Need a chic denim bag to carry your stuff around this spring? These large denim bags that are normally over $200, but right now you can score one for under $100 on Gilt. Available in dark denim and acid washes. And seriously, an oversize acid wash denim bag? Is that not what you’ve been wanting? We know we have. All of these bags include 100% recycled sand faux suede lining interior with a PDA, cell phone pocket and zip pocket. Check them out below.
Portland Denim Convertible Satchel ($74) – buy it at Gilt.
Nico Denim Convertible Satchel in dark wash and acid wash ($74) – buy it at Gilt.
Santogold Denim Convertible Shoulder Bag ($68) – buy it at Gilt.
Gilt is a members only shopping site, but today Denim Therapy is giving three lucky readers invites to shop the insane sample sales they offer, from home decor to fashion and back. Just be one of the first three people to email our editor, and write a sentence or two about how you would rock this bag!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: accessories, denim bag, denim satchel, denim tote, eco-friendly, Gilt, sample sale, Spring 2011
Yesterday we stopped into the Nudie Jeans Co. showroom in New York for the press preview to see what they’ve been brewing for upcoming seasons. If you’re following the Raw Denim Project, you know that Gordon’s jeans are Nudie and everyone at DT is a huge fan of the brand. We were met with piece after piece of gorgeous eco-friendly denim in exciting new washes, sensible and soft knit separates, Japanese fabrics, brilliant color stories in plaid workshirts, and plenty more. Here’s a summary of what we discovered…
The Nudie fw’11 collection was divided on three racks: Khaki, Indigo, and Black. This is the first season Nudie is using a dedicated design team for the collection (separate from the core denim line).
The results? A vibrant, cohesive story that backs up the Nudie brand seamlessly.
Indigo being the integral denim component, it featured jackets and jeans with accompanying knit T’s and indigo-check workshirts. Eco-washes were abound. The process by which the denim is treated, distressed, dyed and washed is completely kind to the environment. No chemicals are used. We were especially enamored with the colors in the Japanese plaid button-ups and verticle pleats in the denim jackets. The lab jackets (hand distressed and up there on the price scale, with good reason) looked like they’d been worn (with love, affection, and adventure) for years.
The Khaki collection is full of great transitional separates based on preexisting fits, with industrial peasant-esque knit tops and innovative outerwear. Think jackets that come apart at the lining so they can be worn on the coldest winter day or for an evening at a New England beach. Subtle details like leather patches gave it an exclusive feel.
The Black collection really got us going. A classic Nudie offering, denim coated with dry black paint in both jeans and jackets, is a canvas for the customer to de-construct according to their own lifestyle. Fibers already peering through the paint in the knee area, you could almost imagine how glorious these would look after six months of wearing them (maybe we should give Gordon another half-year assignment?).
The denim collection is, as always, based on the key concepts of eco-consciousness, and a garment that grows, ages, and molds with its wearer. Nudie jeans are purchased with a guarantee that the wear and natural distress caused by enjoying a pair of jeans will create additional character and stories on the surface and in the fit. The signature orange thread has been adapted to different locations (such as on the inside collar and at the hem, sometimes the back pocket), with other indigo threads appearing as well. A sophisticated step, detail-wise.
The backbone collection, which we introduced you to upon launch, was soft enough to sleep in and promising in its versatility. The 100% organic collection (produced via 100% organic methods) is comprised of 11 basics that cover ever base. We couldn’t help but ruminate over styling a photo shoot in these luxe basics, male and female models alike.
Check out more photos of the line below, and stay tuned for more Nudie fall 2011 coverage.
Want to get your hands on some Nudie? Shop online!
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Jackie Racer. Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras (nightlifebaby.net).
Tags: eco friendly denim, Fall 2011, japanese fabric, nudie jeans co, press preview, raw denim, Spring 2011
There is a denim revolution happening right now. The new Los Angeles-based women’s denim line, Gridlock, offers an innovative way of personalizing your style in a matter of seconds. They boast removable back pocket jeans that can change your whole look in a matter of zips & snaps! Gridlock denim jeans include more than 20 pocket designs to showcase every season from leather dye cuts pockets to a variety of custom skins (you can collect them all). We had the chance to interview the designer and hear it all firsthand.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?
Gridlock Denim: I always had a passion for design and creation. When I was in high school I used to design my own shoes and bags. So later on when I worked for Diesel and Replay in NY I was really inspired with denim. When I moved back to LA and had started a Company manufacturing Men’s Undergarments and Lingerie for 5 years. I thought it was time to start a new venture that had my personal touch. After bouncing ideas back and fourth the idea of changing your pockets with different designs came about. At that time pocket designs were everything. After registering the Patented idea Worldwide I then started with the whole collection. Including picking a unique name that was unisex.
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?
GD: I don’t consider any Brands a competition b/c no other Brand out of 100 Brands has my concept. I differentiate my brand with being able to be a classy jean and when my customer wants to change up the pockets they can. It’s like having a couple pair of jeans.
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
GD: One of my rituals is going on the style blogs and the other is heading to Coffee shops, bars, walking the streets and seeing what denim different people are wearing. I also like to travel out of LA and get inspired by different cities and cultures.
