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15 Must-Have Apps For Denim Lovers


Resistance is futile.   If you have a smartphone of any sort, then you know that shopping for apps can be a lot of fun.  Don’t fight it.  Acquiesce with some of these cool apps for your smartphone, hand-picked for denimphiles who are on the go and trolling for deals.  Now, if only the folks at ASOS would get the ball rolling on their app.  I drool.

Denim Jeans Theme.   $3.99USD – BlackBerry
Jeans Theme – $5.99USD – BlackBerry
CoolPapers.  Plaster a pair of William Rast or Siwy Jeans on your iPhone wall.  Go crazy. Free. (CoolPapersPro – $2.99USD)

UNIQLO Calendar. Clips and music from Uniqlo’s artistic perspective. So beautiful. So zen. Free.
Amazon Remembers.  Snap a photo of a pair of jeans you just saw on someone.  In no time flat, you’ll receive an email for a similar, if not identical pair of jeans (or anything else) on Amazon. Compare prices, store your wishlist. You can shop within the app without being sent to a new browser. Free.

G-Star’s NY Raw City Guide.  Launched in February as part of New York Fashion Week, this guide shows you where to go and what to do at some of the coolest places in New York City. Free.

AllSaints Spitalfields.  View LookBooks and new arrivals. Free.
ZARA. View LookBooks, new arrivals and even prices!  Free.   (iPhone/iPod/iPad/BlackBerry)
Denim Department by BlackBook.  Get discounts (usually 20% off) and perks (e.g. personal denim fitting) at your local upscale denim boutique. Free.
Gap StyleMixer. Hook yourself up on the latest discounts.  Free.
Metropark. Access the store’s entire online offerings of apparel and premium denim. Free.
Miss Sixty. Free.
Net-a-Porter On The Go.  Scoring that coveted pair of Chloe jeans before it goes on backorder was never so easy. Free.
The Find. Shop, compare prices and find the jeans in your size at a store near you! Free.
YOOX. Free.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 29 2010 in Uncategorized

Love or Fail: Facetasm’s Denim Identity Crisis

Facetasm jeans, Spring Summer 2010.

Facetasm jeans, Spring Summer 2010.

When I first read the headline, I thought, wow, they must be talking about the tapered jeans or the Carrot fit, right?  I was soooo wrong.  Is it an optical illusion?  Nope.  The pant legs are actually a different width.  I can see the fasteners working quite well on another pair of paper bag waist or super high waisted jeans.  Would you wear it? 

— Kathy Ng Hassan


From The Fashion Police:

Within the world of fashion, we hear a lot about issues of weight, whether we’re telling people they’re too fat, or telling them they’re too thin.  What, though, about those poor people who’re both fat AND thin, at the same time? We don’t all have the luxury of legs that are roughly the same size as each other… Click here to read more.


Posted Jun 24 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals NYC: Rag & Bone Sample Sale (6/24)

Why bother going to sleep tonight.  If you even want to stand a chance at scoring anything decent in your size, you may as well drag yourself out of bed and head on over now with a liter of coffee (or some other legal stimulant) and stake your place in line.  As of this morning, I read there will be some heavenly steals on some Rag & Bone jeans for men and women.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

ragandbone-sale-r29From Refinery29:
Rag & Bone Sample Sale
What: If you haven’t already fallen in love with everything Rag & Bone, now is your chance. Hit up the semi-annual sample sale at Chelsea Market for some sweet deals. T-shirts are $45, dresses are $175, and leather jackets are below $595!  Click here for more details.


Posted Jun 24 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim News: Laker’s Sasha Vujacic Models for Rock & Republic

vujacic-models-for-rock-republicDang!  A 38″ inseamer.  You know there’ll be a bunch of much shorter dudes sporting it just because they can, and likely walking around with the pant legs looking like they’re melting into their sneakers.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

From Los Angeles Times:

Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic, whose two free throws helped pad the Los Angeles team’s lead over the Boston Celtics in the last minute of Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, was a fit model for Rock & Republic’s new SV18, named for Vujacic’s jersey number… Click here to read more.

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Posted Jun 18 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals L.A.: Manhattan Denim Hosts Burgers and Beer Event for Dads

manhattan-denim-fathers-day-event1If you’re a dad, papa, male parental unit, or whatever you preferred to be called, the South Bay’s Manhattan Denim is throwing a pre-Father’s Day after hours party at their store tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.  They’ll be throwing some burgers on the grill while you hang out and shop for your favorite premium denim brands at Father’s Day discount prices.  You don’t have to be a dad.  All are welcome.  And, I did mention they’ll be serving beer, right?

If you’re shopping for dad and don’t know what to get, consider Manhattan Denim’s MD Giftcard.

Friday, June 18 (6PM to 9PM)
920 Manhattan Ave
Downtown Manhattan Beach, CA
(310) 798-JEAN


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 18 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Insider: Talking Shop With RAILCAR FINE GOODS


Bottom left: Railcar Fine Good’s Steven Dang at his design table. Bottom right: a women’s denim prototype.

