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Francine Reviews Her New Studded Pocket Black Orchid Denim


Denim Therapy’s founder Francine recently scored herself a pair of celeb-approved Black Orchid denim jeans in dark wash with a studded back pocket detail. Here’s what she had to say when she tried them on!

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What was your first thought when you tried them on? Halle Berry wishes she looked as good as I do in these jeans!

Where/when would you wear these? Comfortable enough I can wear from day to night and always feel like a rock star.

How’s the fit? They’re low rise skinny jeans but don’t feel very tight which is great.

—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 13 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product

An Exclusive Q&A with Charley 5.0 Jeans


The three fashion minds behind the denim brand Charley 5.0 are better known as Charley’s Angels these days. They have taken an American classic and turned it into a lifestyle brand, outside the scope of just wearing jeans. They design denim fashion for women in a way that makes wearing denim from morning to night even more plausible. Hear the story behind their vision in our exclusive Q&A below…

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

Charley 5.0: I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to be a designer. The concept of this brand came about because there was a void in the market for fashionable denim.

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?
Charley 5.0: I don’t consider any specific brand our immediate competition.  We are different from your average denim brands, we’re more than just bottoms.  Our line is known for our sexy dresses, novelty jackets and tops.  I think that’s what makes us stand out in the sea of denim.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
Charley 5.0: I’m obsessed with vintage anything and the 70s! I go browsing for vintage clothing at several vintage stores here in NYC and I also look through old magazines and movies to get inspiration for the next coming season.

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
Charley 5.0: Our customer is very fashion forward, knows exactly what she wants. She’s sophisticated yet sexy.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next for Fall?
Charley 5.0: For Fall 2011, the collection is definitely channeling that cool 1970’s rock & roll edge.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
Charley 5.0: There are so many talented designers that I love and admire, I wouldn’t know who to collaborate with. At the moment there are no plans of collaborating with anyone, but you never know. Keep your eyes and ears open.

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
Charley 5.0: Our most popular styles are our sexy stretch denim dresses and our parkas. They’re easy styles that can be dressed up and dressed down. A staple for every girls closet.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
Charley 5.0: Obviously I love the 70s, so I’m totally into the higher rise skinnies and wide legs. I’m also loving the cropped top trend.

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?
Charley 5.0: I’ve always been a huge fan of street style blogs as opposed to following celebrity style. I think seeing the way people on the streets style themselves is very inspiring.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
Charley 5.0: I own over 15 pairs of denim bottoms, a girl needs to have wash options.  I also own quite a few denim jackets, dresses and shirts!

DT: Favorite celeb wearing your denim?
Charley 5.0: Its great to see celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian wearing our line. But the real satisfaction comes from seeing your everyday girl wearing it.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted May 05 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

An Exclusive Q&A with Raven Denim


Creative Director for Raven Denim, Yael Torbati, has an attention to detail, vintage inspired aesthetic, and an extensive knowledge of fit. That is exactly what yields for exciting new cuts and styles season after season. Fabrics are sourced from the best denim mills. Every garment is cut and sewn in Los Angeles. And the hand washes are processed locally too. Raven is a collection that offers a trend setting collection for both men and women. Read on for our exclusive interview:

 

Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Raven: I’ve pretty much wanted to be a designer for as long as I can remember…I recently found some funny old sketches at my parents house (maybe I was around 8 years old) of some very well endowed ladies wearing swimsuits and evening gowns. Probably inspired by the Miss Universe pageant or something.

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?
Raven: There are so many denim brands out there, but I guess my immediate competition would be other denim lines that offer lots of fashion denim like Current/Elliot, MiH, Kasil. I like to think Raven looks different by offering up ideas that are not necessarily on everyones radar, meaning that I don’t read into fashion forecasting too intently because then you just end up looking like everybody else.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
Raven: Mainly procrastination! Then usually karaoke gets me going…

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
Raven: The Raven woman & man are both professional, creative, smart, fun, easygoing, and light hearted. They have a classic aesthetic when it comes to fashion and don’t like bells and whistles. They appreciate fine details and refined fits/washes.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next for?
Raven: For women, spring/summer 2011 is full of comfortable, relaxed silhouettes that are still totally flattering and sexy. So slouchy/sexy is a key look!  70′s silhouettes like high waisted wide leg jeans, and flares are also sprinkled throughout the line, and shorts are so important and have been expanded on in a big way.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
Raven: Honestly, I haven’t really thought about that…Liberace?

