Wednesday, 20 June 2012


My first post is actually a dedication to the joys of shopping offline- though the product in the spotlight was actually bought online. I always prefer to buy physically in shops but the hype on online retail made me rethink. After some misfires from foreign e-retailers, I went on to Shoppers’ Stop’s site and bought a pair of Jack & Jones jeans. I have tried their jeans in the past so the fitting generally would hopefully not be too much of a trouble. However they did not have my exact size but since the sizing was odd as well as even, I went one size down. The jeans arrived and they were pretty perfect (though a bit snug). I tried them once and then just put them away for some time. When I wore them a month later I was on a trip to the US and they had the electronic (EAS) tag on it. This would have never have happened in a physical store because the tag would set the alarms ringing if it left the store on the garment.

Front and back views; the cut is straight but close to body

Back to the jeans; currently in India, Jack and Jones does some of the best mens jeans (unless you prefer certain brands that fuel our desire but float in stratospheric price ranges....). The original Travis 245 jeans in question are great if you like the dirty, distressed look. They come in a regular fit but hew closer to a tighter fit (I’ve got a size small but even in the normal size the legs are cut tighter than usual - however they are 100% cotton; no stretch here!). The fabric is a heavier denim, dark wash with distressing, whiskering  (above the thighs and back of the knees) and some bleach splatter. The pocketing is in black cotton with a branded print; the hardware is simple and discreet (only a JJ monogram) and contrast stitching is in light colours.

Front and back detailing

These are a season old so might not be available in shops but J&J do a good range of jeans and there’s always good denim in their shops.

Hardware detailing and distressing