Sample sales are hit and miss by nature. Really, it just takes one great find to make the experience of elbowing through crowds of people worthwhile. For me, I had the find of a lifetime this weekend at the Joe’s Jeans sample sale in Commerce, Calif.
Despite never actually owning a pair, I’ve always liked Joe’s Jeans. They have fantastic ad campaigns and their “Brixton” has always fit me well. I fell in love with a pair awhile back when I went on a casting for them and had been waiting to pull the trigger until my bank account recovered from fall expenditures. This weekend, I emptied the chamber.
Beneath other articles of clothing deemed defective, I found a diamond in the rough, a beautiful pair of Size 32 Brixton‘s in raw denim. I don’t believe Joe’s sells raw denim, and given that the inside pocket is covered with Sharpie notes from the factory, I don’t expect Joe’s had any intention on selling this piece as a part of their collection. Instead, and I could be completely wrong here but hear me out, I believe these jeans were used as a fit guide for their production run of washed denim, a sample piece that had been sewed to the same specifications, but without the distressing. Next to the word “wash” lies something beautiful: nothing. Unwashed, beautiful raw denim. An oversight, a throwaway that had somehow made it into this sample sale. Sure, there isn’t a button and there is chalk writing all over it, but $5 dollars for a quality pair of raw denim from a company like Joe’s made my weekend!