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
Raven: Some of my favorites in the arena of slouchy/sexy are the Willow in Dusk, Poppy in Antique, Vivee in Pebble, Jemma in Spruce, & Rowan in Marvel. I would wear the Poppy in Antique with a white vintage victorian era sleeveless top and wooden high heel sandals. My favorite high waist is the Orly in Poolside which I would wear with the thinnest t-shirt I have tucked in & platforms to show off the extra long leg a high waist  jean creates. I’ll be wearing short all summer long like the Gilda in Chambray, Alix in Marvel, and the Vivian in checkers which I would wear with a black silk top & Bensimon sneakers.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
Raven: I’m not a big fan of the long denim skirt especially the one that is supposed to look like you converted jeans into a long skirt. It seems that no matter what your body type is, it kind of just makes you look like a blob with no butt. Not the best look.

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?
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aven: I always check out street style blogs- they do serve up inspiration as well as entertainment.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
Raven: I have no clue- way too many to count. I know, it’s a rough life!

DT: Raven- what does it stand for? And why did you choose that as the name of your brand?
Raven: I’m not the founding designer of the brand so I can’t say I know the answer to that. Perhaps there is some bird lovin’ behind the name.

DT: Favorite celeb wearing your denim?
Raven: Tie for Megan Fox and Halle Berry

 

Check out Raven Denim’s most recent lookbooks for men & women below.

Men’s

 

Women’s

 

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Apr 26 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

(Henry) and Belle of the Ball- An Exclusive Interview


Rob Mann, President of Henry and Belle, had the idea for the denim brand as he watched his wife struggle to find suitable jeans. “My wife isn’t going to be interested in jeans designed for a teenager, but she isn’t going to wear mom jeans either”. Thus, they’ve created ageless jeans that can be worn by anyone who wants to feel both sexy and comfortable at the same time. Denim Therapy had the opportunity to ask Henry and Belle a few questions- read on to see what they had to say:

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DT: Who are Henry and Belle? Tell us about your “family” affair?

HB: Henry and Belle were my grandparents. Henry and Belle started designing in the garment district of Chicago in 1931. Inspired by Belle’s confident character and chic sophistication, Henry designed each style with Belle as his as his muse. They always focused on the highest quality fabrics and finishes. As their success grew, so did their commitment to give back to their community. Today our family continues to fulfill this tradition of craftsmanship and humanitarianism.

DT: What kind of fits, washes, styles do you offer?

HB: We offer a variety of fits including a Super Skinny, Straight Leg, and an updated Bootcut. We offer these in two rises: our “Signature” which is a mid-rise, and our “Ideal” which is our lower rise. The ‘Ideal’ rise in not only popular with the younger girl who wants a lower rise, but also with the petite woman. We also have exciting fashion styles which include a slouchy self belted denim cargo, a retro inspired wide leg and a trouser. We take great pride in our washes at Henry & Belle. It is very important that our washes are both innovative, fresh, and always tasteful. We do extensive research and study of vintage denim to achieve authenticity and along with using and working closely with extremely sophisticated laundry facilities, we achieve beautiful washes.

DT: What kind of audience do you cater to?

HB: Because of our range in fit, rise and silhouette offerings, we cater to a broad spectrum of women. The women who tend to buy Henry & Belle understand the importance of quality manufacture and fit. They won’t sacrifice comfort for style or vice versa. The Henry & Belle woman understands trends and isn’t afraid of self expression.

DT: Where do you see the future for Henry and Belle?

HB: Henry & Belle will continue to grow as a lifestyle brand. We have more than nine decades of experience producing a wide range of apparel and that will begin to enter into our design philosophy. We will always be at the cutting edge of the best and newest fabrics but we won’t overlook the importance of staying true to our heritage of producing authentic, trend right clothes.

DT: Any favorite ways to wear denim? Or any favorite ways celebrities have worn your jeans?

HB: As we all know the best thing about denim is its versatility. It has been really exciting to see the variety of ways people have been wearing our jeans. I especially love the way Halle Berry wore our Ideal Super Stretch Skinny in Onyx with her monochromatic layering. She made something so casual (and we know incredibly comfortable!) look so sophisticated and pulled-together.

DT: What differentiates Henry and Belle from other denim brands?

HB: Our continuous offering of new and fresh ideas while having deep roots in the heritage and authenticity of denim. Careful thought and attention is paid to these ideals in the process, and the result is a very real product.

DT: How did you manage to bring a new brand to market given this economy?

HB: Over the years we’ve introduced many new brands. Regardless of the prevailing economic situation, we have looked for niches in the market that haven’t been well served. We felt that the time was right for us to introduce a line that focused on great fitting jeans that would appeal to a wide range of discriminating, practical customers. Our years of sourcing experience enable us to offer a well crafted product in fabrics superior to our competition at more reasonable prices. As we enter a more practical time I believe women have become more discerning and are demanding more from the products they buy than ever before. They are less likely to purchase inferior quality jeans for $300. We offer a better fitting jean, with great style and finish in exceptional fabrics for half that price. The market has responded very favorably to this.

DT: We understand that you help raise awareness and funds for diverse issues – can you elaborate?

