Donwan Harrell of PRPS was put under the lens when photographer Jake Davis came in to photograph his office. The photographer commented, “Donwan Harrel has a cooler office than me.” That about sums it up! Packed with vintage jeans, Japanese denim glossies, collectible Kewpie dolls in denim outfits and a plethora of Americana memorabilia, this is one office we wouldn’t have a hard time getting inspired in.
Images via Jake Davis.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Donwan Harrell, Jake Davis, Japanese denim, office, PRPS, vintage jeans
Wouldn’t you just love to pick the brains of some of the world’s top denim designers? Well, Hypebeast was thinking that very thought and went forth to conquer a really cool interview with Donwan Harrell, founder of PRPS. It’s a snapshot of this designer of highly-coveted jeans, known for its quality, attention to details and unconventional finishing processes. What does Harrell think about selvedge denim, Japanese craftsmanship, the the story behind the use of purple in his collections, and his love of black cars—read it all at Hypebeast.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Designer Interviews, Donwan Harrell, Japanese denim, PRPS Japan, selvedge denim
The PRPS Japan line is all about producing quality denim for men (we know ladies, we’re jealous too). It’s easy to call something is “quality denim,” but we have the proof for you right here. You can see how much detail goes into each pair of jeans by the actual creator and owner of the brand, Donwan Harrell. His personal involvement with the design and production is obvious in meticulous planning, wearing, distressing, and detailing—just check the sketches below! These broken-in, working-class inspired jeans have an urban edge and a rock’n'roll quality that makes them hard not to love. After all, they take denim back to its roots, and these particular styles look like they could each be 20 years old. This line is full of staples that are sure to last as your go-to favorites for years to come, gents! Take note.
Images via Denimology.
Tags: Denim Menswear, design sketches, distressed denim, Donwan Harrell, Japanese denim, long lasting denim, PRPS Japan