The roots of denim lay deep in the highly functional uniforms of industrial workers worldwide. We love when brands reach back into these roots and transform the concept into something modern and fashion-forward. Japanese denim brand Kunna showed us a heavily washed, soft-textured chambray jacket that does exactly this, featuring patch pockets and a relaxed fit. Pair this classic with your current summer looks to transition seamlessly into fall.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
For April, popular menswear shopping site MrPorter.com has kicked off their newest partnership, GQ Selects, a monthly selection of products cultivated by GQ magazine’s editorial staff, featuring key menswear pieces. The inaugural edit only features one denim product: an A.P.C. Slim Fit Washed Denim Jacket in an unexpected hue for spring in a tailored fit. It looks to be a derivative from the oxblood color craze which swept the fashion world at the beginning of winter. What do you think? Do you love this jacket?
Digging this style get? Grab yourself this jeans jacket at Mr Porter online.
Tags: GQ Magazine, men's fashion, menswear, Mr Porter
Bellerose Belgium solves an age old problem: What shirt should I wear with my favorite jeans? With this line up of vintage-inspired woven and knit menswear tops, your question is answered. This designer sportswear line produces clothing for those seeking vintage-inspired styles in color, print and texture. Their FW13 collection is inspired by the Seattle grunge movement, featuring contrasting textures that are perfect for effortless layering. See our favorites below!
Below, Mejor. Our top pick, a handmade sweater, made in Peru. 100% wool.
Below, The Laudy coat, made of wool and mohair, featuring the fit of a rain jacket interpreted into a more luxurious approach.
Below, Folong. Japanese brushed cotton with wooden buttons. The flannel was made in an old japanese loom machine similar to selvadge denim about 1 meter long.
Below, Luky jacket. Inspired by the 20′s jacket. Scottish tweed, 80% wool.
See more at Bellerose Belgium.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
Tags: Bellerose Belgium, grunge style, japanese fabric, japanese flannel, menswear, seattle grunge movement, vintage inspired, vintage style, wool jacket, wool sweater
Heading out on the town in a pair of jeans, gents? If so, you might consider matching your jeans to your bowtie the same way you would match your silk-wool blend slacks to a sleek neckpiece. d.brand has the answer to this menswear riddle with a very charming chambray denim bowtie. We’re pretty sure you can get away with wearing this during the day, too.
Visit d.brand online for more info.
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Jean.Machine unveiled an exciting collaboration with Missoni during the men’s AW13 runway show last week in Milan. Jean.Machine’s signature styles were re-worked to feature iconic Missoni knit patterns (an amazing alternative to men’s colored denim for those who want to side-step obvious trends this year) on details such as pockets. Another favorite, the JM 4 jacket, was redesigned to include a detachable Missoni wool waistcoat on the inside. All styles will be available in early June from the Jean Machine website, Missoni stores worldwide, and other select retail locations.
See the full collection at Style.com
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: aw13, dark-wash jeans, fall 2013, Jean.Machine, mens denim, menswear, Missoni, missoni print, straight leg jeans
Men’s lifestyle brand Analog Clothing focuses on introducing innovative approaches to style and function in skate, surf, and snowboard culture. Their signature Wheel Wash process has made waves in men’s denim as a treatment technique. We had a chance to ask the brand a few questions. Check them out, along with the latest lookbook, below.
Denim Therapy: Let’s start at the beginning: tell us the creation story of the brand and how it got off the ground.
Analog Clothing: We were part of Burton’s elite outerwear development “style lab” and evolved into a 4 season apparel brand from there.
DT: How do you differentiate yourself from other denim brands out there right now?
AC: Wheel Wash.
DT: Does your team have any pre-design rituals?
AC: Whiskey drinking.
DT: What are some of the stand-out fits/washes in the line right now?
AC: Anything Wheel Wash.
DT: Is your brand influenced by the massive popularity of style bloggers and street style?
AC: We’re influenced by the things we love to do and the athletes we support.
DT: Tell us a bit about your ideal target customer.
AC: 20 something individual with creative sophistication, who appreciates art, music and cultural influences, over a fine glass of Jameson while having a whole lot of fun with pretty girls.
DT: What would your dream collaboration be?
AC: We’re doing it already. Jason Bleick / Wheel Wash, we collaborate with our end consumers.
DT: What’s next for Analog?
AC: Fall 2013. Top secret.
Check out Analog Clothing online for more.
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Clothing lines don’t normal anchor their spring/summer collections in dark, dystopian palettes–black navy and indigo are oft-chucked for brighter, sunnier hues–but Diesel Black Gold has flipped the norm for its 2013 collection. The results? Even if the styling isn’t conducive to NYC humidity (um, have you felt it lately?), we’re loving their use of graphic stripes and small but intense flashes of color amongst rich suedes and leathers. It’s purely steampunky and futuristic. In fact, the results look drop dead sexy–just take extra care not to drop dead in 100-degree weather.
Tags: Diesel Black Gold, mens denim, menswear, spring summer 2013, spring summer fashion
A cool feature at JCrew.com is an advice page called Jack Knows Best, in which “Jack” dispenses menswear styling tips and act more or less like a fashion concierge (you can even email him!). One of Jack’s latest tips are how you can wear a blazer with jeans:
“First, pick a clean, slim jean like our 484 in dark indigo or, now that it’s summer, a white jean. No rips, fading or whiskering—keep it simple. Then, go for a textured jacket because it’s a better match for the casual look of denim. Think seersucker or linen for warm months and herringbone or tweed for cooler ones. I think Andy Warhol always did the blazer and 501® jeans look really well—with a little bit of irony.”
1. Richard James Corduroy Blazer 2. J. Crew 484 Slim Fit Selvedge
3. ASOS Slim Fit Linen Jacket 4. AllSaints Sodium Cigarette Jeans
Read more on Jack Knows Best and his men’s fashion tips at JCrew online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: men's fashion, men's style, mens denim, menswear
Did you know that nearly ninety percent of the men’s jeans being manufactured today have a button fly? Designers attribute this switch from the zip to things such as a chicer look to the denim, less of a chance for… ahem… injuries, and, as we can see with Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber, the security of not having a faulty zipper on the red carpet (among other places). But what if you’re a guy (or gal) shopping for new jeans and you don’t want a button fly? That’s where we come in! Denim Therapy will switch those buttons to a zipper, and give you the freedom to get in and out of your pants at least two seconds faster. Click here to get started!
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