You either owned a pair or wanted a pair. Maybe you were mystified by their ubiquity, but no young New Zealander of that era could have failed to notice the phenomenon.
They were expensive ($110), appealed equally to men and women, were worn extremely baggy, and came in a bewildering array of muted, earthy colours. And for years they were on the backsides of style conscious youth the length of the country, selling over 50,000 pairs (a phenomenal number in a country of only around 3 million), and in the process become one of the key cult items of our national fashion psyche.
With ‘90s fetishism rising to a pop cultural peak, it’s an opportunity to re-engage with a genuine New Zealand fashion ‘moment’. And with four colour-ways - all in the iconic pigment dye shades - there’s the variety that made the original such a long-running success.
If you were a trackpant fiend in the ‘90s then your family photos should feature you and your trackies – send a scan of your best shot to firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll post our ten favourites to the Barkers’ Facebook page and each will receive a FREE pair of the 2012 reissues.