Tale Lords Devils and pinstripe Lees
Two brands popular with New York b-boys in the early 80s (the suede Puma, Adidas shelltoe era).
Tale Lord was a designer jeans company based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They were informally known as ‘Devil jeans’ because of their logo. It’s the same brand that Ghostface rocked in 83 and Diamond D wore with Chinese mocknecks. Not to be confused with Taylors.
Lee jeans were a staple of the old school and the pinstripe ones were especially sought after. These are the ones that Jay-Z recalls hassling his mama for in “I Made It”.
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