Jean Page is not your average street dealer in New York City.
Born in New Jersey and raised in California, Page worked in the retail industry for more than a decade before retiring from the New York Mercantile Exchange in 2013.
He has been a denim importer since 1996.
But as he tells it, he got interested in streetwear in 2012, when he was working as a sales associate at J.
“I wanted to be in the streetwear scene.
It was a chance to get out of the store and be a part of it,” he said.
I started doing a lot of research on streetwear, and I was like, ‘This is what I want to be a big part of.’
He said he was introduced to the style by Japanese artists like Yoji Yamamoto and Kenji Yamaguchi, both of whom have ties to the Japanese style. “
We came back to the United States and we were really into streetwear,” Page said.
He said he was introduced to the style by Japanese artists like Yoji Yamamoto and Kenji Yamaguchi, both of whom have ties to the Japanese style.
He went to a streetwear shop in New Hampshire and bought his first pair of Jeans, which he sold to Frankie Jones.
He quickly followed that with more expensive items, like a pair that he says was inspired by the styles of the Japanese artists.
Page bought more and more.
“By the end of the year, I was buying about a hundred pairs a month.
I had a couple hundred pairs that I still have, and it was going really well,” he recalled.
“The biggest thing was the quality of the fabrics.
I always wanted to have the best quality denim.
When I first started in the market, the prices were pretty high, and they weren’t always a great value.
But then I started going back to them and the quality started to improve, and now I have the most affordable jeans I’ve ever seen.”
Page said he now sees a clear connection between streetwear and the Japanese culture.
“Japanese fashion is like the best of Japanese fashion.
It’s not really about the cost or quality of materials, it’s just about the spirit of the art and the way that the clothes are made,” he explained.
Page is a lifelong fan of Japanese streetwear.
He says it has helped him make more connections in Japan and with the U.S. “When I go to Japan and I’m out in the streets, I just feel like it’s like a dream come true,” he added.
“You can really tell that they’ve been around since the 1930s, and if you get there and you’re a foreigner, you feel like you’re in another world.”
He has also started buying Japanese street clothing.
Page says he has started buying a few pairs of Japanese-made denim.
But he admits he is a little wary of the quality.
“Sometimes I have to wear them a couple times to be sure,” he admitted.
“And I’m a very big fan of vintage Japanese jeans.”
He has also been buying more expensive streetwear like sneakers and jeans, and he says he is finding that there are a lot more of the items that he has been searching for.
“It’s kind of an expensive market right now, but if you look around, you’ll see a lot that I don’t have,” he continued.
“For example, you can find denim that has been made for over 100 years and it’s still being made today.
It makes me feel like I’ve been searching a lot.”
Page also said that he plans to do a larger sale this year and said he will try to do as many as he can.
He will sell the Jeans on eBay and is trying to find a way to make the sales process more streamlined, so that the prices are lower for his buyers.
“They’re not going to be super cheap,” he told NBC News.
“But if you go back to Japan, they were like $60 for a pair.
That’s like $4,000 or $5,000.
Now, they’re going for $300 or $400.”
Jean pages, $350,000, sold by Jean Page, at a New York showroom, in Brooklyn, New York, in 2014.