How to Tell Fake True Religion Jeans From Real Ones

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How to Tell Fake True Religion Jeans From Real Ones
You will have to examine the jeans very, very carefully to determine if they are real True Religion jeans. (jeans... image by Saskia Massink from

According to the official website of True Religion Jeans,"Jeffrey Lubell founded True Religion in 2002... His vision was to make quality, American-made, authentic, timeless, great fitting, 1970's inspired jeans wear..." While True Religion jeans may be of top quality, they are also of top price, with the average cost of a new pair £195. Because of these high prices, imitators often make jeans of inferior materials at slightly reduced prices. However, these faux True Religions often have telltale signs for you to spot, making them easier to avoid.

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    Turn the jeans over and look at the back pockets. The back pockets should have a stitched horseshoe on each pocket. Fakes often have something that looks like half an oval, but without the detail or proper spacing of real True Religion jeans. Sometimes fakes have what looks like a very sloppy horseshoe stitched on the back. Also, authentic jeans will have the mouth of the horseshoe slightly narrower than the rest of the shape.

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    Trace the edge of the back pocket flaps with your forefinger and thumb. The right and left side of each flap should have a very subtle slope. Fakes often don't have this detail or, if they do, the sloped edges look clumsy.

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    Turn the jeans inside out. There should be quality overstitching throughout the inside of the jeans. Fakes will clearly have basic, minimal stitches.

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    Examine the Buddha on the label at the back of the jeans. He should be bright red and very clear; you should be able to count the fingers on his hands. Fakes often have a blurry or smudgy Buddha.

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    Run your hands over the fabric of the jeans. The fabric should feel strong but soft. Fakes often consist of the cheapest fabrics imaginable, which feel rough and coarse to the touch.

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