Spring is the perfect time to refresh your shoe collection and add some interest to the mix. Whether the warm weather will find you hosting gatherings in the park with your friends or embracing downtown New York strolls on the regular, make sure you do all of these things with style. The made-by-hand men’s shoe line n.d.c. has your back (and your feet, obviously). We highlight our favorite pairs from the spring lookbook below.
Our favorite picks…
Espadrilles: Take a stroll along the French Riviera in the 1960s with these flexible, relaxed and easy espadrilles. Made with the flexible and light ‘Strobel’ construction (where the upper and insole are stitched toether), the shoes are slip-lasted and stitched to the leather outsole with natural yute trimming the edge.
Foundation: Reminiscent of 1960′s London’s city-gent style, these elegantly shaped rejuvenated classics belong in every man’s wardrobe.
Faderless Toecup Son
Goodyear: The Goodyear line goes back to the beginning of the n.d.c. story when designer Enrique washed his pair of n.d.c. Goodyear brogues in his home washing machine after deciding that they looked just a little too perfect. The esult was like nothing that has been seen before on the market: beaten-up, washed shoes with a whole personality of their own.
See the full lookbook below:
Keep n.d.c. bookmarked and check back for their new website this spring.
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Denim veteran Tobias Levine teamed up with the founders of Public School—Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne—to put together a line of men’s denim jeans that are every bit as badass as New York City itself, where all the garments are made. The team works closely with the finest production facilities in the garment district to offer this rare component to their line.
The collection offers washes developed and produced exclusively by Wonderland concepts (a wash house in Kentucky owned by Dick Gaines). They also offer entirely un-washed, raw denim variations that allow the consumer to experience the fabric and customize their own pair through repeated wear. Fits include Skinny, Slim and Straight: PS 13, PS 14, and PS 16 respectively. The numbers represent the ankle opening, creating a clear distinction for the wearer as to which fit is best suited to their body. See our favorite four picks below.
Below, the PS 14 Slim fit in Gray Scale wash. A gray-black vintage wash with hand-sand, hand-staining and minor fabric hand-administered vintage treatment on the knee and hem. 14″ leg opening with a 10″ rise. Fabrication is 11.25 oz cotton-poly-spandex selvedge cone white oak denim.
Below, the PS 13 Skinny fit in Noir wash. A black crinoline waxed jean with body heat activated fit and wear acceleration. 13″ leg opening with a 9.5″ rise. Fabrication is 11.25 oz cotton-poly-spandex selvedge cone white oak denim.
Below, the PS 13 Skinny fit in Black Pig wash. A black pigment spray-over white base jean by hand-application. 13″ leg opening with a 9.5″ rise. Fabrication is 10.50 oz cotton spandex cone denim.
Below, the PS 14 Slim fit in Blue Blood. A midnight navy garment-dyed jean with hand 3D natural wear in front pocket entry and behind wearers knee. 14″ leg opening with a 10″ rise. Fabrication is 11.25 oz cotton-poly-spandex selvedge cone white oak denim.
The line is now available at Odin and select Bloomingdale’s locations. Visit Public School online for more.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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7 For All Mankind has announced a set of colored selvedge denim jeans and jackets for men that feature bright spring colors this season, including an understated-but-rich red and a classic royal blue. Check out the details and the new styles below.
“Spring 2013 is moving beyond traditional indigo and introducing fresh ways to offer selvage denim. Our grey selvage comes directly from Japan and features a beautiful slate-grey raw fabric. Pushing the envelope even one step further, 7FAM is offering Colored Selvage. We pigment spray the garments in shades of blue, red, and grey. The immense care put into the detailing of our selvage, from the raw material to the weaving, dying and stitching, creates a jean of exceptional quality and impeccable style.”
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At Project NY and then again at Project Las Vegas, the men’s denim brand 3rd & Army seduced our eyes with three bold styles that exude rock’n'roll and sex appeal. It’s no coincidence that they make an impact at first glance: Industry authority Matt Atkinson (who founded the brand in September 2012) and all associates in the super-collective have worked for major US brands throughout the years. The relatively new project (100% made in LA) packs a powerful punch thanks to its experienced design and marketing team.
The brand DNA is taken from the quintessential California lifestyle. “Our collection speaks from our life experiences through the doors of 3rd & Army. Our clothing is an expression and a combined statement of classic music, fine art, vintage fashion, and a modern lifestyle in an original way,” says the brand. We expect only great things from these guys. Check out our favorite pieces below.
Below: The tapered leg Ranchand in camo. 10 oz woven jaquarded yarn camo denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Includes antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.
Below: The tapered leg Ranchand in grease wash. Japanese red selvedge 14 oz premium red selvedge denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.
Below: The straight leg Blacksmith in indigo wash. 11.75 oz organic Italian Candiani denim in a straight leg traditional five pocket fit with flat felt side seams, workwear detailing, buckle back, spade workwear pockets, reinforced pocket facing, wallet chain keyhole detail, antique hardware and trim, multiple stitching construction, and real hide branded leather patch.
