Geesh, how long have Pepe Jeans been around? I think I was in Junior High when I first heard of ’em. It seems like they fell in favor for a while, but was recently revived as a brand. I heard that about Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but I think they only resurfaced at Urban Outfitters. Pepe Jeans can be bought for $35 online at Beyond The Rack. It’s a fantastic deal especially if you’re planning to buy jeans or an entire wardrobe as holiday presents for your BFF. Don’t worry. There are au courant shirts and sweaters for both men and women, including a motorcyclish jean. Sale ends December 7.
Boy am I glad I didn’t blow all my dough at the recent Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness. The folks from The Warehouse Sale are back in town, and they’re bringing us William Rast and J. Lindeberg. I sort of thought it was a weird pairing, but, I guess that’s the point. They want everyone to come and experience wall-to-wall denim. In case you didn’t already know, William Rast is co-founded by Justin Timberlake and his childhood friend Trace Ayala. The jeans fit generously, so you may want to size down for the best fit. J. Lindeberg is the Swedish sensation, worn by celebrities such as Juliette Lewis and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode. Based on experience, the J. Lindeberg fit is slim. Whatever the case may be, bring several sizes and try on before you buy, because you can’t really return the jeans.
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— Kathy Ng Hassan
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Denim’s New Direction: Brands, Retailers Feel Pressure on Price
Source: WWD by ROSS TUCKER
Denim proved to be a winning category for retailers throughout the recession and its momentum carried through the holiday season ??” but the warning lights are flashing.
While the better-than-expected sales have been welcome news for brands and retailers alike, December??™s results offered a clear picture of consumers??™ pricing limitations as the new year approaches.
???The reset button has been pressed,??? said Andreas Kurz, former head of Diesel USA and Seven For All Mankind and now president and owner of fashion consultancy Akari Enterprises LLC. ???We are back at the level where we were two years ago, and we have to start over again and with different rules.???
Lawrence Scott, owner of Pittsburgh Jeans Co., has seen the change in his customers. They??™ve continued to buy, but their tolerance levels on pricing have become pronounced and aren??™t likely to change soon.
???Nobody wants ridiculously overpriced jeans,??? said Scott. ???Anything over $300, they??™re really not interested in it right now. Even in the mid-$200 range, you??™re on shaky ground. It??™s going to take a long time to get back to those higher levels.???
And difficult economic conditions may have brought an early end to the vintage and distressed looks seen a year ago.
???I??™ve seen a lot of khaki and cargo looks ??” it??™s going back a little more clean,??? said Candice Gallagher, owner of the Billie Jeans boutique in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Customers are balking at paying upward of $250 for jeans that look worn or have holes in them, said Gallagher, adding: ???I think the manufacturers are seeing that.???
???Customers are always asking if we??™re running promotions and they??™re quick to leave if we aren??™t,??? said Gallagher. ???We??™re relying a lot on my loyal customers.???
That said, shoppers have been drawn to denim leggings, which are generally cheaper.
Scott and Kurz said the holiday season solidified the $100 to $175 price zone as the denim industry??™s clear sweet spot. Kurz noted Joe??™s Jeans shifted its assortment to offer more styles at its opening price point, while Rock & Republic introduced its Recession Collection earlier in the year. New entrants to the market, said Kurz, are going straight to the $150 price point.
???Everyone is trying to cover this price point,??? said Kurz.
During a conference call on Wednesday to preview December comparable-store sales, due out next week, Stifel Nicolaus retail analyst Richard Jaffe offered further warning about consumers??™ mind-sets heading into the new year. Consumers might have salvaged the holiday season, but Jaffe believes they??™re likely to retreat once again and focus on saving. This could make spring particularly challenging for retailers that have already cut their costs and reduced inventories. ???The game??™s gotten much harder for these retailers,??? said Jaffe during the conference call.
Scott is expecting to see similar behavior from customers at his store.
???We??™re playing it safe still. We??™re keeping inventory tight and not keeping the huge inventory levels that we used to,??? he said.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Remember Planet LuLu? I do. I went to my first sample sales at Planet LuLu in downtown L.A.’s Cooper Building eons ago. It was probably in 2000, and I still have that Wendy Hil suede leather jacket I snagged for $40 to remember it by. Ah, the sweet memories.
Planet LuLu was also the first (like the Web site dictates) to launch an online member’s only sample sales site. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. But, they sort of disappeared (sniff, sniff). But, now, they’re back, and they’re ready to rock our socks off.
Opens December 3rd at 7PM (EST)
Denim, starting at $49. Snap-up a pair of Joe’s or a lovely pair of Paige Premium denim for under $69 dollarina’s!
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LOOK FOR: Cosabella, Ella Moss, Splendid, Joe’s, Paige, Chloe Dao, Young-??‹??‹Fabulous and Broke, Diane von Furstenberg, Hardtail, Vince, Free People, Joie, LaRok, Rich & Skinny, Bobi, 3 Dot, C&C, Design History, Amici, Alice & Olivia and more!
SHOP PLANET LULU
— Kathy Ng Hassan
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Shopping around for good denim pieces have been successful with the likes of J Brand, Acne and Current/Elliott, so end on a high note with a fabulous dress, trench coat and simple kicks. Denim must haves!
Alexander Wang Denim Oxford Shirt Dress with Rib Combo, $465.00
When it comes to marrying casual with elegance, Alexander Wang is the grand mix master. Wang doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to leading a trend. Draped wrap skirts and dresses are a hot trend he does it so brilliantly with this colorblock dress that features a chambray bodice and wrap detail at the jersey skirt.
Shop Alexander Wang @ Shopbop
Plenty by Tracy Reese Denim Trench Coat, $325.00
“Here’s looking at you kid”, a classic coat with a modern twist. We all have a little Casablanca romance in us, rain or shine.
Shop Tracey Reese @ Piperlime
YMC Denim Plimsoll, $118.98
These beloved low-fi kicks were first championed by Razorlight in 2006 and they continue to be coveted by indie hipsters.
Shop YMC @ ASOS
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Tracy Reese, YMC