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Hot Jeans Alert: Denim & Thread

From Coutorture:


See those fabulous high waisted jeans in our Summer In The City photo shoot? Well, feast your eyes on Australia’s newest denim incarnation, Denim & Thread. The label, borne in 2006, sticks with a classic 25 weight gauge thread to create a fit that rivals your mom’s sick 70’s denim. These jeans are not flimsy, they don’t rip by the inseam, they’re solid, sturdy jeans like the good ‘ol days. Creating a ‘classic’ fit, however, doesn’t mean the label’s manifesto is stuck in the past. Denim & Thread is mostly created from organic cotton by way of sustainable farming and their distressed denim is hand sanded so that distressed doesn’t eventually equal unwearable. The jeans featured in our editorial are part of the Fall collection but check out the brand’s Spring 08 offerings, with everything from high rise to acid washed. Denim & Thread is run by designer Ron London and denim technician Alex Lambousis. In New York, they are sold at OAK boutique.

For those of you outside of NYC, get the jeans at ShopStyle.

Posted May 29 2008 in Denim Fashion

In Memoriam: Designers Miguel Rocha and Lisa Santee

From WWD:

Miguel Rocha and Lisa Santee, designers at Seven7 Jeans, were killed
May 16 in an apparent hit-and-run accident outside company headquarters
in Vernon, Calif. They were both 25 years old.

Rocha, who was a denim technical designer, and Santee, a knit top
designer, were walking on East Washington Boulevard when a Honda Civic
struck and pinned them against a metal fence before being abandoned.
Rocha died at the scene and Santee was pronounced dead at Los Angeles
County-USC Medical Center.

Rocha, who also owned apparel company Cali Green, and Santee both had
worked for Seven 7 for about a year, said the company’s chief operating
officer, Rachael Barnard.

Rocha attended California Design College from 2003 to 2006. Santee
graduated from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2003.

“Lisa was a bright star; she lit up a room when she walked in,” Barnard
said. “Miguel had such a great attitude. He had a lot of ambition and
had a ton of potential as a denim designer. Both had the makings of
tremendous talents who would contribute immensely to our industry.”

A suspect, Bryan Calles, 19, was arrested May 17 in connection with the
fatalities and striking a third victim, Dominic Medina, a Seven 7 denim
designer. Calles has been released on bail.

It has been a very sensitive, very horrifying experience for our employees,” Barnard said.

Posted May 29 2008 in Denim News

Denim Discovery: Ariana in Anoname Jeans

It’s Monday in Los Angeles, and all is well.  The clouds loom about, but no rain in sight.  Good weather for running afternoon errands.  I park my car on the street (what a concept!), across from the Cartoon Network offices in Burbank.  Since it was a bit chilly, I wore my vintage khaki fitted double-breasted trenchcoat over my comfy Hudson Signature Bootcut Jean in Viceroy Dark.  Not to over do it, my tootsies are kept cozy in a pair of corset-inspired Seychelles open toe shoes.  It’s southern California, after all.

Hudw170dhavcrbckHudson Signature Bootcut in Viceroy Dark Wash

Because I’m on the denim lookout, I stop to take to grab a latte, purchased from a certain chain coffee house where — according to my source — just a few days ago, Oscar-nominated actress Melanie Griffith and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star Shia LaBoeuf allegedly also visited.  By the way, if they are going to make a movie about alternative band Depeche Mode, he should play frontman Dave Gahan.  Hot!

But I digress.  Finished with my errands in Burbank, I hop on the freeway and head southeast to Pasadena.  I end up in Old Town Pasadena, another bustling shopping and entertainment destination.

Like a lightening bolt, I see these really cute dark wash denims with leg elongating features and wow-inspiring front pocket details. I stop Ariana, a vibrant, friendly 25-year old from Echo Park.  She is thumbing through some books in a bookstore in Pasadena.

“Ooh, those are cute,” I say.  She gladly shows me her left front pocket, with a diagonal zip accent.  I nod in approval.  Printed on a tiny tab near the front pocket, I see Anoname.  She tells me she never heard of it, but simply found it at Nordstrom and loves it.

