Jacket, shirt, dress, skirt, shorts, and even a hat (remember Justin Timberlake’s total look from 2001), jeans are no longer just pants. Not much remains of his working-class origins, except perhaps the resistance. With more than 2.3 billion pairs sold worldwide annually, for a global population of nearly 8 billion, it would be an understatement to say that jeans have become more popular.
Italian, French or American, where did the jeans come from?
It all started in the 16th century when the Genoese navy used blue cotton and linen cloth, called jeans, to make the sails of their ships and dress their sailors. So, the etymology of the word jean would come from the old English name of the city of Genoa in Italy: Jeane. The fabric travels and reaches Nîmes where weavers try to reproduce it, but in vain. After many years of experimentation, in the 17th century they managed to create a new fabric. The product is then called denim. We are now in 19th century California, Levi Strauss, a German immigrant, applies for a patent for jeans. Therefore, we attribute to him the origin of the clothing itself, as we know it today.
What kind of cut and how to maintain it?
Straight, slim, tapered, baggy, high rise, low rise, just as many English terms that indicate the cut of jeans. It is still in fashion today, fashion evolves, but clothes remain. To help you find the shoe that fits you, nothing better than an infographic with the history of jeans and facts. The current trend is a return to the 90s and 2000s, jeans are wide and low-waisted, a cut that does not necessarily suit everyone. Therefore, for added comfort, many of us still proudly wear high-waisted jeans. It emphasizes all silhouettes with its shaping effect.
Regardless of the style, the maintenance rules are almost always the same: wash your jeans as little as possible, in addition to preserving them, you will help protect the planet. When you decide to send it to the washing machine, it is recommended to wash it at maximum 30° with a little detergent. You don’t have to climb towers to spin! And he must be gentle. After all, inside-out jeans are just as good for washing as they are for ironing.
Japan, the king of premium jeans
A third continent is missing from the bench of jeans creators: Asia and more specifically Japan. Almost 400 years ago, in the historic Kojima district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, artisans began work. They made salt-resistant cotton textiles in response to the coastal development the country was experiencing at the time. Thanks to the incredible quality of Japanese craftsmanship, the jeans become even more resistant and durable over time. Indigo is also deeper than the classic model due to the dyeing techniques used and is even called Japan Blue.