With Men’s Fashion Week came a flurry of activity here in New York. Amy Leverton left London behind and came stateside to promote her book Denim Dudes. Amy has worked in the industry for ten years and is currently the Director of Denim and Youth Culture at WGSN. For Denim Dudes Amy traveled the world photographing and interviewing eccentric denimheads. She chronicled the most interesting styles and global trends in denim cult culture. The book is stocked in most book stores and is also available on Amazon. The New York book launch was hosted by Loren Cronk at Loren in Greenpoint and we couldn’t endure the thought of missing it. The storefront doubles as a workshop where Loren still designs and constructs many jeans by hand. The small shop was packed tight with denimheads on a humid night in Brooklyn and we couldn’t have dreamt of a better venue.
In stores and online today: the GOLDSIGN For J.Crew womens jeans collaboration debuts with a collection of jeans and denim skirts, inspired by the women of 1950s Hollywood. “Focusing on feminine fits, the washes vary in authentic vintages, pure indigos, and soft pastels.” This is the first collaboration between Adriano Goldschmied and J.Crew. Three distinct fits make up the collaboration: “Jeane” – a feminine, sexy, high-waist American jean; “Jenny” – a slim leg, classic, 5-pocket, high-waist jean with cuff; and “Holly” – a timeless 1950s high-waist pencil skirt; ranging in price from $198 to $288.
Featured above: GOLDSIGN For J.Crew Jeane Selvedge Jean / GOLDSIGN For J.Crew Holly Skirt
Tags: Adriano Goldschmied, Denim Skirts, GOLDSIGN For J.Crew, J. Crew, jeans for women, selvedge, womens jeans
Last Friday, Nudie Jeans opened their newest showroom in Los Angeles. ”We’re growing!” exclaimed Chris Adams, Nudie Jeans’ west coast sales/brand manager. With its flagship Nudie Jeans House showroom in West Hollywood still in place, this latest expansion situates the company close to major showrooms and the California Market Center. Expect to see the same signature meticulous, minimal-industrical decor of a Nudie Jeans showroom, complemented by the buzz and energy of downtown Los Angeles. Nudie’s US sales director Michael Irving flew in from New York to attend the opening, joined by local indie band NO and a host of local Nudie jeans aficionados.
Nudie Jeans Co.
212 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tags: Nudie Jeans, Nudie Jeans Los Angeles, organic denim, selvage, selvedge
Last time we linked up with Kuro, they showed us a gradient of denim washed, aged, and treated for different lengths of time, and told us the best way to wear distressed vintage jeans was with a tailored blazer and a crisp, clean button-down. Sound advice that doesn’t expire, it turns out, since we ran into them this week and they were keeping with their vintage meets tailored aesthetic. “Denim for the Yohji fan,” they explained, showing us a dapper mannequin outfitted in the customer image. Selvedge trimmed back pockets, top-stitching, and other details characterize this impressive Japanese brand. Check them out online for more on their philosophy and products.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Denim Menswear, Distressed Jeans, how to wear, Japanese denim, KURO denim, mens denim, selvage, selvedge, tailored blazer, vintage jeans, what to wear
1. Headstock 1.0 stretch skinny with red stitching ($77).
2. Slaughter bomber style denim jacket ($133).
3. Aggro stretch skinny boot ($77).
4. Classic denim jacket (price unavailable).
5. Cleveland coated dry organic denim ($97).
6. Coated Letterman style denim jacket (price unavailable).
Easton, a denim label from Indonesia, has imbued their artsy, music-scene collaborative into everything they do. Their partners consist of musicians, DJs and a photographer, who are embedded across the globe. Unlike many look books, the men’s Fall-Winter 2010 collection was produced as a graphic black and white print of floral and instrumental line art, with their new line of denim jackets, straight leg and boot cut fleshed out in four-color: the fruit of their labor. Continuing their signature classy, clean look, the fall-winter collection offers coated, selvedge and dry denim with a hybrid, softer fabric, for comfort. We also really dig the unconventional belt loop stitching, custom hardware and their dry coated denim parka. Whoa, baby! With many styles, particularly the skinny fits in unisex styling, your best girl could really steal these drool-worthy jeans out of your closet. Want to get some? You’re in luck. You can shop in USD mode!
