Baldwin Denim, makers of premium, dry denim jeans, is headquartered in Kansas, a long way from the denim capitol that is Los Angeles. But, design and fit is closest to Designer and Owner Matt Baldwin’s heart. “We work with a third-generation pattern maker to produce a variety of fits.” Sourced from only the top denim mills in America and Japan, Baldwin Denim jeans are 100% cut and sewn in the USA, and hand-made leather patches, custom rivets and a born-on inner-lining descriptor adds a nice bespoke feel.
Would you work with other mills (I noticed you use Kaihara Mills)?
I just purchased some yardage from Kurabo Japan. From a dry denim perspective I have had the best break in from these three mills. The quality of the fabrics as well as colors set them apart from the rest of the field.
Are you working with any special denim technology or textile innovations for your current or upcoming collection?
Our “Black Out” denim is our high quality dry selvage fabric over dyed with a special technique that turns the fabric black and softens the denim. It allows the natural indigo to come through as the denim ages.
BALDWIN DENIM - The Reed and The EJ, available at Baldwin Denim online.
Are there plans to add new denim silhouettes next year?
For men’s The 53 is our dad fit. Longer rise, Tailored in hip and relaxed through the thigh and calf. We needed a more relaxed fit than The Reed, it rounds out our offerings for a good straight leg. For women The L is our legging jean. The fit is a mid rise classic legging jean. It’s not a trendy fit. It becomes very easy to wear for many body types due to the fit through the waist and thigh.
In general, do you have any advice on how to prevent indigo rub-off on shoes or furniture?
No. If you buy dry denim, know what you are getting into.
Be on the lookout for 2011:
A new Baldwin flagship store, set to open in Kansas City on August 2011, with more to come your way.
Kid’s jeans in a dry fabric.
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— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Cone Denim, dry denim, Japanese denim, Kaihara, Kurabo
The denim forecasts are in after the two-day Denim by Premi?re Vision trade fair in Paris that ended on June 3rd. With strong influences from Celine, Seventies Biba and the continuing strength in vintage workwear for men, the popular trend will be all about formalwear. Tailored, structured, and clean lines, heavily influenced by the runways of Celine, will be the style to look out for. Designers are looking more towards trouser and chino style silhouettes. Popular for the ladies will be low-crotch carrot styles and for men vintage workwear.
New fabric blends such as rayon blends with a velvety touch, Tencel, micro modal, Cupro and the push for more stretchy blends for men’s denim are the future for premium denim.
Black denim, mirrored surfaces, denim shirting and draped denim among other key trends. A fluid drop-crotch rayon version of the “jegging,” or denim legging, and the “jeather” a new denim concept by Turkey’s Isko combining a jean form with a leather-like finish.
You want novelty denim? Included in the mix was a warp and weft indigo-dyed jean by Japan’s Kurabo, an “emotional jean” that changes color with heat by Denim Valley from Royo (that could get a little tricky) and an eco-friendly “wine jean” range by South Korea’s Eco Yaa involving denim dipped in wine tannin, grape callus extract and sprout compounds. The properties in wine are supposed to help prevent chafing.
All very exciting!
Click here to read an in-depth article by WWD
—Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Biba, Celine, Denim by Première Vision, Denim Valley from Royo, Eco Yaa, Isko, Kurabo