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The Jeffrey Campbell Denim Lita Platform Shoe Is Back!


The Jeffrey Campbell Lita in denim is back in stock at Nasty Gal! If you didn’t have a chance to grab a pair of these last summer, they’re still a must-have almost 365 days later. They’re $162, 5.25″ high with a beautiful chunky wooden heel. Imagine these with an off-white crocheted dress! We’re sold.  Grab your pair here!

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 15 2012 in Denim Buys

Exclusive Interview With Brice Partouche Of April77 Denim


We’re really psyched that we got the chance to Q&A Brice Partouche, designer of French denim brand April77,  1/2 the mastermind behind the April77 x Calla Romantic Rights collaboration (which turned out some seriously dreamy jeans). Brice revealed some admirable denim snobbery and, very interestingly, an interest in creating jeans out of Lady Gaga‘s hair.

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

Brice Partouche: I never wanted to be a designer. I studied medecine. I wanted to be a cardiac surgeon! But I was into music too, playing in bands. Fashion wasn’t (and still not) important to me. It’s all about attitude.

My dad was a jeans maker and I learnt everything from him, even if he tried to keep me out from this business. I guess he wanted me to have a real job… and now we are working together. April77 is a family company. I started the brand in 2001. The idea was simple : clothes that me and my friends want to wear.

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?

BP: We don’t have competitors and if we have well I don’t know them. I guess we are different from others brand because we have a real story to tell. We’re authentic and passionated and that’s what make our customers special. They are more “fans” than customers.
People who knows me will tell you, I’m a real nerd. I feel only concerned by authentic denim brands and I try to avoid that profusion of storyless denim brands flooding the market.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

BP: You mean like doing pagan rituals, turning upside down black jeans and waiting for the inspiration? Well not really, but I try to leave Paris for 2 weeks, going to NY or California. The USA have always been my most inspiring country.

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

BP: I figure a one-step-ahead teenager or a 35-year-old guy still stuck in his skaboarding years. At least, both are music nerds , clever customers and not under the fashion industry influence.

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

BP: Jeans made with Lady Gaga’s hair would be awesome. But a collaboration with Henri Rollins would be the absolute dream!

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

BP: The JOEY Overdrive Raw is our best seller. It’s our basic skinny jeans in natural indigo raw denim. It’s unisex. DICTATOR are a slim/straight jeans, very popular too. Raw jeans with a blank or band tee are the best… I’m not a fan of washings. I ‘ve always prefered raw blue or black denim. It’s a real pleasure to see that our customers prefer raw denim as well.

Of course we make couple of washings. They are always inspired by my personal or my friends jeans after 6 months or one year without washing or cleaning. I know it sounds dirty but that’s how jeans are supposed to be worn.

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

BP: I like open end denim. They were famous in the 70’s and 80’s , when denim fabric production became massive, suppliers had to make cheaper denim. The quality was good because the fabric was thicker…but the price was cheaper.

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?

BP: Well, street style is of course one of my main inspiration. I’m lucky because my job makes me travelling a lot. I meet very inspiring people, some are my friends, some are just random cool guys and girls.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?

BP: Guess what, I have two pairs : one blue, one black. I wear them till they die, then I change.

DT: Favorite celeb wearing your brand?

The Kills, Amy Winehouse (when she was around), Julian Casablancas.

 

Keep an eye on April77 for denim-snob approved releases this spring! Huge thanks to Brice Partouche for doing this Q&A with us.

—Jackie Racer & Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 02 2012 in Denim News » Interviews

Summer Must-Have: Jeffrey Campbell Denim Platform Shoes


You can’t take the ’70s denim revival any further than this (unless you wear these with flare leg jeans). The Jeffrey Campbell “Lita” platform lace-up boot in denim distressed wash are a denim-loving party girl’s dream come true. And retailing at $162, they’re not unthinkable budget-wise. Their gorgeous covered platform and chunky wooden heel are made for clanking your way through the door of any social gathering and not only being the tallest girl in the room, but the coolest. These babies were made exclusively for Nasty Gal, so that’s the only place to grab a pair.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jul 08 2011 in Denim Buys

Exclusive Q&A With David Lim of Kasil Denim


Last week we introduced you to Kasil Denim’s super-wearable SS’11 line, and today we have a one-on-one with designer David Lim to find out what goes on behind the Kasil curtain. Find out how this designer compares denim to cooking ingredients, and what his favorite looks are in the collection.

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Image via Serial Thrifter.

Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. What inspired you to get this brand off the ground?

David Lim: This can get long but the short story is… It started out of my father’s Custom Tailoring business. Making custom jeans for Pro-athletes like Kobe and Rick Fox and many others. The love was being able to provide premium jeans to guys that could afford premium but couldn’t necessarily find any that fit… which eventually transpired into launching KASIL in 2002 for women and 2006 for men. I’ve learned a great deal from my father and he has been my biggest influence as to why I’m doing this.

