First African-American Owned Jean Manufacturer, Raw Jeans Inc., Launches Designer Denim Jean Line for African-American Women

    LITHONIA, Ga., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Raw Jeans Inc., the first
 African-American owned jean manufacturer, introduced the first jeans cut to
 fit African-American women.
     In the mid 90's brothers Gregory and Dennis Hendricks noticed there
 weren't any jeans cut to fit African-American women.  "We took a long look at
 this problem," says CEO and Designer, Dennis. Dennis sketched a few designs.
 They named the jeans Raw.
     "We wanted a name that was sexy, easy to remember, and had a street
 edge," says Dennis.  "We could've slapped our name on a pair of jeans and
 focused on marketing, but we wanted to give customers something they could
     After a few years of testing, the brothers finally came up with what they
 say are the "best fitting jeans on the planet."  "We discovered these women
 are concerned with both comfort and how good they look in the jeans," said
     Their father, George, COO and President, financed the samples.  They
 started selling to friends and family -- leading to other women wanting the
 jeans.  The jeans and related apparel (shorts, jackets, and tops) retail from
 $15 to $65 and are available in sizes four to 26.
     Several stores refused to add the line stating they have plenty of
 "urban designers."  Dennis, who classifies himself as a designer, isn't giving
     "Although more than $25 billion is spent on fashions by African-Americans,
 some stores don't understand the buying power of African-American
 women," stated Gregory.
     According to Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor, African-American women
 shop more often, are the first to try new styles, and spend more money than
 any other ethnic group.  "They perceive this market is not profitable, and
 therefore, not worth their investment," stated George.  "Stores that recognize
 the potential of this market will be the ones Black women will make their
 first choice."
     For more information, contact Dennis Hendricks, 888-729-4333, or e-mail:
     This release was issued through -- Your Business Workshop.
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SOURCE Raw Jeans Inc.

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