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Tight labor market, tight … jeans?

by Erika Beras Apr 19, 2018
It’s a tight labor market out there – so in a quest to attract workers, Walmart is trying out something new – allowing workers on the stores’ floors to wear jeans and solid shirts in any color. The new policy…

How Levi Strauss & Co. is using lasers to make jeans

by Kai Ryssdal and Josie Fan Mar 7, 2018
Automation touches many consumer products — the cars we drive, the sneakers we put on and now the jeans we wear.  Levi Strauss & Co. is planning to swap out garment workers for laser machines that could create the worn…

Denim makers are making jeans stretchier to get in on the athleisure market

by Andy Uhler Aug 1, 2017
Jean sales dropped 4.5 percent in 2014 and 3.4 percent in 2015 but are on the upswing this year, thanks, in part, to stretchier fabrics.
“Comfort is a key attribute that consumers are looking for in their denim jeans," said Kara Nicholas, vice president of product design and marketing at Cone Denim.
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NAFTA Explained

If we're going to talk about NAFTA, we need to talk about your pants

by Kai Ryssdal, Daisy Palacios, and Bridget Bodnar Mar 20, 2017
Your blue jeans and the price you paid for them has a lot to do with the North American Free Trade Agreement.
According to the Labor Department, there are just over 100,000 people who work in textiles now and there are just three mills making denim in the U.S.
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What Trump's trade policies could mean for the high-end jeans business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Feb 1, 2017
Peter Kim is the founder and CEO of Hudson Jeans, a high-end denim company based in LA. He talks about how he made his company and what this new administration might mean for his business.
Peter Kim is the CEO and Founder of Hudson Jeans.
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Levi's stretches for new sales

by Amy Scott Jul 10, 2015
The world's biggest jeans maker tries to lure more women to its brand.
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John Boehner doesn't enjoy congressmen wearing jeans

by Kai Ryssdal Feb 27, 2015
During a dress code reminder the Speaker told lawmakers, "You know who you are."

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Burning down the house that Levi's built

by Kai Ryssdal Apr 8, 2014
The brains behind "the first crowd sourced fashion company".
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How skinny jeans almost ruined America’s money

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 17, 2013
Those better have been some nice Levis...

Levi's launches 'trashy' line of jeans

by Adriene Hill Oct 16, 2012
Wearing the new jeans, made with 20 percent recycled plastic bottles, may say as much about your commitment to the environment as your taste in fashion.