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Before & After Ripped Pocket Repair


We’ve all been there… a favorite pair of jeans we wear almost every day for years, until one day we realize there’s a problem. The pockets, which we’ve been shoving our cellphones and hands and money into seemingly forever, have torn away a hole in the base fabric, right below the rivet. Eek. But a ripped pocket is no match for our expert denim repair technicians. Check out this before and after to see what we mean, and let us help you out if you’re having a similar problem.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 17 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

In Case You Were Wondering: The Evolution Of Pants


To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first pair of women’s jeans last month, Levi Strauss &Co. has created a snapshot of the evolution of pants. The images attached take us through the many years and styles of a women’s changing wardrobe and the look that, for so long, was such a scandal. For a closer look into the women’s pants throughout history (many, of course, being Levi’s), check out Unzipped.

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Lady Levi’s®, Lot 701, was first introduced in 1934. This image appeared in the first catalog. They were called “Dude Ranch Duds,” the company’s new separate line of western wear.

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During World War II, many people visited dude ranches, as European travel was no longer possible. LS&CO. expanded its offerings of western clothing and always highlighted Lady Levi’s®. This is a catalog from the mid-‐ 1940s.

 

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After World War II, the company started selling Lady Levi’s® jeans beyond the western states, where they soon became the uniform for the suburban mom. By the early 1950s, there was a change in attitude toward denim, which was now being seen as a fabric for leisure as well as labor. Trade magazines of the period make this very clear; in 1956 a writer for American Fabrics said that denim is in an “entirely new clothing category: it used to be work clothes, but now it’s work ‘n play clothes.”

 

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By the mid-1950s, LS&Co. was making men’s and women’s clothing under the Casuals label. In 1955, the women’s Casuals line was so extensive it was given its own catalog, which was filled with the skirts, blouses, and “pedal pushers,” popular in films and in suburban backyards. The clothes were heavily advertised in magazines such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen.

 

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In the 1960s, teenagers started to appear in advertisements reflecting the power of the Baby Boomer youth culture. In 1964, LS&CO. offered skinny stretch jeans for juniors, and these images appeared on in-‐‐store advertising cards that year.

 

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Lady Levi’s® jeans were made for both mom and daughter in the 1960s and looked stylish on everyone. This advertising in store item is from about 1963.

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The 1970s was all about personal expression and individuality. Fashion was one way people expressed themselves. Jeans in this era had a more groovy shape – and the open-leg flare style was an instant hit.

 

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In the 1980s, the Levi’s® brand introduces the famous 501® jeans for women in 1981. The brand introduces stonewashing to women’s jeans just two years later in 1983.

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In the 1990s, the Levi’s® brand offers a series of premium denim and continues to make a wide range of jeans – including the 501®, 550®, 512® Slim fits in an array of colors including the ever so popular white denim.

 

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Today, 80 years after the birth of the jean for women, Levi’s continues to innovate to provide denim lifestyle solutions for women. In 2013, Levi’s introduced Levi’s Revel, a form-fitting jean with liquid shaping technology that shapes, lifts, and defines, with premium four-way stretch memory.

 

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Images and captions via Levi Strauss & Co. Archives

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 16 2014 in Denim Therapy

Before & After: A Hole In Your Back Pocket


Wallets do a number on jean pockets. When you wear the same pair of jeans for years and put your wallet in your pocket repeatedly, it adds a pretty cool wallet-shaped scar, but eventually a hole can form in your denim. And believe us, you’ve got to take care of it before you start losing spare change. Check out one of our recent denim repair jobs below.

Before:

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After:

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 10 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

How To Wear Denim Like A French Girl


It seems the entire world is on a quest to dress like Parisian style icons, chasing that effortless tomboy approach to feminine style made viral by modern stars like Clémence Poésy and Léa Seydoux. If you’re also looking to add a bit of French girl flare to your look, we’d recommend a browse through the fall 2014 collection of  Laurence Doligé—a sportswear designer who has successfully combined effortless chambray with patchwork denim, peplum coats, and luxe slouchy knitwear into one offering of serious class. See the collection here, and check out our tips on dressing with je ne sais quoi below.

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1. Mix dressy with casual. If you’re wearing a silk blouse, pair it with boyfriend jeans. A pair of tailored slacks go perfect with a crisp white tee. Roll up those sleeves and add some pearls!

2. Wear black and white. Sounds basic, and, well, it is. Try a white pair of jeans with a black knit sweater, tucked into the front. Add some gold cuff bracelets and a pair of easy flats. Done.

3. A simple frock does the job like nothing else. Whether it’s a button down cotton summer dress in a solid off-white hue or a pinstriped chambray cocktail number, less is more when you’re pulling off French-inspired style.

