Wear Your Memphis Pride on Your Thighs
One thing that the owners of Thigh High Jeans want everyone to be clear on is that they’re a Memphis company. Their studio is located in downtown Memphis, they print “Made in Memphis” on all of their tags, and they recently got permission to use mayor A.C. Wharton’s “One Memphis” slogan on their custom-made reconstructed denim.
Thigh High’s co-owner Ann Smithwick explained it like this – “Memphis has been good to us and we want people to know it.”
Thigh High Jeans was started two months ago by Smithwick and Kerry Peeples. The company gives new life to old denim through embellishment and reconstructs them into one-of-a-kind jeans with inspirational quotations embroidered on the thighs.
Here’s the thing about the quotes, though – you never know what you’re going to get. When you order a pair of Thigh High Jeans online, you’re asked to answer a few short questions about your personality. When your jeans arrive 3 – 4 weeks later, they’ll have a quote individually chosen by Ann and Kerry printed on the thigh.
According to Ann, the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. It makes sense – each pair of jeans retails for $50 with a portion of the sale of the jeans go to one of Smithwick and Peeples’ selected local, national or international charities.
Thigh High is also trying to keep their operation as low-impact as possible. They use donated and recycled jeans (every pair has that buttery already-broken-in feeling) and thrifted scarves and plantable tags that double as wildflower seed packets.
If you want to get your legs into some Thigh High Jeans, you can order them online or make an appointment to visit their space in the old Greyhound building downtown for a fitting. You can also bring or send in a pair of your old jeans for customization.
If you’ve got jeans you’d like to donate, drop them in one of the collection bins at Otherlands, Republic Coffee, Square Beans Coffee, Java Coast or Poplar Perk’n.