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American Eagle & Aerie Preview: Bohemian Touches For Fall 2013

We dropped in the American Eagle & Aerie fall 2013 preview yesterday for a pastry and some AM fashion-gazing. The ever-expanding line has amp’d up selection in both the men’s and women’s departments. We were especially delighted to see a carefully played bohemian influence in the styling of chic denim separates, flirty scarves, and gorgeous jewelry. This season we’re loving the returning Artist fit jean for women who want to edge towards flare leg while keeping it chic. Check out the full preview below!

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Shop American Eagle & Aerie and more.

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras & Michelle Christina Larsen

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 25 2013 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Artisanal Jeans At The Raleigh Denim FW12 Preview

We love Raleigh Denim, that’s no secret. The eco-friendly, community-enriching brand with limited runs of specially crafted denim have set themselves apart in the market. But aside from being sustainable and aware, their jeans are gorgeous. We had an up-close look at the fall/winter 2012 line at their recent NY press preview. We browsed raw selvedge jeans for men and women with contrast stitching made from Cone Mills White Oak Denim, individually numbered and signed, along with a range of other fabrics in rich autumn hues. Check out our favorite picks below.

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See men’s and women’s looks below:

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Check out the spring 2012 lookbook here, and keep up with Raleigh Denim on facebook. Stay tuned for the Raleigh denim fall 2012 lookbook as well!

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 02 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

DT Partied With d.brand Last Thursday & Previewed The Fall 2012 Line!

Our buddies at d.brand opened up the showroom Thursday night for a vodka & candy (and denim) party to celebrate the unveiling of their fall 2012 line. As editors, bloggers, models, and photographers mingled they munched authentic Swedish candy from Sockerbit and browsed the brand new jeans, jackets, and sportswear for men & women. Check out the party pics (and some shots of the line) below.


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Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 06 2012 in Denim News » Events

d.brand NYC Press Preview And Q&A With Bobby Persson Of Gunbar

Last week the Denim Therapy team went to check out the d.brand preview (we introduced you to d.brand back during PROJECT show this past summer), to get an up-close look at the collection and celebrate their NY launch. The line is a super wearable, comfortable, chic take on streetwear with an emphasis on denim. We browsed racks of on-trend separates and pop-color basics like their range of saturated colored denim, contrast pocket t’s, heritage sports jackets, and urban loungewear. We obsessed over the drop-crotch jeans and comfy cardigans, all emblazoned with this fresh new brand’s trademark logo. Check out our photos, video, and interview below!

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We also had the chance to do a quick Q&A with Bobby Persson, co-owner of Gunbar, who’ve linked up with d.brand as official sponsor to get his POV on the line. Here’s what he had to say…

Denim Therapy: So tell us about this partnership.

Bobby Persson: Well, we have a collaboration with d.brand where they sponsor us for clothes (for the bar staff) and we’re their official destination for events, parties, and other ways to promote the brand.

DT: What about d.brand appealed to you?

BP: The initial connection was obviously that I’m Swedish… and I was approached by a friend who told me about the brand. We came up to the showroom and were introduced to the product. I found the clothing suited our nightclub very well, and the image we were trying to portray. So, it was kind of an instant bond and we all felt we could boost off of each other’s image.

DT: So aesthetically, what do you like about the clothes?

BP: First of all, I must be really honest with you… just looking at the clothes on the rack, the first impression was “kind of plain”.  But when I wore them myself, and tried them on, I instantly understood why this brand is so successful. It’s really about the fit. The simplicity of the designs grows on you as soon as you put them on. These are basics that you will really love and wear. You know, there are skinny jeans that aren’t so skinny the crotch doesn’t fit, the jackets are perfect… And yet there’s still some edge to the design if you really look at the details.

DT: Cool. And finally, tell us about Gunbar!

BP: Gunbar opened up three months ago—it’s a nightclub in the meatpacking district, where we try to basically reinvent the old meatpacking district. The dirty, the gritty elements… but still maintaining the exclusivity of that neighborhood. We opened what I call an “upscale divebar”.

We have an on-site tattoo parlor. The music theme is not anywhere near what most of the nightclubs play in that neighborhood. It’s a rock’n’roll, ’80s throwback dance party kind of bar. We’re also not really promoting the pretentious scene that’s been there for some time. We’re trying to create just a good party for the people who travel down there to that neighborhood and don’t have anywhere to go because they just don’t fit the criterea for all of these other clubs. That’s what Gunbar’s about.

DT: Sounds awesome—thanks Bobby!
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Visit d.brand online and on facebook to stay up to date, and stay tuned for photos from the d.brand launch party at Gunbar!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 12 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Nudie Jeans Press Preview

Yesterday we stopped into the Nudie Jeans Co. showroom in New York for the press preview to see what they’ve been brewing for upcoming seasons. If you’re following the Raw Denim Project, you know that Gordon’s jeans are Nudie and everyone at DT is a huge fan of the brand. We were met with piece after piece of gorgeous eco-friendly denim in exciting new washes, sensible and soft knit separates, Japanese fabrics, brilliant color stories in plaid workshirts, and plenty more. Here’s a summary of what we discovered…

The Nudie fw’11 collection was divided on three racks: Khaki, Indigo, and Black. This is the first season Nudie is using a dedicated design team for the collection (separate from the core denim line).

The results? A vibrant, cohesive story that backs up the Nudie brand seamlessly.

Indigo being the integral denim component, it featured jackets and jeans with accompanying knit T’s and indigo-check workshirts. Eco-washes were abound. The process by which the denim is treated, distressed, dyed and washed is completely kind to the environment. No chemicals are used. We were especially enamored with the colors in the Japanese plaid button-ups and verticle pleats in the denim jackets. The lab jackets (hand distressed and up there on the price scale, with good reason) looked like they’d been worn (with love, affection, and adventure) for years.

The Khaki collection is full of great transitional separates based on preexisting fits, with industrial peasant-esque knit tops and innovative outerwear. Think jackets that come apart at the lining so they can  be worn on the coldest winter day or for an evening at a New England beach. Subtle details like leather patches gave it an exclusive feel.

The Black collection really got us going. A classic Nudie offering, denim coated with dry black paint in both jeans and jackets, is a canvas for the customer to de-construct according to their own lifestyle. Fibers already peering through the paint in the knee area, you could almost imagine how glorious these would look after six months of wearing them (maybe we should give Gordon another half-year assignment?).

The denim collection is, as always, based on the key concepts of eco-consciousness, and a garment that grows, ages, and molds with its wearer. Nudie jeans are purchased with a guarantee that the wear and natural distress caused by enjoying a pair of jeans will create additional character and stories on the surface and in the fit. The signature orange thread has been adapted to different locations (such as on the inside collar and at the hem, sometimes the back pocket), with other indigo threads appearing as well. A sophisticated step, detail-wise.

The backbone collection, which we introduced you to upon launch, was soft enough to sleep in and promising in its versatility. The 100% organic collection (produced via 100% organic methods) is comprised of 11 basics that cover ever base.  We couldn’t help but ruminate over styling a photo shoot in these luxe basics, male and female models alike.

Check out more photos of the line below, and stay tuned for more Nudie fall 2011 coverage.

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Want to get your hands on some Nudie? Shop online!

—Michelle Christina Larsen & Jackie Racer. Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras (

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Posted Apr 28 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand
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