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THE HISTORY OF THE BANDIT

This week all eyes are on the BANDIT, our most popular and iconic denim short, with a cult-following of stylish fans (that’s you guys) rocking this notorious short. We sat down with Founder and Creative Director Jamie Blakey to see how it all came about and what we can expect next in the BANDIT. 

Jamie, when was the Bandit launched?
2005 

How did the Bandit design come about? What was the design inspiration behind it?
The Bandit was born from a pair of old jeans that I'd had since I was 15 years old. I customised that same pair of jeans over 6 years until they became the perfect short that I could wear anywhere.  

How has the Bandit evolved over time? 
The Original Bandit is a low slung relaxed fit style.  We now have the High Waist Bandit, Mid Waist Bandit and a Bandit Jean.  

What new Bandits can we look forward to seeing over the next year?
Plenty of beautiful new European denim weights and soft, soft washes. 

What do you love most about the Bandit? And how do you like to style it?

It's the perfect short to style any way and truly personalise. You can wear it with heels and a cool blazer, or you can beach it and sling it low. And, you can size up or down to get the fit that suits your style and body shape.

I prefer them a half size bigger, so they are slung super low. I do a French tuck on my favourite tee of the moment and team it back with a summer weight blazer and square toed boots.  If I'm beaching it, I wear a one piece, a huge vintage Akubra, and do a half fold on the waistband on my left side - this keeps them up, but still makes them look super slouchy through the rise and the leg circumference.  

Popular with bloggers, check out some of our favourite shots from over the years from @andicinger, @fakander, @jamienkidd @syd_gord and @paudictado...

We’ve also dug into the achives to find some oldies! See them below...

Shop our current range of BANDITS online now. There’s now a low, mid and high waist!

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