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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!

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

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Posted Mar 14 2012 in Denim News

Get the Look: Kellan Lutz Rocks Color in Dylan George & Abbot+Main

Kellan Lutz, star of Immortals and Twilight Saga, was spotted in Venice Beach, California, on the set of the Dylan George and Abbot + Main Fall 2012 Campaign photo shoot, along with campaign model Kate Upton.  Kellan is seen wearing an Abbot + Main Zip Hoodie, Mocha Burnout Tee, Henley and Dylan George Denim.  As you may recall, Abbot + Main’s debut campaign featured some steamy photos of Kellan and model Anne V.  Involved with every phase of the collection, Lutz teamed up with Dylan George founder Danny Guez, to design the third collection of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear line for Abbot+Main, which features a Venice, California-inspired collection of t-shirts, knitwear and loungewear.

Get the look! Twilight & Immortals star Kellan Lutz in Dylan George jeans and Abbot + Main apparel.

We love that Kellan is rocking a pair of khaki jeans in two different looks, a refreshing hue for a relaxed lifestyle.  Want to get his look?  We found a few gets to check out so you can make it your own.


Get Kellan Lutz's look, featuring Dylan George jeans.

1. Abbot + Main Crew Neck Graphic Tee (on sale for $31.99) – buy it at 6pm.

2. Dylan George Dylan Straight jean in (on sale for $179.99) – buy it at Zappos.

3. River Island Contrast Zip Hoodie in red ($46.55) – buy it at ASOS.

4. J. Crew Suede Macalister Desert Boots ($135) – buy it at Mr. Porter.


Get Kellan Lutz's look, featuring Dylan George jeans.

1. Chambers Men’s Mont Cardigan in Charcoal Mix ($101) – buy it at Amazon.

2. Dylan George Dylan Straight jean in (on sale for $179.99) – buy it at Zappos.

3. Abbot + Main long sleeve henley in Charcoal ($98) – buy it at Zappos.

4. HUGO by Hugo Boss Obber Suede Brogue Boots ($474.48) – buy it at ASOS.

On set photo credit: Albert Michael/ For more information, go to Dylan George online or Abbot + Main online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 30 2012 in Campaigns » Denim Menswear » Denim News

Denim Dose: News & Links

Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible glimpses of inside info. Catch up on what’s happening (and what’s definitely not happening) and browse our personal picks after scanning the web this morning. 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. Tangerine tango is the freshest color of the new year (according to Pantone, at least) and Dylan George‘s mid-rise skinny jeans are way ahead of the 2012 curve with their Keira style in coated mango.

2. As a face of DKNY Jeans, Ashley Greene unveiled her simple, pared-down spring 2012 ad in Times Square. It’s hard to get any bigger than that!

3. Take a moment to forgive yourself for the sins of denim outfits past. Then watch this 1987 JC Penney Fashion Flash video and LOL at the “pulled-together denim looks” without a hint of guilt.

4. In eco-friendly denim news, Replay Jeans now replicates the look of worn-in, vintage jeans with a “Laser Wash” that utilizes no water and no sandblasting. Instead, they’re using ozone washing machines. How high-tech–and downright cool–does that sound?

5. Norwegian label Anti Denim has teamed up with heavy metal band 1349 for a new collection of limited edition, custom-made jeans that are made to rock out in.

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Dec 23 2011 in Denim News

Kellan Lutz Gives Us His All for Dylan George

“Twilight” star Kellan Lutz is giving us even more reason to love this on-screen vampire: he will pull double duty as a collaborating designer and face of Dylan George and Abbot + Main’s Fall campaign.  In this steamy campaign, Kellan is photographed in a variety of provocative positions with model Anne V.  We’re not sure what Anne’s boyfriend Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) thinks, but we might suggest hosing these two down; although, it might cause shrinkage… of the jeans.

Kellan Lutz is the face and body of Dylan George and Abbot+Main's Fall 2011 Campaigns.

