"In my late middle school and early high school years I was really into distressed denim. It was the early 2000s and Abercrombie and Hollister were at their peak—forgive me! But I was on a budget and would always try to DIY-distress them...which of course always failed. I won't go into too much detail, but I know at one point or another I used: nail files, a cheese grater (my dad was pissed the next time taco night rolled around!), rocks, grass (nothing says hardcore like grass stains!), my parents' driveway and bleach (What? Was I trying to make an '80s statement?). I also remember a couple pairs of pants that featured homemade patches, which is worse than a horror show. I will never DIY anything with jeans again." - Hillary McDaniels, Production Assistant
"During high school I went through a major Abercrombie & Fitch phase...like pretty much every other teenager during the early 2000s. My craving for the brands' distressed denim styles was an insatiable one, so whenever my allowance ran out or my mother said 'no,' I'd try to replicate them myself using old pairs of jeans. It always seemed so simple, but it was always a disaster. Failed attempts include: a frayed mini skirt, frayed short shorts, cuffed bermuda shorts and countless holes and almost-holes at the knee and thigh of various pairs of flares." - Sarah Ferguson, Production Assistant
Ed note: No, our production assistant did not compare note before sharing these experiences with me! I swear the eerily close similarities between these two stories are total coincidence!