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More On Spandex Denim & The American Dollar


We posted a few weeks ago about the way skinny jeans almost ruined the American dollar—basically because US currency was being printed on special paper made largely from denim scraps  provided by the denim industry, until spandex jeans became widely popular and the quality of denim scraps themselves with compromised in an epic way. Glamour posted a write-up on this same predicament, with an inside look at the way spandex denim changed …well, everything.

“Did you know that for the longest time—since the 1800s, in fact—U.S. dollars have been printed on a cotton-paper blend supplied by Crane—yes, the stationer? And, for the longest time, since the 1800s, Crane & Co. has gotten 30 percent of its cotton in the form of denim scraps from the garment industry!

But then, in the ’90s and ’00s, something happened in fashion that changed the money-making business forever. That something was spandex—and it started to make its way into nearly all mass-produced jeans in the United States.” (Read more)

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Image via Glamour

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 28 2014 in Denim Fashion
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