Many people assigned female at birth aren’t comfortable in women’s jeans, but can’t easily wear pants designed for men. San Diego couple Charisse and Vicky Pasche are very familiar with the issue—so they created “Dapper Boi,” a clothing line aimed at the more androgynous woman.
According to a press release shared with 429Magazine, “After countless months of research and design, the founders truly believe they have produced the perfect pair of jeans…[featuring]the details and the look from men’s jeans, while also providing a superior fit and comfort to fit a woman’s body.”
Dapper Boi jeans also promise to retain their shape while still having a touch of elasticity by “leveraging the latest technical advancements in denim with the just the right amount of stretch,” accomplished by using denim made from 91 percent cotton, 7 percent polyester, and 2 percent Spandex.
One difference is in the length of the pants’ crotch: designed to be shorter than men’s jeans, but slightly longer than women’s jeans, and with a longer zipper to present a more masculine look.
Their intended first offering is a slim-straight style, in waist sizes 26-48 with a 34-inch inseam. Charisse Pasche told 429Magazine that the waistband is designed to lay just under the navel, but can also be worn around the hips “for that hipster/urban look.” As an added bonus, unlike the majority of women’s jeans, Dapper Boi offers deep pockets in both the front and back, including “a fully functional ‘coin pocket’ that fits the iPhone 6!”
For anyone with an “hourglass” shape, finding pants that fit at both the hips and waist can be a nightmare, but Dapper Boi jeans has them covered. Pasche explains, “Vicky (my wife) wears a size 44 and has a booty and she looks fantastic in the jeans! She honestly looks like she’s lost 30 pounds compared to the men’s jeans she used to wear.”
They solved the issue of the dreaded back gap, also known as “lipping,” thanks to their choice of denim: because of the stretch technology, even their curvier testers found that the jeans fit “around the waist very nicely.”
Overall, they describe Dapper Boi jeans as “SUPER comfy.” Even after an eight-hour drive in one pair, Vicky was amazed at how comfortable they were—Charisse says she was “just SO stoked!”
Starting a business is expensive, though, and that’s where Kickstarter comes in. According to its campaign page, Dapper Boi is looking to raise $18,000 by May 20 to fund their initial production run. They already have their manufacturer ready to go in “the best place to produce our jeans…the fashion district of Los Angeles, CA.”
The page declares, “We are proud to be made in the USA and manufactured in an ethical, clean, and safe environment. From purchasing the denim to manufacturing the product, all of our jeans are locally produced. Also, all waste water and dye process are recycled onsite or sent to recycling centers. This is all while focusing on the high quality craftsmanship and fashion forward design, so you look good and feel good!”
Backer rewards range from the jeans themselves (with an Early Bird discount), to special edition shirts, to being a part of Dapper Boi’s creative community. Stretch goals include additional jean styles, and the finished products are expected to be delivered to supporters in October 2015.