Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. 50% off at Brooklyn Denim Co., final markdown on items in-store. If you’re in Brooklyn, drop in! 85 N 3rd St. #101 Brooklyn, NY 11211 p. 718.782.2600
2. Check out photos of the Alexander McQueen McQ collection at Atrium NYC—the men’s denim pieces are sporty-meets-punk rock.
3. Celebs Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough were spotted making a difference at the DoSomething.org and Aeropostale ‘Teens For Jeans’ launch party. The program raises awareness of the teen homelessness problem across the country.
4. Buffalo David Bitton announced that Kym Maas has joined the company as Chief Merchandising Officer. Read more about her new role at The Denim Guy.
5. Kult Magazine’s September 2011 Issue features a pretty cool denim editorial, featuring Franziska Müller.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Alexander Wang, atrium nyc, Brooklyn Denim Co., buffalo david bitton, DoSomething.org, Franziska Müller, Kult Magazine, Teens for Jeans
With the excitement of fireworks and BBQs comes the inevitable desire to refresh summer wardrobes with new denim & jeans—patrioitcally, no less, stimulating the nation’s economy with each purchase! …Yes, we’re justifying every swipe of our card and dip into our purse this weekend with the promise of being better citizens as we pull on our brand new 7FAM skinny jeans or tie up our 80%20 denim shoes. We’ve rounded up a bunch of fun online sales for you to browse while you’re waiting for the bon fire to get roarin’! And we wish you all a safe, happy holiday weekend.
Opening Ceremony – Mark-downs on thousands of items, including shoes, jewelry, and clothing. Our pick: Alexander Wang denim foil pant. Was $395, now $158.
Urban Outfitters – Special selection of men’s red, white & blue tops, canvas & denim shoes, accessories, and more. Our pick: Van’s American Era sneaker. $60.
Tobi – Up to 70% off men’s and women’s jeans and fashion. Brands like MM6, 9 in the morning, J Brand, Current/Elliott, Hudson Jeans, and more! Our pick: J Brand Midrise 11″ Skinny Jeans in Royal Blue. $176.
Swirl - Some of them are sold out, and yes, we ARE to blame… but Swirl is hosting a sale on 80%20 shoes until Tuesday at up to 50% off. They have some amazing denim & blue canvas styles to pick from. Our pick: Flora Cutout Bootie in Chambray. $49.
Nasty Gal - Women’s fashion on-sale, take an extra 20% off already marked down items until July 4th! Our pick: MinkPink Lonely Hearts Denim Shorts (was $78, now $43.68) or the Charley 5.0 Tied Chambray Pants (was $130, now $72.80).
Hudson Jeans – Special selection of red, white, and blue shorts and denim, including new arrivals. Free shipping on orders of $150 or more. Our pick: Hampton Cuffed Short in red. $143.
Siwy - Get 25% off site-wide this weekend only, using the promo code 4TH25 at checkout. Our pick: Hannah cropped skinny jean. $182.
Joe’s Jeans – Grab a pair of their coveted red & blue Chelsea skinny jeans! Get 25% off your purchase AND free ground shipping when you use the code YankeeDoodle at checkout.
7 For All Mankind – Also hosting a red, white, and blue themed week, with no notable sales (but their prices are reasonable as usual). Our pick: The Skinny second skin legging jean in Garnet wash. $79.
Madewell - Extra 30% Off final sale items (already marked down) & get free shipping on orders of $100 or more. Use code SALEAWAY at checkout. Our pick: Earnest sewn harlan.290 jeans in kalma. Was $195, now $154.99.
Modnique – 4th of July Weekend apparel blowout, up to 78% off denim and apparel. Our pick: Current/Elliott distressed denim skinny jeans. Was $280, now $60.
Bloomingdales - Up to 40% off select apparel and jewelry until July 4th. Brands like True Religion, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Hudson Ferris, & more. Our pick: Citizens of Humanity Manic Cheeky Denim Shorts in Love Potion Wash. Was $168, now $117.60.