Visit 3rd & Army online to learn more.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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What do you get when you combine two of the most creative brands together for a collaboration? You get these Naked & Famous Denim x Billionaire Boys Club ‘Bee Line’ by Mark McNairy. In many ways both companies are pioneering fashion towards the new age, with Brandon Svarc leading N&F, and with Mark McNairy (as well as renowned innovator Pharrell) as the minds behind Billionaire Boys Club (BBC). McNairy, while attending the Capsule Show in NYC, hooked up with the N&F booth and made his own personal touches to the classic WeirdGuy fit.
Svarc recounts the tale by saying McNairy came over to their booth and they both immediately agreed to create a collab jean. While sitting on the floor of their booth, Svarc showed McNairy different fabric options and alterations for the denim. Once the Weird Guy fit was chosen, they ironed out details within minutes and created this crisp and light jean.
They added Honeycomb Yellow rip-stop twill pocket bags, a lowered coin pocket, gold and yellow stitching, and a custom gold Bee Line Waist Button. They even reached out to the cult underground Japanese artist Rocking Jelly Bean to create their co-branded leather patch on the back of the denim.
- Name: Naked & Famous Denim x Billionaire Boys Club ‘Bee Line’ by Mark McNairy
- Denim: Indigo Rope-Dyed Japanese Selvedge
- Weight: 10oz
- Fit: Weird Guy
- Additional Details:
- Lowered coin pocket
- Honeycomb Yellow Pocket
- Yellow/Gold stitching
- Custom gold Bee Line Waistband button
- N&F x Bee Line vintage style tafetta labeling
- Co-Brand Leather Patch (artwork by Rockin Jelly Bean)
- Limited edition and only 150 pairs produced
- Available at: The BBC Flagship Store
Originally posted on Rawr Denim.
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Bellerose Belgium solves an age old problem: What shirt should I wear with my favorite jeans? With this line up of vintage-inspired woven and knit menswear tops, your question is answered. This designer sportswear line produces clothing for those seeking vintage-inspired styles in color, print and texture. Their FW13 collection is inspired by the Seattle grunge movement, featuring contrasting textures that are perfect for effortless layering. See our favorites below!
Below, Mejor. Our top pick, a handmade sweater, made in Peru. 100% wool.
Below, The Laudy coat, made of wool and mohair, featuring the fit of a rain jacket interpreted into a more luxurious approach.
Below, Folong. Japanese brushed cotton with wooden buttons. The flannel was made in an old japanese loom machine similar to selvadge denim about 1 meter long.
Below, Luky jacket. Inspired by the 20′s jacket. Scottish tweed, 80% wool.
See more at Bellerose Belgium.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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Chip Foster prides his jeans on having exquisite construction and execution, which means clean lines and a beautiful “skeleton”. To see the premium detail in the tailoring of each pair, you have to turn them inside-out. In fact, the brand is proud enough of their attention to quality that they encourage customers to turn them inside-out and inspect!
You may recognize Chip Foster—he’s the creative director at large at Chip and Pepper denim jeans. “This is my new baby, my new line invitation only for the best selected stores that I love. There was no need to create another line… it was not needed but wanted.” And so, infusing his heritage and a bit of the Chip and Pepper DNA, he created a new line of jeans for the die hard denim lover. “Our quality isn’t expensive,” he tells us, “it’s priceless.”
Check out our favorite Chip Foster jeans below.
See more below.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Raffael Flores-Contreras
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has sharpened the focus on sustainability
in one of the most environmentally harmful (yet paramount) steps in the process of constructing jeans: the wash. They’ve blown traditional wash methods out of the water (no pun intended), establishing their own wash facility where they develop and implement eco-friendly
alternative techniques to achieving their desired finished product.
As for the name?
“The tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile that moves about at a slow and steady pace. They are herbivores that consume extremely low volumes of water. While tortoises can live to be a century old, they have an extremely low ecological impact on the environment throughout their lifetime. These gentle creatures have long been revered as a symbol of wisdom, determination, patience and longevity.”
We picked our favorites from the line at PROJECT Las Vegas. Check them out below.
Hermann #1012: Skinny Straight Jean, American 12oz Selvage PFD fabric, No Water Italian Organic Pigment Application with Natural Resin to retain shape.
Chelys #1026: Skinny Straight Jean, Camo Italian Silicone Wax Coated Jacquard Indigo Patches, Candiani 12.5oz Selvage Indigo fabric.
Dinidae #2007: Zip Shell Denim Jacket, Italian Organic Pigment Coating, Deadstock Custom Japanese Speckled Weave.
Hermann #1003: Skinny Straight Jean, Cone Blue Line Selvage Broken Twill Indigo, Engineered 3.0 Exposure Rings.
Kinixys #2003: Jean Jacket, Cone Blue Line Selvage Broken Twill Indigo, Selvage Waistband, Very Light Vintage Wash with no use of Potassium, Bleach or Stone Wash; Camo
Read more at TORTOISE Jeans.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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Spring 2013 for Nudie Jeans Co. means bold colors like burnt lemon yellow, teal, and rich maroon. Colored denim for men is making a big comeback through hues specifically catered to dudes. Nudie is making a “sartorial statement of the brand’s culture, bringing vibrant color and fun to your wardrobe. Each jean will live the wearers life, bleed and fade just like any denim wash.” Additionally, a classic range of organic blue jeans ranging in color from light-wash white to deep indigo are available.
See our favorite picks from the spring 2013 collection below:
See Nudie’s 2013 lifestyle images below:
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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