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80%20 Designer Ce Ce Chin Talks Shoes, Jeans & Dream Collaborations

If you recall, we’re obsessed with 80%20 shoes. We ran into designer Ce Ce Chin at Coterie last September and got a sneak peek at their newest super-cute kicks. After going on something of a splurge for our shoe collections (hey, we gotta do something to ease the summer-to-fall transition), we had the chance to ask Ce Ce a few questions about her line, her denim preferences, and the future of 80%20! Check it out below.

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Denim Therapy: What style/cut of jeans do you envision being worn with the fall collection?

Ce Ce Chin: Skinny jeans and colored denim looks great with our Bex shoe, which is kinda like an Orvis meets Chanel quilted Look (see above). Also, all of our short boots will look great with denim cut off shorts, tights and colorful or knee high patterned socks.

DT: What are YOUR favorite pair of jeans?

CCC: Siwy denim fits me great—great flattering feminine cut—brings out the curves in me! And I have an amazing Denim skirt from Junya Watanabe, like Spring 2002 or something, that is practically couture.


DT: We love that! Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

CCC: I love the high-waisted MILF 70s style denim- when the pant legs are really long and I wear my KIP platforms, I look really tall.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration?

CCC: There two artists that I really admire: the filmmaker Miranda July and the “knitting bandit” Olek. Miranda created a very touching shoe scene in her first film, “Me and You and Everyone We Know“. I admire her personal style and quirky sensitivity—I’m definitely thinking about her work and her most recent movie, “The Future” as I move forward with Fall ’12. And Olek, well, she does these crazy crochet pattern sculptures. Could be cool for some Winter boots!

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?

CCC: Oh street style is, and has always been very important to me. While I will watch the runway reports, I gather most of my inspiration by witnessing the girls on the subway, or at places where creative people gather, like art openings or performances.  Recently I’ve been scoping out the footwear at my yoga studio.  There’s a place in front of the yoga class where everyone kicks off their shoes. I see quite an interesting mix in this shoe pile!

DT: Clever! Can you give us hint about what’s next for 80%20?

CCC: We’re planning a pop up store in March 2012 for the Spring ’12 collection.  Scouting locations now….

Huge thanks to Ce Ce Chin for spending some time with DT! Stay up to date on 80%20 Shoes via facebook and twitter, and shop their current collection online now.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 31 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Men’s Designer Jeans at Park & Bond

Flash sale site Gilt Groupe has launched its first full-priced menswear ecommerce site, Park & Bond to cater to men who hate to shop. Actually, it’s for men who hate to go shopping and spend time rifling through racks and stacks at the mall. Think of it as an oldschool department store with the one person who will tell you what is hot and worth the money.   We also like the nifty advice section in which you learn how to achieve the perfect tie dimple.   Why we like Park & Bond: a strategic cultivation of mens denim brands from tried and true A.P.C., Diesel and AG Jeans to more indie denim labels like Naked & Famous, Nudie and Simon Spurr.   Expect the brands to change with the seasons, but we’re quite okay with the current jeans offerings.

Gilt Groupe launches Park & Bond, a new full-price menswear ecommerce site.

Go to Park & Bond online for more information.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Aug 10 2011 in Denim Menswear » Denim News

Junya Watanabe MAN/Levi’s

Junya Watanabe’s MAN collection has some amazing pieces for this season.  In addition, he has a gorgeous jean out from his brilliant ongoing collaboration with Levi’s called the Printed Jean available now at TR??S BIEN SHOP.

Let’s be honest, so many designers have done collaborations with Levi’s, but in my opinion, Watanabe outshines the rest.  If you are willing to drop a cool $762 for a pair of jeans, I would go for these over the “inspired by” replica of Levi’s vintage 501’s that Evisu is coming out with.



Junya Watanabe X Levi’s – Printed Jeans, $762.00

Printed denim jeans from Junya Watanabe x Levi’s. These lightweight thin denim jeans have a low rise, drop crotch, and relaxed fit. The back of the pants is a standard pair of Levi’s 501 but the front is made from a super soft, thin cotton fabric printed on the front with the trompe d’oeil image of a pair of distressed jeans. The entire pants is lined with a striped oxford cotton that shows when you roll up. They feature contrast white stitching, belt loops, streamlined five pockets, and a zip fly.  Comes in Small, Medium and Large. Made in Japan.

Junya Watanabe MAN – Gingham Checked Shirt, $452.00

Straight fitted shirt from Junya Watanabe in an amazingly soft gingham checked cotton. White contrast collar and cuffs and rounded hem. The buttons are slightly larger than a standard button for a more special look. Made in Japan.


Junya Watanabe X Tricker’s – Semi Brogue, $650.00 (picture with the Printed Jeans)

This is not the first time Watanabe San teams up with UK shoe masters Tricker’s but that does not matter at all. The collaboration keeps getting better and better for every season. Here’s a super chunky half brogue in soft calf leather and red leather lining. Goodyear commando sole and metal eyelets. Very limited numbers on this one. Delivers with dust bag and a can of Tricker’s shoe polish.

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Junya Watanabe MAN – Waistcoat, $791.00

Looks like denim but is actually made in all wool. Tight fit and pockets on the outside. Flip it around and wear it with the red and white gingham on the outside. Made in Japan.

All available at TR??S BIEN SHOP

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Mar 18 2010 in Denim Fashion

Modern English: Working Class en Vogue

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Seems like one of the many men’s fashion trends to be are leaning towards a heavy influence from the depression era. Lots of World War II-era styles, back to the old school working class work wear with perhaps a dash of British flair. With intense attention to minute details with a refocused mixture of juxtaposed traditional and subversive aesthetics. Here- here!  About bloody time, I say!

Dominic Stansfield, who is the the design talent behind Rushmoor and PF Flyers collection, has created a new line appropriately self named Stansfield.  The inspiration for his line comes from America’s proletariat, circa 1930’s era, with a proper injection of English countryside classics, much influenced by his hometown of Manchester.  Stansfield’s attention to detail and love for the heritage of English classics, has used rich materials such as waxed cotton and wool produced in the UK, particularly from British Millerain up in Rochdale in his collections previous to Stansfield.  He will occassionally use high quality British fabrics, such as super 120 wool, but the large majority of fabrics that he uses are from Japan.

If you want to pair his jackets and shirts up with some jeans, I think a great marriage would be made with some Junya Watanabe’s Fall RTW 2009 collection jeans.  Masterfully designed using an interesting mixture of fabrics with a brilliant homage to the English hunting look.

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Check out Stansfield: or purchase at


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Feb 18 2009 in Uncategorized
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