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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

We’re Getting Psyched For Eric Kvatek’s Japanese Indigo: Boro Exhibition

A very cool exhibition is coming to NYC in June, thanks to globe-trotting photographer Eric Kvatek (known for shooting the lookbooks of brands like PRPS and Kapital). It’s called Japanese Indigo: Boro, and showcases his Japanese indigo textiles from as far back as the early 1800s. The exhibition will be held at Mondo Cane in Tribeca, June 21st—July 12th, with an opening party for denim heads to kick it off.


—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 21 2012 in Denim News » Events

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. Intermix posted up a sneak peek at rag & bone for Spring/Summer 2012 on their facebook. Lots of bright colors!

2. Watch this rad video coined “For The Love Of Denim”, starring Donwan Harrell (designer/founder of PRPS), as he talks about what makes the denim industry unique, and what he loves about designing.

3. Rihanna was recently photographed wearing a neon denim jacket from J Brand x Christopher Kane collection… as a beach wrap! We like this idea.

4. Ernest Alexander is having a great sale on denim workshirts for men right now (and there’s nothing stopping the ladies from grabbing one too). You’ll get $33 off each shirt purchase (no limit) when you use the code BUTTONDOWN at checkout.

5. There’s a denim editorial from Vogue China February 2012 that caught our eye recently—we’re not really into the styling on the whole, but there is one denim skirt in there that has us dying for some floor-length light-wash action.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 27 2012 in Denim News

Peek Inside The Office Of Donwan Harrell Of PRPS (It Looks Pretty Much Like We Thought It Would)

Donwan Harrell of PRPS was put under the lens when photographer Jake Davis came in to photograph his office. The photographer commented, “Donwan Harrel has a cooler office than me.” That about sums it up! Packed with vintage jeans, Japanese denim glossies, collectible Kewpie dolls in denim outfits and a plethora of Americana memorabilia, this is one office we wouldn’t have a hard time getting inspired in.

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Images via Jake Davis.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 09 2012 in Denim Therapy

8 Jean Jackets We Love For Fall

Halloween is approaching, the leaves are changing, and let’s face it, it’s getting cold out! In case you didn’t know, jean jackets are the ultimate essential item for this season for both women and men. They are lightweight enough to not have you traveling in a sweat and are such an easy piece to layer with. Why we really love them though is because no matter what kind of look you personally like to go for, denim is the one thing that always remains stylish and functional! Check out some of our favorites below!


1. Balman Safety-Pin Detail Denim Jacket ($1,650) – buy it at The Outnet.

2. Wrangler Vintage Africa Kuba Cloth Jacket ($298) – buy it at Free People.

3. Helmut-Lang Asymmetrical Stretch-Denim Jacket  ($232.50) – buy it at The Outnet.

4. Prps Denim Jacket ($295) – buy it at The Outnet.


5. Washborn Dude Ranch Denim Jacket ($88) – buy it at Nasty Gal.

6. G-Star Raw Dazzle Organic Parka  ($300) – buy it at G-Star Raw.

7. GUESS Denim Trench ($120) – buy it at Guess.

8. GUESS Abigail V Neck Long Sleeve Pocket Denim Blazer($118) – buy it at Macy’s.


Elyssa Linden

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Posted Oct 21 2011 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

PRPS Fall Winter 2011 Collection Takes Us Back To Early American Living

The PRPS Fall Winter 2011 collection was released in film and photographic lookbooks, both of which take us back to the days of the early American lifestyle, with a perfect blend of English and Native American influence. The denim work shirt with plaid detailing and the plaid button-down shirt with denim accents are great stylistic representations of  the balance between the two different backgrounds, and we are loving them! While these pieces are what really set the collection apart, PRPS also has some great outerwearknits, and quality denim jeans in light and dark washes for this season. Check out the line for yourself and find out what your fashion must-haves are for this fall.


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Images via Highsnobiety.

Elyssa Linden

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Posted Aug 18 2011 in Denim Fashion » Denim Menswear » Lookbooks

Barney’s New York: DENIM ’09 – breaking news for chicks + blokes!




























During the month of August, bring in an old pair of jeans and Barney’s will recycle them for you and give you 20% off on your next pair!  With brands such as Ever, J Brand, PRPS, Rag & Bone and more how could you pass this up?  

