Selling “Muddy; Heavily Distressed” Jeans for $425

These are supposed to be the newest craze. Nordstrom’s dirty denim jeans “embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

Not only are these jeans caked with mud, they also have a sheen on them as if they were coated in fresh mud. Right now there is a ton of backlash on twitter about whether it’s ethical to sell these jeans with such a high price tag.

We’ve all seen ripped, bleached, and destroyed denim go in and out of fashion. However, “muddy jeans” take things to the next level.

Rarely Used Federal Laws

This reminded me of a trial back in 2006 where 21-year-old college student Christine Vetter was charged under a rarely used federal law. That law prohibits “mailing indecent and filthy substances.” Mailing these sorts of substances is considered to be a federal crime with a penalty of 5 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

However, Vetter had a very small business and wasn’t aware of these statutes. She sold 225 packages averaging $40 each within 1 year and 4 months in operation. The packages contained dirty, and/or used underwear, and other fetish items.

This brings into question whether a boxing gym could be charged for selling use gloves, or a yoga studio could be charged with the sale of used mats, or a day spa could be charged with the sale of used shorts…

Sometimes businesses are shut down based on a technicality. We can dig into the backend of your system and find out if you’re at risk. Submit an application here to see if you could be violating a “rarely used” regulation.