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Sex: Male
Type of clothing: Pants
When it was popular: late eighties
Description: These were pants with pocket flaps going down each leg. You could open up each flap held together by metal buttons. The pants leg would usually be one color(black, Grey) and when you flip the flaps down it would be a different shade of black or gray inside.Cool!
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Shauwney - May 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Me and my husband were just talking about these yesterday LOL!! Did a search on the net and could not find them or even a picture to save my life... I feel OLD!
Angela - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I wish there was a photo too! I don't remember these specifically being called AJ's but I vaguely remember having blue jeans with little flaps held together by metal buttons and the lining inside the flaps was red and black plaid. Then I had a pair in a greyish denim with grey and pink plaid inside. I wore these in about 1986-1988 and was so sad when I hit my growth spurt in 5th grade and had to hand them down to a cousin.
C - April 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Im 29 n0w, but i remember my older brother having a pair. Im from the D.C. area and they were real popular there.
Lisa - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm feeling pretty old too now... I was trying to find a picture of these pants to send someone as a little joke on facebook they have a little thing where u can send 80's gifts and I wanted to try to add these because me & a friend use to wear them they were the in thing back then i rem. one of the pairs I had when u had the flap down it was leather they were so cool and for those of us who had the apple bottoms it made your hineys look better. ;O) lol any way would love to find a pic. if any one can find a link or pixc. of some sort of a pair I would love to see it thanks a bunch also if u do u can email me @ Thanks again, Lisa
$3.22 Rich - February 25, 2010 - Report this comment
remember the diamond shaped "tag", about 4" x 3", made from copper or brass and embossed with the AJ logo
Tone - December 05, 2010 - Report this comment
AJ's were real popular in D.C. with the inner city youth into the go-go music. I had a few pair back in the 80's.
Nicky - July 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm dying to find a picture of these jeans i had a pair myself....... and we did call them AJ's they had a song about the jeans as well lol
Shawn - August 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I use to have several pair in HS back in the late 80's. That was actually my nickname in school. "AJ"
Fila Flip (fresh for 85') - October 09, 2011 - Report this comment
From the DMV (DC area) got a pair from Landover Mall (85')in 6th grade, 6-pockets with the grey flaps. Rocked with my MJ Beat it Jacket I got from Jeans West...bumpin!!! (couldn't do my knee spins in them though)
D Allah - April 07, 2012 - Report this comment
in '85 i was living in the North Bronx NYC, and for some reason A FEW of our styles were the same as "The DMV". Baggy AJ and Guess jean suits Reebok aerobic sneakers Georgetown starter jackets and the happy feet dance (yes i know from the go go scene). those were very basic wears NYC had in common with other states. 85 was the official birth year of today's baggy jeans and we did it with way more style than today (No Sagging). we had denim and leather (baggy not regular fit)guess jean suits in orange beige and green.(NO BEAT IT JACKETS HERE haha) a lot of styles from the 80s are back in style now like the preppy sweater/shirt out combo. haha i was doing that when i was 16. i remember copying that look from details magazine in '86. even with all the looks resurfacing from the 80s there were so many that haven't reappeared. can't tell ya them either i've taken an oath of secrecy. i was blessed to have lived in the places and times and with family & friends that were also trend setters of the 80s & 90s in NYC. i was so deep in the style game that i could tell ppl who were from Bkln Bx+Manhattan=Uptown & even Philly & DMV. Taylor's AJs & Guess Jeans sent the straight fit Lee Levi's Wranglers era to the graveyard. and lotto reebok fila ellesse and various hot joggers & bball kicks put Adidas shell toes & Puma Clydes to sleep for a long long time. maybe 10+ yrs. til ppl started to wear em again. the above mentioned euro brands, nike & timberland were the 3 headed monster that ruled in the late 80s-late 90s. wow there was so much variety back in the 80s. me and my friends would have the same baggy/preppy style but never the same brands or marterials just different flavors. man i would love to be able to find Patrick Ewing Sneakers (not the Adidas) Leather green X MAN Spot Bilt Hi Basketball Sneakers Osh Kosh pinstripe conductor Jumper, Jacket & Hat Coca Cola Rugby Shirt. When i first visited Richmond VA & BMore in 86 ppl KNEW I was from NYC. ps remember yall exit Lee's enter TAYLOR'S (first "kinda" baggy 2 tone jean w/flaps & matching jacket.) Taylor's had really strong few months run @ the time Here We Go by RunDMC was out. they even made declining Lee's make 2 tone pinstripe twills but Lee still couldn't compete with Taylor. Taylor was limited to a handful of styles and colors then AJ jeans came out with a bang. More styles, more clothing, more colors and most importantly more baggy. Guess borrowed from AJs & Taylor's but refined the look by using crazy materials and fabrics like canvas and denim and then that classic \?/, Light's out... PS i DON'T FEEL OLD. all these styles out now was stuff i was wearing back in the day. it makes me feel so good seeing teenagers wearing stuff i wore back in the 80s 90s particularly polo gucci clothing & footwear. funny i break out my rugbys or ski coats from back in the day and ppl compliment me on my "retroness" haha peace.