4. Find the perfect tailored jacket. No cutting corners on this one. There are few outfits that won’t be transformed into instant chic with the addition of a killer jacket. Pair it with skinnies and flats, belt it around the waist, and find the perfect clutch to carry.

5. Think beyond the skinny jean. French femmes know how to rock a pair of ultra wide leg pants. Pair wide leg jeans with a crop top and a long knit cardigan. A brimmed hat and some silver jewelry and you’re ready to hit the streets.

How do you pull off the French girl look? Let us know on facebook!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 29 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How To Make Double Denim Look Expensive


Once upon a time, the phrase double denim called to mind images of “Canadian tuxedos” and horrific family photos from the 90s featuring multiple generations wearing jean shirts and jeans. But then, a couple years ago, double denim became a thing. The chicest models-off-duty and fashion editors began sporting the look to fashion week, and then style bloggers ran wild with it. Fall is a denim-heavy season to be sure, so to gear up for it, we’re breaking down ways to make your double denim look expensive and stylish, with the help of this great outfit from Viva Luxury.

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Images via Viva Luxury.

Tips:

1. Mix washes. Pairing two medium wash denim pieces together? Bad. Mixing a medium-to-light wash chambray button down with acid wash jeans? Perfection.

2. Tote a chic bag. Head-to-toe denim with a fabric bag over your shoulder definitely looks casual-cool, but not “expensive”. Do yourself a favor and grab your vintage chanel clutch or other cute purse to keep the look high end.

3. Wear fresh kicks. Nothing says “I am effortlessly stylish and I make more money than you!” than a pair of fresh, clean kicks to punctuate your outfit. Bonus points for metallics.

Love this look? See more photos here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 22 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

A Peek Inside Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab


Take a peek inside Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab  (aka: where the magic happens) in a recent issue of Jean Stories, wherein Jonathan Cheung, SVP of global design, gives a VIP tour.

“You may not have heard of Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab – but if you love jeans, you should know about it. From the outside, it’s an unassuming brick building in San Francisco’s Embarcadero. On the inside, though, magic happens. Here, the prototypes for new denim developments that shape not just the Levi’s we live in, but the entire industry – from washes, to treatments, to advances in sustainability – are made.” (See more)

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Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab

Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab

See more denim-porn and read the full interview with Jonathan Cheung at Jean Stories.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 15 2014 in Denim Therapy

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Favorite Jeans


Ever wonder how to bring new life to an old pair of favorite jeans? Aside from sending them in to Denim Therapy for any physical repairs they may desperately need, you can re-style and revive your baby blues with some styling tricks. The upside to this? Aside from avoiding spending your hard-earned summer income on denim this fall, you will also be doing something for the environment:

Via The Zoe Report: “By either repurposing your outdated jeans—you know, the long-forgotten-about pairs hiding at the bottom of a drawer—or seeking out pre-loved varieties, you’ll not only be adding intrigue to your wardrobe, but you’ll also be reducing landfill waste (clothing contributes up to 5%). Here, you’ll find three crazy-cool resources to give your blues game a boost!”

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Click through to find out how to revive your favorite jeans for fall.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 11 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Knees


In line with last week’s before & after post (in case you missed it, we shared a before & after repair involving worn-out whiskers that eventually tore), this week we repaired jeans with tears in the knee area, where whiskers had also appeared after years of wear. Talk about a favorite pair! Check out the before and after below, and send in your favorite pair of jeans for some denim-doctor-ing if they need it.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 08 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Whiskers


As you might remember from last week, we repair more than just the typical crotch hole and knee hole here at Denim Therapy. A pair of jeans came in recently with an array of worn-out tears in the whisker region, likely from years of loving wear. If you have a favorite pair of jeans, you may notice a similar pattern (in which case you should send them in, asap). Check out the before and after below, to see what we were able to do for this customer.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 01 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Do Spanx Jeans Make You Look Thinner… For Real?


According to StyleCaster’s Leah Bourne, the answer is a resounding “Yes”. Inspired by Sarah Blakely, founder of Spanx, and her mission to create a pair of jeans that fit like leggings and suck in excess weight in all the right places, Bourne got a pair for herself to see if they walked the walk. She found that while they definitely lived up to their task of being shape wear, they didn’t feel too tight or “like a girdle”. Even after a full day’s wear, they had the stamp of approval.

How do they work? According to Blakely, who spoke to StyleCaster, “There’s a magic tummy panel sewn right into The Slim-X jean and a uniquely designed shaping waistband in The Signature style. We also created slimming patterns for both cuts—the skinny and straight, so that thighs appear thinner and legs longer.”

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Image via StyleCaster. 

So the verdict? Spanx jeans make you look thinner, and they don’t wear out after a day of walking around. We’ll be trying a pair for ourselves to see if this theory holds up for us as well. See the full story and review here.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 28 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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