Q1: Jeans are now part of the wardrobe of clothing for everyone from a newborn to a senior, though we think this a 20th century word, you have other information.
The singular word “jean” is short for jean fustian term for a strong twilled cotton, first noted in sixteenth century texts. Jean is the newer spelling of Jene from Middle English or Gene from Middle French, which is what they called the Italian city Genoa where the fabric hailed from.
You may already know that the word denim derives from “de Nimes”, the city in France where the fabric was made. As far back as the 17th century it was referred to as serge de Nimes, later shortened to serge denim. Denim has evolved to mean both the fabric that makes the jeans and the jeans themselves.
Q 2: Right now families are concentrating on buying jeans for back to school, what stores would you send them to for good prices?
Superior Pantalon, 69 Boul. St Laurent est Phone: 514-842-6969. For 85 years, this has been the best known place for Levis fashion jeans, rinse washed and Red Tab Levis (only $45). Nowadays they’ve added True Religion, Mek, Moto, Foxy, Buffalo, Guess, Jack & Jones, Parasuco, Mavi, Calvin Klein and Point Zero for men (up to 46) and women (24-35) , as well as tops and jackets. The best part, besides the great prices and help in selecting the ones that are right for your body, is that jeans can be cut, tapered and hemmed while you wait – for free!
Jeans, Jeans, Jeans, 5525 de Gaspe. Phone: 514-279-3303. Jeans, jeans and more jeans is what you’ll find, once you’ve ventured down below street level to this outlet where they just love to help you find a pair that fits and that you like. In sizes up to 58, they have all the premium denims in brand names you’ve come to know along with tops and jackets. If you need them, there are $10 and $25 racks. As a special service, they will hem or alter them on the spot for free. Parking is also free in the #5455 underground lot.
Q3: There are kids that will only wear certain brands and the prices are budget busting, is there any help for these parents?
Surplus, 5168 boul. St-Laurent. Phone: 514-948-5005. If you are a Diesel clothing fan, head right over here for 1,000′s of clearance, seconds, samples (women it’s 28, men 32) and some regular discounted stock. Their jeans are here along with 55DSL, True Religion, Seven, Energie, and Miss Sixty. Even better are the 2 times a year when they have sample sales. Other locations: Les Factoreries St-Sauveur, 105 rue Guindon, (450-240-0555); 5249 de la Savanne (514-384-0055).