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Denim Deals L.A.: Paige Premium Denim at Costco?


Paige Premium Denim’s Laurel Canyon in Meridian Blue.

Just spotted in Los Feliz!  Paige Premium Denims are back at Costco. I couldn’t believe my ears.  A friend of mine practically called me from the store while she was shopping.  No jeans in petites, to her dismay.

The Paige Jeans are going for about $75.  Too bad the jeans are not online at Cosco.  If you don’t have a membership to the store, you better grab a friend who does and head on over.  Call ahead to find out whether the Costco near you have ’em in stock.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 28 2008 in Denim Buys

Tonight, tomorrow, this weekend: Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers film trailer from beautifullosersfilm on Vimeo.

Dying to see this!

What: Beautiful Losers Screening
When: Thursday @ 10:10. Friday through Sunday @ 11:55
Where: IFC Theater, 323 6th Ave. @ W. 3rd

Posted Aug 28 2008 in Uncategorized

Denim Fits: House of Cassette’s Custom Dark Denims

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(L to R) Alicia Keys in House of Cassette’s red jeans on Carson Daily. Cassette’s display at Revolve Clothing’s store opening.

Is it London in the late 1800s, or Los Angeles in the late 80s? Los Angeles-based House of Cassette is an independent fashion label, which is known for its minimalist design, complemented by tiny details and flourishes. Expect to see high quality: chainstitching and custom buttons made from an embossing technique much like coin making. Denimphiles will appreciate Cassette’s use of vintage denim, as in their Bespoke Denim, assembled with 1909 vintage denim. With their jeans and dark apparel pairings, one can go Rock ‘n’ Roll, Edwardian-Goth, or simply aging record producer wannabe Emo. Whatever the case may be, House of Cassette “surrounds itself within a burgeoning creative community, which includes writers, photographers, artists, musicians and designers.”

Celebrity following includes Jessica Alba and Alicia Keys. Housed within Downtown L.A.’s Arts District, House of Cassette’s entire design, cut and assembly process can be found “within arms reach of each other” so that a design and fit can be easily perfected in an instant.

If you are looking for the perfect-fitting pair of jeans, this may be your best solution. They take your measurements and design a pair of jeans according to your specs. Founder and Designer Peter James Lee (formerly of Hudson Jeans) says, of being in the premium denim business, “We’ve built a Cadillac; we’ve built a Bentley; a jean, worthy of its price.” I say, a perfect-fitting pair of jeans is priceless.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photo source: House of Cassette.

In Los Angeles, shop House of Cassette at:

Cassette 523

523 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles.

Revolve Clothing

8452 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.

Shop Online:

House of Cassette can be found online here.

Also available online at Revolve Clothing.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 27 2008 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Denim Overalls: The Wrong Kind of Support

Source: Fashion Indie.

Oh please, would somebody tell me why anybody would cut out a perfectly good pair of denim overalls to get attention?  It’s not as if he’s Demi Moore, famously flaunting her fabulous pregnant body for Vanity Fair.  Nuff said.

Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted Aug 26 2008 in Ask the Denim Stylist

“My Name is William Rast.”


Looks like Justin Timberlake has taken his campaign for William Rast to an entirely new level. The newest photos  for the campaign, ???My name is William Rast??? depict Justin in jail. Mugshots! He is rocking a mock black eye, peace sign and of some sexy William Rast denim.

For all of our friends in Las Vegas, People’s Liberation will be premiering the marketing campaign, erm film,  tomorrow night.  That’s Wednesday, August 27.  Here’s the deets:

The People’s Liberation clothing line will launch a marketing campaign in the form of a movie called My Name is William Rast

starring Justin Timberlake. The movie is set in Tennessee and the story

of William Rast and his girlfriend Birdie, played by model Erin Wasson,

is told from the vantage point of the title character.

