Spring is coming, but the work of a raw denim lover isn’t over when the sun comes out at the end of winter. We’re just as serious about wearing our raw jeans throughout summer’s warm months as we are taking refuge in them the other half of the year! Spring comes with plenty of opportunities to dress up your jeans.
The key is pairing your denim with items that are fresh, stylish, and high quality—while still compatible with our daily routines. In this case, to compliment Rogue Territory Stanton 12.5 Oz tinted weft raw denim jeans. We hand-picked 4 of our favorite menswear items on the market right now that will age with as much grace and personality as your denim to produce an ideal spring look.
What do you know about Levi’s jeans? Online retailer Mr Porter takes us behind the scenes and inside the Levi’s Vintage Clothing brand. Denim heads will appreciate taking a peek inside the archival vaults of 100-year old garments, barely holding together in an acid-free shroud. Design Director Miles Johnson and his team documents vintage garments to faithfully capture “the spirit and heritage of American work wear,” from the San Francisco vaults, and recreates them at the LVC Amsterdam headquarters. You don’t have to go that far to get your hands on a Levi’s reproduction. Mr Porter carries some covetable denim pieces you can wear, now. Scroll down to watch the video.
Chip Foster prides his jeans on having exquisite construction and execution, which means clean lines and a beautiful “skeleton”. To see the premium detail in the tailoring of each pair, you have to turn them inside-out. In fact, the brand is proud enough of their attention to quality that they encourage customers to turn them inside-out and inspect!
You may recognize Chip Foster—he’s the creative director at large at Chip and Pepper denim jeans. “This is my new baby, my new line invitation only for the best selected stores that I love. There was no need to create another line… it was not needed but wanted.” And so, infusing his heritage and a bit of the Chip and Pepper DNA, he created a new line of jeans for the die hard denim lover. “Our quality isn’t expensive,” he tells us, “it’s priceless.”
Check out our favorite Chip Foster jeans below.
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Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Raffael Flores-Contreras
G-StarRaw presented a utilitarian-chic lineup of men’s and women’s denim for their FW13 showing here in Vegas, following up on an intense FW13 runway show earlier this season. Their new campaign, The Art of Raw, exemplifies the boundless possibilities of a lifestyle carved from raw denim, weaving elements of military style, formal wear, and streetwear into a new kind of “uniform”. The art can be found in clean lines, denim treatments, the pairing of materials (ie: denim and leather)… all through a very fresh and updated lens. We selected our favorite pieces from the line below.
Men’s Selects and women’s selects:
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
—Raffael Flores-Contreras & Michelle Christina Larsen
This season, the ever-innovative Jeff Shafer of Agave Denim is bringing the men’s denim line to a new level. Their men’s jeans feature novelty selvage trimmings, a unique silhouette with an emphasis on flawless fit and an underlying theme of “respecting the textiles themselves”. Our favorites? One is the Harp—a slouchy tapered leg jean in 12oz Italian denim with a herringbone texture, reminiscent of the texture found on mens industrial workwear. Everything is thought of, down to the hand-stamped English brittle leather patch.
Our second pick, the Rocker classic tapered leg in Japanese true indigo .10 oz denim. They feature a tailored look that translates well from casual wear to a more formal environment (if you’re the kind of dude who gets to wear jeans to work).
Finally, the Maverickslim cut straight leg jean is made on an Old Glory Red, White & Blue cone mill white oak shuttle loom, featuring patriotic selvage to boot. This textile is also known as Heritage vintage denim. It’s all made in America (LA, specifically), and we think it’s safe to say these pieces are setting a new standard for the men’s denim industry.
We don’t wish upon any man the poor fortune of wearing badly fitting jeans, least of all someone as dashing as Hugh Jackman. And while his Citizens Of Humanity Straight leg jeans don’t look too bad, we’d love to see these bad boys nip-tucked into skinny jeans. Can you blame us?
Parisian brand Maison Kitsuné has been making footprints stateside recently with painfully chic jeans for men who want a perfect fit. They’re also delivering the go-to separates to style their jeans with classic silhouettes in rich wools, flannels and cashmere. Their denim, which appears in every collection, is made of a raw kuroki denim. Having launched their first stateside boutique at The NoMad Hotel this past April, founders Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki are excited to present their most recent Fall/Winter collection. Check it out below.
Moroccan blogger Mohcine wore a denim-on-denim ensemble ideal for the transition from summer to fall, featuring cuffed dark wash skinny jeans by Cheap Monday and a chambray shirt by NEXT. He accessorized the look with a beaded and spiked bracelets and a statement ring by Bershka. We approve!
A good denim jacket is a staple you can’t forgo. They don’t go out of style, and you can always fall back on them as a piece to give your look some edge. Here’s one the guys in the audience should consider adding to their inventory accordingly: the Lee 101 First Zip Denim Jacket. This gorgeous throwback to 1920s denim workwear is coming back full force with a masculine take on the cinched back and angled pockets.