When faced with two pairs of great jeans and a decision to pick just one, we prefer to opt for the brand that stands for positive change in our ever-evolving industry. The denim industry’s waste has been a major concern for environmentally conscious consumers (and brands as well), which is why a brand like Flint and Tinder is a breath of fresh air. They’re producing men’s jeans that are made in the USA from limited edition selvedge and production techniques that equal little to no waste.
They told Ecouterre in a recent interview, “The goal is, and always has been, to reignite American manufacturing. We’re manufacturing greatness here—in the U.S.A.—in the most transparent way. We’re all working really hard to raise expectations, eventually even the bigger brands will play by the same rules.” See the full interview and check out their online shop.
Tags: american made, american manufacturing, buy jeans online, flint and tinder, Made in the USA, men's jeans, raw denim, selvedge jeans
When you think of Seattle fashion, somehow brands like Comme des Garçons, Robert Gellar, Odyn Vovk and Rick Owens aren’t the first to come to mind. But, when you walk into menswear store Blackbird, you soon find that you’ve stepped into a menswear style oasis in the charming Ballard district, and you’ll find these progressive brands and more are in stock. Recently, Denim Therapy dropped by to check out Blackbird’s Hazlewood jean, a limited-run (150 pairs each style) of straight leg jeans (in raw indigo Cone Mills denim, “Stolen” Black mid-weight jean, and indigo Japanese nep 13oz denim fabrications). Sales Manager Rick Moe says producing their own jeans was a part of Blackbird’s evolution as a full lifestyle brand. We have to say we’re both pretty excited and bummed that you can only get the Hazlewood at Blackbird stores.
Check out Blackbird Ballard online to shop the Hazlewood jeans.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: avant-garde fashion, Blackbird, Blackbird Ballard, concept store, directional fashion, Hazlewood Jean, Japanese denim, made in Seattle, Made in the USA, minimalist fashion, Seattle fashion, Seattle style