THE SEAFARER JEANS
In 1896, a Brooklyn guy called Tony Anzalone invented a better blue jean. Realizing that sailors sometimes had to roll up their pants quickly, he created the Seafarer bell-bottom, secured a contract with the United States military soon after, and produced the trousers for the next hundred or so years.
That’s a lot of sailors, and thus a lot of pants, many of which eventually found themselves in army surplus stores, where they were discovered by hippies and students in the late sixties and early seventies. As so often happens, styles that begin in the streets rapidly find their way onto the glamorous physiques of celebrities, and soon everyone from Jane Birkin to Farrah Fawcett, Brigitte Bardot to Raquel Welch, was being photographed looking sexy and alluring in Seafarers.