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. Agave denim is running a facebook contest this month. “Like” them and sign up for their giveaway to win a $250 gift certificate to shop on agavedenim.com.
2. Guys, try out Uniqlo’s limited edition Japanese selvedge jean (for far less than you’d usually pay for this kind of denim). Check out their store locations for one near you.
3. Rachel McAdams is rocking a red denim shirt on the cover of Glamour Magazine‘s February issue. Nice to see some front cover denim that’s a little different from the norm.
4. Denim, as an industry, continues to shove to the front of the VIP line… Levi’s will show core collections at New York Fashion Week, reportedly in a “big budget” way in a “big budget space” in Soho. Stay tuned, we’ll have the latest.
5. Another one for the guys. Your search for the perfect black trouser jeans has ended:
“Self Edge and Toyo Enterprises have come together to bring the ultimate pant in terms of hardware, details, and fit. Jungle Cloth fabric, hidden rivets, Sugar Cane pin-check pocket bags, red cotton twill inner leg seam lining, dark indigo poly-core stitch, iron embossed buttons, Buzz Rickson UFO rivets, and a slim fit round out this new release produced in a limited run.”
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: agave denim, colored denim, denim contest, denim workshirt, Glamour Magazine, japanese selvedge denim, Levi's, mens denim, new your fashion week, nyfw, red denim, uniqlo jeans
Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!
1. Denim Therapy launches group therapy—Denim Therapy has decided that it’s time we start offering group therapy—with the launch of our new referral program! Now when you repair your jeans with us, you can earn DenimDollars by referring your friends… Keep Reading! ?
2. Diane Kruger Covers Glamour in Denim— Instead of couture gowns, we are seeing a lot of celebrities like Diane Kruger, gracing the covers of magazines in denim fashion. For Glamour Magazine’s March 2011 issue, readers are treated to a buffet of denim looks from J Brand, Diesel, Balmain and other brands… Keep Reading! ?
3. Extroverted and Shameless Minimalism: Cheap Monday S/S 2011 Lookbook—In an attempt for the brand to go with something different altogether from design to aesthetic, founder, creative director, and denim designer of Cheap Monday, ?rjan Andersson, stands in front of the camera for the new Spring Summer 2011 lookbook… Keep Reading! ?
4. Sao Paulo Fashion Week: Gisele and Ashton Walk Colcci Inverno 2011—Leaping from Paris and Milan Fashion Week, we hop on over to S?o Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW) where iconic Brazilian brand, Colcci just closed out their Inverno 2011 (winter 2011) runway show last Sunday. Gisele B?ndchen also returned to the catwalk, making her comeback of sorts as the face of Colcci… Keep Reading! ?
5. Get The Look: Alessandra Ambrosio in Black Orchid—While preparing for a recent trip to South America, Alessandra Ambrosio ran errands in Los Angeles wearing Black Orchid’s Black Jewel skinny jeans in the flattering grey ash wash… Keep Reading! ?
6. Window Shopper New York City: Paige USA—A stroll past the Paige windows in Soho, NYC (can you believe we were even out strolling in the midst of snow-pocalypse?) revealed a fun spread of celebrity gossip-esque magazines opened to pages full of the rich and the famous going about their business in Paige denim… Keep Reading! ?
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: best denim, best denim blog, black orchid denim, Cheap Monday, Denim Repair, Denim Therapy, Diane Kruger, Glamour Magazine, paige usa, referral program, window shopper
Skatewear Sector Shows Rapid Growth
From WWD ISSUE 09/02/2009
Comune (Photo by Courtesy Photo)
Skateboarders are used to pushing the limits with acrobatic stunts; now they can be adventurous in their fashion choices.
From Nike and Sport Chalet to DC Shoes and Vans, men??™s skate brands are extending their retail reach and launching new clothing lines.
Nike Inc., the world??™s largest athletic apparel and footwear company, unveiled a 3,400-square-foot shop in Laguna Beach, Calif., in July to highlight its four action sports brands: Nike 6.0, Nike SB, Hurley and Converse. In an airy loft with exposed brick walls and rusted steel beams, shoppers customize boardshorts, try on sneakers while sitting on blanket-cushioned wood boxes, and also snap up art books, collectible toys and jeans, among other merchandise. It??™s an art-in-action concept the Beaverton, Ore.-based company may expand to other cities, a spokesman said.
