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Resin Denim: Oil & Water Fall 2011

Resin Denim, one of our brand crushes here at Denim Therapy, just dropped their Fall 2011 lookbook. Entitled “Oil & Water,” their jeans for women do not disappoint. Featuring a series of skinny ankle jeans in their Lariat fit, you’ll find them in shimmery-slick Bronze, Mechanic and India Ink washes. We think these jeans will be the new go-to jean for the bootie- or stiletto-wearing woman.  If that’s not enough, we’re equally in love with their stand-out Lanphear denim jacket in Oil Slick wash. You can also find a classic super skinny jean in a dirty-blue Bowery wash.

Resin Denim Fall-Winter-2011 Lookbook

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For more information, go to Resin Denim online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Sep 02 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

An Exclusive Q&A with Chantel Valentene of Resin Denim

Denim Therapy had the opportunity to revisit the world of Resin Denim’s creative director Chantel Valentene and ask her a few more Q’s we’ve been tossing around our heads since we recently hung out with them at Brooklyn Flea for some denim & lemonade (were you there too? So much fun!). Before that we were amped about the incredible denim collaboration between Resin Denim and Made her Think… seems like this brand has us on our toes non-stop! Read on to meet Chantel, see just how easy it is to adore her, and get the scoop on those amazing mustard and red jeans that are going to be your go-to fall denim


Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?

Resin: I was in love with fashion and the glamour of clothing from really young. There is a picture of my Mom draped in turquoise fabric that she made into a dress for the Ms. Barbados pageant that I can always remember being captivated by. She wore heels to work everyday, was always dressed up, and loved clothing. My fascination with how fashion can transform people started with her. When I discovered through a family friend who went to FIT that making clothing was an actual job, I became obsessed with the idea. That was around 6th grade.

DT: Are there other denim brands you consider your immediate competition? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?

Resin: Our mind-set isn’t confined to just the box of “denim brand”. We are looking at the present but thinking about the future.The goal as we move forward is to make the “voice” of Resin clear among the crowd of brands. We do it through our washing, aesthetic and presentation to our customers.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

Resin: Play air guitar to Black Sabbath, do the running man to Bel Biv Dovoe or practice the Uh-Oh dance to Beyonce. No real rituals, but you never know what’s going to happen when folks are feeling creative.

DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.

Resin: The Resin customer doesn’t hide behind their clothing, they live in it. The kind of people I’m inspired by when walking down the street, are the ones I would want to stop and get to know. We really try not to limit the ideal to one type of person, because even in a singular person there are many facets and reasons behind who they are and what they wear. It’s a confidence I’m drawn to that our customer has, not one type of look.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?

Resin: For this coming Fall/Winter we have a great selection of fresh clean whites, new fabrics and finishes that we are all excited about.

DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?

Resin: We do collaborations about every other season, so we’ve worked with amazing artists and designers like Meredith Khan from Made Her Think, Ibrahom Ahmed III and Dan Funderburgh. As far as dream collaboration I would have to say Azzedine Alaia or Rick Owens. Those are big “Oprah” sized dreams.

DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?

Resin: Our Phoenix Red wash in our Lariat ankle skinny, and Jameson short are popular. People love the different option on how to wear color. My personal favorites are the Resin x Made Her Think Jameson shorts with gold brass discs on the side seam. I’ve been wearing them with a basic tee and simple sneakers. I’m also in love with our Resin x Made Her Think Lanphear vest with a brass spine. Wear it over a simple maxi dress, throw on some heels and I’m good to go.

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

Resin: Denim is a staple, not really in love with one particular trend. I love seeing people re-mix a classic.

DT: Street style and style blogs are huge in the industry right now as a source of inspiration, influencing the high end labels rather than vice versa. How much does street style influence your designing?

Resin: Street style influence has always been there because it’s the actual customers wearing the clothing in their everyday lives. It’s immensely important to understand how your customer lives in your clothing.

DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?

Resin: Couldn’t say exactly, but definitely too many. My little sister is drooling for the bags of clothing and jeans from my spring-cleaning.

DT: Resin- what does it stand for? And why did you choose that as the name of your brand?

Resin: Resin represented the future of denim. As a process and chemical it propelled the industry into a new era, we loved what that symbolized and chose the name with that in mind.

DT: Favorite celeb wearing your denim?

Resin: My favorite is when I see women walking down the street wearing Resin. That’s priceless.