Kellan Lutz is the face and body of Dylan George and Abbot+Main's Fall 2011 Campaigns.

Kellan Lutz is the face and body of Dylan George and Abbot+Main's Fall 2011 Campaigns.

Kellan Lutz is the face and body of Dylan George and Abbot+Main Fall 2011 Campaigns.

Kellan Lutz is the face and body of Dylan George and Abbot+Main's Fall 2011 Campaigns.

For more information, go to Dylan George online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 01 2011 in Campaigns » Denim Fashion

Denim Style To Try! Models & Designers Backstage At Fusion Fashion Show

Backstage at Fusion Fashion Show, an annual runway competition between Parsons and F.I.T. that has gained some serious street cred on the New York fashion scene (alumni include Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, and Chris Benz), cool denim looks weren’t hard to spot. From designers prepping frantically to models-off-duty, one needed only to point there camera randomly a shoot to come up with something covet-worthy. Check out the evidence below.

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Photos, from left to right:

Model Logan wearing J brand (“J brand are the only jeans I wear.”) with Chanel logo tank top; Designer Meghan Spielman wearing wearing Dylan George denim with adorable lace top and floral combat boots; Designer Michael Maiello wearing Cheap Monday denim with layered knit top/scarf combo; Designer Woohyun Jang wearing acid wash jeans (“I don’t know, these are some Japanese brand.”) with all-black; Model Ernesto wearing designer Anna Lesassier’s red jeans; menswear designers hang with the models.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 15 2011 in Denim Fashion

WWD News: FIT Show Looks at American Dressmaking, Emerging Brand Spurr Branches Out, Guez Brings New Blood To Dylan George, Juicy Couture to Open Airport Shops, Spring Men’s Suit Trend: Mixed Doubles, Fashion Scoops: Austrians in Tokyo… Anthropologie’s New Tie-Up…

Opening Friday is FIT’s exhibition “American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion”, curated by Patricia Mears, displays the craft and intricacies of dressmaking. The show runs through April 10th.

Emerging menswear brand Spurr, designed by Simon Spurr, will be going back to its’ roots of denim related sportswear and t-shirts at a lower price point, mostly made in Italy. The higher-end collection, named appropriately, Simon Spurr, will continue to have hand-finished suits, leathers and knits all made in Italy and France.

Juicy Couture is on a jet-setting quest to make the world more juicier.  They are opening up a shop at Miami International Airport in December, then traveling north to open at JFK International Airport, continuing across the pond to Taiwan’s TaoYuan International Airport and then on to Athens Airport.

Read more of WWD highlights below.

–Nikki Cho Russo 


FIT Show Looks at American Dressmaking


Dresses from Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez and Adrians design for Joan on display at the "American Beauty Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion" show Crawford

Dresses from Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez and Adrian's design for Joan Crawford on display at the "American Beauty Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion" show. Photo by John Aquino


The incomplete cotton muslins on display in ???American Beauty: Aesthetics and Innovation in Fashion??? are the surest indication the Museum at FIT??™s newest show delves into the inner workings of design. 

Custom patternmaker Nicolas Caito personally inspected the muslins on the mannequins for Thakoon, Proenza Schouler and Francisco Costa to be certain they were just so. That attention to detail was just what curator Patricia Mears was after for the museum??™s latest installment, which opens Friday and runs through April 10. 

Rather than give a more predictable historic overview of American fashion, Mears has zeroed in on how the philosophy of beauty is relayed in the craft of dressmaking. During a preview of the exhibition Wednesday, she said, ???One of the things I wanted to do with this show was to not make it about sketching, diffusion lines, marketing or anything else. I wanted to show people who really know how to make clothes.??? 

Click here to read the full article and slideshow



Emerging Brand Spurr Branches Out



Spurrs Spring presentation. Photo by Pasha Antonov

Spurr is branching into two collections at different pricing tiers in an effort to position itself for global distribution. The split, which will take effect for fall 2010, is the first strategic move since Tommy Fazio became president of the emerging brand designed by Simon Spurr. 