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
GD: The Customer in mind is a woman/man that is age 21-35 that’s either in School or has a 9-5 job and likes to change his/her denim when they are out and about.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?
GD: Spring Collection is out you can view it on www.gridlockdenim.com as for my “Fall Collection” this will have darker washes of denim with unique details. I will be also coming out with a series of Cigarette Corduroys in Bordeaux, Army Green, Black, and Grey. We will also be introducing the Gridlock 100 Edition Collection without our Patented Pocket Overlays.
DT: What would be your dream collaboration? Any plans of that in the future?
GD: My dream collaboration would be with Diesel Jeans or Replay, or an amazing musician ie: Will i am, Lady Gaga, RHCP, Kanye West.
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line? What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
GD: My favorite washes so far are the Marina, Railroad, and “I-core vintage”. My personal favorite is the Cigarette cut in marina or i-core vintage. I would wear the cigarette jeans in Railroad with my Statue of Liberty pocket overlays, Black Heels, Tan low cut v neck Henley, and a Scarf. For the 2nd Style I would wear the straight leg in i-core vintage with my gun metal studded pocket, black boots, and a black low cut v-neck.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
GD: Let’s start with my least favorite jeans now. It’s a jean with too many details all over the jean. My favorite denim trends that are back are the Skinny Flare. Takes me back to high school and is a good change from the cigarette’s being the Trend.
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?
GD: Being that I grew up around street style I am very influenced by it. It definitely plays a part in my design and I really am happy that it has inspired high-end labels as well.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
GD: I used to own about a 100 Pairs of denim. I cleaned my closet out and only wear Gridlock now.
Tags: Gridlock Denim, interchaneable pockets, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, los angeles, replaceable pockets, Spring 2011, will i am
Model Katie Fogarty embodies a college girl’s preppy-chic, sans-hangover & frat house boyfriend in Elle Russia’s April 2011 issue. The ultra cool denim separates come direct from the likes of Isabel Marant, Tommy Hilfiger, and Paul & Joe. We love the red graffiti inspired denim paired with the navy blue oversized pullover (would we wear it? Yes.) and the chambray shirt donned with the lettermen jacket. The denim shorts, one styled with lace up oxford booties and tube socks, the other with a striped navy and white leather belt, with a two toned yellow and white shirt, gives shining new potential to the nerdy bookworm’s summer digs. Forgarty’s tousled side swept curls, pull together this preppy look, leaving us wondering whether we should crack a book or two this afternoon!
Images via Ru-Glamour.
— Ashlee Mellowes
Tags: Classic denim look, denim shorts, Elle Russia April 2011, Isabel Marant, Katie Fogarty, Paul & Joe, preppy fashion, Spring 2011, Tommy Hilfiger
Blogger and fashionista Maddison effortlessly rocks a pair of J brand skinny jeans with an H&M cropped striped sweater in this picture-perfect street style snap. We’re infatuated with the fire engine red denim, topped off by the subtle white nautical sweater. Saturated color and high-contrast work well for both street style photos and real life. Colored denim can look like a costume if you don’t play your styling cards right. Here we have the perfect balance between “sex kitten” and “girl next door”. The open toe Dolce Vita wedges add a dash of height and elongation to her legs (and who doesn’t love that?), to complete the ultra-pretty ensemble.
Interested in seeing more of Maddison Rothery? Check out her lookbook page.
Tags: american vintage, colored denim, cropped top, H&M, J Brand Jeans, Maddison, nautical stripes, skinnies, Spring 2011
Missed out on any of our stellar denim coverage this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days, with denim news, links, campaigns, and more. You’re welcome!
1. Exclusive Q&A With David Lim of Kasil Denim—Last week we introduced you to Kasil Denim’s super-wearable SS’11 line, and today we have a one-on-one with designer David Lim to find out what goes on behind the Kasil curtain…
2. G-Star Raw’s Griff Arc Suit in Raw Denim—In stores now and for a limited time: G-Star has produced the Griff Arc suit in raw denim. It’s a strapless denim romper cut in roomy arc legs and bodice top…
3. Twenty8Twelve Spring 2011 Lookbook—Brainchild of sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller Twenty8Twelve has created quite the buzz over the last few seasons, and for good reason too. It’s just the right look for any girl with who wants that romantic bohemian vibe with a hint of rocker chick appeal…
4. Carmen Kass In Denim & Lingerie for French Vogue—Top model Carmen Kass gets her sexy on in nothing but her skivvies and denim in the latest issue of French Vogue…
5. What To Wear To SXSW—The big SXSW music festival kicks off today, and if you’re still ripping through your closet trying to figure out what to trek through five days of live music, crazed dance parties, and stellar networking opportunities? We’re here to help!
6. Lover AW 2011 Wide Leg Jeans—Australian fashion label Lover released their Autumn-Winter 2011 collection, revealing a fabulous line of sophisticated separates and outerwear that would make any girl look amazing in their jeans…
—Denim Therapy Staff
Tags: best denim blogs, Carmen Kass, david lim, denim news, denim trends, french vogue, kasil denim, lover jeans, Spring 2011, SXSW, Twenty8Twelve