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Posted Jan 25 2011 in Denim Menswear » Runway

Denim News: Jil Sander Brand Launches Diffusion Line

A fave designer of mine, Raf Simons is churning out denim via the new Jil Sander Navy collection!  Albeit the collection will be “less structured,” I still love the continued minimalistic approach that is the heart and soul of Jil Sander.  See the article below for the full-on deets!

— Kathy Ng Hassan

From LA Times Image:

Jil Sander — the brand, not the designer — launches diffusion line

April 12, 2010 |  5:37 pm

Photo Credit: Giuseppe Cacace / AFP/Getty Images via LA Times.

In yet another sign of the times, Jil Sander — the brand, this time,not the designer — is launching a lower-priced clothing line called Jil Sander Navy.

The German-born Sander became famous in the 1980s, catering to the new female executive class with slim-line minimalist suits in the most luxurious fabrications costing well into the four figures. She left the label bearing her name in 2004 for good, after several years of turmoil with parent company Prada Group.

Belgian designer Raf Simons is creative director of Jil Sander now, and will also oversee the Navy collection. ???I will continue to open up the Jil Sander brand by pushing its boundaries and introducing new elements to reinforce and widen the attraction to the house,??? Simons said in a statement.

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Posted Apr 13 2010 in Uncategorized

Denim Trend: Denim & Brogues

Drew Slouchy Jeans

True Religion Drew Slouchy Jeans

Call them what you will, brogues, wing-tips, oxfords, but I am obsessed with them!  With this season’s trend being boyfriendwear, denim and brogues are a match made in heaven!

Not only can you wear brogues with jeans, but show off those sexy gams by pairing them up with denim cut-offs, skirts and dresses – think sexy Lolita.  It’s masculine yet still feminine, romantic yet edgy, playful yet bold, need I say more?  So, surrender to their boyish charm, roll up those jeans, step into a pair of brogues, and walk the line in style!

Candela Taylor Oxford Flat

Candela Taylor Oxford, $225.00

Lace adds a demurely girlish spin to this romantic oxford.

Candela @ Neiman Marcus

Jil Sander Leather Slip-on Brogues

Jil Sander Leather Slip-on Brogues, $570.00

Jil Sander’s cream leather brogues are a slip-on style that will inject a dose of cool into a tailored look. Roll up your pants and pair them with a simple T-shirt to master borrowed-from-the-boys cool.

Jil Sander @ net-a-porter

Fratelli Rossetti Oxfords

Fratelli Rosetti Oxfords, $490.00

Elegance redefined, these Fratelli Rossetti oxfords scream sultry sophistication.
Fratelli Rossetti @ Zappos

Candela NYC Duel-Tone OxfordCandela Duel-Toned Oxford, $188.00

Smart wingtip oxford with two-tone leather uppers for a sleek tailored look.

Candela @ UrbanOutfitters

Church's Patent Burwood Brogues

Church’s Patent Burwood Brogues, $425.00

Invest in some classic black patent leather Church’s brogues.  Team them with cigarette pants and a crisp white shirt for a look with boyish charm.

Church @ net-a-porter

Steve Madden Tuxxedo Oxfords

Steve Madden Oxfords, $69.90

There’s nothing more chic than black and white spectator oxfords to make a bold statement.

Steve Madden @ Zappos

Deena & Ozzy Spectator Oxford

Deena & Ozzy Spectator Oxford, $48.00

Smart pointed oxford with woven wingtip uppers for a playful take on a boyish look.

Deen & Ozzy @ UrbanOutfitters

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 04 2010 in Denim News » Trend Alert

Denim Desires: Orisue Ronin Classic Fit


ORISUE Men's Ronin Classic Fit Denim, available at 80's Purple.



Not that I want these pair of Orisue jeans for myself, because these are indeed jeans for guys — it’s a definite head turner — I just help but admire it.  We can all appreciate design when it seems out-of-the-ordinary, no?  Named for the ancient art of origami, Orisue (the old name for this art), is a company built on the same design philosophy, expressed through apparel.  

