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Studio Visit with PRPS Designer Donwan Harrell

We knew Mr.Harrell’s jeans long before we met the man inside of them. His love of preserving vintage denim brought many pairs of his into our hands. It was through this mutual passion that at long last we were able to meet Donwan. We recently had the opportunity to visit his studio in midtown and talk shop.

Harell’s strong taste for nostalgia makes him our kind of designer. He has amassed an impressive denim collection over the years, as well as stacks of Japanese denim magazines, action figures and American ephemera. He has a particular penchant for vintage Lee’s. While talking in his office we learned that JCPenney had its own selvedge brand called Ranch Craft that copycatted Lee’s. Thinking back to a time when department stores carried their own selvedge lines kind of blew our minds.

When we arrived at his office his crew was getting ready for trunk shows in Vegas. We got a glimpse of the new PRPS line at Liberty Fairs and we got an even better peek of the new PRPS Noir line at his studio. The washes Harrell designs are inspired by real pairs of old jeans. PRPS stands for purpose. Harrell strives to mimic the personality of aged jeans, mimicking the tiniest flecks of oil to stress marks all derived from the original purpose of workwear, from real movements of auto mechanics on their knees or painters on scaffolding.

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The designer in his element. 

PRPS Donwan Harell
PRPS headquarters in midtown.


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Posted Aug 31 2015 in Denim News » Interviews

Denim at Liberty Fair: Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount

The Denim Therapy team’s Market Week tour continued at Liberty Fairs held at Pier 94. The space was enormous with over one hundred booths to cover. We scoured the long aisles and prioritized. Our top priority?  Denim. Our featured picks from the show are all Japanese and American brands including Feltraiger, Kato and Fullcount.

Feltraiger is a Brooklyn-based brand focused on making products you can pass down from generation to generation.  Their customer base ranges from hardcore motorcyclists to anyone inspired by American subcultures of the 20th century. Feltraiger’s new Core collection features their bestselling basics. We’re fans of the Destitute Vest in indigo available for Fall 2015.

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Th co-founder’s motorcycle parked in front of the new collection.

Feltraiger denim vest
Destitute vest in indigo.

Kato jeans are made of Japanese denim, designed in Kyoto, and manufactured in Los Angeles. Kato was started by Hiroshi Kato in 1996 and has become one of our favorites. We favor the immaculate construction and details such as the diagonal belt loop and selvedge coin pocket. Highlights from the Spring 2016 line are the 13 oz. Raw Slim jean and a 7 oz Shawl Collar Blazer. Their leather patch has also been updated for the first time since the brand’s inception.

Kato Japanese denim

Kato Japanese denim

Kato japanese denim blazer
Perfect distressing detail on the hem of the shawl-style blazer lapel.

Fullcount denim is made in Okayama mills in Japan and was one of the first brands to start using Zimbabwe cotton back in 1992. Fullcount is here to stay, check out a peak of their Spring 2016 offerings below.

Fullcount Japanese denim\

Fullcount Japanese denim
Rust-looking wash on Fullcount jeans.

Fullcount Japanese denim

Fullcount zimbabwe chambray
Boro-like stitching detail on a chambray shirt.

All photos credited to the author.

—Emily B. McIntosh


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Posted Aug 24 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

NY Market Week: Jean Shop at Project

Last week at Project we had the chance to stop by the Jean Shop booth. Read on and check out the photos to see what we gleaned from our quick encounter during our preview of their Spring 2016 collection.

Conversations with denim heads combined with our intuition tells us that overalls and coveralls are going to make a strong comeback next year. Below is a prototype of a potential piece.

Jean Shop overalls

The personal touch of patches and repairs is timeless and certainly not going out of style any time soon. We saw extreme distressing, apparent darning, and patches galore during Market Week.

Jean Shop patch

We strongly approve of the women’s denim vest in Jean Shop’s Spring 2016 collection.

Jean Shop denim vest women's denim

We are always excited to see selvedge denim crossing into the women’s market. The Jean Shop Spring 2016 women’s selvedge shorts are kind of fulfilling our fantasies. We can only imagine the coolest of babes rocking orange selvedge shorts in the summer heat.

Jean Shop women's denim shorts selvedge

Jean Shop denim shorts

Jean Shop’s famous orange stitching and pockets.

Jean Shop orange denim

A great styling suggestion after our own hearts from Jean Shop: denim on denim on denim. Triple the denim triple the fun.

Jean Shop denim on denim

Emily B. McIntosh

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Posted Jul 30 2015 in Denim Menswear » Denim News » Events

Kunna’s Denim Jackets, Inspired By Japanese Industrial Uniform #projectnyc

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.

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kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

kunna, japanese denim, denim jacket, chambray jacket, menswear

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jul 21 2013 in Denim Menswear

Mr Porter Launches ‘GQ Selects’

For April, popular menswear shopping site 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.


—Kathy Ng


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Posted Mar 19 2013 in Denim Menswear » Denim News

Bellerose Belgium Delivers Vintage-Style Tops To Pair With Your Favorite Jeans #MagicMarketWeek #ProjectLasVegas

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!

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Below, Mejor. Our top pick, a handmade sweater, made in Peru. 100% wool.

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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.

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Below, Luky jacket. Inspired by the 20’s jacket. Scottish tweed, 80% wool.

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See more at Bellerose Belgium.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Raffael Flores-Contreras

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Posted Feb 21 2013 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Reviews: Brand

d.brand’s Take On Formal Wear: Chambray Bowties

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.

men's denim bowtie

Visit d.brand online for more info.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 23 2013 in Denim Menswear

Jean.Machine X Missoni Collaborate For AW13

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

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 21 2013 in Denim Menswear

Analog Clothing Q&A And Lookbook

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.

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Check out Analog Clothing online for more.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 27 2012 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Diesel Black Gold SS13 Menswear: Sexy, Steampunky, & Futuristic

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.

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—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Jul 05 2012 in Denim Fashion » Runway
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