OK? Because the man has a damn good point. Keep reading »
A couple weeks ago we introduced you to the “anti-thigh gap jeans,” made specifically for those of us who have a little more thigh meat than traditional skinny jeans allow for. Today, we’d like to introduce you to another specialty fit denim innovation, but this one is for men who have a little extra man meat. The jeans are called Slimbs. Their mantra? “Slim fit jeans that aren’t a pain to your manhood.” While that tagline (not to mention the screenshot of their promotional video) might make you laugh, the jeans are far from gimmicky. Slimbs are high quality (each pair even comes with a guaranteed repair service), American-made, ethically manufactured, stylish, and affordable. No wonder they’ve almost doubled their fundraising goal on Kickstarter already. Check out the video above for more info, and let your balls breathe a sigh of relief for the roomier digs they’ll be enjoying soon. [Kickstarter]
As anyone who has ever not been able to pull a pair of jeans up higher than their knee can tell you: skinny jeans and most current cuts of denim are certainly not made for people whose thighs are larger than, say, a salami. Athletes, especially, struggle with finding flattering, comfortable jeans that properly fit their muscular legs. A group of gym rats in Nevada decided to do something to change that, so they started Barbell Apparel, a premium denim company that makes what they call, “the anti-thigh gap jeans.” Made specially to accommodate muscular thighs, with a bit of stretch and quality construction, Barbell tested the demand for their product with a Kickstarter page. Their goal was to raise $15,000 to get things up and running. So far, they’ve raised $312,000 and counting. Hmm … apparently this was a long overdue idea or something? I’m very excited to see the finished product and how, if at all, mainstream denim brands will respond to Barbell’s instant popularity. Want to know more? Check out Barbell’s Kickstarter video after the jump!
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I’m sure you’ve sensed a bit of an ominous cloud settling over your part of the closet. Perhaps you’ve seen the scraps of denim littering the floor of my bedroom. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your comrades are starting to return to the jean pile as mere shadows of their former selves — half the garments they once were?
Well, I’m sorry to say your intuition is right. Your days are most definitely numbered. You won’t be long for long. Because it’s finally warm outside, which means my cutoffs obsession has begun. None of my full-length jeans are safe. You’ve got another week, maybe two, tops. And then? Snip, snip. Keep reading »