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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

9 Fall Essentials For Men: Denim & Seasonal Basics


The freshest wardrobes for fall always have a bit of versatility, some solid basics, and outerwear options. From shearling lined denim jackets to casual-meets-dressy shoes and awesome headphones, you can browse and shop the best of fall’s offerings for men’s fall essentials below.

1. Maison Margiela Faux Shearling-Trimmed Denim Jacket 2. Corgi Striped Wool-Blend Socks 3. Frame Denim L’Homme Slim-Cut Stretch-Denim Jeans

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4. McQ Alexander McQueen Patchwork Cotton-Chambray Shirt 5. Tod’s Suede Desert Boots 6. NN.07 Three Slim-Fit Raw Denim Jeans

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7. Filling Pieces Suede and Lizard-Effect Leather Sneakers 8. Visvim Hobbs Denim Jacket 9. Bowers & Wilkins P5W Leather-Covered Wireless Headphones

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Posted Aug 27 2015 in Denim Buys » Denim Menswear

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.

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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.

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Kato Japanese denim

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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.

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Rust-looking wash on Fullcount jeans.

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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

The Right Way To Clean Your Denim


When it comes to caring for jeans, advice is almost as varied as that of caring for a newborn baby. Every information source seems to have their own ideas about taking care of something this preciousA recent article on Refinery29 suggests washing your jeans after every wear. We could hear denim heads across the globe shrieking and clinging to their precious unwashed raw selvedge. At Denim Therapy, we suggest only laundering your jeans (properly—which means not always in a washing machine) when needed. See below for our tips on cleaning denim…

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Non-raw & blended denim:

Wash your jeans as little as possible. You only need to wash them if an odor or stain develops (and remember, stains can be spot-treated). When you do wash them, do so individually in a cold wash to prevent bleeding & shrinking and use a gentle detergent like Woolite. Always air dry your jeans.

Raw denim:

Follow the same process as above if you’re going to wash them traditionally. You can also experiment with spot treatment, leaving them in the freezer to remove odor, and baking them in the oven (for the brave, only!) to remove bacteria.

Preventing color running:

To prevent dye transfer during washing, wash them once inside-out in hot water to run the “loose” dye, and then wash them again using half a cup of vinegar to set the color. Some dye may still run after this, depending on the jeans, so follow the instructions on the label of your jeans to avoid a dramatic change in appearance after washing.

Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 06 2015 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

6 Pairs Of Men’s Jeans Worth Trying On


Ready to refresh your denim collection? Here are 6 pairs of men’s jeans we’re feeling this fall, each with its own story. One pair is inspired by the look of  a 9 year old pair of selvedge jeans.  Another is designed to change with time as you wear them. Whatever your style, you’ll find something to amplify your look below.

1. 3×1 M5 Slim Fit Jeans 2. Fabric Brand & Co. Hadar Selvedge Jeans 3. Public School Raw Selvedge Jeans

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4. Baldwin Denim Henley Slim Fit Jeans 5. Naked & Famous Skinny Guy Stretch Jeans 6. Raleigh Denim Graham Slim Fit Jeans

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—Raffael Flores-Contreras

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Posted Oct 19 2014 in Denim Menswear

Limited Edition Raw Denim, Made In The USA


When faced with two pairs of great jeans and a decision to pick just one, we prefer to opt for the brand that stands for positive change in our ever-evolving industry. The denim industry’s waste has been a major concern for environmentally conscious consumers (and brands as well), which is why a brand like Flint and Tinder is a breath of fresh air. They’re producing men’s jeans that are made in the USA from limited edition selvedge and production techniques that equal little to no waste.

They told Ecouterre in a recent interview, “The goal is, and always has been, to reignite American manufacturing. We’re manufacturing greatness here—in the U.S.A.—in the most transparent way. We’re all working really hard to raise expectations, eventually even the bigger brands will play by the same rules.” See the full interview and check out their online shop.

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—DT Staff

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Posted Oct 16 2014 in Denim Menswear

The Best Way To Wash Your Jeans


It’s been a while since we waxed denim-addict on ya, so today we’re brushing up on the best ways to wash and care for your jeans. Whether you spilled a glass of wine, got a regular old grass stain or just caught a whiff of your beloved unique-as-a-snowflake raw denim creation, we’ve got the remedy you need below.

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General Spot treatment

For those paranoid of losing any indigo hue while spot treating, a combination of white vinegar and water can be sponged over the stain and left for up to 3 hours. Rinse and let air dry. If your jeans are pre-washed or don’t risk dye-loss, spray some OxiClean on the stain and let it sit overnight. Rinse in the morning, and let air dry.

