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Fashion Designers Catch Up with Arthur Diamond on Pockets



After decades of wearing shirts with two to four pockets, and cargo pants with many pockets, I am gratified to finally be vindicated as a fashion-forward trendsetter.



(p. D1) IN 1901, Levi's gave its famous 501 jean its famous fifth pocket. It wasn't, as many assume, the teensy pocketwatch slot above the right front pocket--that had been there since the jean's beginnings in 1879--but rather the back left pocket. That unassuming addition granted generations of men (and eventually women) double the rear-end real estate in which to stash bifolds, bandannas, crumpled bar receipts and, of course, awkward hands. For a mere sliver of space, it marked a revolution in clothing.

These days, our relationship to pockets is undergoing a similar sea change. Whereas Levi's took a subtle approach, menswear designers are now stitching pockets on garments with the abandon of Jackson Pollock flinging paint on canvas. No longer an afterthought or mundane change-holder, pockets are the defining component of many designs.



For the full story, see:

Jacob Gallagher. "Pick Pockets." The Wall Street Journal (Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018): D1-D2.

(Note: the online version of the story has the date Sept. 6, 2018, and has the title "Think Your Clothes Have Enough Pockets? Think Again.")






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