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!
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.
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