Clothes of the Eighties, Chemin De Fer
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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: Jeans
When it was popular: 70's and 80's
Description: I remember a few guys wearing these especially the sailor jeans. Quite the statement back then. I still have a pair. Hopefully they'll make a come back.
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soraya - December 29, 2008 - Report this comment
where can i find these jeans?
Chandra - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I was just thinking yesterday that I would love to find a few styles of "Chemin De Fer" pants that I use to love. Is it possible to get them???
moira - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
the great thing about Chemins were that they came in all these crazy colors, and truly only looked good on tiny girls with no thighs. They were truly hot! I loved those buttons on the back waistband.
David - February 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow...back in the day. Chemin de Fer jeans were. Very hot! I was in elementry school I had a pair of the sailor jeans 5 butons on each side. I wish they would come back. If u had these you were in.
GRIS - April 09, 2009 - Report this comment
susan - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
debra sexton - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
yes i to use to wear chemin de fer jeans there were really popular back in the day and glory vanderbuilt both popular.
MEANGIRL - January 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Melissa - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
My mom just found a pair of Chemin de Fers in her drawer from the late 70s that she wore in junior college. They fit me perfectly with the exception of the length (which will easily be fixed). Totally keeping them. And I can't wait to wear 'em!
E - May 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember the Chemins and how great they looked with a pair of Cork-Ease platforms (which I recently bought they're in style again!). They were THE coveted jean and platform sandal to wear (oh the Sbicca's came in a close 2nd!)
Margo - May 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Yeah, I have a pair of black velvet chem de fer jeans. High waisted. What a perfect fit. The sexiest jeans I ever owned. Too bad they are so worn now. Oh well, would give anything to clone them!
chemin - June 03, 2010 - Report this comment
yes my name is Chemin and I want a pair of these jeans that would be too cool to have my name on my jeans! but I have thighs and these seem slim I may order from Ebay anyway!!
John - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
yep i was styling in high school in socal late seventies, early eighties in chemin de fer and angel flights with my earth shoes.
Amy - July 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I just saw an awesome pair of these jeans on ebay, in a decent size, too! Not teeny tiny. You can still find them!
Ms Ali - August 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm so confused! Chemin de Fer Jeans were "totally out" by the 1980's. My senior year of hs I was wearing Calvin Kleins and had taken my Chemin de Fers to the thriftstore. This is ocnfusing! Chemins were 70's (e.g. check the bell bottoms).
nameless - November 02, 2010 - Report this comment
in response to margo...maybe they were sexy cuz we were, we are all a little worn now too... but i would love to have my sailors back with the cool little choo choo train buttons:)
Debrina - April 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have some of my chemin de fer jeans and I cannot believe how tiny they are! They say size 9 and I was 5'9" tall as a teenager! My 5'3" niece tried them on and they were tight on her and she's a size 3. I know we wore our pants tight in the late 70's, early 80's, but that was ridiculous. I used to yell for my brother to kneel on my stomach and use a wire coat hanger to zip them up. Then they came out with a little device called a "Gripper Zipper" so you could do it yourself. I still have mine! Ah, memories!
HELLuvaANGEL - April 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have my chemins from back in high school with a red braided trip and elephant bottoms ,,,, im real long legged and skinny(back then lol) they were the only jeans to fit me right. Dont know whi i have kept them lol they are a 28 waist wow
HLLuvaANGEL - April 28, 2011 - Report this comment
To John im from Socal too ( L.A.) class of 80 . I remember Angel flights, earth shows, wallabees, clogs,Ditto's,halter tops, hip huggers, ahh the good ol days. I miss the flamboyant clothes we wore.
AustinTexas - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
David's Station Styles for Guys and Gals a unisex store in Austin, Texas located on West Anderson Lane sold CHEMIN DE FER. I still have their business card and and my Chemin De Fer sailor pants I bought in 1979. They had the hottest gals working there. I knew David Picow the owner he was a great guy, the two gals working there were Linda and Brenda, HOT HOT HOT. A super cool place to shop at in the late 1970's and way ahead of it's time.
Re.Generation Angeleno - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi Everyone! So happy to find this page about Chemin De Fers! I have been in the process of setting up my own website to sell my piece of LA history! My Father was the Patternmaker for Chemin and helped to create this denim phenomenon and create a piece of Fashion History. I plan to sell all my collection and other exciting items I have saved over the years. Hope to be able to post more fun facts about the Company too! Thanks for keeping Chemin alive! This is gonna make my Dads day! Like life...all should re.generate...
Travis - November 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a great Chemin story. I lived in LA back in the 1970's. When I was 12, in 1978, I got a pair of Chemins for boys. They were a very thin corduroy material, the color beige, and they had the COOLEST checkerboard-weave pockets. They were my favorite pants EVER. When I outgrew them, there was never anything else like them. I did move on to OP pants. Oh: for boys, Kennington shirts ROCKED. Rememember?
jess - March 14, 2012 - Report this comment
There is a new company coming out with a chemin brand jean that will be amazing. Check em out of lA
Heidi - May 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember shopping at a store called Tumblewind and when you bought the jeans you got a free tote. I think it is still in storage
Silentgypsy - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a pair of white Chemin de fers, and cork wedge sandals, and Sbiccas (white and beige.) The acid test of whether or not my diet was working was to be able to slip into the Chemin de fers and close them!