Shopbop - Up to 70% off apparel & summer fashion (all your favorite brands are here—they have everything.) Our pick: Patterson J. Kincaid chambray Crystal Jersey Tunic Dress. Was $148, now $44.40.
J.Crew - “Final sale” sale, featuring everything from outerwear to denim, jewelry, and summer apparel. Also score free shipping on orders over $150 when you use the code SHIP150 at checkout. Our pick: Bootcut jean in faded blues. Was $125, now $79.99.
The Outnet – Take an extra 20% off everything site-wide on July 4th Weekend on merch already marked down up to 75% off, by entering code SUMMER20 at checkout. Our pick: Twenty8Twelve Peg Painter mid-rise skinny jeans. Was $325, now $81.25.
Net-A-Porter - Huge site-wide sale ends on Sunday, so jump on it! Up to 70% off your favorite designer labels. Our pick: Theyskens’ Theory Peps low-rise flared jeans. Was $265, now $84.80.
Happy Shopping, denim-addicts!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: 80%20, Alexander Wang, cheap denim, Citizens of Humanity, denim sales, Designer Denim, designer jeans, Hudson Jeans, J. Crew, jeans on sale, nasty gal, online denim sale, Siwy, summer fashion, summer sale, summer shopping
Here Ye, Here Ye! We are gathered here today to introduce to you New York City based, Court Shop very own label, Court Denim. They offer a range of washes in blues, black, white and gray in high-waisted style jeans (and only high-waisted but not too high). The fits for the skinny, straight, boot and belle cut are amazing for all hip fashionistas to the everyday moms looking for a bit of clean extra coverage– think good riddance to muffin top. Read on for our exclusive interview and we will let you give us your verdict.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Court Denim: I always wanted to be a designer. I have a degree in fashion design and a background as a juniors & denim designer. As retailers since 2004, with our downtown store Circa Now and Court, specializing in vintage & designer denim, we saw a void in the market for affordable designer denim with an emphasis on clean, classic, natural waist styles.
DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
CD: We consider our competition to be Ksubi, J Brand, Acne. We are different as we specialize in hi waist fits. Most brands offer one hi waist style per season. We offer natural waist fits in skinny straight bell or boot in tons of washes every season. In both 5-pocket and novelty fits. Also, because we are partnered with our manufacturer, we are able to offer premium, designer denim at about half the price of our above named competitors.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
CD: We do a lot of travelling throughout the year and gather inspiration everywhere from the streets of nyc and paris, to vintage ads and jeans, art, music, design and it all finds its way on to our seasonal inspiration board.
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
CD: Cool, comfortable, confident. The downtown fashion girls love our hi waist styles, as do upper east side moms looking for a little more coverage.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
CD: For spring 12 we will continue our classic Americana feel with modern take on 60′s and 70′s influence. Think Jane Birkin.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
CD: Our dream collaboration is Alexander Wang! For current spring 11 collection, we collaborated with LIPS Jeans re-releasing their cult favorite Zoe jean. For fall 11, we are working with organic dyer Audrey Louise Reynolds to offer one of a kind hand dyed denim in limited runs.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
CD: Our staple piece is the HI waist skinny. Most popular washes are Black OD, Blue OD and indigo rinse. We love seeing them with a feminine vintage inspired blouse or your favorite tee, with lots of Pam Love jewelry. We also love and have done extremely will with our hi waist bell. Bells are great with this seasons wedges (and we cut them long specially for this reason).
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
CD: We don’t like over branding or too much “stuff” on our jeans. We like clean classic fits and washes. With us all the attention is in the fit and washes rather than any tricks. We are loving bells and straight legs, but always end up in our hi waist skinnies!
DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?
CD: Very much so. NYC girls are a constant source of inspiration for design and style.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
CD: Personally I own about 100 pairs of jeans. Lots of vintage archives, Judi Rosen, H&M, Deisel, J Brand, Grey Ant, Acne and lots of Court!
DT: Favorite celeb wearing your denim?
CD: Musician MNDR. She’s been buying up every wash for her tours with Mark Ronson!
