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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 03/ 1/2005

It's All in the Jeans


Just when you thought it was safe to wear your old Sevens or James jeans at least another season, along comes another must-have brand. True Religion is apparently so beloved by celebs like Kate Hudson, J. Lo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, as well as Natalie Massenet, the founder of the fashionista's dream Web site, Net A Porter, that the buzz has spawned fever in the form of waiting lists around the country. However, thanks to Tabandeh in Mazza Gallerie, you don't have to wait for True Religion. The jeans, which range in price from $195 to $390 for the more-elaborate styles embroidered with a patchwork of vintage fabrics, are available here. But probably not for long.

-- Janet

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They've had men's True Religion at Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off 5th. They're pretty ugly. Try Wrangler 47 or Nudie Jeans (admittedly hard to find) instead.

Wouldn't you rather be first in line for a trend?

Posted by: Chaz | March 3, 2005 8:57 AM | Report abuse

What kind of pretentious moron pays $195-$390 for a pair of blue jeans!? Can't you people find a more worthwhile use for your money other than the conspicuous consumption of ugly flash-in-the-pan fashion trends that won't be "safe to wear" next fashion season? Complete idiocy.

Here's a fashion tip: wear those overpriced Sevens jeans you already own until they actually wear out, and use the money you save to buy a homeless person a sandwich every day for about 2 months straight. The fact that you're a decent person instead of a shallow, pretentious moron will instantly make you look way cooler than aping Kate Hudson ever could.

Posted by: Woof | March 4, 2005 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Woof's comment is silly. The point of fashion is to look good. It's a small extravagance, to be administered lightly. I don't like sevens (for example) all that much, but I see the reasoning--they are flattering on some women.

Fashion and social consciousness are not mutally exclusive--one can help the homeless and wear sevens ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! To the extent one is not helping to do his part for the community, he deserves admonition, whether wearing Dickies or Armani.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 4, 2005 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Woof comes off terribly, b/c he/she makes it appear that the only reason he'd help the homeless would be to look good. That's just shallow, you pretentious person, you.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 4, 2005 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I can't beleive the luck of this post! I ordered a pair of True Religions and unfortunately they are way too big. I sent them off in th email today. Rather than repay shipping and handling I typed in "True Religion Washington DC jeans" into google and viola!
Thanks so much.

Posted by: Thanks | March 6, 2005 3:09 AM | Report abuse

If you are a Nudie Jeans searcher or follower you might like this dedicated site:

Posted by: batman | March 8, 2005 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's a wonder that you can even feed yourselves.

Posted by: Idiot Wind | March 8, 2005 11:54 PM | Report abuse

To the person reading this comment: I bet you are either in college or you are a young, college-educated, white collar person with an office job?

Am I right?

You know how I know?

Because you are their target audience. And in this post, you are being targeted an advertisement for $400 designer jeans!

That's all it is--an ad.

Having done their marketing research, the authors of this blog think that according to your view of the world, you feel like it's really important to know where to get the latest $400 jeans.

So, is that true? If not, then say so!

Posted by: Gray Dough | March 31, 2005 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Man, some people certainly take themselves seriously. As for the expense, it's all relative. And who says that Janet doesn't also contribute to charity? (I'll bet she does.) Treating yourself to a fashion indulgence doesn't make you an uncharitable person, nor does being frugal automatically make you a generous person.

That said, Antik jeans do much more me than True Religion. I'd have bought them if they cost $25 or $250.

Posted by: dcnative | March 31, 2005 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Antik Jeans? I have to check them out.

Have you ever worn a pair of Nudie Jeans.....unbelievable feeling.

Posted by: batman | April 1, 2005 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Man, this conversation has gone on for like 10 posts. Is this where we've gone as a people?

Posted by: joe | April 6, 2005 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Let us give to virtue what we refuse to self-indulgence. Let what we deny ourselves by fast be the refreshment of the poor."

Posted by: Give it up | April 7, 2005 9:27 AM | Report abuse

For many people, clothes are an important part of "going out". If this were LA, this kind of post would fit right in. But, this is DC, where a VERY small segment of this audience cares about this type of post.

Can we keep this blog more about "going out" and less about shopping?

I'd rather have fewer, but higher-quality posts about "going out", than filler posts like this one. It does look just like an advertisement, and I get enough spam already.

Posted by: "going out gurus" not "shopping gurus" | April 12, 2005 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Give it up. Just because you cant afford to buy yourself a hot looking pair of jeans like True Religion dosn't mean you have to trash talk the people who can. We buy them because we can, and because we look damn hot in them. My last pair were $220 and they are very much worth it. You don't know what your talking about untill you go out and buy yourself a pair. You can probobly get used ones on like ebay If that makes you feel any better....

