The Jordache Look – Jordache Jeans

Jordache jeansBy Lori Ferraro

Designer jeans were HUGE in the 80s – the very first ones I remember getting were a pair of Sassoon jeans.

Sa-Sa-soon after that I added a pair of Gloria Vanderbilts followed by some Sergio Valentes.

But the jeans I most remember—my favorite pair—the ones that looked best with my rainbow shirts, satin jackets and leg warmers were my Jordache jeans.

Jordache jeans were the jeans to have back in the day – that little horse on your change pocket and emblazoned across your backside made any outfit complete.

Jordache Jeans pocket design

The ads for Jordache were totally awesome, showing men’s and women’s behinds wearing that super dark denim, getting that trademark “Jordache look.”

Jordache Jeans ad

The Jordache look was so hot sometimes you didn’t even need a shirt to go along with them!

The Jordache Look - Jordache Jeans ad

Jordache had some great commercials too . . . it really doesn’t get more 80s that this does it?

The company started back in 1969 when brothers Joe, Ralph, and Avi Nakash opened a denim store in New York City. They were interested in producing jeans with a more European flair, jeans that were more fashion forward and sexy than a pair of Levi’s.

Gloria Vanderbilt and Calvin Klein jeans were on the rise so it was perfect timing to introduce a new designer denim brand. In the late ‘70s Jordache ran a racy ad featuring a woman wearing only their tight jeans riding a horse on the beach. The ad was pulled from several markets but catapulted the brand into popularity — soon everyone was wearing their painted on denim with the horse logo.

Throughout the 80s the brand flourished producing their sizzling hot jeans, jackets, luggage, socks and umbrellas.

One of my most memorable birthday parties was a roller skating party on my eleventh birthday. My favorite gift? A pair of . . . you guessed it.

Lori gets a pair of Jordace Jeans for her 11th birthday

Behind that cake blowing out those candles, I was rocking the Jordache look along with the rest of my guests, all proudly wearing the designer jean craze of the early 1980s.

I was eleven after all: Workin’ . . . playin’ . . . day or night – I had to have the look that’s right.

The Jordache look.

Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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  1. I think we had different trends here in Canada (S Ontario specifically). The “cool” jeans were Roadrunner jeans and maybe Parasuco, they were a solid dark wash, tapered leg, tight as hell, often without a back pocket. Acid wash was around some people even went so far as go top and bottom acid wash (blech). I had (brown) paper bag pants with a huge belt, I remember a store we had called “Together” which even had jersey skirts and tops that looked like denim. There were the ugly sweaters with different yarns, mohair, boucle glitter. I had a fuzzy mesh knit RAINBOW sweater my mom made me. I lived in my Geronimo boots, and had penny loafers too. In winter, everyone had Cougar boots (the ubiquitous brown ones or the moon boots). Every trendy kid had a “Roots” brand sweatshirt, the punks wore “Rats”. There was a lot neon, Chip & Pepper, Vuarnet but I was more interested in tweed pencil skirts, asymmetric blouses, big boot socks and oversize sweaters (like the Breakfast Club). Burda had amazing patterns that I would get my mom to make me. I even made myself a pair of “harem” plants out of red paisley rayon. Sweatsuits were big too, I had a peach coloured one with a cream collar. My best friend had a pair of red jeans I totally coveted. Winter coats often had big shoulders and enormous buttons with nubbly wooly texture that didn’t do too much to actually keep you warm.

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