I can’t remember any other denim label that produces fold-over front pockets like this.  The heavy, sturdy look of the jean says “I’m too pretty for prison, but I can handle a few scuffs.”  These jeans are definitely stylish and a bit polished, even though it is considered “street wear.”  Do you wear it with a button down Jil Sander shirt or an Ed Hardy-esque teeshirt?  Do you mix it up with a pair of flashy Alejandro Ingelmo high-tops, or low-profile Cole Haan leather loafers?  However you dudes choose to dish it out, this denim marvel is sure to be a conversation piece wherever you go.


Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Sep 02 2009 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product

Oki-Ni Sale up to 70% Off

A message from our friends at oki-ni for their blow-out sale on some fantastic brands:




To clear room for some of the amazing autumn/winter pieces that are winging their way to us from all corners of the globe??¦we??™ve decided the time has come for our sale??™s final mark down.

We think there are still some genuine bargains to be had, and from some of our most loved brands too. In particular there are some pieces of timeless Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander tailoring, some fantastic Folk knitwear, iconic footwear from Adidas, Vans and Diadora and some essential casual wear from YMC and Haversack. All are classics in the making and all up to 70% off.

Get on it.

The oki-ni team

Go Shopping!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 24 2009 in Uncategorized

Raf Simons: Innovator, Influencer, Denim Designer

RAF BY RAF SIMONS Woven Slim Fit Jeans. Available at OAK.

RAF BY RAF SIMONS Woven Slim Fit Jeans. Available at OAK.

Imagine what famed architects Frank Gehry or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe could do if they had the fashion acumen and desire to design jeans!  If you haven’t heard of Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons, then start adding him to your short list of favorite Belgian goods, besides chocolate and beer.  Although he never became a famous architect, Raf Simons certainly is making a name for himself in the high fashion industry.

RAF SIMONS Painted Aviator, in acetate and stainless steel. Available at GILT GROUPE.

RAF SIMONS Painted Aviator, in acetate and stainless steel. Available at GILT GROUPE.

While French and Italian designers seem to dominate the fashion world in Europe, this rising star has already made big waves on the European fashion show circuit, not to mention being appointed Creative Director for the Jil Sander brand in 2005.  Loved by fashion editors and celebrities alike, it is a wonder why Raf Simons is only receiving a warm (but not hot) reception by retailers such as Barneys here in the States.

As many denimphiles look to the old guard for denim’s new evolution, perhaps it is the underground, independent or unconventional designers, such as Simons himself, who will serve up a new, exciting denim revival.  With an architectural background, Simons has offered an innovative perspective on fashion, from apparel to jeans to accessories.  See for yourself!

Where to Find RAF SIMONS:
GILT GROUPE (Through March 29)

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Mar 27 2009 in Uncategorized

Raf Simons for Jil Sanders: Spring 09 Denim Collection


Photo Source: WWD


Raf Simons, the creative director for the House of Jil Sander, who just last year opened the newest Jil Sander boutique on the corner of Howard and Crosby, has come out with a line of premium denim clothes for men.  Simons injects his signature clean lines with his sartorial aesthetics for a refined tailored result in each piece.  The color palettes are in off-white, blue or gray denim.  They come in slim or boot-leg, while the skinny two-button blazers feature inner pockets and softly padded shoulders.  The denim line will be available in Jil Sander stores worldwide for spring, and come packaged in an exclusive navy box.  

In addition, if you haven’t already ventured over to the Howard Street store, which happens to be across the street from Opening Ceremony, you should make a point of stopping in to view the collection, but better yet, the interior design of the store. It is a magical minimalists dreamscape. The space was co-designed by Dutch artist Germaine Kruip, whose installations play with light and space and how environments are perceived by their viewers.  Mirrors are heavily used throughout the store along with marble that add to the shopping experience, evoking the true essence of what Jil Sanders stands for coupled with the cool modern minimalism that Raf Simons brings so brilliantly to the label.
30 Howard St, New York – (212) 925-2246


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 05 2009 in Denim Fashion
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