Marshall - June 29, 2012 - Report this comment
For those of you who remember these jeans. I am very grateful. My parents were the owners of the company and AJ's came from my fathers initials. The sold the company back around 1990 and the new owners did not know how to properly run the company and eventually went under. There still are some mementos of the company sitting in my parents home. In very few places have I seen pictures of the jeans but most people my age (40), especially from NY and DC area remember them.
Marshall - June 29, 2012 - Report this comment Here is an article relating to the sale.
Mike - July 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Hey Marshall, I wonder if you had any logos, pics of logos, pics of those jeans, from advertising or anything left over. I, too, did own a pair. you can email me at Your father made good quality jeans that I would put up against any jeans these days.
marc - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm from Baltimore,and I'm always surfing da net 4 80's clothes 2 buy,I just happened 2 run into this,guess I can't cop these jeans!!!!
RichGreen - November 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I use to work at Up Against The Wall in DC. We sold everything AJ and Guess. I had all the flavors of AJ's made. I would wear a different pair to work everyday and dressed up in my Guess Suit gear for the weekends. I gave most of my stuff away to relatives when I moved to Brooklyn in the nineties to work at Polo Ralph Lauren in NYC. You are right we did have more swag then.
glowfather - December 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I need a jean suit where can i get one
Dave - February 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow! Seem like yesterday
Jimbo - February 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I have three pairs of AJs for sale, all in excellent shape. Probably 32-32 with cargo pockets. These AJs all feature leather on the pocket flaps and look right out of Miami Vice. I'm a 35 inch waist now or I'd be wearing them anytime. I bought these at macy's in New York city for somewhere around $75 a pair. I'll sell them each for $125 a pair. If it's OK to post this, then perhaps the InThe80s website owner will allow my email for anyone interested. Peace!
suzan - February 22, 2013 - Report this comment
These jeans were *SO* popular with all the kids my age in Toronto! I was probably in grade 5 or 6 when everyone *had* to have a pair! Wish I could find a photo!
Lou - March 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Marshall, can you contact me at I am interested in knowing more details.
TheKlown - July 25, 2013 - Report this comment
I found a nice pair in Wisconsin I have photos.... I love the look a little before my time only being 22 but they are amazing and I wear them.... What a lucky find for only a few bucks... If there's any way to leave a photo let me no thanks and amazing jeans!!!!
mgm mitch - November 21, 2013 - Report this comment
aj aj's with the leather inside pocket... like 75 dollars in the 80's ballin
Marshall - December 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I do have quite a few of the different bus bench poster advertisements. I found them in the basement of my parents house. You can see one of them in the description up top. I will try to upload some more.
Dave - December 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I was just talking to my step son about them and the fact that I had the first pair in my high school. Lol! Wanted to show him too but no picture. That sucks.
Peter G - December 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Some of the people on this site got their AJ's late cause i was rocking the box sitches, shark skins, mock necks & the quarterfields(solid colors on the inside of the coat, then i go right next door to get my british walkers aka the britisher back in the 77-78, man those were the days with the kangols & all!!!!!!!! right next door (Florsheim) to get my british walker.
Bud Gortner - June 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I Remember my first pair on AJ's I paid $80.00 for them I woeked all summer to Buy the jeans the front of one leg was white with the back of the leg was blue the other leg was just opposit man I miss them jeans I bought them to fit in with the other teens on Roller skating nights Back in the 80's I have told my kids about them they laugh and then when they seen a photo of me in my teens wearing Parachute pants that was the Best laugh they ever had asking me Dad what are you wearing in the photo and then when I told them about the capizio shoes that put them over the top
Bud Gortner - June 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I Remember my first pair on AJ's I paid $80.00 for them I woeked all summer to Buy the jeans the front of one leg was white with the back of the leg was blue the other leg was just opposit man I miss them jeans I bought them to fit in with the other teens on Roller skating nights Back in the 80's I have told my kids about them they laugh and then when they seen a photo of me in my teens wearing Parachute pants that was the Best laugh they ever had asking me Dad what are you wearing in the photo and then when I told them about the capizio shoes that put them over the top
Bud Gortner - June 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Sorry about the double post on cell phone If you can find me a pair in great shape like the ones I had I wanna Rock them out again but now I need a size 32×32 back in the 80's I was a 29×32 I just want another Pair or Bring them back you can email me as
Mike Acevedo - July 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Thanks Marshall for posting the poster. Do you have any others...I know you spoke of mementos. Can you make a FB Page with photos of any of them that you have or can find. I'm sure many people will appreciate it. also email me at Thanks buddy. I'm a broadcast journalist and I'd like to do a little interview about the company and it's beginnings and influence on Hip Hop fashion in the 80s.
