Denim lovers in Brooklyn know of a little gem on Nassau avenue right at the fringe of Greenpoint and beginning of Williamsburg, where the brunch and dinner crowds form for Five Leaves and Nights & Weekends. Loren is a small white brick denim haven filled to its brim with made-in-Brooklyn jeans, vintage denim finds and related treasures like men’s accessories and a selection of women’s denim staples. Denim Therapy was invited in for a bottle of vodka (wrapped in a snug denim case, designed by Loren Cronk in a special collaboration with ABSOLUT) and some jeans-to-go. We finished the evening off with denim-themed cocktails at Nights & Weekends.
Stay tuned for photos of DT’s resident denim expert Raffael in his made-in-Brooklyn jeans!
Here’s a TheCools.com Exclusive: The VEDA “Marten” jacket is the perfect solution to your need for vintage denim with an updated twist. The jacket is made from vintage Levi’s denim, hand selected by the VEDA designer, Lyndsey Butler. She combined the vintage denim with rich textured black leather collar and sleeves, along with new modern hardware in her studio in NYC. The result? Your new favorite piece of outerwear for spring.
Grab the VEDA “Marten” jacket on The Cools right now!
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We’ve been daydreaming about spring here in NYC as the temp dips from teasingly-medium to absolutely frigid. We’re looking forward to breezing out the door in nothing but our favorite spring dress and the perfect denim jacket—there’s nothing quite as functional and stylish! While we wait for that moment of bliss we’re shopping around for our favorites, and we’ve saved you the trouble of doing the same by rounding up the best below.
1. Blank Denim Medium-Wash Jacket 2. J Brand Stretch Denim Light Wash Jacket
3. Topshop Moto oversized Acid Wash Jacket 4. Somedays Lovin Corner Store Denim Jacket
5. 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim Jacket 6. The Jean Jacket in Storm Cloud Wash
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Got a cellphone with sharp edges? Or a cellphone that you’ll use for the next three years? We didn’t think so. But you don’t need either of these things if you’ve got a pair of Earnest Sewn’s expertly distressed men’s jeans. Unlike obvious “artistic” distressing you’ll see in some lines, their jeans have subtle, rugged details like a worn-in cell-in-pocket facade and a bit of ripping near the hem. Denim Therapy may be in the business of fixing holes in jeans, but we’re no less impressed when a brand creates good, authentic distressing for the sake of style.
Visit Earnest Sewn to shop men’s denim.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Denim Therapy had a chance to interview Big Star USA‘s women’s designer Miki Flores on the summer lookbook, the brand’s latest happenings, and what’s in store for next season. Go behind the scenes with this exclusive Q&A!
Denim Therapy: We’re in love with the Summer 2012 campaign/lookbook. What was the inspiration behind it?
Big Star: We used “Road Trip” as our theme for the Spring look book. A bit of a laid back bohemian vibe, which fit perfectly with our collection that included vintage denims, neon shorts and easy fitting jersey dress.
DT: Who is the Big Star customer right now?
BS: Our customers are independent and confident individuals who take youthful and modern approach when it comes to styling their outfits.
DT: What kind of washes are being emphasized in the line right now?
BS: We have always focused on bringing authentic denim washes to our customers. For this season, we focused a little more on paler shades and a bit of destruction with a twist of contemporary furnishings.
DT: Does your team have any pre-designing rituals?
BS: We normally take inspiration research trips to Europe or Asia to bring in freshness and also to step out of our daily routines. But doing vintage treasure hunts at flea markets or vintage stores are also very inspiring as well.
DT: Can you give us a hint about what’s next for F/W?
BS: Darker casts in authentic washes, leggings, wax coating, COLORS, prints, cozy cords, and workwear-inspired denims.
DT: How do you see street style/the web/developments in the online fashion community shaping the brand’s interaction (and even its DNA) moving forward?
BS: They play a huge role in shaping trends and what gets accepted at mass level. Most of us are spending more and more of our awake moments online or on our phones and seeing these influencers pushing new and edgier looks is definitely helping trend directions. I believe this plays a huge role on current trends of colors and prints.
DT: Finally, what message would you like to give to denim consumers right now?
BS: Be BOLD!