Spurr will be a contemporary collection of denim-related sportswear such as T-shirts and jackets. The label is going back to its roots, having launched three years ago with jeans at Bergdorf Goodman, where Fazio was the men??™s fashion director. Spurr since has evolved into a full designer collection, but starting with the fall 2010 collections, the designer offerings will bear the new label, Simon Spurr. The Simon Spurr collection will feature hand-finished suits, leathers and knits, all made in Italy and France. 

Spurr, the contemporary collection, will continue to be made mostly in Italy. 

Click here to read the full article


Guez Brings New Blood To Dylan George

by Khanh T.L. Tran

A look from Dylan George

LOS ANGELES ??” Dylan George, the premium denim brand founded last year by Danny Guez, is looking to ignite growth with the addition of executive talent and the relaunch of its men??™s business. 

Rick Spielberg joined Los Angeles-based Dylan George in October after a four-year run with Hudson, where he helped grow revenue from $9 million to $60 million as vice president. Before Hudson, Spielberg was president of Blue Holdings, which was founded by Guez??™s father, Paul, and where Danny met Spielberg before the younger Guez left to launch People??™s Liberation in 2004. At City of Commerce, Calif.-based Blue Holdings, Spielberg oversaw the denim brands Antik Denim and Taverniti So for two years. 

Click here to read the full article



Juicy Couture to Open Airport Shops


Juicy Couture is headed to the airport. 

Rendering of the Juicy Couture shop in Miami International Airport. Photo by Courtesy Photo

Rendering of the Juicy Couture shop in Miami International Airport. Photo by Courtesy Photo

The contemporary brand, which did $600 million in sales last year, plans to target customers when they travel, opening four stores at airports worldwide beginning in December. The first will launch in Miami International Airport??™s American Airlines terminal, followed by the British Airways terminal at New York??™s John F. Kennedy International Airport in January. In February, a Juicy store will open in the Taiwan TaoYuan International Airport??™s Terminal II through Juicy??™s Asian distribution partner, Lane Crawford. 

The fourth shop, which is planned for a spring launch, will be in the Athens Airport Duty Free area. This store will open with the help of the brand??™s new partnership with Elmec Sport SA. The retail license and distribution agreement will allow the firm to retail all Juicy Couture collections, including apparel, accessories, footwear, children??™s wear, intimates and jewelry in Greece, Romania and Bulgaria through freestanding stores and select specialty retailers. The wholesale operation with Elmec will begin with the spring collection. The three-year deal expires on March 31, 2014, with an option to renew for another three years. 

Click here to read the full article


Spring Men’s Suit Trend: Mixed Doubles

by Alex Badia

The double-breasted suit represents for many the epitome of masculine power dressing, elegance and style. For spring, designers presented multiple variations on the iconic DB, from the traditional three buttons on each side to a soft-shoulder, elongated silhouette to the youthful crop jacket and, finally, the shawl lapel blazer.

Click here to view the slideshow


Fashion Scoops: Austrians in Tokyo… Anthropologie’s New Tie-Up…

by WWD Staff

AUSTRIANS IN TOKYO: Earlier this week, a few of Austria??™s up-and-coming fashion designers got a chance to showcase their talent for a Japanese audience. Spot On Wien, an initiative sponsored by the Vienna Tourist board and other Austrian organizations and companies, staged a fashion show at the club Velours in Aoyama to coincide with Tokyo Designers Week. Ali Zedtwitz and Valerie Lange, both alums of Jil Sander and former students of Raf Simons, debuted the avant-garde stylings of their new label, Diptych. Zedtwitz also showed off some sculptured, edgy looks from her own namesake brand. Klaus M??hlbauer, the fourth generation of a milliner family, took advantage of the evening to unveil his playful, feminine headgear for women and his short-brimmed creations for men. The designer has already snagged custom orders from celebrities like Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

