Itemized: Warriors of Radness Pants


Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Hanly Banks talks about a pair of pants by Warriors of Radness.

New York’s recent heat wave has done a number on my un-air-conditioned bedroom, accounting for quite a few sweaty, sleepless nights. Not sleeping has its benefits though—in just a matter of weeks I have learned to draw, photoshopped a bunch of pictures of my friends in compromising situations, and watched the entire NOVA series. This weekend felt different, though, less-heady and more hearty. A trip to the beach in these sick pants brought out the raucous, freewheeling ’80s California teen that I was surely supposed to be in another life. I ended up hopping a sandy ride back to the city with a bunch of strangers blasting Depeche Mode. Later that night, a browse through my Netflix queue fulfilled a deep spiritual need to watch all my favorite both-Corey movies. It started with The Lost Boys and ended with a secret (not anymore, I guess) viewing of A&E’s reality show, The Two Coreys. Dream a Little Dream and License to Drive were sandwiched somewhere in the middle, but they are both pretty bad, so who cares. Completing the full ’80s-teenager routine, I ate pizza and slept through most of the next day.

There’s something about these pants, man. Something that smells like haze and spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e. It must be the acid wash, or the flash of red drawstring. Or perhaps it’s the freedom-loving elastic waistband, built for endless activity. But just like the Two Coreys learned after years of hard drugs and alcohol, I cannot afford to act like a Corey all the time, because I am actually an adult, I think. But you’ll find me on weekends doing handstands and ninja kicks from the dunes and bumming rides back to the city. Nobody says no to these pants!

POSTED July 26, 2011 4:30PM IN ITEMIZED TAGS: ,




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