If you are looking to find, create, and discovering your own style then we’ve got a killer option for you with the very distinctive jeans from Kill City. We had the opportunity to discuss styles that reflect great color, wash, fit, and function that just about anyone can relate to in our exclusive interview with Head Designer Paul Roughley. If you’re looking for a good read this afternoon, this is it. Check out the fall 2011 lookbook and read on to learn more about Kill City behind-the-scenes.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Kill City: I was always interested in art & design as a kid, I didn’t have much concentration for subjects like English and Math and through my schooling and further education only excelled at anything involving pencils and paint brushes. After school I moved onto art college and through astute tutoring and my interest in music and fashion my teacher suggested I study for a BA in Fashion where the graduate opportunities are more frequent for employment than Textile Design which was originally my chosen field of study.
I helped to launch Kill City in January of 06 after 9 years of employment in the Fashion Forecasting Industry and design positions in New York and Los Angeles. In 05 premium blue denim had definitely peaked, I strongly believed that there was room for a brand at a sub $100 price point and a customer that lives and breaths music, art and fashion that has a distaste for the idiocy and ugliness of hyped, over branded and embellished clothing.
DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?.
KC: Not really, there are common brands that share our customer wardrobe like Cheap Monday, RVCA, Obey and Insight but they are heavily marketed brands chasing a very specific customer.
Our products are about color, wash, fit and function that anyone can appreciate, we’re not dictating or implying that you have to ride a skateboard, hang out at galleries and wear a specific cap and sneakers to represent our brand. Artists, musicians, misfits and weirdo’s come in all varieties and as an eclectic mix of consumers is welcome and inspiring.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
KC: What do we hate, what are we tired of seeing and what can we not find. This applies to fit, color, fabric and wash and we build upon our core skinny jeans.
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
KC: Creative, artistic, intellectual, open minded, loner, misfit, reactionary cynical haters.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
KC: “Hmmmmmm”……I’m not so inspired by working with another brand that also has a strong identity, I’d be happy to use a template with the consent of companies like Vans, Levis or Nike for jeans and shoes. Maybe a store collabo with Top Man UK or Beams Japan would make me smile or the opportunity to design jeans for a designer like Gareth Pugh would be epic!
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?.
KC: Our skinnie’s are most popular by far, the Junkie fit which is our skinniest (13″ leg opening) followed by our Wire which is also slim (14 1/2″ leg opening). As far as washes over dyed black, black wax,and our printed stretch twill styles always sell well. Personally my styling advice is to always make sure that your silhouette always leans towards being proportionally looser/heavier on top.
There’s nothing worse than seeing a guy in loose jeans and a tight tee shirt. I’m fairly simplistic in throwing an outfit together, slim jeans paired with a well fitting short sleeved crew or v-neck tee and a short jacket works every time. It’s hard to educate people on color, to be safe black works every time.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
KC: The list could be long and bitter but I’ll keep it short.
Light wash jeans in loose fits and functional jeans with military styling in loose fits ( A prevalent trend in Europe). Most denim travesty’s are really consumer driven versus trend driven and the root cause is people not understanding what fit and wash/color is suitable to their body type.
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?
KC: Always, I very rarely observe runway collections, they have no bearing aesthetically or monetarily on my lifestyle or the consumer I design for. Street style is organic, you can be inspired by a guys styling on one blog and turned off on an item that is overly represented across all blogs.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
KC: 50 to 75 any time though I only wear three, APC New Cure, Kill City Wire vintage blue with black spray and Kill City Wire in black wax coat. All of the other jeans I archive for future use and I always buy jeans at flea markets like The Rose bowl for wash and construction reference.
DT: Favorite celeb wearing your brand?
KC: Pass…. I dislike celebrity endorsements, Christian Audigier was the king of celebrity bull shit, Los Angeles based designers are doing a fantastic job right now and Christian almost single handedly fucked it up for everyone who’s based here trying to design with ethics, passion, quality and good taste.
I receive images often of well known people wearing our stuff but we rarely utilize it, our point of view is to use non celebrities in creative fields to represent our brand. We made Shaun White some American Flag jeans to wear at The Winter Olympics, he gets a pass from us because he’s a cool guy, down to earth and a bit mad.
DT: Kill City: what’s behind the name, for those who don’t know?
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Tags: beams japan, Cheap Monday, exclusive interview, gareth pugh, insight, Kill City, Kill City Jeans, Levi's, Nike, Obey, q&a, RVCA, skinny jeans, Top Man, Vans
Here’s an update to our weekly Los Angeles sales post: Number A, the hip boutique nestled in Little Tokyo, is having their July 4th sale starting today through July 4th! Featuring Thvm Atelier, Kill City, Cheap Monday, Washborn, Comune, KR3W and Topman, expect to save 15-40% off jeans for men and women, with prices ranging from $55 to $120. Is this a tight collection or what! Number A carries a carefully-edited collection of edgy fashion brands, too, so you can really score huge at this sale.
