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
Tags: Abbot & Main, Abbot and Main, Adriano Goldschmied, avant-garde fashion, Avant/Garde Diaries, Citizens of Humanity, custom denim Los Angeles, Den.m Bar, downtown art scene, DTLA, Dylan George, Goldsign, kellan lutz, Raf Simons
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.
Check out Denim Hunt’s recent showroom visit for more images. Images via Style.com.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: avant-garde fashion, graphic jeans, Helmut Lang, Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 2012, It Denim, It Jeans, printed jeans, spider web jeans, spider web pattern jeans, trendy jeans
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).
The Field House
5465 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
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
Tags: A.P.C., avant-garde fashion, Blackbird Ballard, Comune, Denim Sales in Seattle, Mens Denim Sales, Menswear Sales, Odyn Vovk, online sales, Rick Owens, Robert Geller, Simon Miller, The Field House, The Stronghold
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.
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.
View more Ring Lookbook images at Ring Milano online, or shop Ring Jeans at Antonioli online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: avant-garde fashion, drop crotch jeans, Ring Jeans, Ring Milano, whiskered jeans