I’ve been lookin’ and lookin’ for these jeans. Seems like the current trend is less function/more hug. I can appreciate a little hug, but those skinny jeans are a big no no.
What I’m looking for is a decent, designer-style pair of carpenter jeans. Nautica Jeans Co. is the last company I saw with a good pair, but their site went under. Best thing I can find is either Levi’s or Lee’s, both of which are hard as rocks and aren’t too great when it comes to sizing.
Slightly stressed, comfortable pair of carpenter jeans. Can ya help me out?
Carpenter jeans, eh? My friend, unless you’re looking for the usual Wrangler, Carhartt, Lee, Levi’s or Gap labels, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack these days.
The first company that comes to mind that has great vintage feeling denim is Lucky Brand. They don’t have any carpenter jeans in their current line, but I did manage to locate Lucky Brand’s Prank Carpenter Jeans at Buckle, a site that has an array of more relaxed fitting jeans.
Another pair that you can check out is Cinch Jeans at Sheplers. Might I entice you to try some modern versions without the traditional carpenter side loop? Take a look at Diesel’s Braddo Jeans, can be found at Yoox. The denim has a more worn in feel, the fit is relaxed and the look is much more updated and stylish!
Nikki Cho Russo is the Denim Diva. When she’s not dressing up her little man in designer denim or getting the inside scoop on denim and design, she’s here to answer your questions. Send your questions to Nikki here.
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Whether it’s DIY or straight off the runway, cut-off denim miniskirts have made it into this summer season’s line-up. I’m feeling “Love Story” bohemian chic with a little fringe in the mix! So do those leg squats and fire up that self tanner to show off your sexy gams!
Try this cute
7 for All Mankind Sunset Mini Skirt in Honolulu. Get boho luxe with a gorgeous breezy Sunray pleated tunic by Martin Margiela that is so versatile for dressing up or down. Accessorize the look with a low slung wrap snake belt
and the “IT” sandal I’ve been drooling over: Etro’s Suede High-Top
Fringe Gladiator Sandals (shown here on Kimberly Stewart). The true
fashionista will wear these with confidence because you’ll be getting
the oohs and aahs from your envious friends! Add some bling with Alex & Ani’s expandable bangles and you are hot to trot!
7 for All Mankind Sunset Mini Skirt in Honolulu.
Old school Levi’s cut-offs available at Urban Outfitters. I love this Bon Ton silk top, which is on SALE right now at Le Train Bleu. Get the same Etro sandal look at Top Shop
with the Hackle High Leg Fringe Sandal for a fraction of the cost!
Stacking 3 sets of bangles like these from Forever21 and you’ll still
look like a million bucks. So work it girl, work it!
Levi’s Cut-off Miniskirt.
– Nikki Cho Russo
Celebrity Denim: Alessandra Ambr??sio in Blank Denim.
You’ve Got Gam.
For all you mom’s out there, admit it.
Part of the fun of having a little golden delicious is seeing how damn cute you can dress your tot. When I first saw the mini-version of True Religion’s Joey jeans for toddlers, I gasped with delight and quickly started a little mini collection of jeans for my son.
Whether you want to keep it on the cheap or splurge, there are great jeans that cross the spectrum. And I’m happy to share my finds with you every week, so check in to find out the brands that will keep your little munchkin stylin’!
True Religion Joey Big T Jeans. These jeans are so freakin’ adorable! Jasper’s jeans are paired with a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt by Trunk Ltd. Both jeans and t-shirt can be found at Milkshop. For the Creative Recreation Cesario hi-tops, go online to find retailers.
H&M Skinny Jeans with an attached chain with wallet. Jasper’s wallet was removed because he couldn’t keep it in his back pocket, but the chain still works for that “don’t mess wit me” look. His Andy Warhol t-shirt is no longer available at BabyBird, but check out the store for other great kids items. Jasper also has a large hat collection and the newest addition is this Small Paul Bogart Skurvy Fedora available at Baby Bazaar and his favorite Converse All Stars available online at Converse.