HB: Henry & Belle is committed to raising awareness and supporting local needs within our communities. Each season we will collaborate with valued retail partners and local non-profit organizations to raise awareness and funds for unique causes. Since our launch in September of 2010 we have helped raise in excess of $10,000 for Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Autism Speaks, Breakthrough Foundation of New York, and FATE (Foundation for Autism Training and Education).

DT: Do you have any special fabrics or finishes that are your trademark?

HB: All of our fabrics are unique in some sense. Our primary fabric is a blend of Supima cotton and XFit Lycra for 4 way stretch. This fabric stretches in all directions but does not stretch out. The Supima cotton gives our jeans an incredible softness along with greater durability. Women who wear our jeans have commented that the jeans feel like no jeans they’ve ever worn before. Women can literally wear these jeans all day, day after day and they will fit virtually the same way they did when they first went on. We also feature a super stretch fabric in our legging jeans. This fabric has an incredibly comfortable feel while still maintaining its shape. Our super stretch skinny jeans have been seen lately on Halle Berry, Emmy Rossum and Ashley Green. Future collections will include a fine Japanese denim with a beautiful drape and a new fabric called lightweight stretch which features an incredibly soft finish.

DT: What is your design inspiration?

HB: It is always changing as you see, hear, and experience things constantly. However, because we have such strong ties to the past having been manufacturing since the 1930′s, we are always thinking of our muse Belle Mann who started the company with her husband Henry. Whether out to dinner or on the beach she always looked sophisticated, and we think about how she would dress if she were here today.

You can visit the Henry and Belle website to learn more about their brand and of course to shop their styles.

– Jackie Racer

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Posted Jan 19 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Denim Stylefinder: Halle Berry In Slashed Up J Brand Jeans


Los Angeles, CA ??“ On October 17th, actress Halle Berry wore a pair of J Brand Boutique 9912 pencil leg jeans in Slash Berlin while at LAX airport.  She wore the jeans earlier this year in Los Angeles on August 23rd, available for purchase at select Barneys New York stores. Photo: JustJared.

Los Angeles, CA - On October 17th, actress Halle Berry wore a pair of J Brand Boutique 9912 pencil leg jeans in Slash Berlin while at LAX airport. She wore the jeans earlier this year in Los Angeles on August 23rd. Available at select Barneys New York stores. Photo: JustJared.


It’s hard to say what trends are fresh these days, since many trends tend to last longer and overlap onto each other, haven’t you noticed?  It seems that last year, the bleached out and ripped up jeans was the trend, and this year, they’re still in vogue.  How long are trends supposed to last anyways?  One thing’s for sure, when a celebrity like Halle Berry wears her slashed up, tie-dyed jeans, people will pay attention.  Way to go, Halle, for wearing your jeans more than once.  You can’t commit a fashion faux pas by wearing your jeans out to death, even if you’re a celeb (not that wearing the same pair of jeans out in public twice is overkill).  I’d be curious to see if she’d actually wear beau Gabriel Aubry’s jeans on her Boyfriend jeans days.




– Kathy Ng Hassan


















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Posted Oct 20 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals: DL1961 Premium Denim


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Sometimes I wish I could stay on the down-low when it comes to these fabulous denim sales, but I find it my duty to introduce you to the famous as well as the up-and-coming stars of the denim world: DL1961. The DL doesn’t stand for down-low; because, when you slide these jeans on, that’s going to be the farthest thing on your mind when you go out.  As you can see, DL1961 has already been spotted on celebrities like Halle Berry, Blake Lively, January Jones and Rose McGowan, and my, don’t they look stylish!  Incorporating the patented X-fit Lycra 4-way stretch technology, DL1961′s jeans are sure to fit real nice.

If you don’t already have a pair of DL1961s, then here’s your chance to get an introductory pair at a nice and easy price (normally retailed at $150 minimum), coming tomorrow at The Top Secret.  Sale begins 9/24/2009 and ends 9/27/2009 at 11:59PM EST.

SHOP THE TOP SECRET

Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Sep 23 2009 in Uncategorized

GAP 1969 Premium Jeans Collection At Yesterday’s Prices


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Amidst another approaching fall season and the realistic concerns of the U.S. recession, GAP creative director Patrick Robinson has developed a new premium denim line at non-designer prices. With 14 different styles and washes for men and women, the 1969 Premium Jeans Collection will only feature pieces under sixty dollars.


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GAP creative director Patrick Robinson.

With a vibrant launch party last Thursday that included such guests such as Joel Madden, Ashley Simpson and Halle Berry, the line will officially be released at all GAP stores this week. Robinson devoted over one year to researching and perfecting this luxury line for the everyday fashionista, and he stands confident that the only difference these quality fabrics and sleek cuts will find with “designer” denim is the price tag. Watch out, denim world.

 


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Posted Aug 14 2009 in Uncategorized
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