Launched in 2001, Buckler has established itself as the perfect mix of traditional American blue jeans with a Brit twist. Icons such as Iggy Pop, Tommy Lee, and the Stones have been seen in Andrew Buckler’s tailored denim pieces. With a past position with Ungaro, it’s no surprise Buckler’s biggest fans are also the biggest names in rock and roll. Check out Andrew’s answers below in the third installment of Five Questions for Five Pockets.
1. What was your first pair of jeans?
I was living in the UK; it was a pair of Diesel circa 1980–acid wash–they were the only pair of jeans I owned apart from my own in addition to a pair of Daryl K jeans and a pair of vintage Levi’s which cost me an arm and a leg.
2. Who do you think is the ultimate denim icon?
Bernard Lichtenstein! No many know who the hell he is. He was probably the first fashion designer of denim jeans. Levi Strauss created the denim jean which was a work wear jean to be sturdy and strong and to last forever. Lichtenstein worked for Blue Bell aka Wrangler to design boot cut jeans for rodeo riders in the 1940’s.
3. What are your current favorite jeans?
The Buckler "Franklet" skinny grey denims. The cut also comes in raw and washed indigos from selvedge. The narrow cut is still a statement, especially on guys.
4. What denim trend do you wish would go away?
Denim and trend is an oxymoron. I think the "trend" is all going away and the companies and styles left standing will have lasted the test of time. No more bells and whistles. Keep it lean and mean.
5. What’s your number one rule for denim?
Apart from don’t wear over designed denim, as in Q4, I think the rule is to keep it organic. I don’t just mean the cotton in the fabric, I mean the whole process. Too many jean washes involve carcinogens and chemicals that don’t just screw the environment, they literally damage the workers. Buckler has just introduced an organic selvedge denim in the "Angry Anglo" and "Franklet" fits. We reviewed the whole process of making and washing the jeans to find ways to make it as environmentally safe as possible.