ANTHROPOLOGIE??™S NEW TIE-UP: Anthropologie is on a roll with the young designer partnerships. On the heels of a collection with Ruffian??™s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, the company is set to debut a collaboration with L.A.-based designer Koi Suwannagate later this month. Named Lawan after the Thai word for ???beautiful,??? the four-style lineup is Suwannagate??™s first stab at a secondary collection. ???We had so many requests for pieces with a more affordable price point,??? explained Suwannagate. ???But we make everything in-house and it would have been too expensive for us. Working with Anthropologie was a natural fit.??? The Lawan collection, which retails from $228 to $298, will feature a gown, two cardigans and a sleeveless top, all cut from wool blends and embellished with the designer??™s signature frothy, hand-sculpted appliqu?©s. ???Each of them represents my past bestsellers,??? said Suwannagate, adding the collaboration will be an ongoing one.

TOD??™S IN THE SHADE: Tod??™s is about to fill one more gap in its lifestyle offerings. Just in time for cruise and Christmas shopping, the luxury goods brand will roll out a few styles of its new eyewear line to select Tod??™s flagships and opticians worldwide. The full range will debut in February. The capsule is comprised of 13 models for men and women, plus unisex ones, in acetate and metal, or combinations of the two. Colors include black, bronze, gold, silver and blush pink. Some styles are available in different sizes. The designs already have attracted fans such asJessica Alba, Freida Pinto, Jennifer Garner and Demi Moore. Retail prices for the Marcolin-produced eyewear range from $289 to $541.

FRIENDS OF MEN??™S: Men??™s wear veterans and young CFDA members came together to fete Robert Bryan??™s new men??™s wear tome, ???American Fashion Menswear.??? David Lauren stood in for Ralph Lauren, who wrote the foreword. The book combines historical images and recent looks from new American designers like Michael Bastian and Tim Hamilton ??” no doubt a result of the CFDA??™s involvement in the project. Scores of industry friends came to the Ace Hotel to congratulate Bryan. Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein??™s Italo Zucchelli and Kevin Carrigan,Phillip Lim, Richard Chai and the duos behind Duckie Brown, Rag & Bone and Shipley & Halmos all paid their respects.

OUT THERE: Dysfashional, the conceptual fashion exhibition curated by Luca Marchetti and Emanuele Quinz, is set to present two new stages in Paris and Berlin. The avant-garde show, which does not feature any clothing, will include a video installation by Raf Simons and experimental exhibits by the likes of Maison Martin Margiela, Kostas Murkudis, Pierre Hardy and Damien Blotti??re. Up-and-coming Berlin-based designer Michael Sontag has conceived an interactive installation inspired by the dressing table. Parasite, a hybrid gallery-cum-store space that will feature a labyrinth of ???wallscapes??? designed by Bless, will showcase work by emerging artists and designers exploring the boundaries of contemporary fashion. 

A Dysfashional fanzine was released for the Paris leg of the show, scheduled to run at the Passage du D?©sir until Nov. 29, with a German edition to follow for the Berlin session, to be housed in the city??™s Haus der Kulturen der Welt venue from June 18 to July 18. Both editions will then be bound to form a catalogue. 

HER TURN: Damir Doma, a rising talent on the Paris men??™s wear scene, is turning his hand to women??™s wear, too. The Croatian designer plans to show his debut women??™s collection on the runway during Paris Fashion Week next March. Earlier this year, Doma opened a boutique in Paris on the Rue des Arquebusier in the Marais.



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Posted Nov 05 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: AG Jeans, Diesel, Hudson, Kasil, Paige and More!

FIDELITY Women's Hyacinth Five-Pocket jeans, $36.99.

FIDELITY Women's Hyacinth Five-Pocket jeans, $36.99.

DENIM OF VIRTUE Patience Women's jeans, $31.99.

DENIM OF VIRTUE Patience Women's jeans, $31.99.



