“The ascent of New York menswear label Public School hasn’t been the bump-free upward glide that their much-buzzed-about status would suggest. BoF sat down with designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, and stylist Eugene Tong, whose expert touch has helped put the young label’s fresh mix of sportswear and tailoring on the fashion radar, to discuss the brand’s rebirth.
“I think people give me more credit than is due,” says Eugene Tong, senior style director at Details magazine, who styles the presentations of the burgeoning New York menswear label Public School. Tong is being humble. In fact, the fashion editor and stylist is arguably the quiet force behind the ascent of what is one of America’s most promising young fashion brands.
When it comes to womenswear, stylists with a sharp editor’s eye have long been one of the most potent weapons in a designer’s arsenal. Carine Roitfeld (Tom Ford, during his Gucci years), Melanie Ward (Helmut Lang) and Venetia Scott (Marc Jacobs) are amongst the most prominent examples, whose personal style and unerring eye have helped showcase a designer’s vision to maximum advantage. But on the menswear front, the phenomenon is less common.
Tong is an especially rare case: a consultant and collaborator who both personifies the label’s ideal customer and happens to be a leading tastemaker, known for having his finger on the pulse of the menswear market and composing compelling looks that a wide range of men want to wear…” (Read more)
Dudes! We haven’t forgotten you! While we know you’re more likely to be wearing the same raw denim day in and day out until they fall right off your bodies (or you send them in to us for repair), we think it’s a smart idea to have a few crisp new pairs of jeans in your wardrobe in case you have an office party or other social function to attend. Shop our top picks below.
1. Cheap Monday Jeans High Slim Fit In Dry Black 2. Edwin ED-71 Slim Quartz Blue Raw Jeans 3. Nudie Jeans Average Joe Straight Fit Indigo Embro
4. New Look Jeans in Slim Fit 5. Paul Smith Jeans Rinse Wash Tapered Jeans 6. Wrangler Jeans Bryson Skinny Fit Hurricane Wash
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Join us, denim-heads, for a moment of good taste. We know a lot of you are die-hard raw denim subscribers, but it’s worth branching out into the realm of bold colors when you want to make a real statement. This outfit, though involving a pair of men’s neon yellow jeans, is sophisticated and fashion-forward. Tips for pairing bold colors with your current wardrobe? Balance out the saturated hues with more subdued pieces, and keep things sharply tailored to avoid looking too casual.
Got some tips, comments, or questions about this look? Let us know on facebook.
Photo by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
Tags: colored denim, Denim Menswear, jeans for men, men's jeans, neon denim, neon jeans, Street Style, tailored menswear, yellow jeans
We’re live blogging from PROJECT New York for the next three days, hand selecting our favorite new products on the market. First up, our friends from Raleigh Denim just tempted us with this rad pair of men’s canvas jeans. The 10.5 oz oak mill natural canvas is highlighted with red top stitching, and if you turn them inside out, you’ll find hip bones screened on the cotton pockets. The paper bag treatment creates a crinkled texture that adds dimension to the silhouette. We’re sold.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Denim of Virtue is a premium denim brand manufactured in LA. “We didn’t want to just throw ourselves back into the ‘premium denim’ market without delivering a product that was truly luxe and worthy of the name. That was part of our Virtue… giving our customer denim that feels so good on they won’t want to take it off, and really introducing looks that stand out in the marketplace,” says the brand’s designer, Elizabeth Bae. And make no mistake, she they’re living up to their manifesto.
Sourcing the very best denim fabrics from around the globe, DoV developed new techology, “X-Fit”—a four-way stretch material that provides an unparalleled slimming effect. They looked to Italy’s Candiani denim mill for durability and France’s soft Tencel-based “Cool 12″ material for their relaxed fits (so comfortable it’s pretty much impossible to take off). Finally, for their coated denim styles, they imported specialty fabric from Spain that was treated with an uber-soft wash.
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
Comfort factor. I’m used to wearing raw denim. These are more like wearing a soft moccasin after years of wearing strong tough shoes.
Where/when would you wear these?
I’ve been wearing them to brunch, for walks along the waterfront in Williamsburg… they have the perfect look and feel amazing. I’ve dubbed them my “resort jeans”.
How’s the fit?
I really like the medium rise with a tapered slim fit. They have the perfect amount of stretch and are really comfortable. The contrast cuffs are another visual bonus.
Wash 751 DI (Contrast)
75% cotton 23% Polyester 2% spandex
Tapered slim fit
From rise 10″
Leg opening 13″
Retail: $ 176
Raffael Flores-Contreras is the Logistics Director and Denim Expert at Denim Therapy and can be reached via email: email@example.com
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Raffael Flores-Contreras
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Jeff Shafer, designer of Agave Denim, introduces his newest endeavor: BLUER DENIM. It’s a transparently sourced, American-made premium denim brand with free at-home try-on and “impossible” price point. “BLUER aspires to become a global leader in ethical business practices that include providing recycled and re-purposed denim to people in need, as well as strict corporate responsibility and a reduced environmental impact.”
