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Kuro Denim: Top Notch Men’s Jeans From Japan


When we chatted with Kuro Denim at PROJECT NY we were really impressed with the detail and thoughtfulness that we saw in each pair of the Japanese brand’s jeans. They launched with a spring 2010 line under the name Kuro (which translates to black). A blurb in their latest lookbook explains that the name Kuro was chosen because the word represents “darkness and loneliness with an image of great mystery and great strength.” Fabrics include two variations coined Nihon Menpu and Yoshikawa Orimono, and the line comes in a range of fits, from slim tapered to skinny to wide straight.

The real magic is in the detailing and wash of their jeans, our favorite of which looked like they’d been worn lovingly for many years. Artistic, yet modest and clean stitching on the back waistband and “dirty” facades created using fading, distressing, and splashes of paint are just two examples of innovative (but not over-used) approaches we were shown. Some of the jeans are made to look like the factory worker’s jeans, reinforcing the origin of denim as a utility fabric for the working class. After getting up close to the denim, we left feeling like Kuro is a pricey denim brand that delivers a product worth investing in.

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We’ll definitely be keeping  up with them, so stay tuned. Check out the men’s denim styling tips we picked up from them during this same visit.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 30 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Denim Therapy’s Sarah Talks About Hemming


Being five feet tall is something Sarah at Denim Therapy has come to terms with in her 29 years. She makes Eric get the jeans that are on the high shelves, and she has become an expert at standing on chairs when necessary. But, when she discovered Swedish denim company d.brand made jeans in her perfect waist size, she decided it was time to stop rolling her hems and get jeans that actually fit.  Watch her talk about the revelation she had and get a sneak peak into the Denim Therapy office where all the magic happens.

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—Sarah Greene

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Posted Jan 27 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Doctrine Jeans Teflon Coated Denim Destined For Greatness #projectshow


Doctrine Jeans has a red hot men’s denim style in the queue for fall 2012, and according to the inside sources, buyers are going nuts over it. Here’s your exclusive sneak peek! It’s the men’s Teflon coated 100% cotton jean. They’re being manufactured in the slim straight fit, with an option of three color ways: rum raisin (pictured), carafe, and charcoal grey. And because it’s the little things that add up to everything, these jeans feature a coin pocket conveniently big enough for your cellphone. We have your first look at this soon to be VIP style below (they officially drop in late summer 2012).

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Visit Doctrine Jeans online for the latest.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 18 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Brand

American Racing Heritage Inspires Crimson Cross Denim #projectshow


Crimson Cross denim, presented at PROJECT by The Brooklyn Circus, is one rugged line of jeans. Inspired by vintage racecar driving heritage, their motto is “Denim + Sex + Fast Cars = Crimson Label” (to the point, no?) and they specialize in selvedge denim. They produce limited pairs of hand-finished jeans, each arriving in the customer’s hand with an “exclusive” membership card, allowing for access to future customization. The trade show set-up was, like BK Circus, among the coolest. Check it out below.

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Check out Crimson Cross online and follow them on twitter.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 18 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Brand

Vintage Varsity At The Brooklyn Circus #projectshow


The Brooklyn Circus is a Brooklyn-based menswear & denim shop that specializes in nostalgia, but manages to stay entirely relevant. Aside from having one of the coolest set-ups at PROJECT NY (think vintage school lockers and seriously antique football and boxing gear), they offer sought-after outerwear, jeans, shoes, and… fine, we’ll say it: street cred. And while they serve the men of NYC with their scholastic take on becoming a dandy, the ladies can rest assure they’ll look great in these “boyfriend” jackets too. Didn’t date the quarterback in high school? No worries, this is just as fun.

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Check out The Brooklyn Circus to shop online or visit the store.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 18 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Brand

An Up Close Look At Custom Denim With 3×1 #projectshow


Custom jeans are all the rage right now, as denim shoppers increasingly crave a personalized, made-to-order product that they can really be proud of. A few years ago, the idea of designing your own jeans wasn’t even tangible. Now you have to sort through the various design studios willing to make your custom denim dreams come true. One such company is 3×1, a bespoke denim maker that lets you select your fabric, fit, trims, buttons, pockets, belt loops, and everything else you need to end up with a finished product you can truly call your own creation.

Your meeting begins with the head pattern maker and a team of denim experts who’ve already pulled together some ideas for you to browse, and from there, the sky’s the limit. Custom denim starts at $1,200 and you can learn more about the process here.

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 18 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Doctrine Jeans Fall 2012 Men’s Preview #projectshow


DT got the exclusive preview shots for the Doctrine Jeans fall 2012 men’s preview: Three pairs of gorgeous jeans in rich washes, styled to preppy perfection in this Sandbox Studio photo shoot. And if you guys love this, just wait until you see the rest of the line…

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Full looks below:

Stay tuned for DT’s up close and personal look at the Doctrine fall 2012 line!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 17 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Brand

Acid Wash, Studs & Ombre: Kill City Jeans Spring 2012 #projectshow


Studs, fringe, ombre, stars & stripes… list these elements in a row and you might imagine the ultimate overkill, but Kill City Jeans has mastered the art of quintessential rock’n'roll. Their denim, 80% of which is manufactured domestically, is shredded, studded, dyed, and treated to appeal to your inner badass. Both sexes are treated to plenty of color and texture (with the colors desaturated and the texture well-played), and more basic washes for days where you don’t feel like dressing for a music video.

The men’s line comes in three basic fits and features wax coats, reverse mineral wash, and distressed yarn-dyed styles. The women’s line is a bit more playful, including (our favorite) purple ombre cut-off shorts, ready to be DIY’d (they even come with a bag of studs). Best sellers like the navajo print and stars & stripes jeans continue to lead the collection, but this is a good place to start if you’re looking to expand way beyond the generic blue jean for spring this year.

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

Check out Kill City Jeans online.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 16 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Denim Therapy’s Eric Reviews His New d.brand Raw Denim


Denim Therapy‘s newest (and funniest) team member recently discovered the joys of a crisp, new pair of raw denim thanks to the cool, Swedish, DT favorite: d. brand.  Check out Eric’s review below, and see how a six-foot-six guy goes from wearing nothing but GAP jeans to being a raw denim luvr 4 lyfe!

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—Sarah Greene & Eric Schmidt

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Posted Jan 13 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Interviews » Raw Denim Project » Reviews: Brand » Uncategorized

David Kahn’s Spring 2012 Lookbook Is All About Color & Texture


The new lookbook for David Kahn Jeans has two notable themes: color and texture. The brands serves up California-friendly styles that style-hungry New York women won’t be able to resist, from floral print cut-off shorts to patch work jeans and a range of colored skinny jeans (available in both pastel and vibrant, saturated hues). While they’re riding the alternative-denim wave, there are also plenty of more modest, classic options like dark wash skinnies, medium-wash cropped jeans, and un-intrusive flare legs.

See more below.

 

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 10 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand
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