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

DL: It really is like comparing two spaghetti dishes by 2 different cooks. Cook 1 may use the exact same ingredients as I do, but the difference may be that Cook 2 could use better quality ingredients and put more time into the process. All in all, the premium denim world all claim to have the best fit, use the best fabric and have the best finishes which should all be true.

It’s all about what we stand for and how we present ourselves to the world, we love what we do and we make great jeans. Behind the curtains i’m sure we all work our asses off trying to make the best collection season after season.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

DL: Get the coffee started, get the music going, and a room just to myself with my sketch pad and laptop.

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Posted Mar 17 2011 in Interviews

Joe’s Jeans Exclusive Q&A


With the well-deserved buzz over Joe’s Jeans newest denim drop, the Skinny Micro Flare, we were eager to have a quick Q&A with the creative director and mastermind behind the brand, Joe Dahan. Running ten years strong, he lets us in on the progression of the brand, his least favorite denim trend, and how to wear their newest look in the line.

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Denim Therapy: How do you distinguish yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands around right now?

Joe Dahan: When I started Joe’s 10 years ago, my idea was to create fits for different body types and show that every woman has a unique physique. These fits didn’t exist then, but now fit has become the industry norm. With all the blogs, the Internet and e-stores, the customer is very savvy, so every season we’re creatively challenged to offer the best pieces ever.

For 10 years, we’ve consistently remained true to who we are and to our customers—while growing and expanding. We now have a complete collection for men, women and kids that embodies a casual, chic lifestyle. And, we’re still developing new silhouettes and working with innovative fine fabrics to create the impeccable fits our customers know and love.

DT: Does your team have any pre-designing rituals, especially when trying to create new and innovative designs year after year?

JD: We don’t have any rituals per se, but there’s an entire world from which to draw magnificent inspiration, so we make it a point to travel. We have an office in Paris that we visit regularly, as well as big cities like Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and New York. We also feel very lucky to live in Los Angeles, since it’s so well known for its cool, casual attitude. It’s our best laboratory.

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

JD: She’s casual, yet chic and sophisticated. She’s someone who creates her own unique look and likes to stand out from the pack.

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Posted Mar 10 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

TORN: An Exclusive Interview with Ronny Kobo


Launched in 2008, Torn by Ronny Kobo has risen into the spotlight with wearable, yet inventive T-shirt designs for the “Metropolitan Girl”.  These T’s caught our attention because of how flawlessly they match up with our favorite jeans—wide leg or skinny. Kobo launched her collection of designer T-shirts and is slowly expanding into ready-to-wear. “I’m fluent in T-shirts,” says Kobo. But this clothing-language has no strict code. The collection is meant to be mixed and matched, evoking the customers individuality. “The interpretation is completely in how you wear it.”

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We had the opportunity to speak with the designer to discuss exactly how to pair the two all time favorites from your wardrobe together—the T’s and the jeans. Read on!

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

RK: Designing is a part of me, not to sound too cliche. But in many ways I had been designing since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until I reached graduate school and had a small business of handbags that I realized I could make this dream into reality. A year later I launched Torn.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

RK: Yes, exposure! Sitting at home or in the office before designing a season is impossible. I need to walk around on the streets, travel in order to get inspiration. My greates source of inspiration which never fails me are markets of all kinds.

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

RK: The woman that wears my clothes is fun and really wants to make an effort to look sexy and playful. She is a confident woman, who is well travelled and sophisticated yet has a fabulous sense of humor and doesn’t take herself too seriously. My clothes reflect that.

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

RK: We have just finished designing fall, and are moving into Holiday. For holiday my inspiration is what I call “a 1970′s bohemian Christmas party”.. This came to life while I was looking at some vintage posters and there was an old album cover that depicted this feeling. I am very excited to be incorporating the 1970′s in my collection..

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

RK: I really like the bell bottoms that every line is showing. I am over the boyfriend jean (although can admit they are the most comfortable to wear).. I really am very excited to wear my cotton candy colored pink jeans this spring.

DT: Any favorite denim brands? Or denim stores?

RK: I love PRPS, vintage levi’s, acne, and am always a big fan of ksubi.

DT: How do you style your denim and tees? And where are you going in them?

RK: I have a couple of different category tops to style with denim. Work sophisticated look for the office to be paired with more denim trouser type pants, weekend casual look and tees, and my very favorite Saturday night T-shirts that are sexy and fun and can be dressed up or down.

A huge thanks to Ronny Kobo for taking the time to help us bring you this interview. Find out more about this exciting line by visiting the Torn by Ronny Kobo website and shop their selection at Shopbop and Intermix.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Feb 09 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Dazed by Denim


If you caught “Rough and Ready”, an editorial shot by Kira Bunse and styled by Steven Westgarth in the newest issue of Dazed & Confused Magazine, don’t think the party is over just yet! Yesterday Dazed Digital posted up a few unseen shots from the photo shoot, featuring model Alexander of The Right Stuff agency. The perfect blend of rough-edged denim and tailored wool menswear becomes a palette of inspiration for the coming months. And guys—since it’s about to get chilly, we suggest you take a cue from across the pond.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 23 2010 in Denim Fashion
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