These jeans feature Georgia-grown cotton, Cone White Oak denim milled in North Carolina, YKK buttons, rivets and zippers forged in Kentucky, and a full production executed in LA using an eco-friendly ozone laundry process. Both men’s and women’s styles will be available exclusively online. The retail price? Less than $100.
You can learn more about the project and contribute to the fundraiser here.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Girls can’t have all the fun, right? When it comes to bright, bold style for spring, there are endless options for the ladies, but there’s been serious advancement in the realm of men’s colored denim. Brands like Thom Browne, J Brand, and Rag & Bone have released their classic fits in colors like mint green, cerulean blue, and canary yellow. Pair them with a go-to white tee or color-complimenting button-up. Shop our favorites below.
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Slim-Fit Lightweight Denim Jeans in Pink 2. Thom Browne Straight-Leg Jeans in Mint Green 3. Slowear Incotex Slim-Fit Brushed Cotton-Blend Jeans in Cerulean Blue
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Slim-Fit Lightweight Denim Jeans in Teal 5. J Brand Kane Slim-Fit Washed Denim Jeans in Yellow 6. Rag & Bone Slim-Fit Denim Jeans in Burnt Orange
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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At Project NY and then again at Project Las Vegas, the men’s denim brand 3rd & Army seduced our eyes with three bold styles that exude rock’n'roll and sex appeal. It’s no coincidence that they make an impact at first glance: Industry authority Matt Atkinson (who founded the brand in September 2012) and all associates in the super-collective have worked for major US brands throughout the years. The relatively new project (100% made in LA) packs a powerful punch thanks to its experienced design and marketing team.
The brand DNA is taken from the quintessential California lifestyle. “Our collection speaks from our life experiences through the doors of 3rd & Army. Our clothing is an expression and a combined statement of classic music, fine art, vintage fashion, and a modern lifestyle in an original way,” says the brand. We expect only great things from these guys. Check out our favorite pieces below.
Below: The tapered leg Ranchand in camo. 10 oz woven jaquarded yarn camo denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Includes antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.
Below: The tapered leg Ranchand in grease wash. Japanese red selvedge 14 oz premium red selvedge denim with traditional loose top and tapering leg shape to a narrow bottom. Antique hardware and packaging, signature Z-stitch back pockets, reinforced pocket facings, utility watch pocket, signature chain wallet loop, and newsprint inside pocketing.
Below: The straight leg Blacksmith in indigo wash. 11.75 oz organic Italian Candiani denim in a straight leg traditional five pocket fit with flat felt side seams, workwear detailing, buckle back, spade workwear pockets, reinforced pocket facing, wallet chain keyhole detail, antique hardware and trim, multiple stitching construction, and real hide branded leather patch.
Visit 3rd & Army online to learn more.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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This season, the ever-innovative Jeff Shafer of Agave Denim is bringing the men’s denim line to a new level. Their men’s jeans feature novelty selvage trimmings, a unique silhouette with an emphasis on flawless fit and an underlying theme of “respecting the textiles themselves”. Our favorites? One is the Harp—a slouchy tapered leg jean in 12oz Italian denim with a herringbone texture, reminiscent of the texture found on mens industrial workwear. Everything is thought of, down to the hand-stamped English brittle leather patch.
Our second pick, the Rocker classic tapered leg in Japanese true indigo .10 oz denim. They feature a tailored look that translates well from casual wear to a more formal environment (if you’re the kind of dude who gets to wear jeans to work).
Finally, the Maverick slim cut straight leg jean is made on an Old Glory Red, White & Blue cone mill white oak shuttle loom, featuring patriotic selvage to boot. This textile is also known as Heritage vintage denim. It’s all made in America (LA, specifically), and we think it’s safe to say these pieces are setting a new standard for the men’s denim industry.
—Photos & write-up by Raffael Flores-Contreras
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It’s time to refill your wardrobe with new items from the Nudie Jeans Fall/Winter 2012 Injection: A Twist Of Black. It just launched on the webshop and select retailers in the US. There are three new organic denim fabrics available only at Nudie Jeans and used exclusively for this Injection collection. All three washes are experimental with the mixology of black and indigo. Washing, bleaching and tints have transformed the indigo denim into distinctive different shades, all sharing a signature streakiness. Denim shirts are made in 13,5 oz. rigid denim washed and bleached. Knitted sweaters with intertwined yarns and over-dyed, printed tees. The collection reflects its namesake – twisted, streaky and dark.
See the full collection below, and shop your favorites on the webshop.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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