You can “Like” their Facebook Page or visit the Court Boutique at 178 Mulberry St NY, NY
Tags: Acne Jeans, Alexander Wang, circa boutique nyc, court denim, court denim high waited jeans, courtshop, Diesel, Fall 2011, fashion girls, Grey Ant, H&M, high-waisted jeans, J Brand, Judi Rosen, Ksubi, lips jeans, mark ronson, mndr, pam love jewelry, spring 2012, upper east side moms, vintage archives, vintage denim designer denim
Its no secret that some of the biggest must-have items the last few seasons have been basics. From t-shirts to t-shirt dresses, tanks, cardigans, henleys–you name it–these simple stables have been key items in many collections, and therefore many wardrobes. With stores such as American Apparel taking this trend to astronomical heights, and with designers such Alexander Wang and Robert Geller launching lines focusing on a more streamline and essential look, its safe to say that we’re getting back to basics. But what does that mean? Well, for starters, collections based on basics mean lots, and lots, of separates. That means you can pick and choose what you want and mix it in with your personal wardrobe. Think of all the great things you can pair with your jeans! Here are a few of my personal favorite basics roaming around, that I know will look perfect with all your denim:
1. Try a short sleeve sweater in a tee style with any pair a jeans for a more casual look.
2. Layer this great T by Alexander Wang top with an oversized cardigan, tuck those jeans into some boots and you’re good to go for a great Fall look!
3. This plunging scoop-neck t-shirt from Mary-Kate and Ashley’s The Row is great for any day of the week.
4. Glam up any pair of jeans with this Balmain sequins tee for a night out on the town or a date!
5. Try an American Apparel basic v-neck with a high waisted denim skirt for a flirty ensemble.
6. Short, long, heathered or sheer, T by Alexander Wang has a selection for any occation.
How are you wearing your basics? What jeans go best with these timeless staples? Share with us, we want to know!
– Sandoval Gomez
Tags: Alexander Wang, American Apparel, Balmain, Basics, Robert Geller, T by Alexander Wang, The Row
Quilted patterns add such a luxe edge to a bag, shoe or jacket. Forever classic, the iconic quilted patterns of a Chanel bag or a wardrobe staple of every man and woman, Burberry’s signature snap-front quilted jacket. Now add some fun and of-the-moment chic quilted pieces in our blue crush, the quintessential denim.
Alexander Wang Quilted Denim Short, $425.00
These Alexander Wang quilted denim shorts have a modern retro feel with an exposed front zipper to show off those sexy gams.
ALEXANDER WANG @ BARNEY’S
Miu Miu Large Denim Tote, $1,25.00
This Miu Miu denim tote is not your ordinary carry-all city slicker. With a navy leather trim and crystal-embellished clasp fastening, tote around town in high style.
MIU MIU @ NET-A-PORTER
MARC by Marc Jacobs, Lila Quilted Denim Hobo, $378.00
Bohemian chic done in denim??”try this hobo outfitted with a southwestern shoulder strap, glossy beads, and honeycomb topstitching.
MARC JACOBS @ BERGDORF GOODMAN
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu
A respectable gal should not go out with a pair of denim’s alone. Complete the look with the fashion accessory of the season, the clutch bag.
Let’s start off with a fabulous denim piece:
Helmut Lang Denim and Suede Jacket, $780 @ Gilt - RIGHT NOW!
A stretch denim motorcycle jacket with contrast suede panels, contrast stretch jersey panels at under arm, functional zipper closure at sleeve cuff, extended front hemline, from zipper pockets. Hidden front asymmetric two zipper closure, fully line.
*Exclusive Helmut Lang tank with first purchase (see third image on Gilt page) *$50 Gilt credit when you spend $250 in this sale. Please note, this credit expires in 90 days.
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Rafe New York Vanessa Mirror Minaudiere, $550.00
(as seen in April 2010 Cosmopolitan issue)
When I opened a package that arrived yesterday, I was overcome with joy! It was like a beam of light shining from within the box, my Rafe New York Vanessa Mirror Minaudiere is a piece of art. For maximum, high-voltage wear, showcase this pyramid mirrored minaudiere (a clutch with a chain shoulder strap) with a minimalist outfit free of clutter. A chic black dress, the Helmet Lang jacket and mile high heels.
