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Green Jeans: Profile on LOVE IS Organic Denim


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Photo courtesy of LOVE.

Little fashionistas and stud muffins can now get some LOVE for their closets. Greenwich, Connecticut-based LOVE children’s boutique just released their new LOVE IS Organic Denim, especially made for the youth of today! The folks at LOVE should be proud of their new children’s denim line. Their attention to details, such as no itchy tags or bothersome grommets, and its softness and natural ingredients used in the processing, shows their dedication to their young, upscale clientele with discerning tastes. First opened in 2006, founders Katie Stein and Kristin Fine went through the trouble of making sure they weren’t churning out just any organic denim line. LOVE is also “a lifestyle store created by two moms [Stein and Fine] — with seven children between them — who love great design.”

Besides jeans, the boutique carries an exclusive collection of clothing and tightly-edited stock of art work, unusual and special toys, accessories, Ducduc furniture and bedding. Check out their Robshaw bedding and Tamar Bird Cages. They believe children can appreciate good design, and it doesn’t have to come from Disney. Co-founder Kristin Fine carved out some time from her busy schedule to share a bit about her store.

“Jeans are the perfect kid clothing.”

The LOVE IS Organic Denim was born to honor what kids do best: play, create, imagine, run jump, grow. “Our jeans incorporate four essential elements: real kid comfort, genuinely wholesome organic ingredients, cuts kids will love and denim patches to extend the life of the jeans.” [Guess what, Denim Therapy can help preserve kids’ jeans, too!]

Your stylish little ones will feel special in these eco-jeans, made especially for them. “Jeans are the perfect kid clothing. The problem was in what was available as a retailer. Almost all the jean lines were shrunken down adult styles and brands, with absolutely no respect or tailoring for kids! The more we looked the more frustrated we got — the fit was terrible, the fabric was scratchy and filled with toxins — and kids couldnaˆ™t be kids!”

LOVE’s Core Denim Line
(All of them are 100% organic denim and available all year.)

  • Rock – the boys jean.
  • Acorn – the baby jean.
  • Whistle – a mini skirt.
  • Gumdrop – a standard fit with a kick at the bottom of the leg.
  • Pencil – a long very lean girls jean.

Just how organic are their jeans? The LOVE IS Organic Denim are made in India from a Certified Fair Trade Factory, and impressively, the 100% certified organic cotton, after weaving and dyeing, are again certified organic. The jeans are washed in starch and enzymes, because they are “eco-friendly as well as energy saving and totally biodegradable.” Parents know how important natural ingredients are, when it comes to anything touching their children’s delicate skin. “One of the biggest issues in the organic world right now is educating the consumer on the difference between organic cotton which is then dyed and bleached and manufactured with toxins, and 100% organic denim which is processed with only organic enzymes, processes and dyes,” says Fine.

Beyond their retail environment, LOVE conducts workshops to connect with their community. Earlier this year, they held a workshop with The Kitchen Cabinet folks, “which was about ways to improve the quality of eating with our children.”

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Photos courtesy of LOVE.


LOVE Boutique Forecast: Fall 2008

  • Trunk Shows – beginning with Cacharel.
  • A bi-coastal jeans event.
  • Two great jacket lines for fall: 66 North is the coolest functional old school Icelandic company and ADD coats are chic and warm all at the same time.
  • Priti non-toxic nailpolishes and soy-based removers which are safe even for kids and pregnant women!
  • Klean Kanteen – stainless steel water bottles (eco-friendly!) that work with Avent nipples or sippy cup attachments.
  • Bright colors in the works.

[Side note: Is this my pseudo Gilmore Girls shopping in Stars Hollow fantasy coming to life, even though the fictional town was a suburb of Hartford?]


LOVE Boutique Forecast: Spring 2009

  • Sparkle – a white denim Capri.
  • Button – a chambray dress.
  • Butterfly – a straight jean with glitter butterflies.
  • Dirt – a loose, worn-in jean for boys with a spider below the back pocket.
  • Pebble – a pull-on light chambray for boys or girls.

If you have the chance, drop by their charming boutique! They just put up the new organic denim line out on their storefront window (pictured).

The organic denim market is not about to shrivel back into obscurity: the LOVE boutique is busy getting their orders out. If you’re nowhere near Greenwich, Connecticut, fret not. You can now get your kids some LOVE online here.

Denim Therapy readers:

Enter coupon code THERAPY08 in the shopping cart to receive a 15% discount on LOVE IS Organic Denim products! Offer ends August 27, 2008.

Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Aug 20 2008 in Denim Buys » Store Openings

Old McFARMER had a jean, ee-ai..ee-ai..O!


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Old McFarmer had a cow and chickens and pigs, but for sure he owned a pair of denim jeans (most likely overalls), but wouldn’t he have been proud to own a pair of Farmer jeans?

Farmer jeans are cultivated with modern progressive lines and vintage overtones to give you that naturally worn in look.  Their products have color coded rags, signature characteristics, and no visible labels, which make their jeans distinctively  ???farmer.” Farmer’s no bones mantra of traditional indigo denim and tough as nails construction will have you feeling as if you found them in a flea market, so old school.

Farmer jeans is an eco-friendly company.  At Farmer they focus on waste free hardware, reclaimed pocket lining, on the floor thread, and deadstock denim fabric or organic fabric. Once a year Farmer searches for limited, special deadstock denim and produces jeans specifically designed to progress the development of society. Proceeds from Farmer’s sale of their limited runs are dedicated to youth development. Staying true to their eco-culture, there are no contrived washes and the jeans are made completely chemical free.

So give it a moo-moo here and a moo-moo there…Farmer jeans are something to ee-ai O’ver!

Go to www.farmerusa.com to view and purchase their full collection.

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 20 2008 in Trend Alert

Denim Fits: Shopbop’s New Video Denim Fit Guides for True Religion, J Brand and 7 For All Mankind


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Shopbop has just updated their Web site with a few denim fit video guides.  Hosted by the lovely Morgan Wendelborn, Shopbop’s Style Director, you will learn more about True Religion jeans than you thought you wanted to know (and watch Wendelborn’s hairstyle dramatically change in each video!).  They’ve just posted their new J Brand Denim Fit Guide to YouTube, although the video won’t be available on their Shopbop site until Thursday.  You get to see your favorite models in action, which is a refreshing departure from seeing the static catalog images on their online shop.  I suspect future online shops will be more live action than 99% of e-commerce sites today.

Also available for your viewing pleasure is their Fall Denim Trends video.  Shopbop forecasts dark wash, gray, black and distressed jeans for the fall.  On the trend watch horizon are also fine details, such as intricate embroidery on the back pockets (e.g. Siwy Jeans), pintucks along the length of the legs (7 for All Mankind’s Superflare with Pintuck) and the riding pant look (Unknown Factory Skinny with Knee Inserts).  The boyfriend jeans are obvious new style headliners.

Featured on the video include Current/Elliott’s boyfriend Jeans, Anlo Kate Skinny Jean with ankle slit stud buttons, Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Leg Jean, and True Religion Joey Flare Jean (reminds me of Jackie’s Jeans).  Available online at Shopbop.

J Brand Denim Fit Guide


True Religion Denim Fit Guide

Shopbop’s Fall Denim Fit Guide

Coming Friday: Shopbop’s 7 for All Mankind Denim Fit Guide.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 20 2008 in Denim News

Sugar Coated Denim


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Lately, the new denim trend is a variety of different coated denims. Whether it be waxed, high-gloss or waterproof coating, with so many denim styles to choose from it could definitely send a denim junkie into an overdose frenzy!

Alexander Wang, the fashion darling to the unconventional young and rebellious fashionistas and CFDA inductee (check him out in Vanity Fair), has his Storm denim, taking the fashion world by storm! Let’s just begin with the fact that the jeans are simple, sexy and rock star gorgeous! Wang has been working with Cotton Incorporated on this new denim finish called STORM DENIM(TM). This water-repellent finish looks and feels exactly the same as non-treated denim, but protects the wearer against the elements. Storm has become a reality in Wang’s Fall 2008 collection and denim will never be the same again!

Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, and Sass & Bide have all contributed to the cote d’azur trend! Not quite like the French Riviera, but they’ll be sure to make your denim world a little more glam and glossy.

