Oct. 30th, 2010 11:46 am
damned_colonial: 18th century trousers, a crotch close-up, and the words "trouser fetish" (trouser fetish)
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[personal profile] treesahquiche just pointed out that I should crosspost this here! (Previously posted on my own journal.)

So this happened today and was just strange enough that I want to post about it.

When I was a teenager, Levis (the jeans company) opened a store in Melbourne for the first time. Before that, I don't think Levis jeans were readily available in Australia, or weren't really a thing, or something. I don't really know -- I wasn't very aware before that. But the store opening came with a heap of advertising and promotion, and suddenly everyone wanted to be wearing Levis 501s, including me.

I don't know how much Levis 501s cost then-and-there, but whatever it was, it was way beyond what I usually paid for jeans. Like maybe three times what I paid? At the time I was usually shopping at discount/outlet stores, and basically never went into a normal retail outlet or department store for clothes. So the 501s were way beyond my reach. But every other jeans company made knockoff button-fly jeans so I just wore them. Then the button flies went out of fashion or something, and I was sad, but I moved on.

Actually that's a lie. I totally didn't move on. I have been wistfully wishing for button fly jeans for at least a decade. Look, they're just hot, OK?

Today I was in a surplus store on Market St looking for driving gloves (no luck, sigh) when I realised that they had Levis 501s in a variety of colours for $29.99 (or $36.99 for some washes). I gather this is a particularly good price for them, but still, wow. Also, I realised I'd been assuming that because 501s were high fashion luxury import items, they wouldn't be available in larger sizes. But in fact, they go up to a 60" waist.

So now I have two pairs of Levis 501s (button flies! dark wash and black!) in my size, for the first time ever.

Consider me boggled.

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Date: 2010-10-30 07:00 pm (UTC)
merrycaepa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrycaepa
I once had coffee with a (very wealthy) guy who'd made his first fortune smuggling Levis 501s into the Soviet Union. True story.

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Date: 2010-10-30 07:04 pm (UTC)
treesahquiche: Ravenclaw coat of arms at the bottom with text above reading, "Live long and prosper." (Default)
From: [personal profile] treesahquiche
That's so cool!

I bet there were a lot of people who did very well smuggling vile artifacts of Western decadence and depravity into communist China, East Germany, Iran, etc. etc.

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Date: 2010-10-30 07:14 pm (UTC)
merrycaepa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrycaepa
Oh, yeah. I have some friends in Budapest who grew up under goulash Communism, and man, do they have stories...

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Date: 2010-10-30 11:10 pm (UTC)
juleself: (pretty)
From: [personal profile] juleself
Button fly jeans! \O/

Although I'm still severely traumatized by jeans shopping from years ago. I hardly ever found anything off the rack that fit me. 35" waist and a 33" leg was the perfect fit... which I found once. Then I lost a couple of pounds in the right spots and wandered happily over to the men's section for a few years.

Today, it's stretch and the smallest size of the big girls, but sadly, they don't make button flies anymore. On the other hand, non-dorky jeans off the rack. Life's a compromise.

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Date: 2010-10-31 02:10 am (UTC)
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
From: [personal profile] jeshyr
Oh, gods ... button-fly jeans. BLACK button fly jeans.

I still have the leather vest you "lent" me about a millions years ago, y'know. It must be connected to black button-fly jeans in my brain.


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