You can learn more about Resin Denim by visiting their website or “Like” them on Facebook.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Aug 18 2011 in Denim News » Interviews

Lemonade & Jeans: Denim Therapy x Resin Denim At Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea, NYC’s favorite open air market of the summer, is held at the Williamsburg waterfront and features everything from food to hand-made crafts. Naturally there’s some denim action too, and where there’s denim, there’s DT. Over the past two Sundays, Denim Therapy linked up with the Resin Denim crew at their ultra-cool denim shack to get the word out on both brands and have some fun! We sipped lemonade, handed out Denim Therapy post cards and bags, and had serious thoughts about moving our entire office outdoors. Talk about a perfect weekend! Check out some of Resin Denim’s snaps of the event below.


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Big thanks to Resin’s creative director Chantel Valentene and the whole Resin Denim team for having us!

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 02 2011 in Denim News » Events

Resin Denim Sunday Fun at The Brooklyn Flea!

Hey party people!  Resin Denim is setting up camp at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday, July 24 and July 31!  There will be plenty of good times while you shop their edgy jeans, sip on some frosty lemonade and listen to some cool tunes.  A little birdy tells us there might be some cool DIY therapy taking place as well, so bring your camera and get ready to immortalize yourself in some Resin Denim.  What’s more, come dressed in your favorite jeans, because who knows where our Denim Therapy paparazzi might be hiding!  While you’re at it, pick yourself up a Denim Therapy tote bag and postcards (while supplies last).

Resin Denim sets up camp at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday, July 24 and July 31.

Stop by Resin Denim at the Brooklyn Flea between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 24 and July 31 for good times!  For more information, go to Resin Denim online.

—Kathy Ng Hassan


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Posted Jul 22 2011 in Denim News

Red & Yellow Jeans Grace The Newest Resin Denim Lookbook

If you told us we’d be into mustard yellow and ketchup red jeans this year, we might have looked at you like you had three heads (and all of them were blind). But the Resin Denim lookbook may have just made this seemingly impossible feat into a very covetable reality. From basics like destroyed boyfriend jeans and dark-wash denim workshirts, to surprises like marble-wash yellow and red skinny jeans, this collection keeps us guessing (and nearly drooling).  Check out the entire lookbook below.

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—Jackie Racer & Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 31 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Denim Insider: The World of RESIN DENIM’s Chantel Valentene, Part 1


From Resin Denim's FW 2010 Lookbook.

We love everything about the look, feel and process which makes up a pair of great premium denim jeans.  But, we rarely get a good snapshot of the person at the helm of today’s hottest denim brands.  Who is Chantel Valentene, the Creative Director (and sometimes company bartender) of Resin Denim?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Chantel Valentene, RESIN Denim Creative Director.

Chantel Valentene, RESIN Denim Creative Director.

What is your favorite stylish city?
Anywhere in Italy because the style isn’t only in the clothing; it radiates through the architecture, the people and the pace at which they enjoy life.  St. Michael, Barbados, is on the list because my family is there and the culture of living happy, easy and laid back has been ingrained in me and manifests itself in my approach to fashion.

How do you relax?
Friends, Haagen Daz rum raisin, and Jameson.  It works in any order and can be done separately or together. Hanging out in Williamsburg or the LES with my friends is how I decompress most often.

What’s your forecast on winter wardrobe essentials?
Anything voluminous and knit, like big scarves and chunky coats worn with great jeans in updated washes. Love the idea of our new black garnet and mechanic jeans paired with shearling buckled booties. Always invest in great boots for fall and wear jewelry that is personal to you.

Resin Denim inside Barney's Co-Op at The Grove L.A.

Resin Denim inside Barney's Co-Op at The Grove L.A.

Resin Denim's design team burning the midnight oil.

Resin Denim's design team, Ibrahim and Kev, burning the midnight oil.

What jeans styles will be hot this winter?
For both men and women our Black Garnet wash, which is deep burgundy with overlaid blacks, is a great buy for fall. It’s a new easy way to wear color. Also waxed jeans like our Spectre wash is hot for fall.


RESIN DENIM Catalyst in Black Garnet (Shopbop) and Aslan Skinny in Spectre (OakNYC).

What’s next for RESIN?

I’m knee deep in designing Fall 11, which is an amazing step for us because we are finding our footing; and, with every jean making a better product for the customer. There is something special in the works that should be coming out at the beginning of next year.

Next Week: The World of Resin Denim’s Chantel Valentene, Part 2.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Oct 22 2010 in Denim News » Interviews
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