Get the look:

Alexander Wang Flared Zip Jean – www.shopbop.com
K Karl Lagerfeld Waxed Skinny Leg Jeans – www.net-a-porter.com
Stella McCartney Waxed Glitter Straight Jeans- Black – www.intermixonline.com
Sass & Bide Strayed Misfit Slim Tapered Wax Coated Jean in Banshee – www.revolveclothing.com
MARC by Marc Jacobs Coated Denim Skinny Jeans – www.bergdorfgoodman.com
Men’s RAW-7 – “EAGLE” Embroidered Waxed Denim Jeans – www.jransomla.com
Silence & Noise Coated Jeans – www.urbanoutfitters.com

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 20 2008 in Trend Alert

Girls Who Love Boys Who Love Girls in Boyfriend Jeans


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From US Magazine

Katie Holmes, one-half of the TomKat paparazzi feeding frenzy duo, has been going tomboy on us. Sporting the new pixie cut, Katie is seen in New York City going to her All My Sons rehearsals in various baggy, peg leg boyfriend jeans. The PRPS jeans she stole from hubby Tom Cruise looks pretty cool, but not on her! They are too baggy and are unflattering to her hips. Careful!

Swap jeans with your male BFF, but watch out for excess bagginess! With dudes still walking around town wearing tight leg strangle-hold jeans these days, you may as well just swap your skinnies for your buddy’s regular fits and get yourself some instant boyfriend jeans action. And, if you’re not into borrowing someone else’s denims, try snagging a pair of unisex jeans from denim brands such as April 77 or Nudie Jeans. I still can’t picture myself going back to peg legs (again, grimace-inducing memories of bad 80s fashions), but I can dig the boyfriend jeans look!

Us non-celebrity types can get that tomboy look just as easily. Have fun with these boyfriend jeans options for different rolled, peg leg, or cuffed jeans looks.

Tight Peg Leg Look
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Nudie Jeans Slim Jim Dry Japan. Available online at The Denim Bar.

Keep it slim and trim throughout with these raw jeans. Roll ’em tight around the ankles. Any height shoes will do. This is great for that school girl preppy look. Pair this with a Dohlman sleeve top or elbow length cardigan.

Loose Cuff Look

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Current/Elliott Elephant Bell in Loved Wash. Available online at Singer22.

Cuff or roll these jeans at the ankles and slide on some stilettos. Throw on a loose-fitting slinky top, and you’re ready to rock the boyfriend look for a night out on the town. The dark wash and sanding creates a three-dimensional, slimmer appearance. These Current/Elliott jeans will give your legs a blouson look, as it’s wider at the bottom for more freedom of movement, even when cuffed. It’s a feminine touch.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 15 2008 in Denim Fashion

Martin is back!



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Yes, yes, yes!  Martin, Anne Albert’s line, is back! 

Albert closed her East Village storefront three years ago and I was left in the dust wondering what happened?  I literally scoured Barney’s and Jeffrey’s and other on-line stores searching for Martin jeans and came up with nothing.  Now I am jumping up and down for joy that the brand in the game!

Albert’s 10-piece capsule collection, which includes her beloved jeans, can be found at her website and on-line store.  One of my favorite jeans are by Martin, sexy, simple and great fitting. 

Check out her collection www.martinclothes.com and order yourself a pair of her great jeans.  I also dig the cotton moleskin military jacket (military is a look that will be hot for the fall so start getting your wardrobe in check ladies!) and Kate cashmere sleeved poncho.  Welcome back Martin!

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 15 2008 in Uncategorized

Barneys Warehouse Sale! New York: Aug 14th – Sept 1st, LA: Aug 7th – 17th


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Need we say more?

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Posted Aug 13 2008 in Denim Buys » Sales

New York Mag article: Good Jeans


From New York Mag: By Meredith Fisher

Posted August 12, 2008

Everyone’s talking about the new Current/Elliot Boyfriend jeans. You know the story: Stylists meet, make jeans, get Vogue

coverage, and sell out of Barneys. But if you??™ve heard that one before

and still aren??™t too keen on the $200-plus price tag, then look no

further than your neighborhood J.Crew catalog for a pair of Distressed

Vintage Slim jeans. Strategically ripped in all the same places, easily

rollable to that just-so mid-calf length, and roomy enough to replicate

the boyfriend style (go up a size for serious slouch). And they’ll look

better on you than on Katie Holmes.

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Posted Aug 12 2008 in Uncategorized

Opening Ceremony’s 72-Hour Bash; Ben Cho Bats a Mean Ping-Pong


From New York Magazine:

Inside the store, Saturday, 10:27 p.m.Photo: Sharon Clott

In honor of the Olympic Games (by the way, did you see that men’s four-by-100m freestyle relay?…to die), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony kept their Howard Street store open for 72 straight hours ,
cramming more than fifteen events into the three-day schedule this past
weekend. And because the thought of free manicures, free Scott Campbell
tattoos, and free psychic readings were the highlight of our weekend
(don’t judge, free equals fun), we stopped by (twice! at 10 p.m. and at 4 a.m.) to bring you the scoop. Hey, who needs sleep?

