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Gift Guide: Handmade Denim


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!

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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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Posted Dec 11 2010 in Denim Buys » Gift Guides

Holiday DIY: Denim Gift Wrap


Sprucing up your closet for the holidays? Don’t get rid of those old ill-fitting jeans! The holiday windows at Mavi in Union Square reminded us of one other fabulous way to make use of your denim once its days in your wardrobe are through. We’ve put together a quick step-by-step guide to wrapping your gifts in denim. Scroll through the Mavi windows to see how it’s done. ?

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1. Gather up jeans you’re not wearing anymore, or make a quick trip the Salvation Army and pick up a couple pairs of large jeans with the saturation and wash of your liking. A right blue with red ribbons could be just as stunning as a stone grey with silver and gold holly leaves.
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Tip: If you’re looking for wrapping that’s a bit more uniform-looking, you can order denim by the yard from any variety of fabric stores. Check out Mood Fabrics’ wide selection of denim, and even order online.

2. Cut up the jeans into panels of fabric. If you have a sewing machine, you can create bigger patchwork pieces and even add some decorative top-stitching. Otherwise, it’s best to keep your pieces big enough to wrap all the way around your gift at least once.

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3. Wrap up your gift!
The denim can be held in place simply by circling ribbons or twine around it, or hand-stitching it together with some strong quilting thread. Depending on the severity of your stitching job, you’ll want to hand over a big pair of fabric scissors when it’s time to do the unwrapping.

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4. Get creative! Spray the edges of frayed denim strips to create a beautiful bow. Use glitter glue, studs, or any kind of paint to create a fabulous finish. Use a panel with a pocket and slip your gift card in it. By the time you’re finished you’ll wonder why you ever resorted to boring old wrapping paper in the past.

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Voila! A creative, thoughtful way to give gifts this holiday season that will brighten up anyone’s day. Just make sure the gift itself is awesome… you don’t want the cool wrapping paper to overshadow whatever’s inside.

Post your holiday DIY denim projects on our facebook wall and we could feature yours on the blog! And be sure to stop by Mavi’s Union Square location to check out their windows for yourself.

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Mavi Jeans – 832 Broadway (between 12th & 13th Streets); New York, NY 10003

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 06 2010 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Gifts for Denim Lovers


There’s  just under a month left to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, but if your loved ones are as crazy about denim as you are, you need look no further! We know what you’re thinking—it’s hard enough to find the perfect fit of jeans for yourself, so how could you buy them for someone else? But we’re one step ahead, with a less time-consuming alternative. After all, jeans are only one element of the wonderful world of denim…

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1. For the DIY divas in your life (or anyone who can’t afford to drop lots of cash every time something trendy and fabulous hits the denim market), try this book! It’s the gift that’ll keep on giving until they can’t hold their scissors anymore. 99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim, by Justina Blakeney, Ellen Schultz, and Faith Blakeney ($17) – buy it at Amazon.

2. A good gift isn’t just aesthetically pleasing these days, as you probably know from perusing other gift guides full of tech gadgets and time management tools. But we’re sure your efficient gift recipient will love this stylish, functional belt. It comes equipped loops for holding anything from eyebrow pencils to screwdrivers. See by Chlo? Pocket-detail denim belt ($150) – buy it at The Outnet.

3. A sense of humor is crucial when you can only afford a $1.00 gift, but as long as you make people laugh, no one’s going to blame you! This charming little pin will look great on bags, coats, or  guitar straps So hey, why not? Bean Forest “TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS” Pin ($1) – buy it at Bean Forest.

4. With the rise of Etsy.com and the DIY revolution, beautiful hand-made gifts are more accessible and affordable than ever. We found this classy shoulder bag and wish we could get one for everyone in the office! Hand-made Strapped Shoulder Bag in black denim ($75) – buy it at Definition of Self.