Posted by: kym | April 22, 2005 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Guys Antik is the next hot thing!!!!!!!
I am a trader and i bought TRLG just when True Religion was first getting worn by the Models, it went from $.50cents to $13 if you want to get rich and afford whatever you like buy MJET it's the holding company for Antik Denim. Do yourself a favour its around $.55 cents, come back to me in 6 months and thank me!!

Love to all jean lovers

Posted by: Alex | April 22, 2005 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Come on people they're just jeans and if it makes a person feel good and confident about themselves to buy expensive name brand jeans then so what. Personally I would never pay that much for jeans but some people feel the need to. PLUS they can buy those jeans and still help the homeless, sick, etc etc. Jeans don't make the person.

Posted by: Tina | May 4, 2005 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agreee with Alex - I bought True Religion shares at $4.00 and sold them for $14.50. I bought Mjet at $0.25 just for giggles.

I also own a pair of True Religion, two pair of seven for all mankind and two pair of Paper Denim and Cloth. As a guy, having girls come up to you and complement you on your jeans has made each and everyone of these purchases (mostly on ebay at a third of the regular price) has really made them worthwhile.

I don't buy sportscars, expensive watches, $5 coffees etc so why do some people feel compelled to judge me just because I love jeans?

Posted by: Griff | May 19, 2005 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I just bought shares of MJET at .39 cents. It is now under a different ticker as BLHL, but it is the same company. A word to the wise, get in early because it is only a matter of time until Wall Street incorporates Antik's growth potential into its share price. Also, I am sure this will happen because I work as an analyst and understand how a firm is valued. Once Wall Stree sees ths sales potential and discounts them at an adjustable discount rate, the shares should be revalued at around 6.00 or 7.00 dollars.

Posted by: Antik Investor | June 13, 2005 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't you rather pay $195 for a pair of jeans that's made in the United States or Italy than $15 dollars for a pair of jeans made in a third world country in a sweat shop. Would you rather buy a homeless person a sandwich or have people beaten? haha.. I just don't see your justification. I guess you see homeless people and you don't see people in sweatshops. Sorta like people who are meat eaters but could never kill an animal.

Posted by: lewis | June 14, 2005 8:18 AM | Report abuse

You all sound pretty hopeless, jeans or food for the homeless, swaetshops, expensive designer jeans, wall street, blogs as ads. Your drives, impulses and conscious thoughts are like so many hairs caught up in the cogs and wheels of a machine and i am just as hopeless for having posted her. That being said im going now to become an expatriate in some 3rd world country where i can sip daquiris on the beach, watch my stock rise, fight sweatshop labor, and avoid television, all the while i'll be wearing my "NUDIE JEANS"(they're the best!!) and attaining my rightful place as that country's fashion god.

Posted by: wakeup | June 21, 2005 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Nudie Jeans are now available online for us here in the US. You can find them at

Man, I love them!

Posted by: batman | August 10, 2005 8:31 PM | Report abuse

visit for online shopping

Posted by: online shopping | January 23, 2006 7:50 AM | Report abuse

There's a cool change in the air - and I'm talking 2 below zero!!! For years denim was dominated by the Amricans and Italians, creating a long line of classic jeans from traditional Levi Jeans to exclusive Armani Jeans. Then came along the innovative Japanese brands with Evisu jeans at the forefront led by the visionary Hidehiko Yamane. However, during the course of the past few years a new player has stealthily entered the denim arena. These new players hale from the unlikely land of the vikings; Nudie Jeans and Acne jeans have strong and proud Swedish roots yet their denim has truly universal appeal!

What's so special about these Scandinavian brands? Why are Nudie Jeans and Acne Jeans so special? Many fashionistas believe the secret of their success is their raw edge. Neither Nudie nor Acne are tainted by transparent marketing hype. Both brands are as cool, clean and fresh as the snow in Stockholm. The stench that wafts from the marketing boardrooms of the high profile traditional brands has not yet tainted these two Swedish gems and this breath of fresh air attracts the denim wearing youth of the 21st century who are too asute to fall for the relentless marketing hype of so many traditional brands.

The Nudie Jeans collection includes Slim Jim, Flare Glenn, Baggy Bjorn, Bootcut Ola, Straight Sven, Super Slim Kim, Thin Finn. The Acne Jeans collection includes Max Garage, Max Pool, Max Raw, Mic Punch, Mic Raven, Moc Market, Moc Pebble, Mod Miner, Mod Off Duty. Anyone looking for a change from the traditional American and Italian Jeans, or anyone seeking relief from the Japanese denim invasion, should serious consider a look at Nudie Jeans or Acne Jeans. It's a true breath of fresh air!!

Posted by: Kitmeout | February 1, 2006 7:07 PM | Report abuse

This Nudie stuff is all true, trust me. I bought two pairs of the regular ralphs and would not ever wear anything else! They are a lifestyle and compared to the hype crap out there, they are raw, lean, and dangerous!

Posted by: wn1959 | February 9, 2006 1:28 AM | Report abuse

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