One of the best things about a denim jacket is that the fabric’s hardiness lends well to customization. Its strength and endurance makes it the perfect piece in your closet to keep for years as it gather’s scuffs and patches, reminders of where you’ve been with it and who you were when you wore it. This spring patches are a big trend on the runway and street style blogs. You can always purchase cheap patches to remove once the trend is over, but we think it’s far more worth your while to invest in a one of a kind patch that you’ll love in the longterm. If you have nimble hands make one yourself! If you’re a bit lacking in skill or time there are plenty of artists online making patches that work for any budget. The most vibrant patches we have found yet are created by UK based artist Sophie known better by her store name King Sophie’s World.
The patches are hand embroidered with vivid metallic sequins. Sophie thinks of the patches as a mix between fine art and a fashion collection and there tends to be a different theme for each batch. In the past the patches have been inspired by emojis, aliens, heartbreak and horror movies. We were particularly smitten with the short run of patches focusing on carnivorous aliens with a taste for the human race.
The patches range in price from $40 to up to $300 for the large intricate pieces (depending on the conversion rate). Custom commissions are available as well starting at about $55. It’s easy to see why these patches are beloved by stylists and celebrities allover the world.
Female denim-heads rejoice! The answer to your prayers is here. At long last a raw denim jean made by women for women. Gamine Workwear is a New England based company who specializes in no-nonsense workwear that is utilitarian yet easy on the eyes and most importantly on the body. The line is designed by Taylor Johnston, Manager of the Gardens and Greenhouses at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Johnston sums up the company’s values best herself-
“Gamine is an exploration of femininity and worn character […] as Yankee gardeners and geologists ourselves– we aim to tread lightly by creating products that support sustainable manufacturing and the lost art of mending. We choose to work with textiles that are selected with great consideration for their ruggedness and ability to highlight the work and story of the worker. “
Gamine’s updated line of slim slouch dungarees now feature three different fits. The straight silhouette, a demi silhouette for more area in the hips and a bold fit for hourglass silhouettes designed with a roomier bum and waist area. The new line goes on pre-sale Tuesday March 1st on their website.
Gamine also offers repair services including darning, boro, and Sashiko for merchandise bought from their shop to extend the life of your favorite pieces.
Gamine has a variety of other products in their shop made and sourced with the same focus on local design and a sustainable and transparent production process. Pictured below is the hand-dyed indigo hemp tee who’s claim to fame is being one of the most rugged teeshirts on the market. They also have a handful of vintage overalls.
All photos credited to Gamine.
—Emily B. McIntosh
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With Men’s Fashion Week came a flurry of activity here in New York. Amy Leverton left London behind and came stateside to promote her book Denim Dudes. Amy has worked in the industry for ten years and is currently the Director of Denim and Youth Culture at WGSN. For Denim Dudes Amy traveled the world photographing and interviewing eccentric denimheads. She chronicled the most interesting styles and global trends in denim cult culture. The book is stocked in most book stores and is also available on Amazon. The New York book launch was hosted by Loren Cronk at Loren in Greenpoint and we couldn’t endure the thought of missing it. The storefront doubles as a workshop where Loren still designs and constructs many jeans by hand. The small shop was packed tight with denimheads on a humid night in Brooklyn and we couldn’t have dreamt of a better venue.
Very amazing vintage jackets for sale.
Sewing patterns, bicycles, and colored lights hanging from the ceiling.
–Emily B. McIntosh
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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your shoe collection and add some interest to the mix. Whether the warm weather will find you hosting gatherings in the park with your friends or embracing downtown New York strolls on the regular, make sure you do all of these things with style. The made-by-hand men’s shoe line n.d.c. has your back (and your feet, obviously). We highlight our favorite pairs from the spring lookbook below.
Our favorite picks…
Espadrilles: Take a stroll along the French Riviera in the 1960s with these flexible, relaxed and easy espadrilles. Made with the flexible and light ‘Strobel’ construction (where the upper and insole are stitched toether), the shoes are slip-lasted and stitched to the leather outsole with natural yute trimming the edge.
Foundation: Reminiscent of 1960’s London’s city-gent style, these elegantly shaped rejuvenated classics belong in every man’s wardrobe.
Faderless Toecup Son
Goodyear: The Goodyear line goes back to the beginning of the n.d.c. story when designer Enrique washed his pair of n.d.c. Goodyear brogues in his home washing machine after deciding that they looked just a little too perfect. The esult was like nothing that has been seen before on the market: beaten-up, washed shoes with a whole personality of their own.
See the full lookbook below:
Keep n.d.c. bookmarked and check back for their new website this spring.
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We introduced you to Stone Craft after we ran into the brand at Coterie in September—you’ll recall the wild prints, vivid colors, and hand-administered designs. Says the brand, “Stone Craft is a premium denim collection that brings back the true California lifestyle with several extensions of the line using printed pants and hand-designed patterns. The concept came to Orly Dahan, designer for the collection while on recent travels. This exciting line is bringing a fresh, new take in the denim world and it will be a strong influence in the premium denim market.” A print and denim expert, Orly Dahan had a line in the late ’80s called Surf Fetish (love the name, don’t you?) that was centered around the art of hand-made prints on finished garments—a lifestyle brand with a super CA emphasis on distressed pants and shorts. He hasn’t strayed far from his original vision.
The line’s styles range from women’s prints, solids, and radiant hues in slim leg, skinny, boot cut, and wide leg flare. Cuts for men include straight leg, relaxed fit, and boot cut. They also come in a wide range of washes and prints. The jeans will be available at major department stores soon… We’ll keep you posted!
Stay tuned for an exclusive Q&A with Orly Dahan!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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You’ve surely already checked out our holiday gift round-up and our awesome Denim Therapy gift cards (not to mention the amazing contest we have going on right now with 7 for all Mankind), but if you’re still searching for items to satisfy the denim-addicts on your list, it’s your lucky day! Etsy, home of independently-run mini-markets for vintage and hand-made items, has enough denim to keep you fa-la-la-la-la’ing right through the new year. Check out these great buys below—all hand-made!
1. Recycled Denim Flower Necklace ($56) – buy it at mademoisellemermaid.
2. Recycled Denim iPad Sleeve ($29) – buy it at MyGreenMonkeyDesigns.
3. The Petal Wristlet in Dark Gray Denim ($37) – buy it at definitionofself.
4. Denim Blue Rosette Brooch ($6) – buy it at browneyedgirlsboutiq.
5. Denim Shoulder Bag ($32) – buy it at shoks.
6. OAK Refashioned Denim Zip Front Sleeveless Dress ($108) – buy it at glamspoon.
Stay tuned for our guide to the vintage denim of Etsy tomorrow…
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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