December 8, 2009, - 1:38 pm

Sweden’s Great Idea: Hey, Let’s Sell N. Korean “Anti-American” Jeans

By Debbie Schlussel

No worries that Sweden now has a Muslim population of 5% and growing and couldn’t hold a public tennis match with the Israelis in Malmo because Swedish police knew they couldn’t stop the Muslim violence in their streets that it would bring.


Kim Jong-Il & His Anti-American Jeans: Not So Ronery Anymore

Nope, Sweden has its priorities straight and the evergreen solution to everything:  hate on America.  And sell the “chic” that goes with it, despite the fact that the people who made it are slaves in one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.  What could go wrong?

A Stockholm department store on Saturday removed a new line of North Korean-made designer jeans from its shelves, saying it wants to avoid courting controversy through ties with the isolated communist nation.

The PUB department store’s management had not been informed that the label would be carried in its space, and pulled the plug when it became aware of it, said Rene Stephansen, the store’s director.

“For us this is not a question of Noko Jeans — this is a question about a political issue that PUB doesn’t want to be associated with,” he said. “This is not the forum for the discussion” of North Korea.

If only PUB had the same conscience when it came to welcoming Islamic terrorism supporters to its shores.

The Noko Jeans line is the brainchild [DS: new word needed: “idiotchild”] of three Swedish entrepreneurs who hoped their label would help break North Korea’s isolation through increased trade with the West. The jeans come only in black, partly because blue jeans are associated with the United States and are stigmatized in North Korea.

Uh, I have news for these dummies. ALL jeans–regardless of color or hue–are American. The dude’s name wasn’t Kim-Jong Strauss. It was Levi Strauss, and he invented jeans, period. (24-year-old Strauss, a German Jewish immigrant and David Jacobs, another Jewish-American, invented jeans out of “serge de Nimes,” or denim, in 1873.

The jeans were to be sold at Aplace, a retail space within the department store. Stephansen said he had informed the shop’s owner of the decision just before the planned launch.

A spokesman for Aplace said the decision was “a bit cowardly” but said that he understood the department store’s point of view.

Uh, the cowardice was in choosing to sell them in the first place.

“It’s a real shame,” Kalle Tollmar said. “But we will continue to sell them on our Web site and Noko Jeans will continue to sell them on theirs.” . . .

Jeans have been banned in the country [North Korea] for years because they are considered a symbol of U.S. imperialism, said Choi Eun-suk, a professor of North Korean legal affairs at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul.

In 2005, the regime also urged the country’s women to refrain from wearing trousers, saying Western clothing dampen the revolutionary spirit and blur national pride.

Hey, just like in many Islamic countries, where women get lashes for wearing pants.

Oh, and by the way, in case you were wondering the anti-Western jeans ain’t cheap. They cost $220 a pair. Communism is expensive.

Exit question:  North Korean “designer jeans”?  Who is the designer?  Here’s a hint.  Could be.

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15 Responses

Jeans today ironically enough, are made in China. You can still find American-made jeans but they won’t be from well-known labels.

Heck, many designer jeans cost less than that and for the record, I’m not conscious of paying to wear someone’s label. Its still a jean!

NormanF on December 8, 2009 at 3:06 pm

And this is the same Sweden that wants Israel to turn over eastern Jerusalem to the Palestinians. Yup, being anti-Israel goes hand in hand with adoring the North Korean Commies and Islamists in Stockholm.

NormanF on December 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Yes, overpriced jeans from a totalitarian state do make a fashion statement. These are probably the same people who push “fair trade” products. Sweden is really turning into a cesspool. Western Europe should ship all of its Moslem refugees there.

Worry01 on December 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Worry, its well on the way to becoming ScandIslamia.

NormanF on December 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm

For once i disagree with Debbie. Isn’t trying to introduce capitalism into communist states a good thing?
Take advantage of these idiots by getting them to give us what little money they have. Its the American Way.
I still thing you’re awesome though Debbie.

A: If only this did introduce capitalism into Communist states. It doesn’t. The capitalism end is completely in Sweden. The slave labor in N. Korea will not benefit from it at all. DS

Adam on December 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm

The two philosophies that are totalitarian and hostile to free markets and individual freedom are Communism and Islam. And they are birds of a feather as noted in the N. Korean-Iranian connection. And that is why incidentally the Left today identifies with Islam.

NormanF on December 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm

oh, my mistake. I read it as Sweden selling jeans to NK as opposed to them getting them made there and then sold in Sweden.

Adam on December 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Swiss leader calls for Jewish cemetery ban
December 3, 2009

David on December 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    And what does that link have to do with this thread? Could you stop spamming?

    Worry01 on December 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

We should all let Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland go to hell. I have known a whole bunch of these folks and every one of them is so sympathetic towards Fidel Castro, Che, Chavez, Gadafi, Arafat etc.

Rex on December 8, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    ♥ Oh Rex, it’s sweet how your logic makes it OK to wish entire nations to hell, based on particular individuals’ opinions of political leaders you don’t happen to like. Makes perfect sense!

    And all this crap about ScandIslamia… come on guys! That’s just ridiculous, you obviously don’t have a clue of what’s going on here up north. But yeah, keep up the bombings and “forcing of peace” to whatever country in the middle east suits your needs best for the moment, and keep the steady stream of refugees coming to us in Sweden, it’s clearly working out fine for you this far. Way to go!

    And about them Nortj Korean jeans: don’t really care that much for them. The whole thing is more of a PR stunt than anything else, I wouldn’t get carried away over it. …ooops too late, you already did. Ah well.

    Patrik on December 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

Did I *miss* a meeting?

trout mask replica on December 8, 2009 at 10:33 pm

to Rex,
As a dane I must disagree with you. A lot of us (and also norwegians and finns) hate communism and all other forms of dictatorships.
Swedes are propably a lost case. When I was young 25 years ago we used to say that Sweden supported all freedom-fighting peoples as long as their country was at least 3000 miles away from Stockholm. Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and other Eastern and Central Europeans was living to close for Olof Palme and his friends to care.
You should also know that Sweden is the only “democraty” it the world without secret voting.

leif on December 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I find some people just commenting on Islam and it seems like we are often mislead by few, those who tmeselves are not aware of the true facts.
I believe one should not coment with our authentic references on any religon of this world.
Just to share with you all ISLAM do we know what it means and stands for.
I am sure with logic and rationale we would ne able to come on common gronuds of understanding. Moreover it would give us the idea that we are not to be mislead by the Media for what it says.
If we search & follow the true path we would soon realize the true teachings of Islam and its benefits at an individual / family / society level.
Islam by meaning means “PEACE”. It is a complete code of life and it addresses to issues of daily life and gives solutions for all problems that we have in our daily lives.
I look forward for a discussion on above open heartedly to learn more from you all.

Ibrahim Bajwa on December 10, 2009 at 12:32 am

There was no muslim violence but people for all parties protesting the israeli occupation.

John on October 5, 2010 at 7:01 am

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