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DT Loves: Alexander McQueen Leather-Trimmed Denim Jacket

Be still our hearts… it’s the Alexander McQueen Harrington Leather-Trimmed Waxed Denim Jacket. “Denim jackets became synonymous with rebel cool throughout the 20th Century and this aligns with Alexander McQueen‘s distinctive aesthetic. This tactile waxed black piece is bolstered with a leather collar and detailed with slanted zip pockets, imbuing it with an element of hard-edged masculinity. It’s the kind of piece that will wear impeccably with age, adding to its appeal.” (Mr. Porter)


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Posted Sep 08 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

6 New Men’s Denim Shirts For Fall

If there’s one piece of denim menswear that stays relevant from season to season, it’s the versatile and essential denim shirt. While you probably have a few go-to picks in your closet, fall is the perfect chance to freshen up your selection. Shop our favorite men’s denim shirts below.

1. McQ Alexander McQueen Contrast-Sleeve Cotton-Chambray Shirt 2. Berluti Washed-Silk and Denim Shirt 3. Jean Shop Denim Shirt


4. Hugo Boss Printed Cotton-Chambray Shirt 5. Brioni Button-Down Collar Cotton-Chambray Shirt  6. Acne Studios Jeffrey Cotton Shirt


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Posted Sep 04 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

Japanese Indigo at Liberty Fair: Blue Blue Japan and Koromo

The second batch of discoveries from our jaunt through Liberty Fairs is indigo-drenched. Indigo is a native plant in Japan and the history of Indigo dye on the small eastern island runs deep, back to the 10th century. The technique boomed during the Edo period (1192-1333) due to the dye’s ability to cling well to cotton, the popular fabric of the lower classes at the time. By the early 1900’s almost 1400 acres were covered in indigo crop in Japan, now a mere 70 acres. The process of dyeing naturally is laborious, time-consuming and is carried on by skilled artisans. Traditionally Sukumo leaves, wheat bran, sake, hardwood ash and lime are combined in vats and fermented to produce the ocean hue. In Japanese culture the dye has been believed to contain protective properties from warning off insects and snakes in fields to sparing firemen burns. Out of the hundreds of booths at Liberty Fairs two stood out to us: Blue Blue Japan and Koromo.

Blue Blue Japan began in 1993 and designer Kenji Tsuji has been designing there since 2006. His designs usually contain bold, graphic interpretations of traditional Japanese motifs and patterns (waves, the sun, Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms, etc.). When his pieces aren’t emblazoned with beautiful images they are simple and highlight the beauty of traditional indigo dye. Many of the shirts are made with a tie dye technique called Shibori or have a dip dyed ombre fade. The construction of the garments is based on farm work wear. You can find Blue Blue Japan products at Union Made Goods, Mr Porter, and Hickoree’s. Read more about Kenji at


Blue Blue Japan

Designer Kenji Tsuji

Japanese patch jacket boro


embroidered bomber

Embroidered satin bomber in blue and black

Japanese wave park

Wave parka

Blue Blue Japan indigo ombre sweatshirt

Indigo ombre sweatshirt

Blue Blue Japan


Bue Blue Japan dyed shirt


Koromo also had our hearts racing and mouths gaping. Koromo’s designs are focused on traditional Japanese sewing and patching techniques. The collection shown at Liberty Fair was heavy on boro patchwork and sashiko stitching. In the words of the company, “Craftsmanship is a sensory realm, and just as a wild stitch can be more attractive than a neatly aligned seam the heart may throb more for rough nonconformity than for pristine fabric. The flavor found only in old items interwoven with the thread of time and the newest model loom that produces exactly what you want are both infinitely precious partners.” We couldn’t agree more.


Koromo boro jacket

Below this tattered patched jacket read a sign “This 100 year old fabric is Aizome (Indigo dyed cloth). The well used areas of the fabric are where it has been hand sewn over and over again. The clothes have been made out of this fabric as is. In times when things were scarce in Japan even a little fabric was considered precious. This preciousness is found in this cloth.”

Koromo Japanese denim


Koromo bamboo shirt Japanese menswear


Koromo Japanese denim blazer


Koromo Japanese indigo tie-dye baseball shirt


Koromo Japanese menswear


Japanese embroidered teeshirt


Koromo sashiko

Traditional Japanese stitching technique, sashiko, used on button detail.

Japanese menswear sashiko


Koromo boro ties

Last but not least, live shibori-style tie-dyeing at Liberty Fairs by Goodlife Clothing.

indigo dye


indigo tie-dye


indigo tie-dye


For more photos, style inspiration, and information on denim and indigo techniques check out the Denim Therapy Tumblr and Pinterest pages.

