Wired magazine has an excellent little writeup on the fake jeans industry and how people buy and sell fakes on eBay.
After some tough negotiating, one pair of “Diesels” costs 550 baht, or about $14.30; it will sell for between $45 and $100, plus shipping. Without breaking a sweat, Aaron can run 20 auctions per week and clear upward of $1,000. In 2005, one of his more ambitious friends pulled in an estimated $100,000 — tax-free
Read the article at Wired.
Props to peteralexia who brought up and discussed the topic in the Diesel jeans forum.
Justin Timberlake does more than simply wear designer jeans, he has his own label. Together with his friend Trace Ayala they run William Rast. He has a bit of a different approach than the other celebrity and fashion labels. As the New York Times states:
Mr. Timberlake’s name was kept off the label to avoid the overt appearance of cashing in on his celebrity, but he approves all of the designs and comes up with some of them. William Rast, named after two of Mr. Timberlake’s and Mr. Ayala’s grandfathers, began selling $180 boot-cut jeans at Bloomingdale’s and a handful of other stores. The idea was that the partners would perfect their basic designs before making a more ambitious fashion statement.
Justin Timberlake with longtime friend and business partner Trace Ayala
with Jessica Biel, both wearing William Rast
With the new high waisted jeans in style, we had to put up our favorite “mom” jeans skit from SNL. Repeat after us, we love high waisted, flared leg designer denim, but THOU SHALT NEVER WEAR MOM JEANS!
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