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Sex: Both
Type of clothing: Jeans
When it was popular: 1980-1982
Description: These were the widest of the wide-legged jeans. Only the coolest kids wore them with the mandatory eight-inch cuffs. They came with both white and red contrast stitching. The pocket designs were varied, with chevron and a low, fat X being the most popular. I really wanted a pair of Red X-ed "SFRGs" but could not find them for love or money -- so I had to settle for a pair of white chevrons. Sigh!
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Brad - October 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I just bought a pair at Value Village for 6.99! In Excellent condition and the have the red X pocket!
Becky - January 28, 2008 - Report this comment
When I was in third grade, these were all the rage. I had two pair: SFRG "V" backs, with the chevron stitched onto teh poclet in white thread, and the roaringly popular "Buckle-backs", with gold contrast stitching. I wore them with my Cherokee sandals and my white leather Nikes with the red swoosh and blue accents. The next year they were replaced in the rotation by my purple A. Smiles.
Frank - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Those Nike's of which you speak were called CORTEZ. I owned several pair in the late 70's and early 80's. I owned a pair of SFRG as well, but I was a small kid in 5th. grage (1981) and they just didn't fit right. I've NEVER seen so much as a photos of SFRG since.
Scott - June 18, 2008 - Report this comment
In addition to the pants you had to have the comb with the big handle on it that stuck out of your back pocket. Thay were as mush for show as they were for keeping that feathered hair cut looking good. I was in 8th-9th grade when these things were a necessity. Seems like three lifetimes ago.
cindy in Salem Oregon - January 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a pair of San Fransisco jeans size 36 excellent condition. Interested??? Email me Lohsecindy@yahoo.com
Wade - October 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Someone did not look into the years these pants were popular. Sorry, 1976 to 1981. Brittania and SFRG very popular in 70's
Dan in Gresham, OR - March 09, 2011 - Report this comment
My twin cousins are seven years older than me and I got their hand-me-downs. Those 2 were probably cool wearing San Franciscos in 1982 but I was incredibly un-cool wearing them in 1989. Those F#$%ing valour shirts got a lot of laughs too!
Surrok - March 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I had 3 red X's and wore high top Nikes with the black swoosh. I also wore the blue workshirt with the red stitching and the big handle comb in the pocket.
Spencer - April 09, 2011 - Report this comment
"Someone did not look into the years these pants were popular. Sorry, 1976 to 1981. Brittania and SFRG very popular in 70's" Actually, my memory recalls that Brittania's predated the popularity of SFRG. I remember in 5th-6th grade when Brittania's were the rage and everyone had to have them. This would be the late 1970's. 77-79 or so. I switched schools and almost overnight, or over the course of a summer, SFRG became the new rage, Brittania's were making more and more custom jeans, (different colors, pin striping, I had a yellow pair with white pinstripes, I think they were trying to copy the popularity of painter pants which also occurred at that time.) while SFRG became the jean of choice for about 2 years from 1979-1981. By the time I was in HS in 1982, Levi's had regained their historic presence again and wide legged pants were going going gone. By 1885 everyone was wearing tapered legged Levi's of various colors. Very fast changing times for fashion between about 1977 and 1984.
DeeAnn - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Yes, every style of jeans from 1976-1981 was good for about one year only. My star jeans were great in 7th grade (76-77). Next year, they were out. Nike's changed every year, too. It was an expensive time to go to junior high and early high school.
Daniel - March 01, 2012 - Report this comment
I suppose it depended on where you lived, but I only remember the SFRG in the late 70s and early 80s, and yes, they only spanned like a couple seasons. And the jeans did turn by the year, with Levi's coming back in the early 80s. Of course the "stoners" and losers were holdouts hung on the wide-legged jeans well into the 80s, but that was then--everyone else had finally begun to move on. I remember having a few leftover pair of wide-legged pants--not necessarily jeans, though. Then in my freshman year of college (1984) I got really daring and bought the Girbaud jeans with the tag on the fly. I thought it was so brazen!
Jan Cagle - August 02, 2013 - Report this comment
My brother was the owner of SFRG and Sticky Fingers. It was an exciting time!! We also owned 6 stores that sold SFRG exclusively!!
GEORGE M BIGGS - December 04, 2013 - Report this comment
JAN PERHAPS YOUR BROTHER WAS HARVEY JONES, IF SO HARVEY WAS A PARTIAL,OWNER AND HIS SHARES WERE LATER PURCHASED BE THE CORP. STICKY FINGERS WAS ALSO BOUGHT BY THE CORP. i MET HARVEYS PARENTS AND ALSO ATTENDED HIS WEDDING IN S F. PLS CONTACT ME AT GEORGEMARXBIGGS@GMAIL,COM
Neecee Malan - April 07, 2014 - Report this comment
My boyfriend on 1980, had a pair of SFRG and he was the hottest thing on two legs! My mom always said she hated those pants, because it looked like he was carrying a load in them. Lol
Rachel Moore - April 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I was in 6th grade 79-80 and thats when they first became popular in my area - Portland, OR. Girls wore them with Bare Traps. I think I had 2 pairs, a painter pants pair where I kept my comb in the side pocket. They had red stitching and a buckle across the back too. My other pair had lighter stitching and a v on the pockets. Maybe they became popular much later in Oregon. None of my friends in So Cal have heard of them.

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