– Nikki Cho Russo
Genius. I saw these men’s dark denim jeans from an H&M store recently. The stitching creates extra room around the knees so the man can more easily bend down and clean up spilled milk, thrown spaghetti, toys and the baby, of course. Available at H&M stores.
Loomstate Mission Jean. Available online at greenloop.
And since we’re on the topic of spilled milk, don’t cry if this Loomstate Mission Jean gets dirty. The jeans come in Channel, a dark, “dirty,” striated wash that’s stylish and rugged enough to take on baby’s messy mishaps.
Loomstate Prophecy Organic Cotton Jeans.
For the daddy who is conscientious about the environment and what can potentially touch his child’s sensitive skin, Loomstate Prophecy Organic Cotton Jeans is soft and slightly stretchy for comfort — they also keep daddy looking rock ‘n’ roll for an evening out.
Mommy will be impressed with daddy’s ability to juggle looking hot in these daddy-friendly jeans as he blocks the Cheerios being lobbed at him by the future Major Leaguer.
– Kathy Ng Hassan
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Denim for Dudes. Finally.
Celebrity Denim: John Krasinski in 7 Jeans.
After a long week of hair-frizzing humidity and heat, those of us living in Chicago are ready to say summer has officially begun. If you happened to be one of the chosen people that got lucky and had no problem starting up your air conditioning this year, I’m jealous.
For the rest of us who have been spending the day laying around in our underwear with the windows open, despite the on and off downpours, I have good news. You can sweat like a star in Blank Denim’s Blue Collar Short for $75 as seen on Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambr??sio. These rock star cut-offs feature stud lining across the opening of the back pockets and a single stud on both the front pockets.
If you like these studded shorts, check out some more styles by Blank Denim here!
– Jacqueline Rezak
Denim connoisseurs, eat your hearts out. I recently discovered San Francisco-based Self Edge, a way cool company that goes to great lengths “to find the world’s finest denim.” What stopped me in my tracks was the unique service offered to its clientele: denim chainstitching to finish off your denim jean hems. Vintage craftsmanship on modern designer jeans, what a concept!
“We found a real vintage [1950s] Union
Special chainstitching machine and are hemming the jeans exactly like how they used to
be hemmed and SHOULD be hemmed. With a chainstitch, your hem will form a
beautiful roping effect after time due to the opposite pull of denim
during washing/shrinking,” says company Co-Principal, Kiya Babzani.
Union Special Chainstitching Machine
started to offer chainstitching because our ultimate goal is to bring a
truly vintage denim experience to our clients, and there is no reason
to take a pair of jeans with the beauty of their attention to detail
from the companies in Japan and restitch the hem with a normal top
stitch like done across the country.”
If it isn’t already evident in the denim chainstitching service, Self Edge is a company that prides itself in the attention paid to details in the sourcing, manufacturing and production of their denim lines. Are the jeans made of all-American denim? Japanese Selvedge? Made of cotton handpicked in Zimbabwe? Are these 1940s/1950s-inspired
jeans? And if you’re into it, how about some 24kt gold-plated rivets (check out the Sling & Stones)?
And you can see this love in the lines that Self Edge carries. Self Edge stores carry premium jeans and
accessories from all over the world, including Dry Bones, Flat Head,
Mister Freedom, Nudie Jeans, Self Edge, Skull Jeans by an Alchemist,
Sling & Stones, Imperial Denim and Sugar Cane Denim. With a walk-in store in San Francisco and online, your craving for retro modern denim and demand for fanatic attention to detail is sure to be satisfied. Check out Self Edge’s jeans here.
Go on. Splurge on the details. Get your jeans chainstitched at Self Edge. Chainstitching starts at $15 per pair, and is available in-store or online. And if you live close enough to walk in, chainstitching comes free with every purchase.
L to R: Kiya Babzani (co-owner), Demitra Babzani (co-owner),
Clay Gardner (slim
jean man), Derek McCann (Denim Slinger),
Diesel (The Self Edge French
– Kathy Ng Hassan
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Are you feeling the pinch in the pocketbook lately? Well don’t you fret my fellow denim denizens, fabulosity does not have to come with a high price tag. Put together some great looks all for $100, give or take a few bucks!