Good lord!  AG “The Merlot” lowrise bootcut jeans for $67.99; Diesel Women’s “Crossim” jeans for $92.99; Dylan George Men’s “Alan Agent” Dark Wash Bootcut for $84.99; Hudson Women’s Flare Leg for $53.99; Kasil Women’s “Broadway” Dark Wash for $32.99; and Paige Premium Denim “Hollywood Hills Slight Flare Leg for $86.99?  And shipping is only $2.95 for the entire order?  Are my eyes drooling?  I have overlooked Overstock for way too long.  Not that there are tons of sizes left, but there’s lots of jeans styles to check out, with prices way under $100.  Now that I’m spreading the word, consider yourself warned.  Online madhouse to commence in 3… 2… 1…

BUFFALO Men's 5-pocket Bootcut jeans, $49.99.

BUFFALO Men's 5-pocket Bootcut jeans, $49.99.

Paige Premium Denim Men's Doherty Straight Leg jeans, $71.99.

PAIGE PREMIUM DENIM Men's Doherty Straight Leg jeans, $71.99.

GENETIC DENIM Men's Recessive Gene jeans, $49.99.

GENETIC DENIM Men's Recessive Gene jeans, $49.99.




Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 10 2009 in Uncategorized

DIY: Distressed Jeans

Cameran Diaz

Cameran Diaz in 7 For All Mankind


Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale in Dylan George




















Don’t we all wish that we could toss out the phrase “recession proof” from our fashion vocabulary? Well, I would say that it would be prudent to think otherwise. Be a little green, recycle a beloved pair of jeans and reinvent your look with this summer’s hottest trend, the distressed jean.  So,  make the best of what you’ve got and copy Cameran Diaz and Kate Beckinsale’s great distressed jean look by D.I.Y. 

D.I.Y. instructions to create your own distressed jeans 

(Source – Life & Style):

Tools needed: Wood block, pumice stone, utility knife.

Step 1:  Start by placing a block of wood inside the pant leg, under the area to be distressed.

Step 2:  Slice a fabric horizontally with a utility knife at several spots on each leg.

Step 3:  Rough up fabric by rubbing with a pumice stone.

Step 4:  For extra shredding, pick threads apart with a pin.  Washing and drying before wearing will further distress the rips.

Tip: Rips should be random and different on each leg. Shred one shin but not the other. Vary the width of the tears as well.

But, if you don’t have the time like me, the following are jeans that Cameron and Kate are wearing as well for less.


7 For All Mankind

7 For All Mankind

Celebrity Pink

Celebrity Pink















7 For All Mankind Roxanne Slimmer Skinny Jeans with studs, $235 (as seen on Cameron Diaz)

Buy It!

Dylan George Lucy Low Rise Skinny Jean in Czar wash, $209 (as seen on Kate Beckinsale)

Buy It!

Celebrity Pink Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $39

Buy It!

Forever 21 Leslie Frayed Skinny Jean, $29.80

Buy It!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 06 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: Vibe the Boutique Premium Jeans Sale

Are you in?  I just saw cool denim deals online at Vibe the Boutique, and I’m already planning my spring 2009 denim closet rearrange based on the inspiration from this sale.  Check out these deals:

CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Sunset Shorts, $51.

CITIZENS OF HUMANITY Sunset Shorts, $51.


Dylan George Denim Jeans, $169.

DYLAN GEORGE Denim Jeans, $169.


HUDSON Catrina Shorts, $44.

HUDSON Catrina Shorts, $44.

Hurry!  The size selections are getting slim!



Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 31 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals L.A.: Dylan George & 2B Free

Dylan George says “Bad jeans are an effective form of birth control.” In collaboration with 2B Free, it’s your chance to revamp your denim closet and score some new jeans at their sample sale.  Perhaps you’ll find 2B Free‘s signature fleur de lis tanks to go with your jeans.

Saturday, January 24 (10AM to 6PM)
Siren Studios
6063 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

*Small parking lot.
No RSVP Required.

All Apparel $15 – $50
Cash or Credit

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 21 2009 in Uncategorized
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