Isn’t that fab?  I love it when people don’t realize how stylish they are!  With her cute platform height wooden sandals, she gladly shows off her fashionable skinny denim discovery.

Dt_ariana_2Ariana is wearing Anoname Helen skinny jeans.

Satisfied with my denim find, I race home for some rewarding succulent lemon scallops I have delivered to my doorstep.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted May 27 2008 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Wear Your Jeans to Work!

When I was in the corporate world several years ago, there were days, and there were weeks, when I just wanted to wear jeans every day to work.  Not that the dress protocol was that strict, but you might get ???the look??? from certain individuals in the company if you wore your lighter rinse Joe??™s Jeans or Citizens of Humanity Stretch Skinnies to work on a day other than Friday.

The rebel that I was, I often found ways to sneak in my denim wear.  From super-dark trouser denim jeans to jeans blazers, I could be appropriately work-stylish, while I secretly (so I thought) flaunted denim wear around the higher ups.

Wear your jeans to work!  And with our handy guide below, you’ll have your jeans working overtime:

Monday: Whip out the black Built By Wendy high waist denim pantsLay over a Michael Stars Shine elbow puff sleeve shirt dress. Wrap around a caramel brown leather tooled belt from Urban Outfitters, to break up the dark color and give the entire outfit a polished, but not too stuffy look.


Tuesday: Slip into the trusty Ann Taylor Loft Denim Flare Leg Trousers.  Top it off with a playful Playhouse Top by Befana.  Stroll past a department manager for the nod of approval.



Wednesday: Dare to wear Hudson Farrah Welt Pocket Jean in White with a blue striped poplin power shirt from the Alessandro Dell’Acqua Spring 08 collection.

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Thursday: I likes me the Rich & Skinny Flashy Flare Jean in Butterfinger Rinse, that matches perfectly with my fitted stretch denim blazer by Arden B.  It looks like I??™m wearing a dark, but very chic business suit.  I hide my comfy Ed Hardy Rhinestone long sleeve Tiger tunic shirt inside my buttoned-up denim blazer, for a bit of undercover whimsy.

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Friday: Casual day! Time to bring out the figure-enhancing J Brand Cigarette Leg in Miner.  Paired with my C&C California Extra Long Sleeve Deep-V shirt, my patent black pointy boots (hey, the shoes don??™t have to be casual!), and I??™m ready to speed through the day to happy hour with co-workers.  Mission accomplished.  I??™ll take my lychee Martini shaken, not stirred, please.



— Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted May 26 2008 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Memorial Day Denim Deals. All under $100.


Kick off your holiday weekend with some sweet online premium denim deals, all for under $100!  Check
out dark wash, skinny, straight, flared, or embellished denim jeans.
All these premium denims are yours for the taking, so act fast. – AG, James, Joe’s, and Paper Denim & Cloth, are all $99.95 – Chip & Pepper, Joe’s, Rock & Republic, Antik Denim Jeans, are all $79-$99. – Rich & Skinny Flashy Jeans, $59.40
Net-a-Porter.comJ Brand Doll Stretch Jeans,
$98, Siwy $99, Sass & Bide $97.50

For the fellas: – Paper Denim & Cloth Alec Grifon Bootcut, $79 – Earnest Sewn Super Low 5 Slim Tape, $99

Posted May 23 2008 in Buys Under $100 » Denim Buys

Avant-elegant denim style.

Add a little Blade Runner edge to your jeans.

Start with a Jonathan Saunders cape. Add a pair of cropped skinny jeans and some rockin’ shoes. And when you take that cape off, get ready to reveal bling that will hit people like a lightning bolt! Make way for you!

Here are a few of my favorite picks that will put you in the spotlight and prove you’re not a replicant.

