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NY Mag Says the Era of Cheap Denim is Imminent


Paying more for your jeans than you pay for your rent? NY Mag says the era of dropping bank on a pair of jeans is coming to a close, and they attempt to prove it with a lineup of 10 pairs of jeans that fit contemporary trends on a frugal budget. Some items of note are  the Vintage Wash Skinny Jeans by American Eagle,1969 Slouchy Slim Jeans by Gap, and the High-Rise Cigarettes by BDG (a division of Urban Outfitters).

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Check out their roundup of cheap, affordable jeans.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 31 2011 in Denim Buys » Denim News

From Denmark, With Love: Han Kjobenhavn Denim


While browsing the wares at (capsule), we had a chat with the representatives of  Han Kjobenhavn (AKA: Han), a Copenhagen-born menswear brand that specializes in turning classic-cool into right-now-cool-with-classic-appeal. They were more than happy to let us rummage through their selection and get acquainted with the clothing..

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Refining and reconstructing clothes from the 1950′s, our AW10 apparel collection has been made by the guiding principles which have been used for more than 100 years. –Han

As self-proclaimed blowers-off of the trend bandwagon, they stick to the classic design principles that have been applying seamlessly to denim construction and marketing since denim itself was born. Their clothing is functional and industrial while remaining ever-conscious to the modern market. Their newest lookbook features functional outerwear like the ’50s bomber jacket with indigo lining, lamb’s wool cardigans, hand sewn T’s, and denim treated with Han’s “exclusive fabrics and hand wash processes”. Three washes appear in the newest line, in a ’50s tapered classic fit, inspired by 1947 Japanese denim archives. And you know how much we love jeans with history!

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Keep an eye on Han Kjobenhavn on facebook and at the Han Kjobenhavn official site.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 31 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Extroverted and Shameless Minimalism: Cheap Monday S/S 2011 Lookbook


In an attempt for the brand to go with something different altogether from design to aesthetic,  founder, creative director, and denim designer of Cheap Monday, ?rjan Andersson, stands in front of the camera for the new Spring Summer 2011 lookbook. We  love the quirky attitude that he brings to the overall black and white minimalistic look of it all. In terms of denim it’s clear that Cheap Monday can do no wrong. And even treading into somewhat new territory by infusing the collection with a heavy dose of  Italian diamont? , LA celebrity taste, and Latin denim fashion inspiration the outcome is still a great combination of exaggerated meets minimal.

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View the full lookbook on cheapmonday.com.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jan 31 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Weekly Round Up: Our Best Denim Posts of the Week


Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!

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1. A/W 2011 Menswear: Balmain Homme—One menswear collection (or wardrobe as designer Christophe Decarnin prefers to call it)  that we could not go without making a big fuss out of is without a doubt Balmain HommeKeep Reading! ?

2. Denim Insider: Twelve Years of Frankie B. Jeans—In February, Frankie B. Jeans will mark its 12th year anniversary, and we thought it would be fitting to talk to Daniella Clarke, the founder who started out DIYing her own jeans as a teenager by ripping out the waistbands… Keep Reading! ?

3. Who Wears Short Shorts? Natalia Vodianova!—We’re obsessed with the eerie mood of this denim-hued ’70s/circus inspired editorial featuring Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova, shot by by Paolo RoversiKeep Reading! ?

4. AW 2011 Menswear Round Up Part 1—Color, colore, couleur!  From Milan to Paris, the Autumn-Winter 2011 Menswear shows were vibrant, bursting with color, both hot and muted, perhaps in an attempt by haute couture designers to break out of the usual winter black and grays… Keep Reading! ?

5. Nowhere Denim, Nowhere League—We’re obviously obsessed with anything reminiscent of 90s grunge, so it’s no wonder why  we love this editorial from the latest issue of Sportswear International. Shot by Jimmy Fontaine and styled by Karen Levill, this moody adventure sets these Dr. Marten-wearing young things in the middle of nowhere parading around in the apathy of their youth… Keep Reading! ?

6. Fergie in Black Orchid Ankle Buckle Skinny JeansFergie was spotted in Los Angeles wearing Black Orchid’s “Black Jewel Ankle Buckle” skinny jeans in Fog wash.  Joined by husband Josh Duhamel (we love the matching black leather jackets, love birds!)… Keep Reading! ?

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 30 2011 in Weekly Round Up

Gilded Age Designer Reveals Denim Treatment Process


While the consistency of denim fiber poses some limitations on what types of garments can be created with it, the wide range in denim options comes instead from washes and treatments. Gilded Age designer Stefan Miljanic answered some questions for Gilt on his exhaustive process, wherein he uses natural elements to carry out his “antiquated” aging/treatment process. Check out the denim designer’s interview.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 29 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Nowhere Denim, Nowhere League


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We’re obviously obsessed with anything reminiscent of 90s grunge, so it’s no wonder why  we love this editorial from the latest issue of Sportswear International. Shot by Jimmy Fontaine and styled by Karen Levill, this moody adventure sets these Dr. Marten-wearing young things in the middle of nowhere parading around in the apathy of their youth, while looking great doing it. We love how the subtle and almost inconspicuous use of denim (besides the apparent faded denim jacket) adds to the effervescence of the styling. Who knew looking so listless could be so complex?

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View the full editorial on thefashionisto.com.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jan 29 2011 in Denim Fashion » Editorials

A/W 2011 Menswear: Balmain Homme


One menswear collection (or wardrobe as designer Christophe Decarnin prefers to call it)  that we could not go without making a big fuss out of is without a doubt Balmain Homme. And though we would much rather have seen these ultra layered looks walk down a runway, we have to admit thislookbook is pretty amazing. There is  a huge emphasis on outerwear in this collection, including everything from blazers to huge oversized  military coats–a big trend for Fall. Naturally, the brand’s signature paneled biker jeans are back, however a much more simpler, straight-leg and much loser fit has been added to into the mix, which we love.  One thing is certain: Decarnin can do no wrong. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again,  any man wearing his styles will certainly look really good and is sure to get noticed.

