From Strauss to Sabatasso,
jeans have been a Bay Area
staple from the start.
BY KASIA PAWLOWSKA
— with the possible exception of leather jackets —
come with as much built-in attitude and gusto as jeans do. Yet they are
hardly exclusive. Unlike precious stones or luxury handbags, jeans are
a truly democratic piece of attire, cutting across cultural and socioeconomic lines, donned by construction workers and supermodels alike.
Even the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, famous for intro-
ducing a women’s tuxedo suit, reportedly confided once, “I have often
said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the
most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression,
modesty, sex appeal, simplicity — all I hope for in my clothes.”