They Just Don’t Make Things…

BLUE - Jeans by Marianone on Flickr

… like they used to.

About every other year, I need to replace my jeans. I pretty much live in jeans since I work at job that allow me to dress comfortably.

Denim is generally a fairly tough material, but the past few years the manufacturing has become chintzy. It seems like designers are more worried about the whiskering and worn, broken in look than the actual quality of denim. Which… well… leads to pretty severe degradation of the fabric. Two years ago, the jeans I had for 3+ years actually wore at the hip area where I used to carry keys. That’s to be expected.

But I had a pair of Lucky Brand jeans that I purchased in February that just magically got holes in the butt area. Glad I was at home when they appeared! I would have at least expected the jeans to hold up for a year and a half, but nope. Done. Kaput. The denim was soft and worn. I guess too distressed to hold up. Definitely not worth the money paid for them. I had another pair of Lucky jeans purchased around 2003 that held up for 4 years. I wonder why their manufacturing quality standards changed?

Needless to say, I’m sticking to my Levi’s from now on. The last 2 pairs I purchased (six months before the Lucky Brand) still look decent, minus the cuffs which are starting to wear. If I want distressed jeans, I’ll do it myself.

Photo: BLUE – Jeans by Marianone (Flickr user name) and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.

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