Jumpsuits are so fun! Try the Savoy Denim Jumpsuit along with some perforated ankle boots (very Loeffler Randall) for a throwback to the 80s. Add big disco shades and a bold scarf and you are ready to join your gallerina friends for some art openings.
Savoy Denim Jumpsuit, Forever21, $27.80,
Perforated Leather Bootie, Urban Outfitters, $39.99
Oversized ’70s Shades, H&M, $9.90
Flirt for ASOS Heart Wrap Scarf, ASOS, $21.63,
Total: $99.32 Cha-ching! Cha-?™ching!
Add an exotic accent to your wardrobe by incorporating a few bold ikat-patterned pieces into your warm-weather look. Wear this Just Cavalli inspired top over skinny jeans and peep-toe shoes.
Vera Skinny Jean in dark denim, Forever21, $27.80
Ikat Print Top, H&M, $29.90
Fropaka Peep-Toes, Aldo, $44.98
Total: $102.68 Uh, who’?™s skipping around the room?
This season, floral prints are anything but subdued. Try a Balenciaga-inspired top to put an edgy spin on flowerchild chic. I love Cheap Monday jeans! Try these Chambray Denim jeans under the dress with platform shoes for a knockout look.
Tight Jean in Chambray Denim, Cheap Monday, at Karmaloop, $48.95
Floral Print Top, H&M, $34.90
Stuck Up Platforms, Forever21, $19.80
Total: $103.65 Am I dreaming? Hell no!
– Nikki Cho Russo
Whoa baby. See that thing on my back? Yep. It’s a dragon; and, I’m big and I’m bad.
Maybe that’s not what you would actually say out loud, but you’ll definitely feel cool in Denims from Gull Cottage’s selection of dragon denim jackets. You might be looking for these dragon designed denim jackets at L.A.’s Kitson retail store, but nope, it’s found “among the rollings hills and bubbling streams of New Jersey, midst horse farms and the historic villages of Hopewell and Ringoes, nestled under tall trees. Gull Cottage is the home of Paul, Soni, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.” Yipes.
Gull Cottage specializes in custom designed denim jean jackets for the entire family. They can pretty much put anything on denim jackets, including company logos and pictures of family pets. Go to www.denimsfromgullcottage.com to see a selection of their pre-designed denim jackets.
For children’s denim jackets, here’s my pick:
– Kathy Ng Hassan
When it comes to design, I love the Swedes — well thought out aesthetics for ultra sleek, minimalist, modern twists on fashion. Forget Ikea and H&M. For all of you denim enthusiasts searching for a pair of jeans that is not the usual mainstream label, take a gander at some of these Swedish delights! Skol!
Tiger of Sweden.
Tiger of Sweden??™s history started in the small Swedish town, Uddevalla, in 1903. The brand stands for the unexpected when it comes to silhouette, details, cuts and materials. Early 80s music is the inspiration for the Spring/Summer ???08 collection. Think Adam Ant, Visage, Duran Duran, and Human League.
Filippa K Christy Split Jeans.
Filippa K was founded in 1993, when Filippa Knutsson and her partners sought to bring sophistication and simplicity to contemporary fashion. The minimalist urban elegance of the first collection received a lot of attention and became the conceptual foundation for the Filippa K style over the years to come.
Whyred Smith Basic Rigid Jeans.
Whyred came to be when Roland Hjort, joined up with former H&M colleagues Lena Patriksson and Jonas Clason to launch Whyred in 1998. A huge influence is from Bowie and the music scene of 1979 as well as the 1960??™s mod era.
Get Tiger of Sweden on their website and Bespoke Boutique. Filippa K is available at Oak and Revolve Clothing. Whyred jeans are also available on their website and at Revolve.
More pics of Swedish jeans available on our site on Flickr.
– Nikki Cho Russo