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Siwy Denim is Ready For Take Off!


If you’re not already aching to jet off on a summer getaway, Siwy Denim’s newest lookbook will definitely ignite that desire. The spring 2014 shoot has an aviation theme, with models sporting Siwy styles inside, outside, and all over airplanes. The aviation theme is perfect, because the collection lends itself so well to packing for travel. Great denim basics, like acid wash ankle length skinnies, pair with statement pieces, like a sheer ombre top that would be killer for an international night out.

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See the full lookbook below:

Shop Siwy’s newest styles for spring.

—Michelle Christina Larsen 

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Posted May 01 2014 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Varsity Jackets & Jeans Are Trending, And We Love It!


Varsity jackets and jeans are a classic Americana style combination that you can’t go wrong with. Reminiscing for your college days? We’re pretty sure a handful of the super stars rocking these looks in the images below have graduated, but they’re taking it right out of the classroom and into the arena of advanced personal style. Get some inspiration below, and more at Honestly…WTF.

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jeans and jackets trend

jeans and jackets trend

See more at Honestly…WTF.

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 22 2013 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Video: Raleigh Denim Fall 2013


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.

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Check out Raleigh Denim online for more.

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 25 2013 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Get The Look: Leather Jacket + Fur Collar + Acid Wash Jeans


French style blogger Betty of Le Blog de Betty nails a chic winter look with her faux-fur collar, leather jacket, and acid wash jeans. A no-fuss look that’s both slimming and a little bit rock’n'roll, you can pull this off with a few simple pieces. Shop the look below.

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1. River Island Amelie Skinny In Snow Wash 2. LOT78 Leather jacket 3. ASOS Faux Fur Snood 4. Easy Rider Fringe Bag in Black

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See the full look below.

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Love this look? Let us know on facebook!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 25 2013 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Autumn Hues & Tailored Jackets: Raleigh Denim Keeps It Classy For FW13


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.

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Men’s and women’s looks below:

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 19 2013 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Get The Look: Stripes & Skinny Jeans


Brooklyn bloggers from The Marcy Stop know how to rock a classic combo. This outfit features acid wash skinny jeans and a striped knit cardigan—the ideal outfit for bike riding on a late fall day (though more recently, a snowsuit feels suitable). Get the look below!

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1. Mango asymmetric striped cardigan 2. J Brand 801 Acid Wash Velvet Pants 3. FALCHI by Falchi Shoes, Madison Wedge Booties 4. Raquel Allegra Shredded cotton-blend jersey top

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If you’re into biking in your jeans and you get the dreaded crotch blow-out, you know you can count on us to fix you up! Learn more about our expert denim repair services or repair your jeans now.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 29 2012 in Uncategorized

Pastel Dreams & Acid Wash Jeans: CLOSED SS13 Preview


At the CLOSED spring 2013 preview, a few scrumptious themes became evident as soon as we entered the showroom: pastels are making a big come back, hand-in-hand with rock’n'roll chic. Think acid wash and bleached-out jeans, leather jackets in candy hues, and denim vests with just the right amount of rough-up. Join us in marking our calendars for spring and eagerly awaiting the release of the intensely stylish selection below.

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pastel acid wash denim style

pastel acid wash denim style

 

Check out CLOSED for your pastels, prints, and artistic washes this spring.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 28 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Trend Alert! Monochromatic Denim Styling


Don’t get us wrong, color blocking and high contrast are both excellent ways to make an outfit pop—but sometimes going the understated route can make the biggest impact. Monochromatic styling requires a bit of bravery (done incorrectly, it could get costume-y), as well as like-hued items to mix and match. If you’re into this look, check our tips below on pulling it off with your favorite jeans this fall—and check out Nasty Gal’s newest lookbook for more ideas.

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1. Colored jeans are a shoe-in for this style! After all, you’re more likely to find a top to go with your over-dyed lilac denim than your destroyed dark wash skinnies.

2. Mix textures and variations on your chosen color to keep from looking like a children’s book character. A solid top with acid wash jeans or a printed top with smooth, non-distressed flares will keep you looking chic.

3. Stick with neutral hues to start if you’re unsure: a heather grey is a perfect launch point!

Want the jeans above? You can have them! You’re welcome.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 26 2012 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Interview With Tears Of Bleu Designer Caius Olowu


Last week we introduced you to Tears Of Bleu, the denim brand saturated with color and treated with unique washes. This week, we’re bringing you behind the scenes with designer Caius Olowu. Find out how the brand got its start, where the name comes from, and become a part of the Tears Of Bleu denim revolution!

Denim Therapy: We love the energy coming from this brand. Let’s start from the beginning. Can you talk about the creation story, beginnings in Japan, and how it grew to be what it is now?

