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Denim in Seattle: Introducing The Blackbird Ballard Hazlewood Jean


When you think of Seattle fashion, somehow brands like Comme des GarçonsRobert Gellar, Odyn Vovk and Rick Owens aren’t the first to come to mind.  But, when you walk into menswear store Blackbird, you soon find that you’ve stepped into a menswear style oasis in the charming Ballard district, and you’ll find these progressive brands and more are in stock.  Recently, Denim Therapy dropped by to check out Blackbird’s Hazlewood jean, a limited-run (150 pairs each style) of straight leg jeans (in raw indigo Cone Mills denim, “Stolen” Black mid-weight jean, and indigo Japanese nep 13oz denim fabrications).  Sales Manager Rick Moe says producing their own jeans was a part of Blackbird’s evolution as a full lifestyle brand.  We have to say we’re both pretty excited and bummed that you can only get the Hazlewood at Blackbird stores.

Blackbird Ballard Hazlewood Jeans




Check out Blackbird Ballard online to shop the Hazlewood jeans.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 18 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

Denim Dose: News & Links


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. The Den.m Bar opened up last week in downtown Los Angeles, offering custom made denim for about $200.  Everything is made on the premises and made from a choice of Kaihara Denim, Nisshinbo Denim, Cone Denim White Oak (from North Carolina), Kurabo Denim, and Canadian Denim.  Image via the Brigham Yen blog.

2. Looks like Raf Simons has handed over not only his role as Creative Director at Jil Sander, but also the director’s role at The Avant/Garde Diaries Festival, which will hold a show in downtown Los Angeles (April 19 to May 10).  The new curator is Mike D of The Beastie Boys.

3. Citizens of Humanity and Goldsign have opened up their gorgeous new 2,000-square-foot showroom in West Hollywood, California.  Buyers might be tempted to hang out a little longer than usual, but we’re certain that will be okay.

4. NYC Twi-Hards will get to meet Kellan Lutz at Bloomingdales in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, who will be present this Saturday, March 17 (2 to 3 p.m.) to promote the Dylan George and Abbot + Main Spring 2012 collection.  Shoppers who makes purchases through March 17 will get access to the VIP “Express” line to meet Kellan first.  Location:  Bloomingdales Roosevelt Field Mall, Menswear Main Level, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 14 2012 in Denim News

It Jeans: Helmut Lang Acid Trip Spider Web Skinny Jeans For Pre-Fall 2012


What happens when you expose spiders to LSD, Marijuana and pure caffeine?  You get the most amazing abstract web patterns—the inspiration behind the Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2012 Collection.  If you’ve ever been unsure about rocking a pair of printed jeans, then the spider web art on jeans might change your mind.  After studying photographs of these webs, husband and wife design team Nicole and Michael Colovos injected the web patterns throughout this collection.  You’ll find the intoxicated web creations printed or as burnouts on the jeans.  Could these be the new It Jeans?  Helmut Lang clothing remains both hard with razor cut angles and soft with fluid draping; while, its range of skinny jeans and cropped, baggy drop-crotch pants, serve as the constant.

Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2012: Acid-trip spider web jeans.





Check out Denim Hunt’s recent showroom visit for more images.  Images via Style.com.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Dec 22 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Starts Friday: Blackbird Ballard Semi-Annual Clearance Sale


Starts Friday: Blackbird Ballard is having their semi-annual clearance sale at The Field House, featuring plenty of garage sale merchandise: men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories new and used, books, records, grooming items, Filson, Pendelton, and pretty much even their kitchen sink.  Of course, we’re hoping they offer up some of their Levi’s Made & Crafted, Robert Geller, Simon Miller and The Stronghold jeans they carry (fingers crossed).

Blackbird Ballard is having a garage sale, clearing out their The Field House location.

Location:
The Field House
5465 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Hours:
7/15 to 7/17 (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

 

If you can’t get there, there’s a nifty sale going on right now at Blackbird Ballard online to take the edge off.  A.P.C., Comune, Odyn Vovk, and many other hard-to-find and edgy denim brands are on sale now.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Jul 14 2011 in Denim Menswear » Denim News

Ring Jeans: Drop Crotch Denim & Faux Cut-Offs For Summer 2011


Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, avant-garde Milanese brand Ring brings us drop-crotch cropped jeans for the summer, as well as two-toned coated jeans which look a bit like denim cutoffs sewn together with another pair of jeans’ legs.  Maybe it sounds odd, but to us the spring summer 2011 lookbook looks more like a rebellion against boring, everyday denim.

Ring Milano brings us drop-crotch cropped jeans for Spring-Summer 2011.

As progressive as Ring may be, the brand’s minimalist tailoring is quite wearable even for the less adventurous, thanks to the lack of distracting, superficial design.  Ring’s Founder Selene Busatta launched Ring Milano in 2004, originally set out to rework classic pieces into avant-garde works of art that is open to interpretation, made individual through one’s own styling choices.  We were, of course, also impressed with the men’s and women’s denim, which exhibits deep, three-dimensional whiskering, honeycombing and tasteful additions of “dirty” wash, which stretches the ideals of avant-garde fashion, often seen as zen and clean.

Ring Jeans Spring-Summer 2011: plenty of drop-crotch jeans for the guys.

Ring Jeans Spring-Summer 2011: Try drop-crotch jeans with a deconstructed blazer.

View more Ring Lookbook images at Ring Milano online, or shop Ring Jeans at Antonioli online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted May 30 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks
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