Set apart by their subtle “M” back pocket embroidery and a range of super clean designs, Mother Denim is the product of designer Tim Kaeding‘s thought process over the years (his great ideas, he explained to DT, that didn’t get through the “big brand muck”). When we dropped by their showroom to preview the spring 2012 line, we were met with racks of classic medium-to-dark wash styles in skinny, boyfriend, and bell-bottom alongside rich colors and contour waist bands. These jeans don’t take many risks—they’ll be a perfect fit for what already exists in your closet. Check out some of our favorite styles below.
Mother Denim‘s father–Tim Kaeding, to be precise, is the co-founder of this small-batch premium denim line. Kaeding recently opened up his closet for a show-and-tell for The Coveteur, and we definitely covet! Who really organizes his jeans collection with the newest jeans on top? Who organizes his chambray shirts from darkest to light on hangers? Yep. Kaeding does that. We only wish some of the fathers in our lives are this organized!
You’ll notice Kaeding’s denim closet is a curation of rare and vintage fashion staples, lovingly on display and spread throughout his home for this editorial. If you’ve been wondering where he gets his design inspiration, we think he doesn’t always have to look too far. See more of Designer Tim Kaeding’s denim eye candy at The Coveteur, or shop Mother Denim online for premium jeans.
—Kathy Ng Hassan
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If you need an authoritative figure to tell you what to wear, we’d like to suggest Mother Denim. The new denim line by Lela Tillem (formerly of Citizens of Humanity), and Tim Kaeding, (formerly of Seven for All Mankind) has proven so far that Mother always knows best. We showed you their first lookbook for spring, featuring a full range of cuts and styles in a gorgeous spectrum of colors, and now we bring you straight to the source with this exclusive interview.
Denim Therapy: Lets start from the beginning. What inspired you to get this brand off the ground?
Tim Kaeding: The need for a new specialized denim brand—one that’s built from the ground up, with all of the ideas I’ve had over the years that didn’t make it through the big brand muck.
DT: How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
TK: The ‘competition’ really helps define us. As one company starts to get sort of run of the mill like all dark rinse skinny leggings we do a bright blue bell, something no one else is doing. And by contrast, as some companies go to town on senseless embellishments, we pull back and find the beauty in the classic detailing of jeans… Where some people worship the authentic, we aren‘t afraid to push the boundary’s of what jeans are supposed to be…
DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?
TK: Yes, all good designers are superstitious and ritualistic… My team and I travel to the desert and go on an over-night drunk. Then I leave them behind with nothing more than a canteen of rusty water and a pair of jeans to find their way back to Los Angeles. The one that returns first will describe how the jeans were used in rescue and will be spared – the latter will not…. and sometimes we just go to Barneys.
DT’s note: Interns beware!
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