Take a break from email for a minute and jot down some notes by hand, with these very cool recycled denim pencils from Green Earth Office Supply! The desaturated blue is flawlessly reminiscent of a well-worn pair of medium-wash jeans, and the blue eraser caps it off like an authentic addition to your blue-jean collection. If you’ve feeling fanatical, you can even snag one of the many denim pencil cases available on Etsy right now (or toss them with your notebooks in this denim backpack we introduced you to).
From WWD: “Fashion newspaper, WWD hosted a denim forum as a venue for denim brands to share information about their companies and design innovations they may be working on. Of the brands in attendance, Jeff Rudes, the CEO of J Brand shared about the past and future of the brand.
J Brand has already experienced rousing success in the denim markets, the brand plans to expand to sportswear. While the sportswear line will be directed by a separate team and will be a separate line, it will still have the same J Brand aesthetic. Rudes commented it would be, “simplistic minimalist with great fabrics and fit.”
The line will be launching in 100 stores in 2012.”
Article via WWD.
Tags: J Brand, Jeff Rudes, sportswear, WWD
In a recent photo shoot for Australia’s RUSSH Magazine, model-muse Jessica Stam wears denim and couture all at once! Featuring a Bess denim vest, Grandma Takes a Trip jeans, Lover, plus international fashion brands, the photo shoot seems to say a bit about Australian fashion’s rebellious stance to stay away from the fashion bubble. Shot by photographer Will Davidson, it seems like the whirlwind of color and billowy fabrics in a juxtaposed image of luxury elegance-meets-punk could be a bit discombobulating; but, we believe the stylist chose her faded and bleached denim pieces as the real focal point on this photo shoot, anchored by the lovely Jessica.
View the rest of Jessica’s photo shoot at RUSSH Magazine online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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James Jeans has a goal: to make women feel supremely comfortable and look incredibly sexy. The husband and wife duo behind the brand aim to bring us the perfect fitting jean that hides flaws, accentuates assets, and sends confidence through the roof. Their patented contoured waistband low in the front and higher in the back eliminates the dreaded “muffin top” effect. Their signature “back dart” is actually a “3D butt-lifter”. Get the skinny on this denim line with our exclusive Q&A below.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
James Jeans: Fashion always spoke to me; I grew up loving the idea of expressing oneself through personal style. In 1998 I launched QUO contemporary apparel. After 5 years I began to incorporate several denim pieces into the collection – at the urging of friends and also to appease an inner desire to produce the perfect fitting pair of jeans. (At the time I was searching for jeans and no pair fit properly. This inspired me to create THE perfect fitting jean, which hides one’s flaws while accentuating one’s assets.) My overarching goal is for every woman to feel comfortable, confident and sexy in her jeans.
DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
JJ: I have the utmost respect for other denim brands, but I don’t find them to be direct competition. No other brand places the same emphasis on fine-tuning and constantly updating the perfect fit. James Jeans has mastered the fusion of supreme comfort and subtle sex-appeal, and our brand is constantly evolving to stay a cut above the rest.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
JJ: I have no pre-designing rituals. In fact, designs usually come to me when I’m in my studio, playing around. Then I bring these ideas to the team and we discuss enhancements and next steps.
DT: Describe person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
JJ: Our customer is every woman who seeks to look amazing and at the same time feel incredibly comfortable in her denim. She’s fashionable but also practical. Fit is of paramount importance to her, and she continues to buy updated basics but also enjoys novelty pieces at reasonable prices. Our customer base is made up of woman of all ages, anyone and everyone who seeks sexy and sophisticated looks but also prioritizes comfort.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
JJ: For Fall 2011 we have great new fabrics and unique washes. Our range of corduroy colors will be impressive and coveted – especially Rust.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
JJ: I would love to collaborate with an up & coming designer – someone with a fresh perspective. No plans in the near future though.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
JJ: The Twiggy legging jean is a staple. Another favorite is the Humphrey high-rise flare. Pair the Humphrey with open-toed heels and a billowy but sexy blouse.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
JJ: Currently I prefer high-waisted to too low-waisted.
DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?
JJ: Street style is a huge influence. I’m certainly inspired by my surroundings. I think inspiration goes both ways these days. I’m inspired by my peers; I inspire the fashion community and customers.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
JJ: Too many to count!
DT: Favorite celeb wearing your brand?
JJ: It’s so hard to pick just one! My favorite celebrity of today- Halle Berry.
You can shop James Jeans or visit their FaceBook page to become a Fan.
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Giving back to the community always resonates a wonderful feeling with us here at denim therapy and we’re quite sure it does with you also. Which is why when we came across the Habitat for Humanity Eco- friendly denim drive, we were ecstatic to pass along the news. Just in case you weren’t aware, for every 500 pairs of donated denim, Habitat for Humanity is able to fully insulate one home in the New Orleans region, for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
The denim drive first began back in 2006 when National Geographic Kids magazine asked readers to donate their old jeans. Donations, collected from retail stores, such as the Gap and Barneys were sent to cotton inc, setting a Guinness World Record by collecting 33,088 pieces. Since then Cotton Inc has received over 270,000 pieces which has insulated over 540 homes for Habitat for Humanity. So, think twice before you trash your old denim, because donating them could do a world of good.
Images via Denim Hunt.
— Ashlee Mellowes
Tags: Barneys New York, charity, cotton inc, Denim insulation, eco friendly denim, Habitat for humanity, hurricane katrina, New Orleans, old worn denim, The Gap
Japanese menswear label Glamb never ceases to completely blow us away with it’s always eclectic and laid back style. Think vintage nomad with a rebellious street edge true to the scene that is Japanese street style. Consisting of unique pieces that could very well have been taken straight out of a vintage shop the label’s Summer 2011 lookbook has everything from worn-in patchwork jeans to psychedelic geometric graphic t-shirts designed to emulate a tie-dye effect (totally 90s), and even a denim kimono! Overall, everything you need for a killer summer look with some serious street style cred. Bold? Yes. Awesome? Definitely!
Images via We Are Selecters.
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How many students can you squeeze into a pair of jeans? How many ways can you wear jeans? Peace-loving artsy magazine Battle in Vain recently tested these questions using fun-loving volunteers from University of Salford (Greater Manchester, England), friends and random volunteers. “The idea was to get [the jeans] away from being the trusty sidekick and have them centre stage; getting people to get together and celebrate their differences while wearing their trusty loved denim,” said magazine founder Aaron McCammon.
When you watch the video, you sort of feel like it’s a freestyle battle of who can be the most crazy with their jeans. Oh, and the extra baggy jeans in the video is a BKLYN Denim vintage treasure belonging to McCammon. Of course, when you bring total strangers together who also contribute their own jeans for an experimental photo shoot, comedy (or havoc) is likely to ensue; but, we’ll let you be the judge.
Read the latest issue of Battle in Vain online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: art magazine, baggy jeans, Battle in Vain Magazine, BKLYN Denim, denim video, people trying on jeans