AMY - July 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Chemin de Fer jeans were very amazing, which is why there is another company coming out with a lot of the same styles but way modernized to fit the women of today, it will be called de chemin, keep your eyes peeled, they should be out shortly!!
Tacye - August 03, 2012 - Report this comment
The jeans in the picture are actually the "butterfly" style; they had a denim "belt" that you pulled through a buttonhole and buttoned on each side. The "sailor" jeans did not have pockets on the back. They were plain and had two rows of five buttons on either side of the front. I had every kind of these pants in every fabric. I absolutely loved them.
Re.Generation Angeleno - January 22, 2013 - Report this comment
The word is out finally a reincarnation of the OG Chemin De Fer Jeans....the family is going to remake them and you can check out the website, so cool...
james - June 29, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember chemin de fer, sergio valente, and the ever so famous "I beg your jordan" tight fitting designer jeans but years ago I was at a trade show an I won a contest and one of the prizes was a chemin de fer "zipup" zipper hook. I still have it snd I brought out for a laugh because we were all remarking on the evolution of the new bling styles .Does anyone remember this "zipup" I can't find any history on it?
sammy - October 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I had a pair of pink bell bottom Chemin de Fer in 6th grade. They were too long for me, but I didn't care. They were the only designer clothes I ever had growing up. I thought they were the coolest thing ever.
Katie - June 20, 2014 - Report this comment
My parents had a ladies' clothing store in the '70s to mid '80s. Chemin de Fer was super hot but the company wouldn't sell to just anyone. My father had a friend in the business and he sent us some. The flew out of the store. By the late '70s, they were willing to sell to us. They had some really great styles and the best name and trademark back then.
Lisa Z - August 19, 2014 - Report this comment
Chemin De Fer jeans are being manufactured again .Search RG 73 Jeans . I am looking at them for my store
KIm P. - October 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I LOVED Chemin De Fers in the 70's. Me and my girlfriends all wore them. I had a pair of not quite royal blue lace ups that i have a pic of me in from my 11th birthday! I had the sailors and the zip arounds...these were to this day my most favorite pants ever worn. I hated the designer craze that came after as I had a sporty figure with a round butt and designer was made for girls who were straight up and down! We also wore Luv-It's and they were nice too, but Chemin's---were to best.
Lezli - January 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm excited I found RG73 jeans coming out made by same guy that made the Chemin de Fur jeans!! check out the website
michele f. - January 04, 2015 - Report this comment
I owned several pairs of Chemin de Fers. Some women were commenting about them being to long. That was the style though. If they weren't long enough to cover your entire cork platforms they were considered to short. It's true that they were made for a skinny straight body type. If you had hips and a big behind they didn't look good on you. Oh and let's not forget the shoes "Candy's either. The slip on style with the heels. Everyone had to own a pair of those!
Stacey - June 03, 2015 - Report this comment
How funny: my husband & I were just talking about Chemin De Fee jeans. My Mother-in-law worked for Chemin De Fee in the 70's, making these jeans and their other clothes.
Stacey - June 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Sorry, my "autocorrect" feature struck again! I meant Chemin De Fer (not chemin de fee)....
J.L. - June 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a Chemin De Fer Zipup in my jewelry box. I never owned any Chemin De Fer clothing though. I loved my tight jeans. I would pull them on, then sit on the edge of my bed, then lay back & use the Zipup to zip my pants. After that it was smooth sailing. When we went out bar crawling, I never used the restroom unless I had my Zipup with me! 😄
Judy - December 01, 2016 - Report this comment
I worked at Chemin de Fer for 4. Years while I finished up school and after. I loved it there and learned so much. Someone made an earlier comment about their dad being the pattern maker. Sometimes I was the fit model as well and I remember your Dad fondly. I ended up doing all the scheduling and buying of trims etc. David and Roger Gaon. David's brother in law as well. Learned so much and made some good friends. Loved the pants. Wish I would have saved some!
Lori - July 10, 2017 - Report this comment
I have hunted high & low to find this jean, was supposed to be re-released RG73 jeans around 2011-13. Then found out they are in a lawsuit, against w/ original designers son of Chemin De Fer, Roger Gaon. Then was supposed 2 release De Chemin Jeans in 2015, but every web site or ad, showing them for sale, the phone numbers do not work. What happened to the comeback Jean for Chemin De Fer, and Roger Gaon???
Sherry - August 22, 2017 - Report this comment
Just unearthed a child's size black corduroy vest with pockets with the brand name Chemin Der Fer label at neck and on the small belt in the back. Have no idea where it came from family-wise, but if anyone is interested in having it, let me know. Otherwise I will give it to one of my grandkids.

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