Candian Tuxedos and Bing Crosby

Ever hear the term "Canadian tuxedo" to refer to an outfit of denim jeans and denim jacket? The origin of this phrase can be traced back to none other than Bing Crosby. Crosby loved his Levi jeans with matching jacket and wore them everywhere. When he tried to check into a fancy Vancouver hotel, he was initially refused because of his denim outfit until finally management recognized him and let him stay.


When the folks at Levis heard Bing's story they made him a custom designed denim tuxedo jacket to be worn with jeans. The jacket had a label on the inside that stated, "Notice to all hotel men everywhere: This label entitles the wearer to be duly received and registered with cordial hospitality anywhere at any time and under any conditions." The bottom of the label was then signed by the president of the American Motel Association. Bing loved the jacket and wore it proudly to many press appearances for his film Here Comes the Groom. In fact, if you're a fan of Bing's denim tuxedo, you're in luck. Levi's has made a limited run of 200 reproduction jackets for sale this summer for the low price of $1,800.

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