You may wonder what inspires our favorite denim designers.  Would it be a movie star?  An oil spill in the gulf?  For Steven Dang of Railcar Fine Goods, it might just be a classic motorcycle, a vintage car or even the inner workings of a train.  An engineer by trade, Steven Dang got tired of just tinkering with cars on the side. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Railcar’s design studio in Los Angeles.  He pulls up a heavy duty sewing factory-style stool for me to sit in and practically bowled me over when he showed me his ginormous roll of selvedge denim.  Of course, I had to touch it.

Amid the scattered patterns and denim prototypes stacked on one of his drafting tables, sat a cup of coffee.  Calm and well-spoken, Steven admits he doesn’t get much sleep between his engineer work and Railcar. “Everything we do is by hand.”  Steven explains to me that his workwear-inspired shirts don’t just come out of a cookie cutter.  From the cut of the sleeves and shirtail, to the shoulder panel and even the flow of the fabric’s design, he is careful to mirror the patterns appropriately.  “Visually, it has to make sense.” I did scratch my head at first, wondering why a man who repairs the Metro Gold Line by day (actually, he does that at night), has any interest in fashion design.  “I love working with my hands and building things, and I see what I do [with Railcar Fine Goods] as that.” Of course, I had to ask him if he had a fave pair of jeans he couldn’t part with.  “I don’t. But I catch myself wearing the prototype of my Spikes fit all the time lately. This will probably be that pair.”

Described as ” Industrial Americana fitted clothes,” Steven sews small productions and sampling from his quaint (and relatively immaculate) home studio and uses select factories in L.A. to take care of details.  “I don’t like using mass production factories because small details get lost in the production process; and, I never use overseas manufacturing.” So far, so good.  Steven has successfully garnered himself some upscale and niche stockists.  As we spoke, American Rag World Denim Bar was signing on to carry Railcar. Look Out for Women’s denim in the fall and next season: Men’s Sonny straight leg jeans.


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 18 2010 in Denim News » Interviews

Denim Goes Formalwear


The denim forecasts are in after the two-day Denim by Premi?re Vision trade fair in Paris that ended on June 3rd. With strong influences from Celine, Seventies Biba and the continuing strength in vintage workwear for men, the popular trend will be all about formalwear.  Tailored, structured, and clean lines, heavily influenced by the runways of Celine, will be the style to look out for.  Designers are looking more towards trouser and chino style silhouettes.  Popular for the ladies will be low-crotch carrot styles and for men vintage workwear.

New fabric blends such as rayon blends with a velvety touch, Tencel, micro modal, Cupro and the push for more stretchy blends for men’s denim are the future for premium denim.

Black denim, mirrored surfaces, denim shirting and draped denim among other key trends. A fluid drop-crotch rayon version of the “jegging,” or denim legging, and the “jeather” a new denim concept by Turkey’s Isko combining a jean form with a leather-like finish.

You want novelty denim?  Included in the mix was a warp and weft indigo-dyed jean by Japan’s Kurabo, an “emotional jean” that changes color with heat by Denim Valley from Royo (that could get a little tricky) and an eco-friendly “wine jean” range by South Korea’s Eco Yaa involving denim dipped in wine tannin, grape callus extract and sprout compounds. The properties in wine are supposed to help prevent chafing.

All very exciting!

Click here to read an in-depth article by WWD

Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jun 17 2010 in Uncategorized

It’s All About Paige Premium Denim

Image via Paige USA PR.

Rachel Bilson in the Paige Jimmy Jimmy Skinny. Image via Paige USA PR.

Sometimes, a girl needs some direction in the denim department.  With so many brands out there, where do you start?  Consider Paige Premium Denim.  The brand prides itself on its expert fit.  Known by insiders for its butt-lifting abilities and comfort — a special cotton fabric lining inside the waistband — Paige is a jean that you could wear all day.  Worn by petite celebs and tall supermodels, Paige Premium Denim has a lot of styles to choose from.

And, another incentive for trying them out, if you’re still unsure, a good selection of the ladies’ jeans are on sale at Gilt Groupe for under $100.  Look for Peg Leg, Boot Cut, Flare, Ankle, and shorts styles.

Sale ends 6/17 at 9PM PDT.


— Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jun 17 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Nudie Jeans Sale

Hey dudes, you really need to move on this one, because the coveted Nudie Jeans are on sale in a variety of styles right now at The Sample Sale.  Prices range from $99 to $109.99 (regular $99 to $275).  You can score your dry selvedges, organic, bootcut, skinny  and even a tapered dropped-crotch “Big Bengt” jeans (Carrot fit) at a steep discount.  Check it:



— Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Jun 15 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Desires: Work Custom Jeans Shorts

The heat hasn’t even begun to beat us down yet, so it’s no time like the present to load up on those summer-friendly shorts that will take us from day to night… while on vacation!  Work Custom Jeans has a nice array of denim shorts that is just a little more interesting than the usual cut off, cropped or hot pants variety.  Street cred: celebrities from Supermodels to actresses have been seen wearing Work Custom Jeans.


Pictured (L to R):
Work Custom Jeans Panther Army Green Cut Off shorts ($187, on pre-order); Work Custom Jeans Sidewinder Shorts, seen on Nicky Hilton ($152); and Work Custom Jeans Moto Zip Shorts, seen on Lindsay Lohan (on sale – $69.60).


— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 14 2010 in Uncategorized
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