Go Shopping!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Aug 11 2009 in Uncategorized

DIY: Jean Shorts



Lindsay Lohan in PRPS

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale in Siwy

















Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a wish to the Jean Genie for a pair of this seasons trendy cut-off jeans?  Hell, I’d ask for every premium jean from here to Tokyo!  Since that isn’t going to happen, here’s a way to breath new life into your old jeans.  Copy the look that so many celebrities (Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Tisdale to name a few) are rocking.  Show off those sexy gams of yours and sharpen those scissors of yours.


D.I.Y. instructions to create your own Jean Shorts

(Source – Life & Style):

Tools needed: Tape measure, pen, scissors.

Step 1: Mark the length on the midthigh, adding an extra 1/2 inch for fraying.

Step 2: Cut straight across the legs with sharp scissors

Step 3: Machine-wash and dry to encourage frayed edges.  the more jeans are washed, the more the fabric will unravel.

Tip: To get the best length, lay a favorite pair of shorts on top of the jeans and match up the crotch seams. Cut along the hemline.








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PRPS Ladies cut-off denim short in Splatterpop, $349 (as seen on Lindsay Lohan)

Buy It!

Siwy Camilla cut-off shorts in Superstition wash, $168 (as seen on Ashley Tisdale), $168

Buy It!

America Eagle Destroyed denim cut-off short shorts, $34.50

Buy It!


–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 13 2009 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

A Leggy Summer: The Short of It


MIKE & CHRIS Ritter Japanese Denim Cargo Micro Short. Available at SINGER22.

Whoever told you that you can’t and shouldn’t be wearing shorts this summer must live in Siberia or something.  If you’re wise about it, anybody can wear denim shorts at any age, and not look silly.  Remember: 50 is the new 40; 40 is the new 30; and so on.  With some proper preparations, you’ll be able to tastefully rock your denim look and rack up style points from your peers. Remember, if you have bumps and veins you’d rather hide, go longer with the denim. Don’t try to hide them with stockings or leggings.

Try These Tips:

1) Groom your legs: shave, exfoliate, lubricate.  Be sure to apply moisturizer on your legs immediately after patting them dry with a towel.  It helps if you’re just coming out of a mild to hot shower.  This will help with absorption.

2) Fake bake, if necessary.  If not, try rubbing some baby oil down the front of your legs (from below the knees down to just above the feet).  Carefully apply concealer (yes, makeup!) on bruises and scabs.

3) If all else fails, get your legs groomed professionally, and don’t forget the pedicure!  Select a light color, which makes your feet appear tanner.  Neutral, muted tones does the trick.

4) Pair your denim shorts with some fantastic pair of shoes.


PRPS Denim Short, available at SHOPBOP.

PRPS Denim Short, available at SHOPBOP.

SIWY Camilla Shredded Cut Off Shorts, available at SINGER22.

SIWY Camilla Shredded Cut Off Shorts, available at SINGER22.

CURRENT/ELLIOTT Suspender Boyfriend Short in Hickory Destroyed. Available at REVOLVE.

CURRENT/ELLIOTT Suspender Boyfriend Short in Hickory Destroyed. Available at REVOLVE.


SRETSIS Comrade Jean Shorts, available at REVOLVE.

SRETSIS Comrade Jean Shorts, available at REVOLVE.

Cycle Shorts, available at TOPSHOP.

Cycle Shorts, available at TOPSHOP.

JBRAND Low Rise Baggy Shorts in Clyde, available at REVOLVE.

JBRAND Low Rise Baggy Shorts in Clyde, available at REVOLVE.


MISS ME COUTURE Pants in denim blue, available at REVOLVE.

MISS ME COUTURE Pants in denim blue, available at REVOLVE.

JOE'S JEANS Shorts in Cruz, available at REVOLVE.

JOE'S JEANS Shorts in Cruz, available at REVOLVE.

ROBIN'S JEAN Red Military Shorts, available at KITSON.

ROBIN'S JEAN Red Military Shorts, available at KITSON.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 02 2009 in Uncategorized

Barney’s Summer Sale Starts Today!

















Take advantage of Barney’s super sale, that isn’t so private anymore, and stock up on some great denim.  



PRPS Skinny-Dart Distressed Jeans

Originally $360, Now $129













J Brand Cavalry Skinny

Originally $216, Now $79












Current/Elliott Denim Waistcoat – High Low Blue

Originally $264, Now $89








Rag & Bone Denim Pencil Skirt

Originally $242, Now $119










–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted May 19 2009 in Uncategorized
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