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Denim Insider: The World of RESIN DENIM’s Chantel Valentene, Part 1


From Resin Denim's FW 2010 Lookbook.

We love everything about the look, feel and process which makes up a pair of great premium denim jeans.  But, we rarely get a good snapshot of the person at the helm of today’s hottest denim brands.  Who is Chantel Valentene, the Creative Director (and sometimes company bartender) of Resin Denim?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Chantel Valentene, RESIN Denim Creative Director.

Chantel Valentene, RESIN Denim Creative Director.

What is your favorite stylish city?
Anywhere in Italy because the style isn’t only in the clothing; it radiates through the architecture, the people and the pace at which they enjoy life.  St. Michael, Barbados, is on the list because my family is there and the culture of living happy, easy and laid back has been ingrained in me and manifests itself in my approach to fashion.

How do you relax?
Friends, Haagen Daz rum raisin, and Jameson.  It works in any order and can be done separately or together. Hanging out in Williamsburg or the LES with my friends is how I decompress most often.

What’s your forecast on winter wardrobe essentials?
Anything voluminous and knit, like big scarves and chunky coats worn with great jeans in updated washes. Love the idea of our new black garnet and mechanic jeans paired with shearling buckled booties. Always invest in great boots for fall and wear jewelry that is personal to you.

Resin Denim inside Barney's Co-Op at The Grove L.A.

Resin Denim inside Barney's Co-Op at The Grove L.A.

Resin Denim's design team burning the midnight oil.

Resin Denim's design team, Ibrahim and Kev, burning the midnight oil.

What jeans styles will be hot this winter?
For both men and women our Black Garnet wash, which is deep burgundy with overlaid blacks, is a great buy for fall. It’s a new easy way to wear color. Also waxed jeans like our Spectre wash is hot for fall.


RESIN DENIM Catalyst in Black Garnet (Shopbop) and Aslan Skinny in Spectre (OakNYC).

What’s next for RESIN?

I’m knee deep in designing Fall 11, which is an amazing step for us because we are finding our footing; and, with every jean making a better product for the customer. There is something special in the works that should be coming out at the beginning of next year.

Next Week: The World of Resin Denim’s Chantel Valentene, Part 2.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Oct 22 2010 in Denim News » Interviews

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