Jonathansaunderscape_2Jonathan Saunders Cape

Fornarina_katyFornarina Katy Cropped Skinny Jeans

ChloestrappybootsChloe Patent Triple Strap Zip Back Sandals

MarniwedgeMarni Satin Platform Heels

Lunar_eclipse_necklaceLara Bohinc Lunar Eclipse Necklace

Solar_eclipse_bracelet_2Lara Bohinc Solar Eclipse Bracelet

Picture_2Mawi Short Spike Necklace

Nikki Cho Russo

Posted May 21 2008 in How to Wear It

Denim Insider: Pieces of Brooklyn

Pieces of Brooklyn formally opened their Men??™s Store Saturday night with a blastoff party that included artists, designers, and friends of co-owners Colin and Latisha Daring.

Colin oversees the men??™s buying handpicking every pair of jeans, t-shirt, dress shirt, bag and pair of shades that end up on shelf.  He keeps ahead of the curve by staying true to his vision of sourcing the freshest designs from grassroots artists who produce timeless and functional pieces that can make every day special.  Whether worn with a patterned button down dress shirt with hoodie or a shiny vinyl graphic t-shirt, the denim brands Colin trusts to keep the style looking classy and clean are Sabit, Level 99, Robins, and Farmer.

Pieces is always actively searching for new funky gear to share with us.  Check out the newest stuff in-store, or online. Pieces of Brooklyn is located at 671 Vanderbilt Ave at Park Place in Brooklyn.

Picture_7_2 owner colin daring knows how to fold a t-shirt and source japanese denim like sabit.

Picture_5_3racks filled with the dressy stuff.

Picture_6_2looks like denim, feels like denim.  farmer, sabit, and others.

— Alexander Brown

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Posted May 18 2008 in Denim News » Events

Steven Alan Sample Thursday


racked is reporting that steven alan will be hosting a sample sale.  featured brands include the house collection, gryson, acne, doucette duvall, superfine, earnest sewn, isabel marant, sunshine and shadow, and borne. expect to save up to 75% off.  guest of a guest has some stealth pics of the goods.

location: 103 franklin street, near church, nyc.
hours: may 15-16, 8:30am-8pm;  may 17, 12pm-7pm;  may 18, 12pm-5pm.

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Posted May 13 2008 in Denim Buys » Sales

in search of denim: 7 for all mankind ginger jeans.


where i continue my search for high-waisted, flared jeans. . .

i tried on the 7 for all mankind ginger los angeles.  dark wash!  generally speaking, the fit was pretty good.  they are higher waisted — not as high as the j brand dolls, but hit at about 1.5-2 inches below my belly button.

they’re more wide-legged than flares.  unlike the dolls, they’re roomier in the thighs and widen out as they make their descent to the floors.

back looked generally good.  not exceptional.

given the varying bodytypes of the celebs who wear 7 gingers (jlo, rachel bilson, jessica alba), my guess is that this jean will look pretty good on most everyone.  it’s definitely a great transitional jean for bootcut girls who want their first pair of wide-legged jeans.

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Posted May 13 2008 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product

in search of denim: j brand doll.

Jbranddoll_3as i said, i’m on the hunt for a pair of high-waisted, 70s-inspired jeans.  let’s start with the j brand doll.

i figure, i like j brand.  and the jeans are dark, dark blue.  should be good.

j brand dolls are high-waisted.  they come up to right under my belly
button.  standard, true-to-size fit.  as far as jbrand jeans go, these
are pretty standard.  stretchy denim, fitted along the thigh, flaring out from the knee down.

i really wanted to love these.  i really did.  again, i’ve had a
2-year love affair with j brand.  but the dolls are made
for someone who is taller and leaner than i am.

from the front view, the tight fit along the thighs culminating in that flare really widened out my waist and hips.  not so good.  that said, the back looked great.  like all j brand jeans, there’s no crazy emblazoning on the back pockets.  just you and the big ol’ butt god gave you, lightly outlined and accentuated by the stitching.

net, net, these are great jeans.  it’s my fault they didn’t look so hot on me.

Posted May 12 2008 in Denim Fashion
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