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Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and inside info! Catch up on what’s happening and browse our personal picks for the most interesting what-not that turns up during our morning web crawl. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!

1. Closing soon: Ruelala’s Hudson Jeans sale is in progress, so snag your favorite men’s or women’s Hudsons (most are $99.90) before they’re gone.

2. Barneys New York produced this snazzy video, featuring guys from all walks of life talking about how to pick up chicks, among other things. They are styled in Barneys Co-Op Spring 2012 featured brands, which include a crisp pair of Nudie Jeans Slim Jim Post Recycle Dry ($215).  Watch the Barneys Men’s Co-op video here.

3. Gap has teamed up with Threadless to bring exclusive, community-designed graphic t-shirts to Gap stores worldwide!  Enter your design and you could win $2,000 – $10,000.  Go to Threadless online for details.

4. We’re intrigued by these high-top velcro sneakers in denim by Raf Simons ($600).  Now that he’s got his hands free for a bit, we’re hoping to see him churn out more denim goods.

 

—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Mar 28 2012 in Denim News

Denim We Love: 9 Slim & Skinny Jeans for Men


Let’s face it: men also need options when it comes to jeans.  While we agree that not every man should wear skinny jeans, some men can really rock a pair.  And, for the slimmer men out there, a pair of skinnies are the only ones that will fit properly on their bodies.  So, without further adieu, we rounded up nine pairs of skinny jeans that caught our eyes, both for the washes and treatments, and for the potential to flatter the various shapes of the male form.  You’ll be surprised how good you look in them.  Whether you’re a musician or a college professor, we think you’ll find a wearable pair of jeans to wear this season.

 

1. Ksubi Van Winkle in Dull Metal ($245) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

2. Levi’s 511 Dark Indigo skinny ($90) – buy it at SSENSE.

3. Right: ASOS Carrot Fit skinny jeans in Khaki ($90) – buy it at ASOS.

 

1. Chambers Waxed Overdye Slim Straight Leg jeans in ($132) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

2. Edwin Sen Japanese Red Selvage skinny jeans ($168.58) – buy it at ASOS.

3. Unbranded Skinny Selvedge jean ($78) – buy it at Urban Outfitters.

 

1. THEM Atelier Magma Distressed Skinny Jeans ($121) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

2. Nudie Thin Finn Blue ($250) – buy it at SSENSE.

3. 1969 Skinny Fit Jeans in red ($69.95) – buy it at Gap.

 

What, red jeans?  Read Denim Therapy staffer Eric Schmidt’s review of his slim fit OPENMARKET jeans in red.


—Kathy Ng Hassan

 

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Posted Mar 22 2012 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear

The DT Raw Denim Project Week 13


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday they’ll be blogging about their experience here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This has been week 13.

Renee: It’s getting hot in NYC. As I sweat in my Jean Shop jeans more, they may finally start to smell (I know, not attractive). But I am surprised at how clean they’ve kept. I’ve been talking about doing a soak for a while now, but they really haven’t needed it. This weekend I’ll be at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston, and I have yet to decide if I’ll be wearing my jeans–that’s a lot of potential beer spillage. I’ll fill you in on how it goes on our Tumblr!

Gordon: I have never been happier with the thin soft texture of my raw Nudies as it is hot as the hinges of hell in NYC.  I also am really liking the length of my jeans, now.  At first, I thought they were too short unless scrunched on top of boots.  But the slightly below ankle length looks great with my summer shoes.

Gosh, we need to come up with some new poses, beyond hand-on-the-hip. Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr daily to see how we’re wearing our jeans!

Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Jun 03 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

A Denim Debate: Washing Your Raw Denim


There is a lot of back and forth amongst the raw community over whether or not it’s okay to wash your raw denim. The Nudie website recommends wearing your jeans at least 6 months before washing, but Erick Goldstein from The Jean Shop told us that after they’ve worn in a bit, hand washing with a mild detergent won’t do any harm. Here at Denim Therapy, Renee and Gordon are on their fourth month of wearing raw jeans and have yet to wash them (check out our Tumblr to see more on the project).

We can’t deny that there’s anything wrong with being in the hard-core no-wash club (we love anyone who’s that passionate about their denim). But if you’re smelly, this guide from GiltMANual will let you know exactly how to wash your jeans while still maintaining your raw denim street cred.

Photo by Scott Eiden via GiltMANual

—Renee Sykes

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Posted Jun 02 2011 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project: If Our Jeans Could Talk


We’ve been wondering what our jeans would say if they could talk. It’s been 84 days (more about the project on our Tumblr), and that’s quite a lot of togetherness. So we listened in:

 

Jean Shop: Hey Nudie, How’s it hanging?

Nudie: Not too bad, just enjoying my break. 84 days of wear is exhausting.

Jean Shop: Yeah, but your ass looks great! Nice pocket fade.

Nudie: Thanks man, how are you coming along?

Jean Shop: Good, still a little stiff in my joints but I’ve been softening out.

Nudie: Yeah, you’re definitely looking a little thinner.

Jean Shop: Thanks! Got any plans this weekend?