So, take the Gold Line, the Red Line, Dash Bus or whatever mode of transportation you can, because it’s not easy to score denim brands this good so close to downtown! If you can’t make it down to the store, there are some pretty cool mark downs and cheap jeans as well via Number A online.
374 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Store hours: Fri & Sat 12-10 p.m., Sun 12-8 p.m., Mon 12-9 p.m.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Cheap Monday, Comune, jeans on sale this week, Kill City, KR3W, Number A, Shop Number A, Them Atelier, Thvm Atelier, Topman
What’s a Fourth of July barbecue without denim shorts, sparklers and good eatin’? We don’t even want to go there, really, so we’ve got plan D on the burners: score some denim for under $100, under $50 and even under $20 this week! This week, lots of online shopping sites will be capitalizing on Independence Day shopping fever, but we’ve selected a sampling of what to look out for in your neighborhood, too.
House of Cassette Men’s Slim Caddy (left, $56.99) and WGACA vintage denim cutoff shorts ($78).
80’s Purple – Save 25 to 75% off now for men and women online. Look for mark downs on jeans from House of Cassette, Cheap Monday, Diesel, Ever, Orisue, Post’age, WeSC and more.
Guess Factory Onsite Store – Yep, if you’re dying to nab some cheap jeans and anything Guess? for less, then this is the place. Note: hours for July 3 is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4.
Address: 1901 East 15th Street – Gate 3, Los Angeles, CA 90021. (213) 765-3230
Number A – While there are a few selections at Number A online for jeans under $100, you might want to stop by the boutique in Little Tokyo to check out their ever-present sale rack and look for Kill City, Blink, Nevermind, KREW, and Cheap Monday jeans.
Address: 374 E. 2nd St. (Little Tokyo), Los Angeles, California. (213) 626-6155
Madison – Save 30% off on select denim online, including Current/Elliott, Genetic Denim, Goldsign and more.
WGACA – What Goes Around Comes Around recently opened up their new Los Angeles outpost on La Brea, but if you’d rather shop in your underwear, there’s a 40% off sale on the WGACA Collection, which includes vintage denim shorts, vintage Boyfriend jeans and more.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Blink, Cheap Monday, Current/Elliott, Diesel, Ever, Genetic Denim, Goldsign, Guess, House of Cassette, Kill City, KREW, Nevermind, Obey, Orisue, Post'age, Wesc, WGACA, What Goes Around Comes Around
By David Lipke
Acne??™s cotton jeans and Lova??™s TK tank top. DC Shoes sneakers.
Ben Sherman??™s denim shorts, Aviator Nation??™s hoody and tank top, all in cotton. J. Lindeberg belt; Common Projects sneakers.
Vans??™ cotton and spandex jeans, 7 For All Mankind??™s leather and cotton jacket and G-Star Raw??™s cotton and polyester sweater. Vans sneakers.
Key men??™s denim trends for spring include clean and classic five-pockets, skinny fits with stretch and shades of gray.
1. Classic, Clean Five-Pockets: Levi??™s never go out of style, said Jennifer Althouse, denim buyer at American Rag, and the iconic brand is the Los Angeles store??™s top seller. ???I always have a customer for this look. Young and old, they always come back to Levi??™s.???
2. Vintage Washes With Rips and Repairs: Worn-in styles command higher prices than clean washes, said Thomas George, owner of the E Street Denim stores in Highland Park, Ill., and Lake Geneva, Wis. ???The more work done to a jean, the easier it is for a customer to justify a premium price.???
3. Skinny Fits With Stretch: A growing number of men??™s jeans are incorporating stretch fabric for comfort and fit, especially in skinny fits. ???We do really well with Kill City in these styles, as they have a great price and interesting washes,??? said Althouse.
4. Overwashed, Faded Hues: Pale blue denim is ideal for spring and summer months, as it tends to be lighter and softer. ???This trend is very important in our spring assortment, as we??™re one of the only brands to offer such a supersoft selvage in an alternative to white,??? said Jerome Dahan, chief executive officer and creative director at Citizens for Humanity. At Seven For All Mankind, a pale ecru shade is a riff on this style.
5. Jean Shorts: Denim shorts have cleaned up and become less grungy for spring, according to Audrey Gingras, owner of New York??™s Archetype Showroom. Its April 77 label offered a selvage style for spring.
