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How to Wear Colored Denim: Bold Bottoms with a Neutral Top


As colored denim comes thrusting back into our closets full force there is no better way to confidently transition your outfits with a bold and bright color on bottom and a nice neutral on top. Spring is here and so is every shade of colored denim. What better time to try out your favorite shade?

Get the look! Cheap Monday Holly Tee and BlankNYC Sknnies in Vivid Poppy

—Stephanie Powell

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Posted Apr 18 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

6 Must-Have Spring Denim Jackets For Men


Spring can be slightly unpredictable, what with freak rain storms and days of blissful sun.  For those who refuse to lug around their over-sized coats, consider the denim jacket as your new spring fashion staple item.  Now re-fashioned in every desirable fabric weight available to the average gentleman, you can be just as dressy or paired down as you like.  Take a look at some new fabrications of the jeans jacket: everything from the classic to country-club acceptable.  Yes, even colored denim options are brought back from years past, with a fresh point of view in structure and tailoring.


1. AllSaints Powder Denim Jacket

2. Burberry Brit Pocket-Front Slim-Fit Denim Blazer

3. Denim & Supply Railroad Striped Denim Jacket

 

 

Spring Denim Jackets For Men

4. Cheap Monday Tobias Denim Jacket

5. Naked & Famous Denim Classic Denim Jacket

6. ASOS Colored Denim Jacket in Rose

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

 

 

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Posted Apr 12 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!

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1. Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s spring 2012 lookbook is out—it’s a super approachable, brightly hued spread of affordable denim by the sweetheart of the styling world.

2. Eat Sleep Denim muses over the A.P.C. women’s denim and chambray from the runways of Paris, and we drool over the super-chic, feminine adaptations of our favorite fiber (again).

3. Selectism dubs Cheap Monday the best bet for high quality at the lowest price in men’s denim (especially if you’re after a slim/tapered fit).

4. The Levi’s Made & Crafted women’s spring/summer 2012 collection hit stores this past week, inspired by late 60′s Levi’s catalogs from the Levi’s San Francisco Archive. We’re in love.

5. Naked & Famous denim held a selvedge denim origami event, featuring owner and designer Brandon Svarc creating jean-animals from 15 Oz. raw, selvedge denim. Check the amazing photos!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 22 2012 in Denim News

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!

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1. Cheap Monday is opening its first stand-alone store in the UK on the 17th (that’s Friday). Rumor has it they’ll be big celebrations surrounding the opening, including a party bus.

2. Denim Hunt is featuring the Visvim “Social Sculpture Weld” shirt as their item of the week. It’s a basic denim workshirt with a leather pocket detail (a zip mimmics a welt finish). Pretty cool.

3. Read an exclusive interview with Kiya Babzani of Self Edge on Rawr Denim—he speaks about how denim appeals to all social classes and cultures, rockabilly denim trends, and how he wants to bring Japanese 7-11 to the US.

4. J Brand is releasing new shades in the Houlihan cargo pant: Vintage Tigers Eye, Vintage Plum, Vintage Carnard and Creamy White.

5. Armani Jeans introduced an environmental collection for spring 2012, including colored denim and pastel hues in their well-known sportswear aesthetic.

—Michelle  Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 16 2012 in Denim News

Announcing The Denim Therapy x Cheap Monday Skinny Jeans Give-Away Winners!


Last week we gave you the chance to score one of five pairs of Cheap Monday Tight Very Stretch Onewash Skinny jeans as a little Thanksgiving gift (thankful for jeans? Oh yes, we always are). We explained that we adore Cheap Monday—the Swedish-born brand originally created within the walls of a designer denim and second-hand boutique in Stockholm for customers searching out great fitting, affordable denim. We even threw a Cheap Monday Q&A at you so you could get some behind-the-scenes perspective. Now, it’s time to announce the winners! Read on to see if you’re one of them!

 

And the winners are….

 

Winner for Monday’s pair of jeans: Kiley

Winner for Tuesday’s pair of jeans: Mel

Winner for Wednesday’s pair of jeans: Yvonne

Winner for Thursday’s pair of jeans: Deana Kneen

Winner for Friday’s pair of jeans: Lyn

 

Winners will each receive…

CHEAP MONDAY Tight Very Stretch Onewash
32″ Inseam, 9″ rise, 98% cotton 2% elastane. High-waisted styling. Available in sizes 24 – 32.

Congratulations to our winners (we’ll email you shortly), and thanks to all who entered!

Didn’t win this time? No worries! Denim Therapy has more chances on the way for you to own amazing denim products for your stylish winer excursions.

