Look at Sade’s Perfect Jeans in the Sweetest Taboo Video

by Kristen Philipkoski

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-10-45-09-amThey stopped me in my tracks. They are exactly the vintage jeans I’ve been hunting down for the past year or so. (And actually I kind of found them in Brooklyn earlier this week, more on that soon). I can’t tell if Sade’s are Levi’s—I don’t think I’m seeing the signature stitching. But they look a lot like Levi’s and whatever they are, they’re wonderful.

Keep watching until the end (I mean could you not), for her head-to-toe denim look. Sade forever!

These Hip-Hop Inspired Screen-Printed Denim Jackets by Monni Jungle Make Me Miss the ’80s

by Kristen Philipkoski


Monni Jungle is a design duo, Els Baeten and Jasper van Grunsven, who run a screenprinting studio in Antwerp, Belgium. They recently hosted their first exhibition called PrintMakingMoneyGang. The screen prints inspired by some of the team’s favourite hip hop tracks, and they sure do take me back. Check out more of their work on their site!





From Scraps to Fab: Parker Smith’s Upcycled Capsule

by Kristen Philipkoski


Parker Smith designers had the bright idea to take the denim scraps from their cutting room floor, which otherwise would have been destined for the trash, and made these beautiful tops. The description says “may contain pen marks on the interior—one can hope so! upcycle-1

Frame Pre-Spring ’17

by Kristen Philipkoski


I have yet another gorgeous lookbook for you! It’s Frame’s pre-spring 2017 styles, and I’m loving the high-waisted jeans and skirts, plus the proper, buttoned-up blouses and nautical touches. The leather skirts are to-die-for, and I’m hoping that belt will be part of the collection because I want it 🙂 Happy peeping! Read More >

Aquelarre Lookbook Holiday 2016

by Kristen Philipkoski


I first noticed Aquelarre because the e-commerce site was noted as the source of this incredibly cool jumpsuit (which not surprisingly is nearly sold out). But not to worry, there are plenty more covetable pieces where that came from.

The brand has its own small line of customized vintage denim as well as a selection of up-and-coming brands including Rolla’s, the maker of the amazing seventies-inspires, high-waisted denim in the lookbood photos you see here in these images from Aquelarre’s holiday collection. The denim jackets their collection of vintage Levi’s Type II and Type III jackets circa 40s-60s—pretty amazing.

Enjoy the eye candy and happy shopping!

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Denim Gems From the Spring 2017 Calvin Rucker Lookbook

by Kristen Philipkoski


Calvin Rucker founders Caroline Calvin and Joie Rucker met in 1995 as designers at Levi’s in San Francisco. Calvin had come from François and Marithé Girbaud in the late 1980s and then led the LEVI’S European design team. She eventually returned to the States to spearhead LEVI’S Vintage Clothing, RED and men’s skinny jeans.

Rucker also has a formidable resume: she moved to Los Angeles in 1997 for a gig as VP of design and product development at Guess, then in 2001 left to launch Joie in 2001, then Rich & Skinny in 2006.

They brought their skills together in 2015 to launch Calvin Rucker, and it’s no surprise that denim plays a key role in their collections. Here are some of my favorite ensembles from their spring 2017 lookbook, entitled Rebel Belle and inspired by Billy Idol. Click through for all the looks!

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Shop These 18 Cyber Monday Sales for Deep Denim Discounts

by Kristen Philipkoski

662_one_size_image_01_109782I know all too well how expensive a denim addiction can be. So we have to take advantage of times like this when jeans prices are significantly slashed. I’ve collected 18 sales for your perusal, including some of my favorite brands, plus a few larger retailers that carry a variety of top-tier denim brands. Happy Cyber Monday!

7 for all Mankind

Get 40% off site wide with code GIVE40 (excluding sale).

AG Jeans

30% off with code BF16 through November 28 at 11:59 PST.


Get 40% off select styles.

Blank NYC

Get 30% off site side with code THANKS30.


Get 10% off $200, 15% off $350, 20% off $500, 25% of $750 on select styles through Monday.

Lee Jeans

Look for big markdowns on Monday only.


Get 40% off plus free shipping with code HOLIDAY40 through Monday at 11:59pm.


They’re having the mother of all sales! Check out the deals on the site.

M.i.h Jeans

Look for deep discounts in the sale section.

Parker Smith

Get 20% off site wide with code CYBER20 through Monday.


Get 20% off select styles with code CYBER20.

