Sure, shelling out $150+ a pop for designer jeans can seem like a lot, but it may seem like pocket change compared to some of the world’s most expensive jeans.
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Jean #3 are in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive jeans, the Gucci Genius jeans as the most expensive “off-the-rack” jeans, with elaborate feathers, rips and other detailing, including African bead work. Each piece has unique details and no two pairs are the same. The price tag that landed these jeans in the Guinness Book of World Records is $3, 134.
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While Gucci may officially hold the title of the most expensive jeans, other designers have featured off the rack jeans which come with hefty price tags. Escada made Forbes Magazine list of most expensive jeans with their handmade pairs of jeans. Including a pair encrusted with a Swarovski crystals, which are hand placed, down to every last crystal. The price tag for these is $10,000.
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Perhaps the most surprising fact about the second most expensive pair of jeans is that they weren’t even manufactured in this century! Levi’s recently purchased a pair of their classic 501 jeans, dating back to the 1800s, on eBay for a whopping $46,532. If that doesn’t sound expensive enough, in 2005, the pair went to a Japanese collector for $60,000!
While it sounds like an exorbitant amount, paying these types of prices may actually be a fairly common practice for Levi’s. The brand is known to purchase almost any vintage pair of jeans that they can get access to, and recycle the materials in their new lines or showcase them in their clothing library.
The price tag for the most expensive jeans in the world comes down to the details: diamonds, rubies, sapphires and gold. You can see these below.
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Dussault Apparel’s Trashed Denim offers men’s jeans which have been washed in a unique process 13 times. Between each wash, the jeans are dyed and painted, adding more depth to the wash. Then the glitz and glam are added on, each pair has sixteen 1-carat rubies, twenty-six .05-carat rubies, eight .05-carat diamonds and 1080 grams of 18k white or rose gold. This brings the price tag to $250,000.
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Also featuring embellishments, Secret Circus offers denim that is diamond encrusted. Featuring slightly less embellishments, Secret Circus still provides the bang for your buck, with 15 brilliant diamonds arranged in a unique pattern on the pocket. Average price for a pair is $1.3 million dollars.
You can also see how things have changed by browsing this post from a couple of years ago.