Female denim-heads rejoice! The answer to your prayers is here. At long last a raw denim jean made by women for women. Gamine Workwear is a New England based company who specializes in no-nonsense workwear that is utilitarian yet easy on the eyes and most importantly on the body. The line is designed by Taylor Johnston, Manager of the Gardens and Greenhouses at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Johnston sums up the company’s values best herself-
Gamine has a variety of other products in their shop made and sourced with the same focus on local design and a sustainable and transparent production process. Pictured below is the hand-dyed indigo hemp tee who’s claim to fame is being one of the most rugged teeshirts on the market. They also have a handful of vintage overalls.
After the exciting commencement of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, came the rush of New York Market Week where designers and brands showed off their freshest designs and samples to retailers in showrooms across the city.
We started our week at Project New York and our very first stop was E.N.D. denim. We had a brief glimpse of the E.N.D. denim line at the Denim Expo hosted by BPD Washhouse in June. E.N.D. is the new offshoot of the venerable Japanese denim brand Edwin (E.N.D. is an acronym of Edwin ‘N Denim). This sub-brand is so new that at this point that their digital footprint is almost nonexistent so we were lucky to have a quick chat with the designer, Yutaka Endo, and get a closer look at the collection at Project.
Highlights of the collection include denim at an entry-level price point, light chambray shirts, hoodies, and super soft polo shirts. All of the pieces feature one or two of E.N.D.’s signature motifs: the mizuhiki or the asanoha pattern. The mizuhiki knot is a bow traditionally used during gift-giving. The asanoha is an auspicious, abstract hemp leaf pattern. Lookout for the release of E.N.D. in the next year and check back at the Denim Therapy blog for more details on the official launch. If you are in the Brooklyn area you can stop by NOS Boutique in Dumbo to buy a select assortment of E.N.D. teeshirts and men’s jeans.
Traditional asanoha pattern stitched into the pocket of a pair of men’s jeans.
Details on a pair of jeans from the women’s line, including a red mizuhiki symbol embroidered on back pocket and peach fabric detail at waist.
Asanohara pattern on the hood of a dark indigo hoodie.
The roots of E.N.D. Edwin jeans with classic arcuate.
—Emily B. McIntosh
Tags: E.N.D., Edwin, embroidery, Japanese, Japanese denim, market week, project
The Frame Denim Fall/Winter 2015 collection was launched with the same concept the brand was born from: chic wardrobe essentials, inspired by the heritage of denim manufacturing in Los Angeles. The fully fleshed-out ready-to-wear collection consisted of effortless pieces like stovepipe cropped jeans, high-waisted flare leg jeans (love flare legs? They’re on the rise again!), a totally wearable jumpsuit, and a perfect denim skirt that mimics the silhouette of a denim jacket tied around the waist. See the whole collection here.
Images via The Cut.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: bell bottom jeans, cropped jeans, denim jumpsuit, denim skirt, fall 2015, flare leg jeans, Frame Denim, high-waisted jeans, New York Fashion Week
What’s better than a pair of perfectly worn-in vintage jeans? Bliss & Mischief has the answer to that: just add embroidery. While “embroidered vintage denim” may call to mind images of haphazard hippie stitching from the 70s (which is also kind of awesome, admit it!) Bliss & Mischief has taken this concept to level of grade-A stylish. Their vintage Levi’s collection of jeans and jackets have been treated with inspired embroidery that is both precious to behold and instantly bad ass when styled with basics like crisp white button-downs and understated gold jewelry. Check them out and shop online.
Images via Honestly WTF.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: bliss & mischief, embroidered denim, embroidered vintage denim, Hillary Justin, Just Say Native, vintage denim, vintage jeans, vintage Levi's
The guys of Denim Therapy (and whoever shops with them) know that it’s really hard (if not impossible) to find a pair of slim fit jeans that are comfortable, attractive, and priced reasonably. Slimbs, a fresh new denim brand that we’re super excited about, is prepared to change that. The founders of Slimbs spent over two years conferencing with some of the denim industry’s experts to narrow down the formula for their American slim fit jean, which is currently being developed in three styles: Selvage, Studio Blue, and Downtown Dark.