Brooklyn Projects took advantage of falling rents and rising interest in skating to open its third shop in Pasadena, Calif., last month. Converse, the Nike-owned shoe brand best known for its canvas high-tops, plans to offer T-shirts and baseball caps for skater boys next fall. And DC Shoes is capitalizing on the popularity of Rob Dyrdek, one of the pro skaters it sponsors, with a holiday collaboration of water-print Ts, baby-blue striped sneakers and leather jackets, all retailing from $28 to $490.
Skate shops seem to be more resilient than their surf counterparts during the recession. A study commissioned by Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, an Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based trade group, said skate-focused stores tallied sales of $2.85 billion last year, which was the same as in 2006, the last time the report was issued. Surf-focused shops, however, posted a 6.8 percent decrease in sales to $2.47 billion in the same period. In those two years, 156 surf doors shuttered, resulting in 7.4 percent fewer stores.
The skate sector has ???been one of the highlights in this very slow economy,??? said Paul Smedley, senior merchant of apparel at La Canada, Calif.-based Sport Chalet.
Sport Chalet reported a double-digit increase in sales at its skate-centric shop-in-shop, Project Fifty Nine, which is in five of its 18 stores across the West. Double-digit growth is also giving a boost to Vans as it solidifies its strength in skatewear.
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GLAMOUR??™S PICK: Glamour magazine never reveals its Women of the Year award winners before its annual event in November, but insiders told WWD one of this year??™s winners may be a surprise to some given her recent legal imbroglios: Rihanna, who has recently made headlines as much for her tempestuous relationship with Chris Brown, who was found guilty of assaulting her, as for her singing. The event, which will be held Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall, celebrates inspiring, high-achieving women. Last year??™s winners included Nicole Kidman, Tyra Banks, Maureen Chiquet, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.
Meanwhile, the magazine also is plotting its Fashion Gives Back initiative and has tappedJason Wu, Alejandro Ingelmo, Pamela Love, Brian Reyes, Bensoni and Abigail Lorick of Lorick to design a limited edition shopping tote, proceeds from which will benefit dress For Success. Wu??™s bag features gradient lines that darken to black, while Bensoni??™s depicts oversize lipstick kiss marks in bright colors. Each bag incorporates the designer??™s signature. The bags sell for $35 and will be sold exclusively at Bloomingdale??™s and bloomingdales.com starting this week. The bags, along with 900 copies of Glamour??™s October issue ??” which hits stands Sept 8. ??”will be featured in the windows of Bloomingdale??™s 59th Street flagship in New York.
The October issue has a feature on Fashion Gives Back with profiles of the participating designers alongside a celebrities such as Jessica Szohr, America Fererra and Lily Collins. Past Fashion Gives Back Designers include Marchesa, Doo.Ri and Rachel Roy.
??” Amy Wicks and Sophia Chabbott
WALLPAPER??™S GUEST STARS: Wallpaper has marked the third year of its guest edited series by asking Karl Lagerfeld and Philippe Starck to each create covers and editorial for the magazine??™s October issue. And both newbie editors have eschewed the idea of a regular, two-dimensional magazine cover. While Lagerfeld has shot his current muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, clad in a Dior Homme suit for his cover, he??™s added a layer of paper to the magazine, which those inclined can peel off to reveal Giabiconi naked. Lagerfeld has also shot a 27-page editorial for the title featuring Giabiconi in locales such as the Queen??™s Theater in Versailles.
Starck, meanwhile, has designed a cover made of three layers of translucent paper, featuring an amoeba, a monkey wearing shoes and a question mark, to depict what he sees as the different stages of evolution. His editorial also takes a cerebral approach, featuring interviews with scientists, physicists, cosmologists and artists. Starck said he??™s approached his editorship with ???a mission to make intelligence sexy.??? Both Starck and Lagerfeld??™s editorial will appear in all editions of the magazine, not just those with their respective covers.
???Like their illustrious predecessors, Lagerfeld and Starck have made full use of their prime piece of Wallpaper real estate,??? said Tony Chambers, editor-in-chief of Wallpaper. ???Their covers have pushed the boundaries of magazine design and production.???
Past guest editors of Wallpaper have included Louise Bourgeois, Zaha Hadid, Hedi Slimane, Jeff Koons, Rei Kawakubo and Dieter Rams.
??” Nina Jones
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Fashion Gives Back, Glamour Magazine, Nike, Wallpaper, WWD