All photographs credited to the author.

Emily B. McIntosh


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Posted Sep 01 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

On-Point Men’s Sneakers & Kicks For Fall

Put your best foot forward this season with fresh kicks from some of our favorite brands. From leather sneakers to denim high-tops, there’s something for everyone. Pair them with your favorite jeans or a pair of crisply tailored pants. Browse and shop our favorite men’s sneakers below.

1. Visvim Skagway Denim and Suede Sneakers  2. Visvim Skagway Denim and Leather Sneakers 3. Balenciaga Arena Denim-Effect Leather High-Top Sneakers 


4. Rick Owens DRKSHDW Canvas High-Top Sneakers 5. Common Projects Tournament Waxed-Suede High-Top Sneakers  6. Converse Jack Purcell Signature Nubuck Sneakers


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Posted Aug 28 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

9 Fall Essentials For Men: Denim & Seasonal Basics

The freshest wardrobes for fall always have a bit of versatility, some solid basics, and outerwear options. From shearling lined denim jackets to casual-meets-dressy shoes and awesome headphones, you can browse and shop the best of fall’s offerings for men’s fall essentials below.

1. Maison Margiela Faux Shearling-Trimmed Denim Jacket 2. Corgi Striped Wool-Blend Socks 3. Frame Denim L’Homme Slim-Cut Stretch-Denim Jeans


4. McQ Alexander McQueen Patchwork Cotton-Chambray Shirt 5. Tod’s Suede Desert Boots 6. NN.07 Three Slim-Fit Raw Denim Jeans


7. Filling Pieces Suede and Lizard-Effect Leather Sneakers 8. Visvim Hobbs Denim Jacket 9. Bowers & Wilkins P5W Leather-Covered Wireless Headphones


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Posted Aug 27 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

Denim at Liberty Fair: Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount

The Denim Therapy team’s Market Week tour continued at Liberty Fairs held at Pier 94. The space was enormous with over one hundred booths to cover. We scoured the long aisles and prioritized. Our top priority?  Denim. Our featured picks from the show are all Japanese and American brands including Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount.

Feltraiger is a Brooklyn-based brand focused on making products you can pass down from generation to generation.  Their customer base ranges from hardcore motorcyclists to anyone inspired by American subcultures of the 20th century. Feltraiger’s new Core collection features their bestselling basics. We’re fans of the Destitute Vest in indigo available for Fall 2015.

Feltraiger motorcycle
Th co-founder’s motorcycle parked in front of the new collection.

Feltraiger denim vest
Destitute vest in indigo.

Kato jeans are made of Japanese denim, designed in Kyoto, and manufactured in Los Angeles. Kato was started by Hiroshi Kato in 1996 and has become one of our favorites. We favor the immaculate construction and details such as the diagonal belt loop and selvedge coin pocket. Highlights from the Spring 2016 line are the 13 oz. Raw Slim jean and a 7 oz Shawl Collar Blazer. Their leather patch has also been updated for the first time since the brand’s inception.

Kato Japanese denim

Kato Japanese denim

Kato japanese denim blazer
Perfect distressing detail on the hem of the shawl-style blazer lapel.

Fullcount denim is made in Okayama mills in Japan and was one of the first brands to start using Zimbabwe cotton back in 1992. Fullcount is here to stay, check out a peak of their Spring 2016 offerings below.

Fullcount Japanese denim\

Fullcount Japanese denim
Rust-looking wash on Fullcount jeans.

Fullcount Japanese denim

Fullcount zimbabwe chambray
Boro-like stitching detail on a chambray shirt.

All photos credited to the author.

—Emily B. McIntosh


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Posted Aug 24 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

Denim Dude’s Book Launch at Loren

With Men’s Fashion Week came a flurry of activity here in New York. Amy Leverton left London behind and came stateside to promote her book Denim Dudes. Amy has worked in the industry for ten years and is currently the Director of Denim and Youth Culture at WGSN. For Denim Dudes Amy traveled the world photographing and interviewing eccentric denimheads. She chronicled the most interesting styles and global trends in denim cult culture. The book is stocked in most book stores and is also available on Amazon. The New York book launch was hosted by Loren Cronk at Loren in Greenpoint and we couldn’t endure the thought of missing it. The storefront doubles as a workshop where Loren still designs and constructs many jeans by hand. The small shop was packed tight with denimheads on a humid night in Brooklyn and we couldn’t have dreamt of a better venue.