Easton denim is available online ($77-$167), and you can shop Easton here. Note: not all styles from the look book are yet available online.
View the full Easton LookBook here.
– Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: coated denim, Easton, selvedge
When you were a kid, your jeans were like a second layer of skin, protecting your knees from hide-and-seek injuries and all matter of fast paced free spirited fun. These days, your life requires you to hide from (and seek) very different things. But you still need protection from the fall-outs, and denim is still on your side! Scrapes and scuffs can be evaded thanks to MS&CO, who now offer Selvedge Denim Sleeves to enclose the most crucial material contents of your life, from your phone to your laptop (and even your passport). Check them out below.
1. iPad & iPhone combination denim sleeve package ($65) – buy it here.
2. Wool-lined denim glasses sleeve ($38) – buy it here.
3. Denim field notes sleeve ($30) – buy it here.
4. Denim passport sleeve ($30) – buy it here.
5. Denim iPhone sleeve ($28) – buy it here.
6. Denim iPad sleeve ($48) – buy it here.
Check out this MS&CO Q&A to learn more about their brand, their philosophy, and why they think it’s a good idea to carry your important accessories around in denim.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim products, Denim Sleeves, laptop, MS&CO, passport, selvedge, wallet
Edwin Jeans' ED-47 'Rainbow Selvage" seam. Available at FUSShop.
We are asked what is the difference between “raw” denim and selvedge quite frequently, because, quite frankly, denim terminology can be confusing. In an effort to not get too technical, here are some basic definitions.
I LIKE IT RAW
Raw Denim is denim in its original state: unwashed, untreated, unfaded and unprocessed. It is sometimes called “Dry Denim.” It is indigo denim straight off the looms. Jeans can be made from this raw denim straight from the roll. Raw denim can be hard to distinguish with the naked eye or even with hand feel, because there are many resin and super-saturated wash styles which mimic the desirable features of raw denim.
SELVEDGE OR SELVAGE, THAT IS THE QUESTION
Selvedge (or selvage) denim is woven on traditional, 100-year-old wooden shuttle looms. Selvedge is referred to the type of weaving process, and not to denim, specifically. Denim woven from traditional wooden shuttle looms use a continuous thread that goes back and forth in the weaving process, ultimately creating a closed-off, non-fraying self-edge (also known as selvage edges). The slow shuttle looms produce a tight weave and uses more thread. As a result, it is more costly. To maximize usage, companies would use the denim all the way to the self-edge, hiding the edges in the sewing process. Today, selvedge aficionados often reveal show off their selvedge seams (found on the outseam) by folding up the hems, revealing the identity of the superior textile.
An example of a selvedge edge (self-edge) on a fabric.
The selvedge seams are sewn together by fabric mills using different thread colors, depending on the factory’s color coding system.
For more technical definitions, check out the Denim wiki.
Are you a Denim Head? Contribute your knowledge!
– Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: definitions, dry denim, raw denim, selvage, selvedge
All Saints Chicago Cardigan
All Saints Folk Runner
All Saints Peyote Skood
All Saints Dun Cropped Runner, ?60
All Saints Slot Ring
All Saints Solar Sunglasses
Mens Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Jumpers, Cardigans | AllSaints
All Saints Brandon Hi Top
All Saints Bleeding Ramskull Handkerchief, $20
This summer, stylish folks don’t have to sacrifice style for the weather. Sure, it’d be easier to just go naked; but, that would be boring, no? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, AllSaints Spitalfields has the right formula for the Goth who happens to love the sun. They’ve got the right combination for the denim aficionados who crave edgy construction (drop-crotch, anybody?) and clean lines. They’re sensitive to the needs of the model/rock star/mogul in you. AllSaints has the summer denim shorts worth wearing.
AllSaints Women Karst Military Jacket.
AllSaints Mens Graphic T-Shirts.
AllSaints Spitalfields, originally from the U.K., has gone pretty much global at this point, especially with the inception of their e-commerce site which sells primarily in GBP or USD. In the U.S., if you happen to live in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City or San Francisco, then you’re a lucky bloke or blokette, because you can stroll into their Rock ‘n’ Roll/punk-inspired shops which carry their full line of clothing, accessories and homeware.
– Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: AllSaints, cropped jeans, drop-crotch, selvedge