Where: Wasted Space (Directions)
Start time: 8:00 pm
End time: 10:00 pm
Address: 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV
Cost: Not available
Age limit: 21+

–Jacqueline Rezak

Posted Aug 26 2008 in Uncategorized

NYMag: Ass Bra Is Sure to Resolve Lingering Body Issues


From New York Mag:

We’ve seen underpants with ass-padding, but what about those women who want a little help shaping their derriere and yet don’t want to add any extra volume? There’s a void in the undergarment market, and Bubbles Bodywear has taken advantage of it: Meet the Double-O Push-Up Thong, an ass bra. “Go undercover with a license to ‘shake what your mama gave you’ with our new Double-O Collection!” their Website urges. The Push-Up Thong, they say, “enhances the lift, shape and volume of the derriere while also flattening the lower tummy and shaping the thigh.” At $64, it’s not exactly the cheapest solution to a saggy backside. At least you can probably achieve the same effect by cutting holes in your old Spanx.

Posted Aug 25 2008 in Uncategorized

Gary Graham’s Twill Jeans and the New Romantic



Source: Refinery 29.

While Twill jeans run amuck in all sorts of 80s-inspired candy colors at stores like H&M and American Apparel this season, designer fall collections answer back with unsurprising subdued, non-color solutions in anticipation for a cooler climate. Trend watchers will also notice an uprising of “tribal” makeup in the club scene and Revolutionary-Battalion looks in boutiques, particularly noticeable in the jackets. Are we experiencing a resurgence of the New Romantics? Fashionistas don’t seem to be ready to let go of the 80s, and this fall, the ladies get to reinterpret their version of New Romanticism. Take that Adam Ant!

Although New York designer Gary Graham delivers textured, bleached and Dust Bowl era-inspired looks in his fall 2008 collection, you can’t help but notice some of his other historic inspirations: hints of Punk, Avante-Grunge and Goth; and, a bolder presentation of New Romantics-friendly jackets for the ladies. Think Les Miserables. Graham’s twill jeans and a punky pink zippered skirt are not as exciting as his coats, jackets and vests in various fabrics, including leather. His jackets will be sure hits with fall denim darks and smokey greys, whether they be skinny or baggier, Boyfriend Jeans. The ladies will be sure standouts and pressed for battle in the social scene. Vive la mode!

Visit Gary Graham online for retailers near you.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photo source: Gary Graham NYC.

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Posted Aug 25 2008 in Denim News

Denim Deals NYC: John Varvatos & Intermix Warehouse Sale!

Listen up boys and gals, there are two GREAT sales not to be missed!

John Varvatos has AMAZING suits, jackets, belts, jeans, shoes, bags and much much more on sale for a fraction of the original retail price (and we all know how pricey his line is).  I bought a pair of the JV for Converse white skinny studded jeans for $30 (originally $225) and super soft tank with sequins for $15 (originally $145)!  Limited women’s wear, so RUN, don’t walk!  The super sale is going on TODAY and ending TOMORROW!

Intermix, one of my long-time fave places to spend some major Benjamins — LOVE this store — has some fantastic designer goods that they are practically giving away at their warehouse sale!  It will be mayhem so wear something that you can try clothes under or over…the communal fitting room gets jam packed!

John Varvatos:
Clothing, shoes, and accessories from John Varvatos are up to 75 percent off.
When: Through 8/23; Thurs.??“Fri. (8??“7:30), Sat. (10??“5).
Where: 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St.

Intermix Warehouse Sale:
Intermix  is taking up to 70 percent off clothes and accessories from Sergio Rossi, Chlo?©, and Matthew Williamson at its warehouse sale.
When: 8/26??“8/28 (9??“8).
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (212-741-5075).

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 22 2008 in Denim Buys » Sales

Cristina’s Jeans

Recently, while shopping at Veronica M — one of my favorite Los Angeles-based boutiques — I received a tip from a fellow shopper about an up-and-coming Stylista type she knew, who was known to tell her friends what needed to be thrown out of their closets. Such boldness! Based on her favorite pieces and jeans (pictured below), I can definitely see the Leighton Meester and Audrey Hepburn in her.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photo credit: Cristina Echemendia.

And the future stylist in question is…

Cristina Echemendia, 20, of Los Angeles. She has agreed to open up her jeans closet and show off a couple of favorite fashion pairings. Ooh, do I spy a Juicy Couture jacket in that slide show?