“Guys should feel comfortable, mentally and physically, when transitioning to a trendier style,” explains their Kickstarter campaign page, “We are here to put to rest the social stigma that surrounds slim fit jeans by introducing a new idea of slim – the American slim fit.”
Slimbs is prepared to deliver on the things that matter most, made from top quality Japanese denim at an amazing price that mass market jeans can’t compete with. Our favorite part? They’re also offering free repairs on every pair of jeans… because holes in the crotch aren’t in style, in any country. We’re proud to say we’ll be handling the repairs for Slimbs, right here at Denim Therapy.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign page and donate to score one of the first pairs of jeans, and help get this awesome new brand off the ground!
Tags: american slim fit, denim for men, Denim Repair, Denim Therapy, Japanese denim, mens denim, selvedge jeans, slim fit denim, slim fit jeans, slimbs denim, slimbs jeans
If you’re in the market for a perfect t-shirt (or three) to add to your summer wardrobe circulation this season, but are sick of seeing the same old tired designs, check out Durty Laundry. We’ve been rocking their shirts all spring with different men’s and women’s denim styles, and they’ve quickly become an instant favorite and go-to option for our staff. Durty Laundry is inspired by music, art, and every day life… with a bit of spice and graphic appeal. Check out their favorite picks!
Above, our resident denim expert Raffael wears a Riding Durty purple tee and blog editor Michelle Christina wears a purple Dia de los Sucios tank. Below, a few more bold and colorful options from the line. Shop Durty Laundry and pick your favorite!
Shop Durty Laundry online and pick your favorite for less than $15. Yeah, you read that right.
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Raffael Flores-Contreras
Tags: dia de los muertos tee, graphic tee, men's t shirt, perfect tee, summer tee shirt, women's t-shirt
Check out this video of Raleigh Denim‘s Fall 2013 presentation. Raleigh Denim‘s FW13 presentation was the perfect sequel to their last spring showing. Each season they edge a bit more towards crisply tailored sportswear and Americana-inspired looks that modern and sleek. Designers Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko understand that their customer wants a combination of classic concepts and cutting edge style, which can be seen in each ensemble below. Our favorite looks included bleached, overdyed stone grey women’s jeans, a two-tone wax canvas jacket, washed wax coated jeans, and a blue tweed deconstructed blazer.
Check out Raleigh Denim online for more.
Tags: acid wash jeans, fall 2013, Raleigh Denim, raw denim, skinny jeans, stone wash jeans, sustainable denim, tailored blazer
We dropped in the American Eagle & Aerie fall 2013 preview yesterday for a pastry and some AM fashion-gazing. The ever-expanding line has amp’d up selection in both the men’s and women’s departments. We were especially delighted to see a carefully played bohemian influence in the styling of chic denim separates, flirty scarves, and gorgeous jewelry. This season we’re loving the returning Artist fit jean for women who want to edge towards flare leg while keeping it chic. Check out the full preview below!
Shop American Eagle & Aerie and more.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras & Michelle Christina Larsen
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: aerie, American Eagle, artist fit, Boho style, boot cut jeans, fall 2013, fall style, flare leg jeans, press preview, skinny jeans
The pre-fall collection included a fresh selection of pastel hues in pinks, blues, and greys with prints like feathers and florals. Floral jeans reversed to a medium blue jean wash, which, when cuffed, turned into what we professionally describe as the cutest-jeans-ever. The Vintage Mercury 2013 collection featured beautiful metallic jeans, from champagne to pewter. Picking a favorite? Pretty much impossible.
See more below:
Visit Bleulab Reversible Denim for more.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: bleulab jeans, colored denim, feather print jeans, metallic jeans, pastel jeans, printed denim, printed jeans, reversible denim, tie dye jeans
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.
Tags: Bellerose Belgium, grunge style, japanese fabric, japanese flannel, menswear, seattle grunge movement, vintage inspired, vintage style, wool jacket, wool sweater