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. Closing soon: Ruelala’s Hudson Jeans sale is in progress, so snag your favorite men’s or women’s Hudsons (most are $99.90) before they’re gone.
2. Barneys New York produced this snazzy video, featuring guys from all walks of life talking about how to pick up chicks, among other things. They are styled in Barneys Co-Op Spring 2012 featured brands, which include a crisp pair of Nudie Jeans Slim Jim Post Recycle Dry ($215). Watch the Barneys Men’s Co-op video here.
3. Gap has teamed up with Threadless to bring exclusive, community-designed graphic t-shirts to Gap stores worldwide! Enter your design and you could win $2,000 – $10,000. Go to Threadless online for details.
4. We’re intrigued by these high-top velcro sneakers in denim by Raf Simons ($600). Now that he’s got his hands free for a bit, we’re hoping to see him churn out more denim goods.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Barneys New York, denim on sale, Gap, Hudson Jeans, jeans on sale, Nudie, Raf Simons, Ruelala, Threadless
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. 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. Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus has released a denim & wool jacket, and it’s a super dapper selection for fall dressin’! It’s lined in silk and wool and the two-tone effect provides a palette of options for styling. For early fall, we’d go with some light beige corduroys.
2. Christopher Kane x J Brand = neon, top to bottom. It sure is fun to look at in these photos, but would even one of these pieces work in an outfit, separately? We’ll have to wait and see if there’s something more than meets the eye.
3. The French men’s line Alexandre Mattiussi is launching at Barneys New York this fall, in additional to 9 other retailers and an online store. Tom Kalenderian, general merch manager for men’s at Barneys says “AMI is targeted for a guy looking for modern classics.” Of course, they produce some great denim.
4. Hey big spenders! Up to 80% off Balmain jeans at The Outnet, right now! Jeans for “only” $400 (regularly far more).
5. This Spring 2012, GOLDSIGN Founder and Creative Director, Adriano Goldschmied lets us explore his passion and vision for daily life with “Goldskin”, an exclusive collection of mineral dyed suede, which will only be available to view and order at Tranoi tradeshow in Paris, France and Coterie tradeshow in New York, New York. Read the full story at The Denim Guy.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Alexandre Mattiussi, Barneys New York, Christopher Kane x J Brand, Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus, denim & wool jacket, Denim Menswear, denim news
We just had the awesome opportunity to speak with Maurizio Donadi, Global Senior Vice President of Levi’sXX. Levi’s XX is an independent creative division of Levi Strauss & Co, which houses two exclusive brands, Levi’s Vintage Clothing and Levis Made & Crafted. He granted us this exclusive interview, discussing the amazing brand that stems from the household name we all know to be synonymous with denim.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning.
Levi’s Made & Crafted: First of all, I am not a designer. What was interesting and inspiring for me in the beginning was the opportunity to work on a project so deeply rooted in history (with the Levi’s® Vintage Clothing line) and on bringing a sense of modernity and true innovation into the Levi’s world with the Levi’s® Made & Crafted™ line. Both brands are about high quality, fanatical attention to details and serious craftsmanship. It is indeed a unique project.
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?
Levi’s M&C: Our brands are both product and lifestyle driven instead of category-driven. For example, we design the shirt, sweater, jacket, chinos and jeans all at the same time within a story, a concept narrative. For us, we set very high standards and look at brands, companies and projects in the market that are not necessarily fashion/apparel related.
DT: Does your team have any pre-designing rituals?
Levi’s M&C: We are all engaged in the design process together from design and merchandising to product development and production. We as a team have an exercise internally called: The Creative Week. This ritual is more about developing the origin together until we each set off to get it done!
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer – the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
Levi’s M&C: We typically design into what the brands’ foundation is – not necessarily for a customer. The definition of customer is debatable. Fundamentally we have a dialogue with those that have a deep respect for the history of denim and most often for Levi’s®. And that is who we are. However, we are lucky that we are capturing a new type of audience who is intrigued about our point of view so we have an opportunity to educate them about what it is/who we are in new ways. With Levi’s® Made & Crafted™, we focus on quality, details and functional relevance to modern needs like travel and work, in a city or small town. The flexibility encourages mixing of our pieces with others because in the end, we want our personalities to show through, not just the clothes. All of that is for us very innovative, subtle and elevated. This creative positive tension between heritage and innovation is a magnetic story. It is also a story about testing, experimenting and finding new solutions.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
Levi’s M&C: Every retailer is free to buy what they think is the best assortment for their clientele. So if one shops at: Fred Segal in Santa Monica; Barney’s New York; Liberty in London; Fred Segal Melrose; Present in east London; American Rag LA; Brooklyn Denim; Isetan Tokyo; Antonia in Milan; Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter and LNCC online; and many others around the world, one will find a very personalized selection and depth. What’s next from us will not be necessarily a trend but nothing else than a strong point of view on fits and finishes. We design with longevity in mind, not for a quick seasonal trend. However I think that our Made IN USA assortment for both brands is quite remarkable in terms of quality, the natural aging of fabrics and original fits selection.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
Levi’s M&C: With Levi Strauss himself! Therefore, no plans for the future.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favourites, and how would you style them:
Levi’s M&C: Levi’s® Made & Crafted™ has an amazing selection of classic chinos in a range of fits and finishes. The Sander Cinch, for example is a modern interpretation of the Levi’s® Spring Bottom pant, a style Levi’s® started producing 1880. For women, the Pins Skinny is a deep blue coloured classic skinny fit jean. It has hand sponged ageing that gives it a natural worn feel.