5. For the biker babe or rocker dude on your list, something a bit more bad-ass to make their season bright. These fingerless gloves are half leather, half distressed denim, and it’ll ensure no one thinks twice about messing around at the crazy, intoxicated New Year’s Eve bash. Maison Fabre Denim/Leather Fingerless Mittens ($133) – buy it at Saks Fifth Avenue.

6. No, that price is not a typo, and this gift is truly reserved for the most gung-ho of denim fanatics… or anyone looking to be schooled thoroughly on the entire industry from A to Z. If they want to know it all, this is the closest thing to denim university. The Denim Bible Jeans Encyclopedia II, by Sportswear International ($1,546) – buy it at Amazon.

7. A cute, versatile denim hat to cap off a perfect winter outfit (and keep someone’s head warm). The neutral gray color allows for mixing with any outwear they already have, and the very nice price will keep you as jolly as a Christmas elf. Calvin Klein Martial Cap ($25) – buy it at Calvin Klein.

8. An accessory to wrap around the neck, tie up like a turban, or employ in apartment decor, this Diesel scarf has a vintage charm with contemporary edge. They come in several other colors and designs. DIESEL 2-KRAFS Scarf & Tie ($ 60) – buy it at DIESEL.

9. If you prefer to be remembered fondly during the post-holiday couch potato TV marathon your best friend annually partakes in, perhaps something more suited to lounging is in order. American Denim Square Denim Pillow ($24) – buy it at Specialty Linens.

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Need more ideas? Try the please-everyone Denim Therapy Gift Card, a D.I.Y. version of any of these gift ideas above, or the super-cool MS&Co denim sleeves we featured earlier this week. Have your own ideas? Drop by our facebook page and let us know! Happy gift-giving!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 03 2010 in Denim Buys » Gift Guides

Add Spice to Your Holiday with a Denim Party Dress


Denim might not be your first fabrication of choice when planning glamorous evening attire during the holidays,  but if you want to add some edge to your look, we suggest you give cliche prom queen fabrics a goodbye kiss (beneath the mistletoe, of course). With some costume jewelry ice around your wrists and a trendy pair of tights, a denim dress could be your ticket to the unique, memorable look you’ve been searching for. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite denim dresses below in a range of prices to inspire your hunt.

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1. Divine Rights of Denim Tube Dress ($28) – buy it at Forever21.

2. eDressMe Private Collection Strapless Denim Dress ($50) – buy it at eDressMe.

3. BENSONI Denim Transformer Dress ($411) – buy it at Shop Les Nouvelles.

4. Gestuz Blue Denim Dress ($164) – buy it at OAK NYC.

5. BCBGENERATION Contrast Denim Dress ($89) – buy it at BCBG.

6. Soprano Scoop Neck Ruffle Denim Dress ($17) – buy it at Macy*s.

7. Miss Sixty Printed Denim Dress With Leather Shoulder Detail ($189) – buy it at ASOS.

8. BENSONI asymmetrical dress ($575) – buy it at Shop at Milk.

9. Voom-Denim Tanya Babydoll Dress ($152) – buy it at Shop Rumor.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 02 2010 in Denim Buys » Denim Fashion

Мишка Holiday’10 Look book


Known for streetwear featuring high contrast logos, crazy artwork on T’s, and saucy yearly calendars featuring Eastern European “models” (a term we use loosely—we leave that up to your research), menswear company Ìèøêà (pronounced “Mishka”, it means “little bear” in Russian) has stepped it up a notch. Their newest holiday look book leans more towards downtown street cred than oversize eyeball screen prints cred… which have not disappeared altogether. They’ve just taken a backseat to sensible fall basics like hooded denim jackets, collegiate sweaters,  sexy neon logos on black scarves and tops, and Ìèøêà’s famous selection of jeans. Styled smartly and photographed beautifully from the subways of the city to the graveyards of upstate, this new palette of inspiration for the boys is ready to be ravished.

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Click here for the full look book.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 26 2010 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks » Reviews: Brand
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