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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J.Crew are releasing their own line of U.S. made premium denim, called Point Sur Denim. Fans of J.Crew are gearing up to fill in their denim collections with this exciting release, which offers up options like Japanese selvedge denim that’s pre-broken in in a luxe white and classic blue jeans with handmade hardware.
Their vision for this endeavor? Their website reads, “You know those vintage jeans you go on an all-out search to find after you see them on some cool girl? Well, these are those jeans.” Color us intrigued.
So what’s the point of releasing an entirely new denim collection when J.Crew already does denim? Apparently, they are targeting denim-heads like us. As Tom Mora, Head of Women’s design at J.Crew, told Racked: “We still love our J.Crew denim, but it definitely reaches a broader audience. [Point Sur] is going after those die-hard denim lovers… [We’re] playing with proportion, playing with rise, to make it really unique and special.”
Images via Racked and J.Crew. Shop Point Sur Denim here.
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The guys of Denim Therapy (and whoever shops with them) know that it’s really hard (if not impossible) to find a pair of slim fit jeans that are comfortable, attractive, and priced reasonably. Slimbs, a fresh new denim brand that we’re super excited about, is prepared to change that. The founders of Slimbs spent over two years conferencing with some of the denim industry’s experts to narrow down the formula for their American slim fit jean, which is currently being developed in three styles: Selvage, Studio Blue, and Downtown Dark.
“Guys should feel comfortable, mentally and physically, when transitioning to a trendier style,” explains their Kickstarter campaign page, “We are here to put to rest the social stigma that surrounds slim fit jeans by introducing a new idea of slim – the American slim fit.”
Slimbs is prepared to deliver on the things that matter most, made from top quality Japanese denim at an amazing price that mass market jeans can’t compete with. Our favorite part? They’re also offering free repairs on every pair of jeans… because holes in the crotch aren’t in style, in any country. We’re proud to say we’ll be handling the repairs for Slimbs, right here at Denim Therapy.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign page and donate to score one of the first pairs of jeans, and help get this awesome new brand off the ground!
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Rising Sun & Co. is a quaint Los Angeles haberdashery and bespoke denim maker who recently partnered with Nordstrom and GQ Magazine for a curated pop-up shop online and in-store. The latest collaboration with Barney’s New York features Rising Sun’s “Reliable” Fit (straight fit/selvage denim with special back pocket design, available in five separate washes), Rising Sun’s “Straight Razor” fit (selvage denim, with natural heritage pocketing) and Rising Sun’s “Ranch Hand” jacket. Established in 2006 by denim craftsman Mike Hodis, the Rising Sun line consists of premium denim, tees, shirts, outerwear and accessories, as well as recreated period footwear. The collection is expected to debut at the Barney’s New York Madison Avenue location, and online on Wednesday, November 21.
Like what you see? You can grab Rising Sun‘s “Reliable Fit” jean now!
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Recently, Denim Therapy covered the debut of Guerilla24, a selvage denim brand from Hong Kong. We decided to review the Sniper straight leg jean in raw selvage ($300) by Guerilla24, and Seattle photographer and style blogger John Bell was happy to help us out with this request. Since this was John’s first foray into the selvage denim territory, he knew it would be an exciting adventure in testing out a new fashion label.
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
They felt really solid and well put together. A tough pair of jeans. The stitching looks great, the indigo color was awesome and I liked the Guerilla24 leather patch label on the back pocket—nice touch.
Where/when would you wear these?
I would wear them out on a normal day with a t-shirt and some Sperry Top-siders; or, I would pair them with a button down and a blazer with some classy wingtip shoes.
How’s the fit?
The fit is great! The size 30 waist was just right and following down to the bottom, the pants have that smooth, tailored look on me, even though they are slightly looser on the thigh. Sitting down and bending over, the pants move with me so I’m not uncomfortable.
Go to Guerilla24 online to shop all the styles.
Photos by John Lee Bell.
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Yesterday, Denim Therapy stopped into the Crewest Gallery in downtown L.A. to preview new denim brand Guerilla 24 from Hong Kong, in collaboration with Bullett Magazine. All the jeans are handmade and hand-finished in small batches. Founder and Designer Daniel Cheong is expanding here in the States, and he’s interested in finding select stockists to carry his range of slim straight leg raw denim jeans. We’re particularly intrigued by the jeans’ subtle lower crotch, which allows for more freedom of movement while maintaining a slim silhouette.
Speaking in his charming British accent, Cheong explains that the name “Guerilla” came from his original idea of guerilla retail: selling his jeans out of food trucks. Eventually, Guerilla24 (for 24 hours a day) was born. Since every pair of jeans ($240 – $360) are handmade of Chinese or Japanese raw selvedge denim from Okayama, each style is also a limited edition in sturdy 13.5 oz denim weights, along with softer enzyme washed and sanded versions. Go to Guerilla24 online to shop the denim and knits.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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For Spring 2012, Los Angeles-based Industry of All Nations
(IOAN) presents their Clean Jeans for men
in yellow. As with all the clothes from IOAN, they employ local artisans in India who are experts in the dyeing process. Here’s a description of what you can look forward to:
“These hand-loomed selvedge jeans are made of 100% organic cotton and naturally dyed. IOAN’s dye house, located in Southeast India, employs a natural process with plant pigments and insect resins that eliminates the use of petrochemicals and offers no contamination to the soil and waterways. To achieve this sun yellow color, IOAN used the pigment obtained from the Terminalia Chebula plant. These jeans will not bleed any more than a regular pair of jeans. The buttons and rivets are also nickel-free.”
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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How would you describe your best summer ever? Getting your boots and Edwin Jeans muddy during a week-long ride with complete strangers? Edwin Europe has made a case for creating a memorable experience in their Spring-Summer 2012 lookbook. Edwin words their “social experiment” poignantly: “the true spirit of Edwin jeans is created but the person living in them, making everyday count with yesterday’s memories etched into the rich indigo fabric and in the knowledge that tomorrow’s good times are still to be created.” The riders were outfitted in Edwin apparel and denim,: including black chambray shirts, ED-71 Red Listed selvage and ED-71 Rainbow Listed selvage jeans, and a covetable RV selvage denim jacket.
Images via Edwin Europe online. Also check out Denim Therapy’s post on Edwin Japan.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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Antwerp-based denim boutique OKIYA is having an online Christmas sale, and the world is invited. Save 25% off on select merchandise from December 16 to 19. Okiya is like the gourmet store for denim aficionados (carrying Left Field, Mister Freedom, Momotaro, Pure Blue Japan, Sugar Cane & Co., and more), so it’s completely worth a look. Since they are in Europe, you might want to check it out, like, right now.
Enter code XMAS25 at checkout. Not valid on Mister Freedom, Momotaro, Sugar Cane & Co., Old Stock and Sample Sales. Bonus: free worldwide shipping on purchases over €150 (about $195.180). For more information, go to Okiya online.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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