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Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. 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!

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1. Take a close-up look at Kapital Clothing, asap.

“Detailing in the form of traditional Japanese Boro and tattoo inspired embroidery, silver concho buttons on heavyweight knitwear, incredible raw denim and patchwork faded indigo, a shawl collared coat that nearly brought on the vapors.”

2. We’re in love with this new denim jacket by Rag & Bone, bringing back the denim x leather combo we were all over a few seasons ago. This is a great staple for fall.

3. Dig into the political aspect of indigo dye in this film on its history by Mary Lance.

4. Just in case you missed our announcement yesterday, the new G-Star store in Toronto opens tonight!

5. Don’t be the 40-year-old-dude wearing Bape. Gavin McInnes wants to show you how to dress your age.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 04 2012 in Denim News

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. 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!

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1. We really love this quote posted by Nudie Jeans Co. overnight:

Indigo was first banned upon arrival to Europe. It was claimed to be the Devil’s Dye. But soon it became King of colors.”

2. The Denim Guy reminds the dudes that colored denim is for everyone! Embrace neon yellow, fire engine red, etc!

3. Artisanal fabric dyer Audrey Louise Reynolds dipped a  limited-edition, hand-painted pair of jeans for New York denim label Courtshop. Instant It-jeans? We think so.

4. M2F Denim wants to make sure you know their jeans look awesome on guys, too. They put a pair of purple skinny jeans on Dancing With The Stars Star Roshon Fegan and it worked out rather well.

5. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley poses in the latest Hollywood Reporter (the Top Stylist issue) with her stylist, Cher Coulter. Rosie is wearing black Elizabeth & James Diedrick pants.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 02 2012 in Denim News

Video: NEUW Denim Creative Director Par Lundqvist Talks Influence & History #nyfw


While we were hanging out in the NEUW Denim showroom last week we had a chance to chat with the brand’s creative director, Par Lundqvist, about the inspiration and beginnings of the line. Turns out there’s a lot more to this brand than meets the eye, and no one tells it better than the man himself! You’ll also see some serious dance moves. See the video below.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 15 2012 in Denim Fashion

NEUW’s Vintage-Inspired Jeans Bring Denim Back To Basics #nyfw


We stopped by Australia’s NEUW Denim showroom for a FW’12 preview yesterday and got schooled first-hand on what an awesome brand this is. One of three designers, Par Lundqvist, has a massive archive of almost 3,000 pieces of vintage denim. He uses them to establish foundations for the NEUW line, alongside every day denim “circumstances”. A metal ring is attached to the front left belt loop of each pair of jeans, because he once wore a wallet chain, which broke and left just a metal ring in its wake. After some time, it became a part of his jeans, and eventually part of the line.

Washes that emulate a field worker’s sun-bleached jeans (they stay dark blue beneath their belts) and denim that feels and looks like the crisp warm-air dryed jeans you pull off your laundry line in the summer are some of the anecdotal styles we saw. And while the washes are innovative, the inspiration is timeless: music, classic rock’n'roll, old school denim culture. The richly dyed men’s line could dress up James Dean or any of the early denim-clad stars of yesteryear (and they could effortlessly outfit today’s rock gods too).

The women’s denim line is a pretty direct counterpart of the men’s line, with colors and design details in place (a dart in the hem, for example).  They branch out with a woven-upholstery inspired motif with great texture and rich hues, and an entire sportswear line that screams “super pretty!” without being too distracting. See for yourself!

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Stay tuned for our video interview with designer Par Lundqvist!

Photos by Michelle Christina Larsen

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 09 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Denim Dose: News & Links


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!

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1. Button up! Or down. Eat Sleep Denim rounded up a few cute denim pieces for the ladies that feature (mostly) center front buttons to add a bit of youth to your ensemble.

2. Rag & Bone jumps on the neon denim wagon with a pair of bright yellow neon skinny jeans, reminiscent of mustard squeeze bottles at the hot dog shack of your local childhood playground.

3. The latest range of espadrilles from Rivieras incude an easy-to-wear denim shoe that we think will look good with virtually anything.

4. View the new Scotch & Soda Amsterdam Blaw Spring/Summer 2012 video interview and walk-through. Christian Goran changes his clothes several times, talks about why he doesn’t care about being a good surfer, and discusses his love of flying planes (while you view the collection).

5. Dr. Denim with a quick lesson on why jeans fade:

“Here’s a shot of a piece of warp yarn from a piece of denim. What you see here is that the yarn is deep blue on the outside and that it gradually fades towards the center. What happens when you repeatedly dip the yarn in indigo dye is that the cotton absorbs dye stuff but it does not become fully saturated, i.e. indigo blue through the entire yarn, because of the properties of the dye stuff combined with the tight spinning of the yarn. On the surface, you have a thick layer of indigo which is what you see on an unwashed pair of jeans.

So, when you start wearing your jeans, the surface dye stuff will gradually fade away and as you wear through the jeans, lighter blue shades will become visible. Once you wear through the fabric, you’ll see white cotton showing through.” (via Dr. Denim)

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 10 2012 in Denim News

UNIONMADE Indigio Capsule Collection For Fall 2011


California-based menswear boutique UNIONMADE has produced what we would describe as a fully saturated lifestyle-oriented lookbook for their latest capsule collection, “Indigo”. The menswear spread features a curated selection of the boutique’s favorite brands and looks that were designed to showcase the indigo color and dye. Says the brand, “Indigo dyed goods are believed to carry a strength rooted in hard work and brings life to the cloth it saturates with a rich and vibrant blue”. Check out the gorgeous images below, and shop the collection here. You can also see behind-the-scenes photos of the shooting at the UNIONMADE blog.

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Images via We Are Selecters.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 13 2011 in Denim Menswear » Lookbooks
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