Tears Of Bleu: I designed and sold my first denim line when I was still a student: 250 units of women’s Jeans, skirts and tops for Urban Outfitters UK that my sister and I cut and sewed ourselves on my living room floor. The collection ended up in Japan and I was offered a design Job. In 2006 I designed a menswear line in Japan and created a few pairs of jeans for myself (because I couldn’t find Jeans that fit me in Japan).

During a sales meeting a buyer asked where I got those jeans and wanted to place an order. Just as I was about to start producing my first order, True Religion Brand Jeans offered me a Senior design position in the US so I put the brand to rest for 4 years.

In 2010 I left True Religion and showed a few pieces that I created to a buyer in Japan. He placed 400 units and said he had never seen anything like it. I didn’t even have a name for it yet, but went with Tears of Bleu after my daughter, whose Japanese name is “Namida Blue” which means Blue Tears. It was a perfect metaphor for denim.

Now we are sold in Japan, US, UK, Germany and this coming Fall we’ll be in Hong Kong and and South Korea.

 

DT: What are some of the inspirations and aesthetics behind the designs in the current line? Any story behind the vibrant color scheme?

TOB: I was a civil engineer before I went back to college to study Fashion and Tailoring. I believe in the beauty of construction and every style has elements of tailoring, from the construction of the bound inseams on our premium turn-ups to how we create our women’s skinny to give a slim appearance.

The vibrant colors and processing are a completely new way of coloring denim developed by Jean Genie Studio and myself. I wanted my FW’12 look to represent contrast. I wanted to do color denim differently from everyone else. We use an enzyme wash to strip down the indigo before adding color. This keeps the highs and the lows in the texture.

 

DT: Are there any pre-design rituals for the team? Do the US and Japan teams meet often?

TOB: No design rituals, only that we continue with the same philosophy as we began with. We work separately from our Japan team who are based in Okayama Japan: they bring classic traditional modern jeans wear, with a vintage twist. The US team brings newness and experimentation. We do regularly exchange ideas inspired by the old, but what we do is for a new generation.

 

DT: Describe your ideal target customer.

TOB: A true denim lover who see’s denim as a lifestyle, an essential item in their everyday wear, someone who isn’t afraid to try something new, your everyday guy or girl that looks at denim as a revolution.

 

DT: How do you feel about the massive influence street style and blogs are having on fashion right now?

TOB: I have always believed that trends happen from the bottom up. They begin on the streets and end up on the catwalks. Thanks to bloggers, people are now much more aware of that. It’s the kids on the street that are really the leaders for trying something new and different which is noticed by designers and then in turn becomes fashion. The bloggers feed our desires and needs to know what new!

 

DT: Do you have any favorite style bloggers or fashion influentials?

TOB: My favorite style bloggers are Sara De Franza of SHELOVESUSA (www.shelovesusa.com), consueloblog (www.consueloblog.com) and Issam Hrs.

 

DT: Who would you love to see wearing your jeans?

TOB: It would have to be David Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Lapo Elkann and Gwen Stefani they all have individual self-styles, I would love to see them all in Tears of Bleu.

 

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites?

TOB: The most popular washes are the Milkyway wash—an updated tie dye smoothed out for a flowy, celestial look—Double star and ALEX wash. My favorite fits are the Lennon (our men’s slim skinny), the Chloe (our women’s premium skinny), and the Hendrix boot cut.

 

DT: How many pairs of jeans do you own?

TOB: I own 80 pairs of Jeans, Tears of Bleu, G Star, Gap and True Religion.

 

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next for Tears of Bleu?

TOB: What’s next is a new collection of Hand Crafted Jeans. Each piece is unique, not only from a look point but also from the way we approach the aesthetics. All the hardware is authentic vintage, sourced through flea markets and auction sites. The inside of the waistband has a hanger loop that allows the wearer to hang their jeans up like they would a coat and we have also included an aged Leather back patch without any visible branding.

We intend to show that branding can come not only through logos but also through the construction of a garment.

 

Visit Tears Of Bleu online and check out their FW12 lookbook.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jun 20 2012 in Denim News » Interviews

Wanna Dress Like a Brooklyn DJ? We Do Too!


Last week we shared our photoshoot with Brooklyn DJ and fashion minx Haruka Salt. Now watch to see what her favorite denim brands are and get an even closer look into her Bed Stuy apartment (and closet).  We showed her how to pair pastels with zebra print jeans and neon tank tops with vintage acid wash and now you can learn the tricks of the trade, too!

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—Sarah Greene

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Posted Apr 26 2012 in Denim News » Interviews » Uncategorized
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