Nudie: A soak may be in the cards for me.

Jean Shop: Niiice. I’ve got some BBQs.

Nudie: Watch out for the beer and BBQ sauce, it only takes one beer to get you feeling really dirty.

Jean Shop: Wouldn’t be the first time!

Nudie: Oh snap! Have a great weekend. Stay clean.

Jean Shop: Enjoy your soak!

 

—Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

 

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Posted May 27 2011 in Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project Week 11


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). For week 11, Gordon and Renee decided to take some close up of their jeans to show you exactly how they’ve been aging.

 

Gordon (jeans pictured above):  My Nudies are really starting to contour to my body, they are becoming my second skin.  As the jeans have stretched in the knees and hips, I have gained much more move ability.  Up to now I’ve only been getting creases, the only fading has been on my wallet pocket.  But lately, I’ve been getting some good fading around the front of the knees and bum area.

 

Renee (jeans pictured above): I love Gordon’s wallet fade in his back pocket. Most men’s jeans get a lovely fade in that area from wear, and as a result we repair lots of back pockets at Denim Therapy. On my Jean Shop jeans, you ca see some creasing happening below the back pockets, and some color fading happenning along the seams and pocket corners. The back of my knees have some nice honeycombing going on. It’s nice that my color has not faded very much with wear, or bled all over the place as many brands of raw often do.

Don’t forget to check out our Tumblr for daily pictures and see how we’ve been wearing our jeans!

Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

 

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Posted May 20 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

Tobi Denim Blowout Sale: Denim Up To 70% Off


If you’ve been waiting for a big sale to get your denim shopping done for spring/summer, this is it. Tobi.com is having a huge denim clearance. This insane sale features brands like Nudie, 7 For All Mankind, PRPS Japan, Agave, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Cheap Monday, and more! Both men and women can take advantage, which means there isn’t a person in your immediate vicinity that wouldn’t love to know about these super-cheap jeans. Share the wealth, and happy shopping!

—DT Staff

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Posted May 16 2011 in Denim Buys » Sales

The DT Raw Denim Project Week 10


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on our Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This was week 10.

Renee (jeans above): As you’ve seen on our Facebook or Tumblr (yes, there’s a video), I’ve gotten a new pair of Dr. Denim raws. When I’ll get a chance to wear them in, who knows. But the point of all of this is that yes, I’ve been converted. I now understand the attachment one has with their raw denim. And I’m only 10 weeks in with my Jean Shop jeans.

Gordon (jeans above):  I started riding my bike again this week.  My Nudies are perfect bike jeans.  The skinny legs never get caught in my chain and there is just enough stretch in them to allow for easy circular movement.

 

We’ll see you here next week for our week 11 wrap up. Until then, you visit our Tumblr to check out some daily pics of how we’ve been treating nad wearing our raw denim.

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Posted May 13 2011 in Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project Week 9


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). This was week 9.

Renee (jeans pictured above): It’s been a quiet week for my Jean Shop Jeans and I. I’m still trying to hold out on soaking/washing them for as long as I can, but with the weather heating up my jeans and I will be partaking in far more outdoor activities. I’m actually surprised at how slowly the fading process has been happening with my jeans. It gives me a newfound respect for all of the raw jeans with wear holes that we get in for repair at Denim Therapy!

Gordon (jeans pictured above): This week started with a bonfire at a friend’s house.  So towards the beginning of this week my Nudie jeans smelled like campfire smoke.  You hardly ever get that smell in the city, and I actually enjoyed having it on me.  As the smell faded, it smelled more like a clean scent, almost like a cologne.

Don’t forget to check out our daily Tumblr to see how we’ve been wearing our jeans!

 

 

 

 

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Posted May 08 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project

The DT Raw Denim Project Week 8


For 6 months, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy are wearing raw denim jeans everyday, and documenting their experience on Tumblr. Every Friday you can follow their progress here on the DT blog (see last weeks article here). Happy week 8!

Renee (jeans above): My Jean Shop jeans are getting a little dirty. I’m torn–should I soak them? Or hold out for as long as I can? My jeans were sanforized (new term for me!), which means they were treated to prevent shrinkage. Some raw denim comesunsanforized, and will therefore shrink about 10% after their first wash or soak. I think I’ll try putting them in my tiny little freezer, like Gordon did last week. Wonder if that works? If you ever heard about the guy that wore his jeans for 15 months without washing them and then tested their bacteria levels (and found them to be surprisingly low), then know that he also froze his jeans. Here’s an in-depth article about why it works.

Gordon (jeans above):  I’ve been battling over whether or not to starch my Nudies this week.  My jeans are starting to get soft, especially in the knees, thighs and bum area.  This is great for comfort, but I’d like for them to stay a bit stiffer to maintain the creases.  I’m probably going to go without the starch.  My only starch experience is starched button-ups from the cleaners, and I absolutely hate the way they feel.

Wanna see how we’ve been wearing our jeans? You can follow us everyday on our Tumblr. We’ll see you back here for week 9.

— Renee Sykes and Gordon Sims

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Posted Apr 29 2011 in Denim Therapy » Raw Denim Project
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