slow fashion october.October 8, 2018
The first pair of jeans I wore until the bum busted open I had in high school. I loved them, though I couldn’t tell you the brand or where I bought them. (All signs point to TJ Maxx, the place where I did nearly all of my high school clothes shopping.) I can tell you they had a button fly. And that they’d started out a deep blue but slowly faded to something closer to the color of the sky. I patched them, mysteriously enough, with a pale purple, fine wale corduroy that I found in my mom’s fabric stash. The patch job was messy and before long that gave way, too. I took to wearing them with black spandex bike shorts underneath. The hole just kept on getting bigger, but at least I didn’t have to worry about anyone seeing my underwear. I finally stopped wearing them when the thighs also wore through, but I never stopped loving them. Last fall, I spent every last available penny on this pair of vintage Wranglers. They’re older than me. (My parents, too). And though I think previous owners are at least as much responsible for the bum wearing through this time around, I’ve worn them so much in the past year that this summer I noticed a bit of a breeze on a morning walk and discovered they needed patching. Lacking purple corduroy, I decided to take them to the seamstress down the street for reinforcements. She matched the pale blue of the worn-through bum and patched them with about a million tiny threads. They’ll last forever this way, she assures me. I’m hoping for until death do us part. // Karen Templer interviewed me for Slow Fashion October. I shared evolving thoughts on growing a sustainable wardrobe, finding clothes you love, why it matters, and why it’s tricky. I hope you take a look. More about Slow Fashion October and how to get involved. For the curious: I found my vintage jeans with the very thoughtful help of 9th Street Vintage in the city. The rings you see here are from Satomi Kawakita, Rebecca Mir Grady, and, the tiniest pinky signet from Molly Debiak. My blouse was a gift from a Dôen.