I made a small pile of pants and jeans to take to Emmaus (charity shop) the other day. One pair of Levis had a tear in the knee and I almost threw them out, but then remembered that people pay to buy ripped clothes so added them to the pile.
While I was in Bridgehampton sitting on a bench on Main Street in front of a high end boutique.
I watched them changing the window display and one of the items that was being placed on a mannequin was a very frayed (mostly at the collar) "old" Levi's jean jacket. (Now that I think about it I don't even think it was a Levi brand).
I have one almost identical to it and the next day I wandered into the store to look around only to see the price tag on the jacket was a staggering $700.00USD.
I laughed and told T. about it because he has been imploring me to get rid of mine for years but I keep it . I wear it in the garden in cool weather but never while out and about.
Contrary to the OP mine is not "fake", and, I am by no means wealthy.
I had one like that. I had it for well over 20 years; probably more like thirty. I also wore it at home and gardening, perhaps to pop out to a corner shop but certainly not to wear "out", not even to the Jean-Talon Market where one always encounters old friends and fiends when one is rattily dressed. It finally fell apart and was no longer worth patching up. I did mourn it a wee bit, as it fit perfectly.
I once translated a long pitch for an Italian jeans brand that sold ridiculously expensive jeans. I don't think deliberately ripped jeans were a "thing" then, but wtf do I know? The jeans were considerably more expensive than the trousers part of many business suits.
I recently bought by mistake some Armani jeans. One doesn't fit well and I ripped it open but not in a way that would be trendy. I put it in to do some gardening today. I did the same years ago with my first business suit. When it was worn out I put it out to change the oil of my car. Trousers and jacket. My wife told me I was nuts.
My tattered jeans were made the old fashioned way - I WORKED in them! I tend to use them up, cutting off the tattered legs to make shorts, then tossing them when my underwear is too visible through the seat of the pants. I definitely get my money’s worth out of a pair of jeans. And I rarely pay more than $40.
hm, as a teenager i ripped holes into some of my jeans. usually not very good, it was visible that it was done on purpose. of course it wasn't meant to look good, anyway. my parents weren't happy though.
I'm mending a slightly moth-eaten merinos sweater in a beautiful deep violet. Fortunately I have mending yarn the same colour. I really don't want to buy another one until I've managed to eradicate the moths. And I don't find cotton or synthetic pullovers warm enough. This garment lives in my freezer compartment, along with a couple of angora bérets.