DT: Do you have any favourite/least favourite denim trends right now?
Levi’s M&C: Everything that is truly authentic, simple, well made and fun is a good trend to me.
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?
Levi’s M&C: The galaxy of blogs is an interesting one. And as in a real galaxy you can find stars/blogs that are exploding, imploding, disoriented and gone mad. Some of them are a case study, some are fascinating and some are truly rubbish. We look at them with a telescope …… from a safe distance. Different matter is the inspiration that comes from the Street. Generally speaking, people utilize inventive spirit in order to make a statement about their personality and characters. Clothing creates an interesting way of showing up publicly and is quite different from person to person. The beauty of being humans is that we can really add a twist on every expression of self. It is the Circus of the Human Condition. Therefore a good show to go see.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
Levi’s M&C: Enough – it runs the gamut from vintage collector pieces to the one pair that I wear almost everyday and get mended every time I go to San Francisco’s Levi’s® Tailor Shop.
DT: Favourite celeb wearing your brand?
Levi’s M&C: In our own world we are all celebrities. With and without clothes on!
You can visit their website to see more styles from the Made & Crafted Collection.
Tags: american rag, Barneys New York, Fred Segal, fred segal santa monica, Levi Strauss, Levi's, levi's made and crafted, levi's xx, lncc, Made in USA, Maurizio Donadi, Mr Porter, Net-A-Porter, net-a-porter.com, skinny jean, vintage denim
Edun, the 100% organic, sustainable and ethically conscious fashion label founded by Ali Hewson (wife of Bono of rock band U2) is relaunching their website featuring products that benefit communities in Africa, including school children in Kenya.
Available are t-shirts with hand-drawn pictures from the children of Kibera, Kenya. 100% of the proceeds from these t-shirts will go to fund school needs such as food, healthcare and financial assistance.
Black and white graphic tees are part of “Grow To Sew”, an initiative by Edun, which apire to make African garments a sustainable industry. The proceeds will benefit the Conservation Cotton Initiative, which supports greater investment in sustainable and ethical production, fair trade and organic farming.
Hewson held a launch party for Edun’s pre-fall menswear capsule collection at Bloomingdale’s in NewYork last Wednesday. And for the women’s collection, continuing with the trend of patchwork jeans (also found on the runways of Chloe, Cheap Monday, Gap, Ralph Lauren, to name a few) and military styles, the pre-fall collection of Edun includes military-green jackets, adorable hemp short-suits, indigo-colored patchwork jeans, super soft tees, lightweight anoraks, and ruffled skirts. Edun will relaunch women’s at Barneys New York this week, and at Liberty of London and Merci in Paris later this month. And the company’s new designer, Sharon Wauchob, will debut her designs for Edun on the runways of New York in September.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Ali Hewson, Barneys New York, Cheap Monday, Chloe, Edun, Gap, Liberty of London, Merci, Ralph Lauren
The much anticipated collaboration between Hussein Chalayan, master of ‘the art’ of fashion design, and J Brand is currently available at Barney’s New York. Most would expect something extraordinary from Chalayan, knowing his chimerical aesthetics, but the outcome of his capsule collection for J Brand is a carefully controlled take on three trends that dominate the market place; the boyfriend jean – lovingly named the Beau jean ($247), the skinny jean – appropriately named the Legging jean ($249), and the harem style jean named the Circuit ($257), because, I am guessing, you need to be styling to work it in the fashion circuit and harem style pants continue to be hot amongst the edgy fashionistas!
It is no surprise that at the private dinner party to launch the collaboration at Hotel Griffou, hosted by Chalayan and J Brand, the who’s who of both the fashion and art worlds came together along with future designer to be, Kanye West, and his muse/girlfriend Amber Rose. The line-up of guests included Vogue Editor – Sally Singer, Vogue Associate Publisher – Lottie Oakley (looking gorgeous as ever from my days at Vogue), John Currin, Rachel Feinstein, Hope Atherton and Chanel Iman, to name a few.
View the video of Chalayan’s line for J Brand
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Amber Rose, Barneys New York, Chanel Iman, Hope Atherton, Hussein Chalayan, J Brand, John Currin, Kanye West, Lottie Oakley, Rachel Feinstein, Sally Singer