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View the full lookbook on Style.com.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jan 29 2011 in Denim Menswear » Lookbooks

Leighton Meester Wears Diesel in Nylon Magazine


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On newsstands now, big screen starlet Leighton Meester is the cover girl for NYLON Magazine’s February 2011 issue.  She sports a Diesel coated denim skirt paired with a satiny Marc Jacobs jacket (cut like a classic denim jacket, as it were). Shot by the mag’s Editor-in-Chief Marvin Scott Jarrett, Leighton is styled in plenty’o'denim, leading us to believe they magazine is trying to showcase a very casual, non-Blair Waldorf side of her persona. And with her new movie rolls showing her in very un-Blair like lights, we think it’s perfect timing for this prim princess to pull some nice, classic denim on.

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Image via NYLON.

Does this styling look familiar? NYLON are particularly notorious for denim cut-offs on their cover girls (and we couldn’t adore it more—this is one statement we rock all year round). For more denim shorts on pretty girls action, check out the coverage on Mila Kunis.

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1. A Peter Pan collar adds a girlie touch to a flirty ensemble. River Island Peter Pan Collar ($46.53) – buy it at ASOS.

2. Stripes are back in a big way this spring. BBonJ Vertical Stripe Legging ($40) – buy it at YESSTYLE.

3. Who hasn’t seen a co-ed wearing cut offs? MOTO Americana Denim Hot Pants ($52) – buy it at Topshop.

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View Leighton’s interview and more looks at NYLON.

– Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 28 2011 in Denim Fashion

Denim Deals NYC: 50% Off at Brooklyn Denim Co.


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Maybe it’s been a bit chilly outside lately, but a denim aficionado can’t let a little weather get in the way of a good sale, right? Brooklyn Denim Co. is having a 50% off sale on select fall-winter merchandise, which includes denim jeans, outerwear, sweaters, belts, and more.  No coupon needed.  Just go and shop to your heart’s content.  Oh, and if you need any help with finding the right jeans for you, the super nice people at Brooklyn Denim Co. (ask for Kenny or Frank) are at your service!

– Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 28 2011 in Sales

An Exclusive Interview with [BLANKNYC] Denim


For all who prefer not to waste time fretting about what to wear… [BLANK NYC] denim provides your wardrobe staples. You can go from casual to chic instantaneously. They have a lot of denim to offer and their styles are hot- not to mention how affordable their jeans are! Denim Therapy had the opportunity to meet up with Blank NYC and ask them a few questions. Read on for an inside view.

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DT: How did BLANKNYC denim get started?

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We’ve been shooting [blank]s since ’07! [BLANKNYC] was created to fill the void in the market for quality fashion at an affordable price. The same small team that started the line is still in place today working hard on continuing to fulfill the initial concept of the line.

DT: What is the inspiration for your collection?


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[BLANKNYC] is a fresh take on denim that combines innovative designs, quality fabrics, and superior fits without the premium price point. The designers’ unique personal styles, coupled with New York’s edgy downtown vibe and traditional design melded together to create [BLANKNYC]’s very first hit; the “studded skinnie classique” which helped catapult the brand into the denim market. [BLANKNYC] believes strongly in quality, fit, and the integrity of a premium jean, while maintaining a completely affordable price point.

DT: How do you keep your price point so low?

BLANK: Our design team works very closely with multiple fabric suppliers and factories to achieve this while always having the consumer in mind.

DT: What does the spring collection have in store for us?

BLANK: The spring 11 season combines unique silhouettes, innovative washes and luxe fabrications with utilitarian styling to create a collection that is fashion forward and affordable. Novel fits such as the slim bootcut, roll-up skinny capri, hi rise skinny & hi rise belle are introduced early in the season in an array of washes from clean & classic to light & distressed. As we move into the later Spring months, the collection continues to evolve with a focus on non-denim integrities such as Sateen, Linen and Tencel. These drapey fabrications are showcased on crop trousers, long shorts, relaxed straight legs, and drawstring pants.

While fabrics and fits run the gamut, a strong focus for Spring is on the evolution of the short. Whether seen with a fold over paper bag waist, ultra hi rise, roll-up & twisted hems, or raw edge cut off detailing, [BLANKNYC] has something for every fashionista’s style preference.

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DT: Can you give us a preview into fall too? What denim trends do you for see?

BLANK: Back to back-pocket detailing, continuing with leather and vegan leather. Hi rise belles, super skinnies and everything in between!

DT: How has your company evolved over the past few years? Especially with the recent launch of your menswear?

BLANK: [BLANKNYC} is always evolving and trying new things in new categories while always trying to maintain the brands aesthetic. The new men’s line is A natural extension of the women’s line. Guys are always asking us for jeans in their size!

DT: What are some of your favorite denim styles? Any celebs that have worn your denim well?

BLANK:
We love everything and anything to do with denim. You can really do no wrong when it comes to denim.

DT: How many pairs of jeans do you own?

BLANK: Hundreds and hundreds. I never throw out jeans. What is old will one day be new again.

DT: What kind of fits and washes do you offer?


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From light and ultra bleached and beat up to dark overdyed and saturated washes. We offer everything from a super skinny jegging to an ultra wide hi rise elephant belle. This season we are doing a lot of drop crotch, paperbag styles as well.

DT: Where did the name blank come from?

BLANK:
We'll never tell...  ;]

A huge thanks to [BLANKNYC] for giving us this interview. To learn more or shop styles visit their website.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Jan 28 2011 in Denim News » Interviews
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