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If you were tuned in earlier this week you caught our coverage of the revived ’80s super-denim-brand Les Halles and their newest line of super-fresh jeans and separates for spring 2011. Now we take you behind the scenes with Marlene and Stephen Baum’s daughter Remy, the third leg and inspiration of the 2008 re-launch. See what she has to say about their influences for upcoming seasons, and how many pairs of jeans she owns!
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. Give us a brief overview of Les Halles as a brand and your inclusion in the re-launch. What inspired you to take part?
Remy: Les Halles was started by my parents, Marlene and Stephen Baum in 1979. They rose to become one of the most influential denim brands in the United States, but it came to a halt in ’83 because they wanted to focus on family. They went on to design for different top tier denim lines (Jordache, Guess, Gasoline).
The idea for the re-launch came about as I was helping my mother clean out her closet and stumbled upon a pair of her original Les Halles baggie jeans from ’79. I tried them on and couldn’t help but notice that they resembled a pair of jeans that were new to the market and gaining momentum at the time. I approached my parents with the idea of bringing back Les Halles for the next generation. They were thrilled—they loved the idea that the re-launch of Les Halles could become a family affair.
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?
R: We don’t worry about what other brands are doing, but we’ve differentiated ourselves by staying ahead of the curve with fit and working together as a family. All three of us offer a joint perspective unlike any other denim brand: we combine the past and the present. We also maintain a keen sense of what’s next, and try to be fearless with our risk-taking in that sense. We hope to make Les Halles a dominant leader in the denim industry again!
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Without a doubt the denim look has been at the forefront of the fashion world for the last couple of seasons, and, from the looks of it all, it isn’t going to stop any time soon. Jeans have definitely made their mark, and have proven to be a fashion staple, and we love it, but now it’s time to switch it up a bit and move the focus upward. Get ready for the invasion of the denim and chambray shirt. Having been deemed a “must have” by Teen Vogue‘s Denim Patrol we suggest stocking up on a few washes just to be ahead of the game. Though, chances are you might have one or two in your wardrobe already. Many designers have been incorporating them into their collections for a few seasons now, and in fact many fashionistas have been rocking them for quite some time now too. It’s definitely been a long time coming, but it’s safe to say that the once working-class shirt will be among the “it” trends of Spring and Summer and perhaps of seasons to come.
images from teenvogue.com
1. Get studded and stay modern in this William Rast for Target collection chambray shirt with slight western details—buy it on Target.com
2. We love a denim shirt in a traditional medium wash with gold snap buttons, and Les Halles has the perfect one—browse their current collection here
3. Add a light wash denim or chambray shirt like the one model Liu Wen is sporting above to any outfit for an instant effortlessly casual and chic look—check out luckybrand.com for some great options.
— Sandoval Gomez
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Playing dress up has always been a lot of fun especially as a young child rummaging through your mothers closet and finding those vintage pair of jeans that actually never went of style. Remy Baum happened to be lucky enough to have her parents, Marlene and Stephan Baum, as the original designers behind Les Halles jeans when she was playing dress up (or down, because these jeans go either way).
“I decided to try on a pair of my mother’s old Les Halles Baggie Jeans and couldn’t help but notice that they resembled a certain style of jean that was new to the market and becoming more popular by the day. So I approached my parents with the idea of bringing back Les Halles for the next generation,” explains Remy.
Voila, the relaunch of one of the most influential denim brands in the United States from 1979-1982. The original Les Halles created styles such as the Paper Bag jean, the Annie Hall, the Zip Leg Marilyn, and the Baggie (it’s the grandfather version of the “Boyfriend“).
Today the Les Halles family business continues to create collections that feature new and original designs.
Who doesn’t love a new pair of jeans with all the right holes (except for the ones in your pocket, right)?
Refinery 29 is offering their readers from now until Tuesday, December 7, a 20% discount off on the Les Halles e-commerce site. Click through for more info. If you have what it takes to create your own vintage DIY denim look, check out the art of ripped denim at Wikihow.
– Jackie Racer
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Source: WWD Staff
Photos: by Robert Mitra and John Aquino
The adage “The older the better” is certainly true when it comes to this season’s denim, which includes plenty of distressed and aged options. Accessories, meanwhile, take a turn toward biker chic.
From left: Radcliffe Denim, J Brand, Les Halles, Prps, Mavi, AG Adriano Goldschmied and Citizens of Humanity.
Current/Elliottâ€™s ripped cotton denim romper
Botkier leather boot; Katherine Kwei leather bag and clutch; Lucite and rhodium bracelets by Alexis Bittar
How befitting of the current economic times. Perhaps raiding your boyfriend’s closet will help you bring your spring wardrobe up to speed. Grab an old 80′s tethered up highschool t-shirt, shredded jeans cut and cuffed to your liking (a la ‘DIY’ Alexander Wang style), some rockin’ gladiators and a heap of metal chains around your neck and you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll!
–Nikki Cho Russo
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