Contact Rafe New York for a stocklist.
Celestina Rainbow Paua Shell box Clutch, $1555.00
Celestina’s rainbow paua shell box clutch with amethyst clasps is an exotic evening adornment. Ride the waves and glide into the room with all eyes on you and your fabulous bag.
Shop Celestina @ net-a-porter.com
Loud and Clear…
Alexander Wang Darla Pyramid Clutch – Clear PVC, $420.00
Darla Pyramid Clear Clutch is exclusively online @ Alexander Wang
Small pyramid shaped clutch – PVC and leather combo. Back seam detailing with a single zip compartment, 13 rows of black finish on bass base rivets. A very modern clutch for the fashion forward girl.
Come on Baby Light My Fire…
For his Fall 2010 accessories collection, the Elsa Double Frame Clutch with the flame motif sizzles. Contact the store for price and availability.
Shop Alexander Wang
Bird of Paradise…
Miu Miu Bird Suede and Python Clutch, $1,495.00
Not just a fly by fancy, this Miu Miu black and pink, python and suede bird motif clutch is the perfect bag to add a little playful whimsy to any outfit.
Shop Miu Miu @ net-a-porter.com
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Celestina, Gilt, Helmut Lang, Miu Miu, Net-A-Porter, Rafe New York
With so much rain, sleet, and snow lately, what better way to remedy your cabin fever than to weather the storm and go shopping! There’s plenty of denim that will put a little snap, crackle and plenty of pop into your wardrobe (and spirits).
Alexander Wang Denim w/belt, $170.00
Black denim pants with leather belt detailing and metal hardware. Mad Max for the modern woman.
Alexander Wang @ Aloha Rag
Rock & Republic Crazy Low-Rise Malevolent Jeans, $248.00
Gorgeous edgy jeans in a metallic black/silver wash for the fashionable rocker chick.
Rock & Republic @ Bergdorf Goodman
Marc by Marc Jacobs Diamond Denim Dress, $298.00
This fabulous tribal print denim dress is a breath of fresh air for any spring wardrobe.
Marc by Marc Jacobs @ Shopbop
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, $275.00
A sexy denim tube dress easy to slip on and easy to slip off.
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela @ Shopbop
Andy Warhol for Pepe Jeans
Andy Warhol makes Pepe pop with iconic prints.
Just in time for the spring, it’s La Dolce Vita! The Italian powerhouse, Missoni, has gotten Chuck’d and taken for a whirl-wind of a ride in a collaborative love affair with the American All-Star rock ‘n’ roller. Dropping in selected stores in April, Missoni’s iconic pattern graces the Chuck Taylor in two color patterns at $200 a pop! Sizzling!
Jimmy Choo NixenPlatform, $795.00
Rock that 70s style in these platform corked heel sandals. To complete the retro look, add the Martha clutchindenim with jazzy lightening bolt and star print, $1050.00
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Andy Warhol, Converse, Jimmy Choo, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Missoni, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Pepe Jeans, Rock & Republic
Shopping around for good denim pieces have been successful with the likes of J Brand, Acne and Current/Elliott, so end on a high note with a fabulous dress, trench coat and simple kicks. Denim must haves!
Alexander Wang Denim Oxford Shirt Dress with Rib Combo, $465.00
When it comes to marrying casual with elegance, Alexander Wang is the grand mix master. Wang doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to leading a trend. Draped wrap skirts and dresses are a hot trend he does it so brilliantly with this colorblock dress that features a chambray bodice and wrap detail at the jersey skirt.
Shop Alexander Wang @ Shopbop
Plenty by Tracy Reese Denim Trench Coat, $325.00
“Here’s looking at you kid”, a classic coat with a modern twist. We all have a little Casablanca romance in us, rain or shine.
Shop Tracey Reese @ Piperlime
YMC Denim Plimsoll, $118.98
These beloved low-fi kicks were first championed by Razorlight in 2006 and they continue to be coveted by indie hipsters.
Shop YMC @ ASOS
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander Wang, Tracy Reese, YMC