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A myraid of jeans, genes

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By Kay Kerbyson

I have 26 pairs of jeans, mostly ones I’ve inherited: blue, black, bleached white (accidental contact with chemicals which didn’t turn out too well) and a moth eaten pair with a gaping hole which no longer functions to protect the body part it should.
They’re my jeans, I own them. The unintentional patterns I’ve created are mine too. I only think that’s fair.
I can even go onto a myriad of fashion websites now and create new jean patterns. The site critiques my design and tells me whether I’m good to go, or shouldn’t be seen dead in them. But wouldn’t it be terrible if just one company had the sole right to do that.
Every time an invading moth ate a hole in my jeans, I would have only one company to choose from to find out whether it was fashionable, or a terrible faux pas. But that’s OK, because if we opened the market up so anyone could tell us whether our design was good or not, there’d be no more incentive for the company to develop new ways to give us expert advice; maybe tell us how bad our husband’s smoking jackets were or whether the ankle length skirt I’m wearing to hide that hideous irregular brown mark on my leg is a good idea.


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