Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Denim Georgraphy: North America

Naming jeans' colors is quite a hard business. Apparently, many color experts have just given up and chose nonsensical names.  I've recently noticed lots of colors named after geographical terms.  Most of the names tell us nothing about the color of wash itself.  That being said, I find it amusing to associate the jean's color with its namesake locale.

Sacramento, CA: To start off close to home, a pair I'm seriously considering trying just because of the name:
Old Navy Mid-Rise Denim-Bermudas in the color "Sacramento"
Yahi: An extinct Northern California Native dialect. The last known speaker was Ishi. I'm not going to go into Ishi's amazing story, but you should really look into him if you're not already familiar.

Speakers of the Yahi lived the area around what is today Butte county. Read more about them here.
Denim Bermudas in "Yahi", Ishi in 1914

Washoe: native tribe of Northern California and Nevada. Reno, Nevada is located in Washoe County.

Distressed Denim Shorts in "Washoe"
Me (in 2007) with officers Deputy Travis Junior, Deputy Wiegel and Lt. Dangle of Reno 911!
Tipai: One group of the native peoples known as Kumeyaay, located in extreme Southern California and Northern Baja California (Mexico).
  Low-Rise Denim Capri in "Tipai", Tipai man (image from WWU)
Serrano: A Native tribe of Southern California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains extending eastward into the Mojave Desert. 
Image: Big Bear News
Low-Rise Cropped Skinny Jeans in "Serrano"
Miwok: A large group of native Northern California tribes. 

Miwok Boat
The Diva Skinny Ankle Flare in "Miwok"
 Kato: A California native tribe located in Mendocino County in Northern California.
Kato (Catho) Woman
ON Denim Cut-offs (3") in "Kato"
Cupeño: A far southern California native tribe, located in the Peninsular range area.

Old Navy Clean-Front Denim Skirt in "Cupeno"
Los Angeles, CA:
7 for All Mankind High-Waist Bootcut in "Los Angeles dark"
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico:

Genetic Denim Cuffed Shorts in "Cabo"
Brooklyn, New York: Former home of the Dodgers and current hipster mecca.

Fidelity Hepburn in "Brooklyn"
Kentucky Tourism
Current/Elliot Jeans in "Kentucky Blue"
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Located in southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga has a population of about 168,000. Visit the board of tourism's website here.

The Tennessee Aquarium
True Religion Keira Short in "Chattanooga"
Nassau, The Bahamas:

James Jeans Skinny Bootcut in "Nassau"
Good Job! You've finished the North American Denim tour! When ready, continue with Lesson 2: International Edition.

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