J. Crew, bastion of preppy fashion, offers Kerouac jeans.

Via on Mar 5, 2009

j. crew style crime black book

My nickname in high school used to be J. Crew, ’cause I lived in Vermont and there was nowhere much to shop…except out of the pages of J. Crew, which depicted the life I wanted: old money, relaxation, young friends, big houses, no parents. Love. A good, solid, clean, fun life. Simplicity.

I couldn’t find any early 90s catalogs, which I used to love to look through…they were like modern/retro depictions of F. Scott Fitzgerald stories. But here’s a few recent covers, which haven’t changed all so very much from way back in the days of my wayward youth:

j. crew catalogj. crew catalog

But now, good ol’J. Crew has gone done and made of themselves a big fat sad joke: they’re offering a pair of fake-paint splattered jeans…for $300 bucks.

Excerpt via Black Book:

J. Crew has been revamping their image lately, ditching their stale Dawson’s Creek khaki look of the 90s for a more WASP-who-lives-in-a-Brooklyn-brownstone-and-likes-wearing-desaturated-pastels vibe. Which brings us back to the $300 pair of jeans. It takes a very special person to buy distressed overpriced jeans. This is

someone who wants the Jack Kerouac look without the work.

They want a look that says to others “I read big books, I care about things … just look at my outfit.” When in truth, it really says to the outside world I’m a giant douchebag. But J. Crew may already know this, because they stress that these jeans are not merely a piece of denim to clothe you—but rather a collectors item, hence the price. The people at the great J. Crew factory have spent hours painstakingly painting these for you, so pseudo-intellectuals at the coffee shop will think you’re artistic (or just haven’t quite mastered the paint roller). But don’t worry; these jeans can be machine washed. 

Facebook is in talks with major corporate media about pulling their content into FB, leaving other sites to wither or pay up if we want to connect with you, our readers. Want to stay connected before the curtain drops?
Sign up for our curated, quality newsletters below.


Incorrect source, offensive, or found a typo? Email us (please put title in subject bar of email so we'll be able to fix). Or do you want to write for Elephant?
{Waylon H. Lewis C Enterprises 2015: Use Rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with author.}

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

5,238 views

4 Responses to “J. Crew, bastion of preppy fashion, offers Kerouac jeans.”

  1. sj* says:

    I wonder how much profit the children in Sri Lanka made off of those 300$ sweatshop labor paint spattered pants?

  2. Stylee Stylee says:

    Writing something like "$300 bucks" is no less of a "big fat sad joke."

    Newsflash: J. Crew has ALWAYS been for toolbag poseurs.

  3. JoLinda Van Haren says:

    I have jeans like these . I call them "jeans I paint in". I didn't know that they were collectors items or that people would, like, pay $300 dollars for jeans like these and wear them ,maybe, "out"? Amazing!

  4. […] where to live much the same way we shop. I like that style, or that color, we say, perusing a J.Crew Catalog (something most of us haven’t done, in paper form, since the 90s). Nowadays, my friends and I say I’m gonna bike across Africa, then live in Portland. […]

Leave a Reply