Tito - September 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow, I have been reminiscing over these jeans for years. I still had the diamond shaped cooper tag until 9 years ago when I got divorced. I loved those baggy jeans & used to break in those with my shell toes. I rocked those back in 86'. I'm holding it down for AJ's all day. Much love to Marshall & his family for the awesome memories in their clothing.
Marshall Jacobowitz - September 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Hey Mike, I did email you about a dozen more poster images today. I have tried emailing them to you in the past. If you don't get them you can email me directly at I don't know what other material my mother might still have kicking around her house.
Adam Jacobowitz - September 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi guys, I'm the younger brother of Marshall and was just a kid (9 years old) when they sold the company. I wish I could really remember the brand up and in full-swing, but I so appreciate hearing all the love and shout-outs for what my folks were doing. Maybe we can create an FB page with a bunch of the images like you said, and then people can come out of the woodwork and post their own personal photos of the gear and see what shows up. Every once in a while I'll be walking around somewhere and see someone *still* wearing a pair, and it gives me such a kick!
Breeze - September 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I STILL have the copper tag! I was thinking ahead back in 87 and put it in my high school memory book, and it's still there (along with a tag from my Coke rugby shirt) I had several pairs of AJs back in the day..I dont know who the designers were but they were ahead of their time, I'd rock some AJs today!
lik2tease - September 23, 2014 - Report this comment
omg plz someone contact me, i would love to buy a price is not an problem thank u
Shelly K. - December 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Added photo of early 80s jeans from GUESS and Georges Marciano. These are a medium wash heavy denim with engineered pockets and leg panels.The leg paneling went around the back of the jeans as well. The pockets snap closed or flaps fold down diagonally with Blue Chambray lining. 2 change pockets on front. The legs swell through the knees before tapering back down at the ankles to 12". Again, the labels got bigger as the decade wore on.. see back label in pic. Label: GUESS Products by Georges Marciano Style: 1080 100% Cotton High waist: 28" 7" zipper front with metal Guess logo button closure. There were other styles with pockets on the knees (and from what I recall, the ankles) too. But these are the only ones I could find. Loved them in high school. Spent my whole work checks on them then had to still borroe money to buy them!
Shelly K. - December 16, 2014 - Report this comment
The site won't let me upload the photo so you can view it here: If someone wants to upload it to the gallery for me, please do!
DAN - December 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I. P. Freeley - February 13, 2017 - Report this comment
I can't find baggy jeans anywhere anymore. Skinny jeans are the only type of jeans you can buy, and they (in my opinion) are for homosexual men and women... damn shame! I can't stand skinny jeans. Guess I gotta wear sweats for the rest of my life.
Randy - June 14, 2017 - Report this comment
AJ's were more of the 70's. They were disco pants. Growing up in the Bronx in the 70's, all the kids wore AJ's. They were also called "overlaps." AJ's, a disco dress shirt and Clyde Pumas (only color then was blue with white stripe) and you were good to go. Great memories
kia - July 19, 2017 - Report this comment
man I remember aj's. Growing up in s.e. dc all the hustlers and cool kids wore aj's and guess. the best fashion era!
Pipe - December 13, 2018 - Report this comment
I'm at work and we're all discussing the different labels that were pop back in the 80s. AJs were one of the few expensive labels I had. I loved how they had leather incorporated into the denam. BTW Queens, NY here (45 now).
Kirk - November 07, 2019 - Report this comment
I've got pictures to upload but the site fails with unspecified error. Can someone fix???
Barb - September 16, 2021 - Report this comment
I grew up in the South Bronx. I remember the jeans. I had a pair in grey and black. I have tried looking for a picture at home and cant find one anywhere.
Tony - October 07, 2021 - Report this comment
The wonderful memories of the late 80's and 90's
Diane - October 09, 2021 - Report this comment
I came across a delightful AJ’s Denim Blazer at an estate sale. The definition of the eighties! It will be up for grabs on if anyone would like to own this rad timepiece!

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