The sales were good.
The store only got 54 pairs of the much-hyped, limited-edition metallic
gold and silver Nike sneakers. Each day, they sold only a numbered
amount at 11:59 p.m. And by 12:03, they were sold out, Olivia Kim, the
director of wholesale, told us. Santogold herself scored the first
pairs ??” she bought one of each color.

The parties were better.

On Friday, the team launched their friends-and-family dance party with Cheer New York
cheerleaders outside the shop, flying around, flipping, and building
pyramids. "It stopped traffic," Kim said. "We wanted cheerleaders
because it’s a sport not represented in the Olympics." How
equal-opportunity! Then came a performance by Hercules and Love Affair,
where Alexander Wang
was spotted getting his boogie on. The whole shindig started at 10
p.m., and the last people trickled out at 5:30 a.m., after stuffing
themselves with milk and six dozen Insomnia cookies. Adorable.

10:29 p.m.Photo: Sharon Clott

Scrabble isn’t so fun at 6 a.m.
Scrabble was a bust from 6 to 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. "No one
wanted to come play!" Kim said. "We had all this smart-people food like
granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit to keep people’s brains going and only
seven people were here. And of them, it was four of us, two friends,
and one doctor we pulled in from the street after his night shift." Aw.
That doesn’t sound very scrabulous, now does it?

Ping-Pong ruled.
We stopped by the Ping-Pong
match hosted by Philip Crangi on Saturday night/Sunday morning at 4
a.m., and found twenty people crowded around four Ping-Pong tables
drinking mini-cans of Budweiser on the lower level of the store. Among
the competitors we spotted Benjamin Cho,
clad in black skinny jeans, a loose heather-gray V-neck tee, and a
gray-and-black scarf. He pounded the little white balls at his opponent
with his miniature paddle, but without a scoreboard, we couldn’t call a
clear winner. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, though. He’s on
Team USA, after all. ??”Sharon Clott and Kristi Garced

Posted Aug 12 2008 in Uncategorized

Denim Insider: Rock Your Kid’s World – Bubble Trade Show S/S 2009



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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…boy, am I in trouble after seeing the S/S 2009 children’s collections. Big trouble, that is, from my husband when he finds out about all the things I plan on ordering after wandering through the show. This was my very first Bubble kids trade show and although there was an absence of a lot of European designers that I was hoping to see, the only way to describe the excitement that I felt when I walked through the doors was like a child being lured by the evil child catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. All the booths were wooing me with their colorful confections and deliriously enticing home decorating accessories. I had to stop and take a deep breath to calm my racing heart.

I have to admit, the anticipation of seeing all the children’s collections was more exciting to me than some of the fashion events that I have been to lately. Dressing my son and decorating his room somehow transports me back into my childhood followed by a lot of skipping and song singing, uh, with my son, of course.

Let’s talk about the denim that I went gaa gaa over. Three very hip standouts that I can not wait to hit the market in ’09 are: Sudo, Faubourg Saint Denis and Baby James.

– Sudo is a Melbourne based label that has already dressed the likes of Pax Jolie Pitt. Everything is designed and manufactured in Melbourne for that down under ozzie panache. The jeans are hip and edgy with cute and simple detailing. I particularly loved a pair of skinny jeans with zipper detailing on the front flat pocket…very Daryl K!

– Faubourg Saint Denis was my favorite children’s denim line from the show. The result of five international friends (from Portugal, Sweden, France, Switzerland and China), all well-seasoned vets in the children’s fashion industry, infuses a bit of international flair. This is their debut line and I can already predict that they will be flying off the shelves. Quirky and colorful, the denim skinny jeans with leather suspenders are just to cool for school!

– Baby James is the love child of James Jeans brand. The slim-fitting jeans are all about the pockets. There are six styles with names like Puzzle Graphite, Patriot Blue and for the girly-girl, Pink Crystal Bandit each with different pocket details. My favorite style was the Rogue with a flap buttoned pocket and colorful stitching. James has also come out with maternity jeans in a slim bootleg, high-rise bootleg and cuffed capri that will have all you momma’s-to-be waddling around town in style.

For current lines go to:
www.sudo.com.au
www.faubourgsaintdenis.com (website is under construction)
www.jamesjeans.us (children’s line is not up yet)

–Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Aug 11 2008 in Uncategorized
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