What are the best ways to tell fake or genuine True Religion jeans? Our illustrated guide outlines the clues so you don’t get fooled by counterfeiters.
True Religion was founded by Jeffrey Lubell in 2002 with the goal of redefining premium denimware. His vision was to produce high quality, top quality jeans made in the USA that are authentic, timeless, great fit, inspired by the jeans of the 70s and set a trend for today’s customers.
Nowadays, the True Religion brand is not only known for its denim jeans, but also for knitted and woven sportswear, such as T-shirts, western shirts, sweatshirts and training pants, all of which have a classic touch.
Best ways to tell fake or genuine True Religion jeans
True Religion Jeans online stores
There are only a few internet shops that are allowed to sell original True Relision Jeans on the Internet. So-called fake shops sell counterfeits or buy True Religion jeans from unauthorized sources.
Note: Online shops that use the name “True Religion” in the URL (especially with another term such as “outlet”) are not authentic and sell counterfeits. You can reach the real True Religion homepage at www.truereligion.com or www.truereligionbrandjeans.com
True Religion Jeans inner label (with security thread)
True Religion Brand Jeans come with three inside tags and these are one of the best ways to tell fake or genuine True Religion jeans.
The top label is made of fabric, carries the “TRUE RELIGION BRAND JEANS ®” logo, the horseshoe and “made in USA” followed by the number for the waist size (ROW). The second label is also made of fabric, smaller than the first label and only shows the horseshoe.
The third label is made of a mixed material (feels like rough paper) and contains information such as pants type, number, size and other information.
Variants of the interior labels
The labels keep changing over time.
From the 2010/2011 collection onwards, a thread with a metallic security strip is sewn on the second label but not on the first label (see the image above) . This security strip shimmers slightly when you hold it in the light. In contrast to the security strip on the first label (if present), the letters “TRBJ” cannot be recognized here.
In previous collections, there was also a security stripe (micro-stitching) on the first label (see photo), which is a fine silver-colored stripe that is woven into the label. A closer look reveals that the letters “TRBJ” are repeated on the stripe. If there is no text on the strip, it is a fake or fake. Older models sometimes lack the third label.
Double stitching on True Religion Jeans
The seams of the TR jeans are double stitched. The first (lower) seam consists of a single thread. The stitching with the multiple threads is placed over it. The stitch width of the single seam is shorter than for the seam with the multiple thread.
In the case of counterfeits, often only one seam is sewn.
Double stitched True Religion Jeans seam
Rear label of the True Religion Jeans
The type label of the True Religion Jeans differs from model to model.
The most famous model, the Bobby Super T, has a fabric label as shown in the photo. Here again there are different variants.
Older models have both the indication “ROW” for the waist and “SEAT”. SEAT is available as 33 or 34.
In the more recent Bobby Super T models, the ROW can no longer be seen on the outer nameplate, but only SEAT.
All signs have in common that the monk (especially the fingers of the hand) and the writing are neatly stitched. The seam must have the same stitch width as the jeans themselves and must run parallel to the top of the jeans — this is one of the best ways to tell fake or genuine True Religion jeans.
An improperly processed label that has neither a very good seam nor a correct rectangular shape suggests plagiarism.
Original True Religion Jeans Belt Label (Bobby Super T)
Alignment of feature stitching and pocket flaps
In real True Religion jeans, the points of the pocket flaps, the stitching design and expecially the ‘horseshoe’ stitching line up perfectly in the centre of the pocket. In fakes, these are often off-centre as well as being uneven.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.