We love Cheap Monday! Is it any secret? We’re all about affordable denim with great fit—so much that we want you to have some too, which is why we’re giving away five pairs of Cheap Monday jeans this week. We had the chance to chat up Örjan Andersson, Founder and Creative Director, to find out what’s up with the brand for next season, and get a little more back story on their origin. Read on, and get ready to kick the Monday Blues!
Denim Therapy: What inspired you to get this brand off the ground?
Cheap Monday: Me and a couple of friends had a small store called Weekday in an alley, in central Stockholm. The store carried high-fashion and exclusive denim brands mixed with second-hand clothing. In 2003 I felt that there was a need for a cheap alternative to the expensive LA jeans brands that were sold in the store. I designed a pair of jeans in unwashed stretch denim that sold really well. After that it was natural to continue designing (hadn’t done it that much before).
DT: How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of popular denim brands afloat right now?
CM: We are the only brand that calls us “cheap”, we are often sold side by side with expensive designer brands, we have our own look (the Cheap Monday ass), we were really early to get fashion guys wearing stretch jeans and our collections have always had a high fashion-level.
DT: Describe the person who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.
CM: A young student that’s into music.
DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next for upcoming season?
CM: For SS-12: lots of coloured denim
DT: What are the most popular washes/fits in the line?
CM: Tight fits in dark denim.
DT: What are your favorites, and how would you style them?
CM: Our original fit tight is my favorite. I use them with a nice t-shirt and a pair of sneakers.
DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?
CM: The 70’s look is one of my favorites right now.
DT: How many pairs of denim do YOU own?
CM: Haven’t counted them, but it’s a lot.
Check out Cheap Monday online, and be sure to enter our contest by Friday!
Tags: Cheap Monday, cheap monday giveaway, denim giveaway, Örjan Andersson, Urban Outfitters
Keeping up with all the trends might seem overwhelming, but Krystal, a fashion blogger from California shows you how simple it can be. She brings some color into her look with warm cranberry colored corduroy pants from The Gap, and this doesn’t stop her from showing off her love of denim! Cords are a great option to pair with this light-wash denim workshirt, especially if you’re worried about not getting the denim-on-denim look right. To top it all off with the navy newsboy cap gives this outfit the extra touch to make it into a really casual pulled-together look. Check out below some options for you on how to get this great fall style.
Get the look…
1. Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt ($68) – buy it at Madewell
2. Bdg Cord Cigarette Mid-Rise Pant ($54) – buy it at Urban Outfitters.
3. Goomoo Navy Blue Corduroy Newsboy Ivy Hat ($15) – buy it at Goomoo.
Images via What Is Reality Anyway.
Tags: BDG, california, corduroy pants, Denim On Denim, denim workshirt, fashion blogger, Gap, light wash denim, Madewell, newsboy cap, Street Style, Urban Outfitters
Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!
1. Over 200 styles are on sale now at Madewell, including online exclusives and new products that just dropped! Our personal fav? This chambray button-up skirt.
2. Raven Denim is having a sale on women’s prooducts only—take an additional 30% off all clearance and sale items as well as regular priced. The sale ends this Sunday, so jump on it! Use promo code WOMENSSALE at checkout.
3. Hey LA, there’s a Siwy Denim sample sale next week on Friday, August 26th. Also sold? Black Orchid, LnA, and Raven. Click for details.
4. The Urban Renewal denim convertible backpack is on sale now for $19.99 at Urban Outfitters (used to be $59.00!)
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: black orchid, cheap denim, cheap jeans, denim accessories, denim sales, Madewell, raven denim, sale denim, sample sale, Siwy, Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters & Levi’s have teamed up to celebrate the release of the 511 Commuter, a biking-inspired line of jean jacket and bottoms that can handle your bike riding with function and style. They’ve rigged up a mobile bike shop to take on the road from city-to-city, featuring bike tuning with their expert mechanic, customized tailoring for your Levi’s 511 Commuter jeans, a DIY workshop, and more. Sound exciting? Check out when this tour will hit your town, and shop the Commuter series now!
Click here to learn more!
Tags: 511 commuter, bike shop, bike tuning, custom denim tailoring, denim for bike riders, Levi's, Urban Outfitters
Snakeskin is all the rage for summer, and by the looks of it all it’s going strong all through fall. So, what better way to embrace this hot trend than in pair Bleulab snakeskin reversible denim shorts? Black, sexy, slithery faux snakeskin on one side (totally PETA friendly) and killer acid wash denim on the reverse both finished off with a raw-edged hem. Definitely the best of both worlds and totally the best thing ever!
Get yourself a pair (technically two) at Urban Outfitters for $168!
Tags: acid wash denim shorts, Bleulab cut-off reversible shorts, bleulab reverisble denim shorts, bleulab reversible denim, Bleulab Reversible Snakeskin Denim Shorts, faux snakeskin, faux snakeskin shorts, Raw-edged hem, reversible clothing, snake print shorts, Urban Outfitters
Ready to get your denim shopping on for fall? Urban Outfitters is ready to make it painless (and maybe even fun!) with their denim glossary, divided by styles like flare-leg, skinny, high-rise, and jegging. They’re stocked with the ultimate spectrum of autumn color story denim, from maroons to pinks and deep blue-washes. You’ll find brands like Levi’s, Silence & Noise, Diesel, and Cheap Monday—an all-star lineup! We especially love the BDG Repaired Straight-Leg Jean and the understated Silence & Noise High-Rise Flare Jean in light blue. Want a pop of color? You’ll turn heads with the Diesel Matic Skinny Low-Rise Jean in hot pink. Whether you go inconspicuous-stylish or saturated this fall, you’ll find the denim staples you need to build your wardrobe off of here.
For some inspiration, check out a video lookbooks of their newly arrived jeans.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: boyfriend cut, Cheap Monday, colored denim, colored jeans, Diesel, fall denim, fall denim trends, flare leg jeans, high rise jeans, Levi's, Silence & Noise, Urban Outfitters
This may look to some like a throwback to the 2007 post-electro neons & pastels craze, but the bright blue jeans and YSL kicks add a fresh layer to this look. We’re encouraging the guys to bust out the saturated colors for their spring & summer style, and keep it casual with fun graphic T’s! Want to learn how to rock this look? Scroll down for some seriously fun style.
1. GUESS Kennedy jeans in Jones wash ($89) – buyt it at Guess.
2. Rainbow Wayfarer Sunglasses ($14) – buy it at Urban Outfitters.
3. COMME DES GAR?ONS small leather half-zip wallet ($100) – buy it at Mr. Porter.
4. Warriors of Radness big wet tee in pale pink ($40) – buy it at Opening Ceremony.
5. Yves Saint Laurent leather high-top sneakers ($297—50% off!) – buy it at Mr. Porter.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: high-top sneakers, jeans for men, mens spring style, menswear, Mr Porter, Opening Ceremony, summer style, Urban Outfitters, warriors of radness, YSL, Yves Saint Laurent