6. Gray Denim: An increasingly popular alternative to indigo shades, ???gray denim is a neutral that goes with a lot of looks,??? said Gingras.
Guess Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren??™s jacket and What Goes Around Comes Around??™s Henley, all in cotton. Calvin Klein Shoes.
Levi??™s jeans and Earnest Sewn??™s shirt, both in cotton. St??ssy tie; Tiffany & Co. tie bar; Common Projects sneakers.
Kill City??™s cotton and spandex denim jeans, J. Lindeberg??™s wool blazer and CLU??™s cotton shirt. Common Projects shoes.
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–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, Acne, Aviator Nation, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein, CLU, Common Projects, DC Shoes, Earnest Sewn, G-Star Raw, Guess, Henley, J. Lindberg, Kill City, Levi's, Lova, Polo Ralph Lauren, Stussy, Tiffany & Co, Vans, What Comes Around Goes Around
Today’s featured jeans are from labels: Levi’s, Kill City, Silence & Noise and Jolt. These four labels are high in fashion, but low in price. Now, that’s real nice!
Levi’s gets bleached out, straightened up and the boot!
Levi's 631 Skinny Premium Jean, now $39!
Levi's 424 Straight Jean, now $39!
Levi's 422 Boot Jean, now $19.99
Kill City does tie-dye like nobody’s business without the Balmain inspired price tag. Cool, comfortable and oh so trendy!
Kill City Junkie Tie-Dye, $59
Kill City Mens Junkie Tie-Dye, $39
Kill City Mens Mod Rinse, $90
Kill City Zip Junkie, $64
SHOP KILL CITY
Silence & Noise, these jeans were made for walking, strutting, and shaking!
Silence & Noise Twig Jean, $39
Silence & Noise Pull-On Jeans, $39.99
Silence & Noise Ripped Twig Jean, $68
SHOP SILENCE & NOISE
Get a Jolt of electrifying jeans without being burned in price.
Jolt ZigZag Pocket Stretch Jeans, $44
Jolt Legging Pick Me Up, $39
Jolt Mend & Repair Jean, $44
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Jolt, Kill City, Levi's, Silence & Noise
Although I didn’t question them about their love of jeans, I wanted to post some fabulous people I came across on a market research mall run, The Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, to be exact. Do not be quick to assume that all mall crawling people are dowdy suburbanites, these folks defy the stereo-typical norm.
Oh, just your usual shopping attire. This chic duo were camera ready and picture perfect for any papparazzi that may happen to pop up. Shereen is wearing a vintage dress, H&M hat and gold embellished accessories that tie together her very “French Riviera” look. Richard is exuding rock star attitude in a Zara suit, Burberry tie, shoes by Juno and Diesel sunglasses. Just fabulicious!
Get the Look:
Val, well, people call him Vic, is a cool hipster wearing the current trends of acid washed jeans by Kill City, Urban Outfitters plaid shirt, a black tie (from his cousin) and casual suede Wallabee shoes by Clarks. And just look at that face, adorable!
Get the look:
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A lesson to be learned, it doesn’t take a whole lot of money to look like a million bucks!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Burberry, Clarks, Diesel, H&M, Juno, Kill City, Urban Outfitters, Zara
AG Jeans in Beige Shimmer, available at REVOLVE.
REPORT Tocai Nude heels, available at 80'S PURPLE.
If you’ve seen some of the Spring/Summer runway shows, then you know that beige, gray, tan, taupe and all those softer, neutral colors are grabbing the attention of style editors who are always out to find something a bit more unpredictable this summer. Besides metallic accessories and white-washed ensembles that usually surface in the summer, what couldn’t be more refreshing?
KILL CITY The Mod Vintage Ink Wash Straight Leg in Grey, available at TOBI.
WILLIAM RAST Check Shirt in Beige, available at REVOLVE.
Cool Grey Jean, available at ARMANI EXCHANGE.
- SIWY Camilla Cut Off Shorts in Grey, available at INTERMIX.
CURRENT/ELLIOTT Boyfriend Short in Natural Destroy, available at RON HERMAN.
RAG & BONE Boyfriend Jeans in gray-blue, available at SAKS.
With economic recovery hopefully on its way, beige, tan or even natural hues — textiles that haven’t been chemically treated — offer a classic, economical and even eco-friendly solution to freshening up our wardrobes. These neutral colors are pretty adaptable for most skin tones, and easily coordinates with all shades of denim, which is great for mixing and matching. With summer brights and neon trends making waves in apparel, the muted and calmer tones provide an exciting contrast and balance to an otherwise ordinary ensemble.
— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: AG Jeans, Armani Exchange, Current/Elliott, Kill City, rag & bone, Report, Siwy, William Rast