Stay tuned…

—DT Staff & Cheap Monday

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Posted Nov 28 2011 in Denim Therapy

An Exclusive Q&A With Cheap Monday


We love Cheap Monday! Is it any secret? We’re all about affordable denim with great fit—so much that we want you to have some too, which is why we’re giving away five pairs of Cheap Monday jeans this week. We had the chance to chat up Örjan Andersson, Founder and Creative Director, to find out what’s up with the brand for next season, and get a little more back story on their origin. Read on, and get ready to kick the Monday Blues!

Denim Therapy: What inspired you to get this brand off the ground?

Cheap Monday: Me and a couple of friends had a small store called Weekday in an alley, in central Stockholm. The store carried high-fashion and exclusive denim brands mixed with second-hand clothing. In 2003 I felt that there was a need for a cheap alternative to the expensive LA jeans brands that were sold in the store. I designed a pair of jeans in unwashed stretch denim that sold really well. After that it was natural to continue designing (hadn’t done it that much before).

DT: How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?

CM: We are the only brand that calls us “cheap”, we are often sold side by side with expensive designer brands, we have our own look (the Cheap Monday ass), we were really early to get fashion guys wearing stretch jeans and our collections have always had a high fashion-level.

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.

CM: A young student that’s into music.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next for upcoming season?

CM: For SS-12: lots of coloured denim

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

CM: Tight fits in dark denim.

DT: What are your favorites, and how would you style them?

CM: Our original fit tight is my favorite. I use them with a nice t-shirt and a pair of sneakers.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

CM: The 70’s look is one of my favorites right now.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?

CM: Haven’t counted them, but it’s a lot.

Check out Cheap Monday online, and be sure to enter our contest by Friday!

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Nov 23 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Cheap Monday 5 Days Of Denim Giveaway: Enter Before November 25th!


We love the story behind Cheap Monday—the Swedish-born brand originally created within the walls of a designer denim and second-hand boutique in Stockholm for customers searching out great fitting, affordable denim (ie: everyone). The band officially hit the scene in 2004 with its frenzied skull logo and basic denim fits for men and women, as well as sportswear and runway-ready style. They continue to cater to a global legion of fans who are ecstatic that they don’t have to shell out tons of money for amazing jeans. But you, lucky reader, have a chance to get your hands on some Cheap Monday jeans without shelling out a thing. ‘Cause we’re giving away five pairs of women’s skinny jeans. Read on to enter!

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To Enter…

1. Follow Denim Therapy on Twitter.

2. Check out Cheap Monday online.

3. Comment on this post with your email… it’s that easy! Don’t forget to post your email so we can contact you if you win!


Entries close on Friday, November 25th—so don’t wait! We’ll be announcing the winners on the Denim Therapy facebook page on Monday, November 28th!

 

The Prize… (We’re giving away five of them!)

CHEAP MONDAY Tight Very Stretch Onewash
32″ Inseam, 9″ rise, 98% cotton 2% elastane. High-waisted styling. Available in sizes 24 – 32.

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Winners will be chosen at random from the comments that fulfill the above guidelines. We’ll be announcing the winners on the Denim Therapy facebook page on Monday, November 28th! We’ll announce it on the blog, too.

Contest open to US residents only.

Questions? Email us!  Good luck!

—DT Staff & Cheap Monday

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Posted Nov 21 2011 in Denim Therapy

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible tid bits of denim industry inside info & our personal picks after scanning the web. 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!

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1. Anna Kournikova looks like a total babe in G-Star for the November issue of Women’s Health—specifically the  G-Star Arctic Desert Slim Shirt.

2. Shop the latest at Levi’s for both men and women’s denim at 30% off, including their most recently added stock! We’re all over these pretty grey cords for the gals and these 505 flannel-lined jeans for the guys!

3. The Christopher Kane x J Brand capsule collection is out and ready for you to buy, but will you be subscribing to this neon pants party?

4. Another babe in a denim jacket! Rachel Bilson makes an appearance in the latest issue of NYLON Magazine, wearing a dark wash Andrew Charles jacket. We got the issue in the mail yesterday—she’s so cute!

5. In sample sale news, NY residents, don’t miss this huge sale featuring R13 Denim, Cheap Monday, and many more: November 17-19th, 10AM – 6PM at News Inc. The address is 495 Broadway, at the corner of Broome. 5th floor. See invite below for more.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 09 2011 in Denim News

An Exclusive Q&A With Kill City Jeans


If you are looking to find, create, and discovering your own style then we’ve got a killer option for you with the very distinctive jeans from Kill City. We had the opportunity to discuss styles that reflect great color, wash, fit, and function that just about anyone can relate to in our exclusive interview with Head Designer Paul Roughley. If you’re looking for a good read this afternoon, this is it. Check out the fall 2011 lookbook and read on to learn more about Kill City behind-the-scenes.

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Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning.  How did you know you wanted to be a designer?