Visit Big Star USA to view the summer lookbook and shop!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Refinery29′s month of denim may have ended yesterday, but we’re still having a blast browsing the interviews, reviews, and styling tips. Today we wanted to share their interview with Madewell Denim Designer Jac Cameron, who says she owns 500+ pairs of jeans. Her talk about vintage classics and old school washes will have your inner denim geek developing a big ol’ girl crush.
Our favorite quote:
“Wash is the first thing that attracts me to a pair of jeans. It’s a huge part of what I love about denim. Dark, saturated shades are pretty much what I wear day to day, however washed-out, powdery blues are so pretty, especially as the weather gets warmer.”
Check out the full interview with Jac Cameron here.
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NYC DJ and certified badass party animal Haruka Salt opened up the doors to her closet recently so Denim Therapy could get a closer look at her style. Her selections included black and white lightening bolt printed jeans, acid wash high-waisted skinnies, and a lot of high-contrast pop accents. She confided in us that she loves mixing up vintage clothing with new, coming up with just as much variation as you’ll find in one of her DJ sets. We hit the street with Haruka in her favorite outfits and took these shots—get inspired below, and listen to one of her mixtapes while you scroll!
Look 1. Acid wash mid-rise skinny jeans with neon yellow tank top & chain-embellished shoes.
Look 2. Tie-dye skinny jeans with black tank and bright yellow heels.
Look 3. Printed light-wash jeans with screen printed t-shirt & oversized earrings.
Look 4. Lightning bolt printed skinny jeans with pastel purple top and vintage lemon earrings.
Look 5. Black denim mini-skirt with logo t-shirt and white fringe leather cowgirl boots.
Inspired? So are we. Stay tuned next week for our video interview with Haruka on her personal style!
Styling & photography by Michelle Christina Larsen.
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Sarah Greene
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The weather is finally warming up (fingers crossed!) and we’re looking to grab inspiration from the coolest girls on the street. We’ve rounded up some pics of rad ladies styling jean cut-off shorts, which you can check out below. And FYI, if you have a fave pair of jeans you’re looking to make into shorts, try out Denim Therapy’s cut-off shorts service to get the perfect length!
Sadly, we can’t get our hands on these Levi’s shorts (they were thrifted!), but you can substitute Forever 21′s high rise destroyed shorts. In this transitional weather, it won’t be weird if you pair a cropped sweater with short shorts. Seasonal confusion? Nah!
Take a cue from Connie, the blogger behind K is for Kani, and grab an electric blue pair of cutoffs, like these J Brand Cutoff Shorts in Blue Bonnet. Roll ‘em up for a more polished edge.
This girl does denim on denim while wearing her fave pair of shorts, and we’ll gladly follow suit with our light summer tees, high-tops, and faded cutoffs (check out these Siwy Camilla shorts).
Style blogger Anouska Proetta Brandon got these true-blue jean cutoffs from Camden Market, but here’s a great pair of vintage cut off shorts from 7 For All Mankind that you an snag sans heavy searching. Top knot optional.
The plain white tee and jean shorts combination is a classic, but this look gets edgy with ragged tights and tons of statement bangles. Australian blogger Morgan got her pair from One Teaspoon, but we’re also loving a similar short from the brand, One Teaspoon’s Original Bandits style.
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We’re full blown ready for spring to arrive, and we’re stocking up our closets accordingly. One of our favorite things to do is search Etsy for vintage and pre-owned denim (one of our nyfw wardrobe staples was a vintage Levi’s orange tab jacket we got at Indian Vs. Indian), and it just happens that right now, the pickings are particularly amazing. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites so you can get clicking—but don’t hesitate, this stuff goes fast!
1. 1980s LA Gear Jean Jacket ($75) – buy it at Zwzzy.
2. Vintage 80s Floral High-Waisted Denim Shorts ($33) – buy it at Spun Sugar Vintage.
3. Vintage J Crew Denim Jacket with Serape Back Patch ($69) – buy it at Indian Vs Indian.
4. Vintage high-waisted denim shorts in rainbow stripe ($32) – buy it at In The Hammock Vintage.
5. 70s HANG TEN vintage denim overalls ($72) – buy it at Passé Nouveau Vintage.
6. Vintage chambray soft denim shirt ($40) – buy it at Capricorne.
Note: Remember to check seller feedback and read all information before buying any used or vintage clothing on Etsy!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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