Nordstrom is selling “mud-stained” jeans to the tune of $425.
They’re called the “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” and come with some sort of fake mud substance caked all over them. (It’s not clear what that substance is.) The knees, pockets and crotch of the jeans appear bear most of the faux brown muck.
And as CNN discovered, “the dirt does not wash out, because it’s actually not real dirt.”
The jeans were designed by PRSP and are sold on Nordstrom’s website, which describes them this way:
Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.
A few people with jobs that involve getting “down and dirty” are pretty miffed.
Among them is Mike Rowe, the former host of TV’s “Dirty Jobs,” who channeled his befuddled anger in a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 13,500 times and liked more than 31,000 times as of Wednesday morning.
“This morning, for your consideration, I offer further proof that our country’s war on work continues to rage in all corners of polite society,” he wrote of the jeans. “Finally — a pair of jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job … made for people who don’t.”
“But forget the jeans themselves for a moment, and their price, and look again at the actual description,” Rowe wrote. “‘Rugged Americana’ is now synonymous with a ‘caked-on, muddy coating.’ Not real mud. Fake mud. Something to foster the illusion of work. The illusion of effort. Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity.”
He added later in the post, “The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants. They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic — not iconic.”
I was sooooooooo mad when I read about this story while I was in the bathroom at the gym yesterday because it meant I was too late. I had to go to work immediately after, so I wouldn't be able to write about this when it was still hot on the internet streets, but damnit even after half a day I'm giving my spin.
I've definitely made some decisions in my life that would warrant me be called "an ass hole". I don't think I am one, but I can understand why I've been called one many a time. Stealing your friend's girlfriend is definitely a real ass hole move. I can put my hand up on that one. But at least I can sleep at night knowing I'm not the ass hole who thought it was a good idea to sell jeans with fake mud for the reasonable price of $425, or the even bigger ass hole that decides to buy them. These are the people we as Americans should be protesting.
Am I just out of the loop because I don't have a full time job and a disposable income? Is this what it's like when you have some money to blow? Do people just blow hundreds of dollars on jeans that make it look like you work as a logger? Will this be something I can't understand until then?
For society's sake, I sure hope not.
Just think about this for a second.
Someone thought of this, then pitched it, then had it approved, then had it put into production, and now it is actually being sold. Along the line nobody stopped and thought "maybe this is a bad idea".
Nobody said anything, just like with Hannah Baker.
Maybe if one person said something she'd still be alive, and maybe this crime against humanity this wouldn't have seen the light of day. Although knowing how companies work they are probably just trying to create some buzz by creating this ridiculous product, which worked. I bet Nordstorm counted yesterday as a win. People like me are writing about them now.
I just don't get it at all. I know I'm a broke joke, but are there really people out there who would spend $425 to look like they work outside, when they actually don't? Like who is the target demographic here? The people who spend $300 on a ripped t-shirt from Kanye? How people will spend that much money on garbage to look "cool" blows my mind. Yeahhh, we're the ones who just don't get it. All I know is if I was dropping rent checks on clothes, they would not be ones that look like you could get at Savers, the back of some random pick up or find in a dumpster.
This shit is like stolen valor for the working class and I do not like it one bit. As someone who has many friends who work blue-collar jobs this makes me mad for them. You're being a working class poser. That's an absolutely disgusting thing to actually think about. People so rich, they can pretend to work hard.
I just don't understand the logic of someone wanting to buy these. Talk about being a sheep. It must just be rich ass holes that want to have them just to say they spent $425 on muddy jeans. At least I can kind of understand that. But for "average" people, why would you voluntarily want muddy jeans? That blows my mind too. Is Nordstrom going to start selling fake grease stained t-shirts for $275 and fake skidmark boxers for $105 as well?
Plus I feel like fake muddy jeans would be such a fucking hassle. How do you wash them? I'm sure they say the fake mud doesn't come off, but I feel like after a few washes these will ruin a load of laundry. Also I feel like they'd be uncomfortable. Like have you ever had wet jeans? It's the worst. I can't imagine fake mud feels fantastic either.
I don't know, maybe I'm in the wrong here but I don't think I am. I don't know a lot of things. But I do know this, if one day you decide "You know what, I'd like pair of these jeans" That YOU ARE AN ASS HOLE.
P.S. This is v funny to me.