Kill City: I was always interested in art & design as a kid, I didn’t have much concentration for subjects like English and Math and through my schooling and further education only excelled at anything involving pencils and paint brushes. After school I moved onto art college and through astute tutoring and my interest in music and fashion my teacher suggested I study for a BA in Fashion where the graduate opportunities are more frequent for employment than Textile Design which was originally my chosen field of study.

I helped to launch Kill City in January of 06 after 9 years of employment in the Fashion Forecasting Industry and design positions in New York and Los Angeles. In 05 premium blue denim had definitely peaked, I strongly believed that there was room for a brand at a sub $100 price point and a customer that lives and breaths music, art and fashion that has a distaste for the idiocy and ugliness of hyped, over branded and embellished clothing.

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?.

KC: Not really, there are common brands that share our customer wardrobe like Cheap Monday, RVCA, Obey and Insight but they are heavily marketed brands chasing a very specific customer.

Our products are about color, wash, fit and function that anyone can appreciate, we’re not dictating or implying that you have to ride a skateboard, hang out at galleries and wear a specific cap and sneakers to represent our brand. Artists, musicians, misfits and weirdo’s come in all varieties and as an eclectic mix of consumers is welcome and inspiring.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

KC: What do we hate, what are we tired of seeing and what can we not find. This applies to fit, color, fabric and wash and we build upon our core skinny jeans.

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.

KC: Creative, artistic, intellectual, open minded, loner, misfit, reactionary cynical haters.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?

KC: “Hmmmmmm”……I’m not so inspired by working with another brand that also has a strong identity, I’d be happy to use a template with the consent of companies like Vans, Levis or Nike for jeans and shoes. Maybe a store collabo with Top Man UK or Beams Japan would make me smile or the opportunity to design jeans for a designer like Gareth Pugh would be epic!

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?.

KC: Our skinnie’s are most popular by far, the Junkie fit which is our skinniest (13″ leg opening)  followed by our Wire which is also slim (14 1/2″ leg opening). As far as washes over dyed black, black wax,and our printed stretch twill styles always sell well. Personally my styling advice is to always make sure that your silhouette always leans towards being proportionally looser/heavier on top.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a guy in loose jeans and a tight tee shirt. I’m fairly simplistic in throwing an outfit together, slim jeans paired with a well fitting short sleeved crew or v-neck tee and a short jacket works every time. It’s hard to educate people on color, to be safe black works every time.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

KC: The list could be long and bitter but I’ll keep it short.

Light wash jeans in loose fits and functional jeans with military styling in loose fits ( A prevalent trend in Europe). Most denim travesty’s are really consumer driven versus trend driven and the root cause is people not understanding what fit and wash/color is suitable to their body type.

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?

KC: Always, I very rarely observe runway collections, they have no bearing aesthetically or monetarily on my lifestyle or the consumer I design for. Street style is organic, you can be inspired by a guys styling on one blog and turned off on an item that is overly represented across all blogs.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?

KC: 50 to 75 any time though I only wear three, APC New Cure, Kill City Wire vintage blue with black spray and Kill City Wire in black wax coat. All of the other jeans I archive for future use and I always buy jeans at flea markets like The Rose bowl for wash and construction reference.

DT: Favorite celeb wearing your brand?

KC: Pass…. I dislike celebrity endorsements, Christian Audigier was the king of celebrity bull shit, Los Angeles based designers are doing a fantastic job right now and Christian almost single handedly fucked it up for everyone who’s based here trying to design with ethics, passion, quality and good taste.

I receive images often of well known people wearing our stuff but we rarely utilize it, our point of view is to use non celebrities in creative fields to represent our brand.  We made Shaun White some American Flag jeans to wear at The Winter Olympics, he gets a pass from us because he’s a cool guy, down to earth and a bit mad.

DT: Kill City: what’s behind the name, for those who don’t know?

KC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DjQLShe46w

You can visit the Kill City website to find retail locations or shop onsite and please “like” them on Facebook.

—Jackie Racer

 

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Posted Sep 29 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Denim Dose: News & Links


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!

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1. Marc by Marc Jacobs is re-launching their denim line, and it’s gonna fit you better than ever. See the new styles and find out what they did to make sure you love these jeans.

2. Seven days of denim in 31 different washes? Cheap Monday is going above and beyond with jeans named after the days of the week, for both men and women.

3. The new DC Premium jeans collection features ladies jeans with gaping holes in the knees. The ’90s are about to have a moment, aren’t they? Oh wait. They’ve been having a moment for a couple years now.

4. If you have nothing else to do today, you might want to try out all of the different ways this dude made music with 1,000 pairs of jeans. Hey, whatever makes you feel whole!

5. According to experts, premium denim prices are rising, with no signs of slowing down. It varies from brand to brand, but the most common price for a pair right now is about $250 (it used ot be around $180).

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 07 2011 in Denim News
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