Denim Dudes Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk Juki machine

Loren Cronk
Very amazing vintage jackets for sale.

Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk
Sewing patterns, bicycles, and colored lights hanging from the ceiling.

Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk

Loren Cronk

–Emily B. McIntosh

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Posted Aug 13 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

NY Market Week: Raleigh Denim at Project

Our last pitstop at Project NYC was at the Raleigh Denim Workshop booth where we talked with co-founder and designer Victor Lytvinenko. Some of the new Summer 2016 pieces include navy hibiscus printed shorts and bright colored jeans in cream, rusty scarlet, sky blue and plum. The Alexander fit will be available in a light pin dot fabric recovered from the Cone Mills archive. Aside from fun, warm weather pieces Raleigh will still deliver the quality raw denim and selvedge we have come to expect from the southern brand next spring.

Victor was most enthused about the Jones 319 Raw and the Jones Organic Raw. The Jones 319 is a thin fit jean made of a non-selvedge raw denim for only $176, making it a great first purchase for those wanting to try their first pair of raw denim without having to pawn an heirloom. The Jones Organic Raw is made using the first and only organic denim grown and made in the U.SA. Raleigh teamed up with Cotton of the Carolinas and Cone Mills to create a denim that is organic and 100% made in the U.S.A., literally from the ground up.

The big picture isn’t the only thing on Victor’s mind, his attention to detail in his company’s designs is also impressive. We’re particularly keen on the triple stitch Raleigh uses on many of its selvedge fits. Two of the threads are gold and the third is indigo, camouflaging the heavy stitching and keeping a minimal look to the jeans. Once the denim fades over time the detail of the third dark navy stitch is revealed. Check out the photos we took at Project below.

Raleigh Denim fade
Raleigh jeans continue to be capable of some really beautiful fades. An untouched pair is to the right and the whiskered pair on the left is the result of two years of wear.

Raleigh denim colros
New colors available Spring 2016.

Raleigh denim hibiscus print

Raleigh denim pindot
The Alexander available soon in pin dot.

Raleigh denim Jones
The Jones 319 Raw

Raleigh triple stitch
Left: detail of subtle navy triple stitch. Right: the navy triple stitch revealed over time.

Raleigh denim honeycomb
Strong honeycomb fades on a worn pair of Raleigh jeans.

Emily B. McIntosh

Posted Aug 11 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

6 Pairs Of Men’s Jeans For Late Summer

Summer is more than half way over, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your fall wardrobe. It’s still warm as heck out there though (unless you’re in Australia), so finding men’s jeans that won’t smother you is key to staying stylish and feeling good through the final weeks of the season. Check out some of our favorite finds below, and let us know what you’re wearing on Instagram with the hashtag #denimtherapy.

1. Loro Piana Slim-Fit Denim Jeans 2. Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Slim-Fit Organic Dry Denim Jeans 3. Burberry Brit Slim-Fit Washed-Denim Jeans


4. Brunello Cucinelli Slim-Fit Denim Jeans 5. Acne Studios Ace Slim-Fit Washed-Denim Jeans 6.  Frame Denim Rincon Slim-Fit Washed Denim Jeans


—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 06 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

NY Market Week: Jean Shop at Project

Last week at Project we had the chance to stop by the Jean Shop booth. Read on and check out the photos to see what we gleaned from our quick encounter during our preview of their Spring 2016 collection.

Conversations with denim heads combined with our intuition tells us that overalls and coveralls are going to make a strong comeback next year. Below is a prototype of a potential piece.

Jean Shop overalls

The personal touch of patches and repairs is timeless and certainly not going out of style any time soon. We saw extreme distressing, apparent darning, and patches galore during Market Week.

Jean Shop patch

We strongly approve of the women’s denim vest in Jean Shop’s Spring 2016 collection.

Jean Shop denim vest women's denim

We are always excited to see selvedge denim crossing into the women’s market. The Jean Shop Spring 2016 women’s selvedge shorts are kind of fulfilling our fantasies. We can only imagine the coolest of babes rocking orange selvedge shorts in the summer heat.

Jean Shop women's denim shorts selvedge

Jean Shop denim shorts

Jean Shop’s famous orange stitching and pockets.

Jean Shop orange denim

A great styling suggestion after our own hearts from Jean Shop: denim on denim on denim. Triple the denim triple the fun.

Jean Shop denim on denim

Emily B. McIntosh

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Posted Jul 30 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events
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