What is your career aspiration?
I want to transfer to a Fashion Merchandising program. (She’s currently attending Glendale College.) Fashion is my
passion. I worked at Abercrombie and Fitch as a model (sales floor)
while in High School.

What have you been doing lately?
I love to travel; my favorite cities are Florence and Milan, Italy. I traveled to New York this past year for the first time and I was
hooked instantly. I had my Tiffany’s moment and was introduced to
Bergdorf Goodman (WOW what a store).

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Graduating from school. I want to work in the entertainment industry as
a personal stylist or stylist for a fashion magazine. My goal is to
open my own store someday.

Who are your fashion icons?
Audrey Hepburn, Ashley Olsen, Nichole Richie, Leighton Meester, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Chanel.

Cristina’s Jeans:

1. Paige low rise destroyed boot
2. True Religion low rise skinny
3. Seven High Rise Boot ( I cut them into Capris)
4. Paige Low rise skinny
5. Abercrombie and Fitch stretch low rise skinnys
6. True Religion Low rise skinny
7. Seven High Waist boot
8. Bebe boot
9. LA Iron Army flared
10. Abercrombie and Fitch Destroyed skirt
11. Bebe High wasted skirt
12. Guess high waisted shorts
13. Bebe low rise boot
14. Abercrombie and Fitch low rise destroyed skinny

Which jeans can’t you live without?
I can’t live without are my Abercrombie & Fitch low rise skinny and my Paige low rise Destroyed boot.

If you had to sacrifice one pair to the denim gods, which pair would it be?
My True Religion Light washed skinnys because they are a little too low in the back.

What if you had to sacrifice two pairs?

Seven Capris, because the pockets have pink jewels in the pockets and are hard to match with the right shirt.

(Cristina also added a third pair to sacrifice!) The second pair would be my Guess high waisted jean shorts. The reason for this is because they ride up and can be very uncomfortable.

What pair of jeans do you want to add to your collection?

Would probably have to be the Hudson stretch basic boot cut jean, Joe’s wide leg, and Citizens of Humanity boot cut stretch jean.

Wanna brag about your jeans? Send me an email!

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 22 2008 in Interviews

Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

As men’s fashion magazines such as Details, Visionaire, Men’s Vogue, and a slew of other stellar men’s fashion magazines are breaking the waves and catching momentum, retail sales numbers show that men’s fashion has surpassed women’s this past season.  So, let’s hear it for the boys and talk about some great denim brands that have broken ground with the gents.

The collaboration of Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, YMC was established in 1995 in London.  Over the past decade, the brand has developed into a full lifestyle label with a cult following to show for it. Their selvedge denim is the standout of the brand. Constructed of premium raw Japanese denim and a style that looks vintage with a new era twist, YMC jeans are sure to be a great addition to any guy’s wardrobe.
Available at: or
For more information and availability, go to

Junya Watanabe
Junya Watanabe, one of my high-listed favorite designers, is a prot?©g?© of Rei Kawakubo.  He introduced his own men??™s line in 2000, but still works with Kawakubo on the Comme men??™s line.  Watanabe is a true innovator when it comes to style and construction.  Deconstructing classics is one of his fortes and in his denim, you can see the old, the new and the clever reconstruction of a global staple for a man with discerning taste.  His fashion forward juxtapositions of cuts and colors leaves you in awe and wanting to see more.  Watanabe brings out the preppy artful-dandy in his Fall 2008 Men’s RTW collection with a crisp autumn color palette — check out his take on the preppy blazer and jeans with whimsical and edgy details.  Watanabe has also collaborated with Levi??™s, Nike, and Fred Perry.
Available at:

The New Zealand sportswear label Huffer, founded in 1997 by Dan Buckley and Steve Bunstan, has seamlessly defined the founders’ backgrounds in extreme sports to a range of clean, laid-back separates, with a kiwi sense of humour.  With a fresh take on skater and snow-boarder chic, Huffer has infused their aesthetics for the love of the sports into their Spring 2009 collection with the emphasis on stretch fabrics.  Check out their relaxed Beam jean and their take on the skinny in the Slip jean.
Huffer’s online shop will launch in November.  For a list of retailers go to:

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 21 2008 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand
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