Wax spills

If someone blew out the birthday candles all over your jeans, you can remove very easily, even if it’s dried and crusty. Lay them over a towel, and put a brown paper bag over the wax stain. Press over the brown paper with your iron and watch as the wax is lifted right out of the fibers and into the paper. Depending on the volume of wax, you may need more brown paper — and it may take a few intervals of pressing, but it’ll come out.

Note: You may find this process oddly satisfying. Don’t be surprised if you purposely spill wax all over your jeans in the future, just for fun.

Stinky raw denim

Repeat after us: When raw denim stinks, you no longer the cool guy in raw jeans. You’re the stinky guy in stinky jeans. To remedy this, you have two basic options. One is to turn them inside-out and hand wash them with a gentle laundry soap of white vinegar/water combo, and hang to dry. Another is to put them in a freezer bag and let them sit in the freezer over night. You’ll have to decide which you prefer, depending on your own personal level of stink.

Pre-washed denim

Turn these babies inside-out, throw them in the washer, and hang them to dry. Bada-bing!

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Got questions about caring for your jeans? Shoot us an email at info@denimtherapy.com

—DT Staff

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Posted May 12 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Behind Public School’s Second Coming


“The ascent of New York menswear label Public School hasn’t been the bump-free upward glide that their much-buzzed-about status would suggest. BoF sat down with designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, and stylist Eugene Tong, whose expert touch has helped put the young label’s fresh mix of sportswear and tailoring on the fashion radar, to discuss the brand’s rebirth.

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“I think people give me more credit than is due,” says Eugene Tong, senior style director at Details magazine, who styles the presentations of the burgeoning New York menswear label Public School. Tong is being humble. In fact, the fashion editor and stylist is arguably the quiet force behind the ascent of what is one of America’s most promising young fashion brands.

When it comes to womenswear, stylists with a sharp editor’s eye have long been one of the most potent weapons in a designer’s arsenal. Carine Roitfeld (Tom Ford, during his Gucci years), Melanie Ward (Helmut Lang) and Venetia Scott (Marc Jacobs) are amongst the most prominent examples, whose personal style and unerring eye have helped showcase a designer’s vision to maximum advantage. But on the menswear front, the phenomenon is less common.

Tong is an especially rare case: a consultant and collaborator who both personifies the label’s ideal customer and happens to be a leading tastemaker, known for having his finger on the pulse of the menswear market and composing compelling looks that a wide range of men want to wear…” (Read more)

Via Business of Fashion.

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Posted Jan 08 2014 in Denim News

How To Store Your Jeans


So you already know how to care for your jeans, but once they’re spic-and-span and free of stains, do you know how to properly fold and store them to reduce wear-out? Stylecaster has something to say about that:

“Fold jeans like a pro: Lay jeans on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hem of the jeans lines up with the waistband. Fold the jeans in half one more time.

Denim needs to breathe, so be sure to not pack folded pairs too tightly together on a shelf, or hand denim jackets or vests in a crowded closet”

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Check out more of their garment care tips.

—DT Staff 

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Posted Nov 13 2013 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

The Best Way To Wash Your Jeans


It’s been a while since we waxed denim-addict on ya, so today we’re brushing up on the best ways to wash and care for your jeans. Whether you spilled a glass of wine, got a regular old grass stain or just caught a whiff of your beloved unique-as-a-snowflake raw denim creation, we’ve got the remedy you need below.

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General Spot treatment

For those paranoid of losing any indigo hue while spot treating, a combination of white vinegar and water can be sponged over the stain and left for up to 3 hours. Rinse and let air dry. If your jeans are pre-washed or don’t risk dye-loss, spray some OxiClean on the stain and let it sit overnight. Rinse in the morning, and let air dry.

Wax spills

If someone blew out the birthday candles all over your jeans, you can remove very easily, even if it’s dried and crusty. Lay them over a towel, and put a brown paper bag over the wax stain. Press over the brown paper with your iron and watch as the wax is lifted right out of the fibers and into the paper. Depending on the volume of wax, you may need more brown paper — and it may take a few intervals of pressing, but it’ll come out.

Note: You may find this process oddly satisfying. Don’t be surprised if you purposely spill wax all over your jeans in the future, just for fun.

Stinky raw denim

Repeat after us: When raw denim stinks, you no longer the cool guy in raw jeans. You’re the stinky guy in stinky jeans. To remedy this, you have two basic options. One is to turn them inside-out and hand wash them with a gentle laundry soap of white vinegar/water combo, and hang to dry. Another is to put them in a freezer bag and let them sit in the freezer over night. You’ll have to decide which you prefer, depending on your own personal level of stink.

Pre-washed denim

Turn these babies inside-out, throw them in the washer, and hang them to dry. Bada-bing!

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Got questions about caring for your jeans? Shoot us an email at info@denimtherapy.com

—DT Staff

 

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Posted Oct 24 2013 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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