Rag & Bone/JEAN

Get 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY25 through Monday at 11:59pm.


Get 20% off store-wide with code IWANTMORE. All skinny jeans plus all men’s jeans are just $30 plus 20% off with the code. Check out my Revice reviews!

Self Edge

Get 16% off with code LETSDRINK2016


Get up to 50% off in the sale section.


Get 15% off orders of $200 or more, 20% off $500 or more, and 25% off $800 or more.


Get deep discounts on the brand’s signature low-rise skinnies in the sale section

Tommy Hilfiger

Look for deep discounts in the sale section.

[Photo via FRAME]

You Won’t Believe This Art Was Made Only With Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski


Last year we told you about the chic, denim themed wedding of Ian Berry and his bride Asa. It wasn’t just a novelty—Berry is an artist whose medium is denim.

Now, he has an exhibition of artwork created only with denim presented by Catto Gallery at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street in London.  The exhibit goes until November 30, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!

Berry uses only “as is” denim—he never bleaches or dyes the fabric to suit his needs, but uses scraps from naturally weathered vintage pieces.  From a distance, you would never guess his pieces are made only from denim. Take, for example, the work above, and this earlier work depicting Blondie:


See more of his incredible work at his website, read our Q&A for more insight into how he creates his art, and learn more about the London exhibit in the video below:

Ian Berry ‘Behind closed doors’ Promo 2016 from Catto Gallery TV on Vimeo.

Jeans That Won’t Hurt After Thanksgiving Dessert, 2016 Edition

by Kristen Philipkoski

I had almost forgotten that I came up with this clever headline (if I do say so myself) last year, but when I re-discovered it I decided it needs to be an annual thing. So here it is, the jeans you can throw on for a day of stuffing yourself with stuffing and whatever else is served up this holiday without feeling like a stuffed sausage afterwards. Also: yikes, I think this means the holiday season is in full swing!


From left:

  1. Rachel Comey Persue Pants, $277 (on sale!)
  2. AG Superior Stretch Farrah High Rise Jeans, $178
  3. Citizens of Humanity Parker Relaxed Cuffed Crop Jeans, $248
  4. Rachel Comey Tux Jeans, %345
  5. M.i.h high-rise skinny jeans, $162 (on sale!)
  6. Golden Goose Golden Happy denim jeans, $277

P.S. Don’t forget, in addition to some of these jeans already being on sale, ShopBop’s GoBig sale is on until 11/28. Spend $200 or more you can save 15-25% with code GOBIG16. The more you spend the more you save—get all the details here!


Denim Review: Revice Boogie Bells—a Denim Miracle

by Kristen Philipkoski

kristen-73Brand: Revice

Style: Boogie Bells

Color: Blue

Price: $88

As I mentioned in my previous review of Revice‘s Paris Bells, I was sure this brand had to be too good to be true. Everything is made in the U.S. and the jeans cost less than $100? Plus, the styles are a ’70s throwback dream, and they were delivered promptly and in really cute packaging? Yep. All truth. Read More >

Spend More, Save More With Shop Shopbop’s Tiered Sale!

by Kristen Philipkoski

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If you’re one of those people (like me) who keeps waiting, and waiting, and waiting for jeans to go on sale before striking, but then your size is gone by the time you click the buy button, I have some excellent news for you. Besides having a great excuse to gorge on Turkey and pie in a couple days, EVERYTHING (actually with a few exceptions) is on sale at Shopbop starting today when you spend $200 or more with the code GOBIG16.

It’s Shopbop’s annual tired sale and it means you could save big on the jeans of your dreams. Had your eyes on these RtA starry leather babies, which, by the way, are perfect for the holidays? Instead of $1,095, the price tag suddenly becomes $821. Or maybe you’re coveting these DSQUARED2 Cool Girl jeans? Until November 28, the price tag is $476 instead of $595 (while they last!). Or maybe you’ve been holding out on buying a classic denim jacket? As I mentioned, now would be the time.

And come to think of it, some holiday gift shopping is not a bad idea right about now.

The sale ends on November 28, so I recommend you do not delay.

It’s the same deal at Shopbop’s brother site for men, East Dane—same code, same dates. Happy shopping everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Zara Is Kind of Killing It Lately in the Denim Department

by Kristen Philipkoski

Cases in ponit:

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These Mickey Mouse jeans


This fleece jacket


These paint splatter jeans

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This embroidered shirt

Zara may be mass, but it’s really good at making pieces that don’t look mass.

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