Entrepreneur and denim designer Gene Montesano founded Bongo jeans in 1982. Bongo jeans were tight fitting and tapered at the ankle. They came in acid wash, which was popular in the 1980s.
Bongo jeans sold for $29.99 in the 1980s and were popular with teenage girls. In the '80s, actress Liv Tyler was the face of Bongo jeans, wearing everything from overalls to a denim bustier and stone washed short shorts in Bongo advertisements.
Montesano ran the company for 15 years, before leaving to start Lucky Brand Jeans in 1990 with former business partner Barry Perlman. As of 2014, Bongo offers a full line of junior girl's clothing and accessories, including eyeglass frames. Bongo clothing can be purchased at KMart and Sears online and in stores, and eyeglass frames are available at eyewear retailers nationwide. To find a retailer near you, visit the Bongo website.