The Near Death of the Tommy Hilfigers

A few years ago my daughter helped me pick out a pair of non-Mom jeans.  I wasn’t convinced they fit me all that well.  For some reason, pants that seem to fit me everywhere else always gap in the back of the waist.  I’d tried on several pairs at this point and had discarded these as unsuitable.  I was discouraged and she was probably bored when she insisted I try them on one more time and that they were fine and I should buy them.  That’s how I got my first pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans.

I loved those jeans.  I wore them a lot.  A belt solved the problem of the gapping waistband.  (Yes, I know I could have had them altered.)  I thought I was pretty cool wearing them even though I hadn’t been aware for many years that I’d been wearing “Mom” jeans.  My fashion sense barely existed up to that point and isn’t much better now. 

My beloved Tommy Hilfigers got worn and washed quite often and were nicely faded and frayed at the cuffs before I noticed a hole had begun to appear at the top corner of the back pocket.  I wasn’t overly worried at first, but each time I washed them, the hole became more noticeable until I realized I couldn’t wear the jeans in public any longer.  I was devastated.  I tried fixing the hole with an iron-patch, but it didn’t adhere and I was afraid my Tommys were gasping their last wearable breath.  There’d never be another pair like them. 

By some fluke I’ve been receiving Inc. magazine for the past couple of years.  I rarely have time to read it and it isn’t a magazine I’d subscribe to, but sometimes I do randomly read the issues when they arrive.  And in the last one I saw an article about a company in New York called Denim Therapy.  They fix jeans by reweaving the material.  New hope for my on-their-last-legs Tommy Hilfigers.

I went online to Denim Therapy’s web site ( and filled out the form.  Without waiting for confirmation, I UPSed my jeans to them with a note describing the ailment.  Within a few days I received an e-mail with an assessment of the damage.  The average cost of repairs is $40 and that’s what mine was.  I readily handed over my credit card information knowing this was the Tommys last chance.

My jeans arrived via UPS two days ago, healthy, happy and hardly scarred from the experience.  In fact, if you didn’t know they’d had a hole near the back pocket, you wouldn’t be able to tell without looking very closely.  The Tommy Hilfigers live!

For $52 ($12 to ship the jeans and the $40 repair charge which included shipping them back to me) I have a pair of jeans that are better than brand new.  They’re already broken in and I know they fit me (as well as they ever did).  Don’t let your jeans suffer.  Send them to Denim Therapy!

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