When I visited West Coast Craft in November, I was on the hunt for anything and everything denim (as per usual). Have you been to West Coast Craft? It’s an amazing collection of artisans that happens twice yearly at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It’s extremely well-curated and you’ll find incredible handmade and beautifully-designed items to wear and for your home. (Check some of my other favorites at Forbes!)
When it came to denim, Alex Steele’s booth grabbed my attention like no other. Not only did she have perfect vintage Levi’s, but they were decorated with her really cool art. She paints with bleach directly onto the denim. The palm-leaf print initially caught my eye, and her nudes (and more) on jackets won me over.
I quickly learned that Alex doest much more than paint on jeans—she has dabbled in everything from jewelry design to taxidermy. Check out our interview below! Read More >
Filipino Hip Hop dance world championsUpeepz are famous for their synchronized performances featuring an impossibly huge group of dancers. Now they’re coming together for Uniqlo’s denim line manufactured at the Kaihara Denim Mill in Japan. They are amazing to watch!!
I was just doing a little denim Googling, as denim bloggers are wont to do, and I found this gem from Marie Claire UK on how to rip your jeans without ruining them. It seems like such a simple thing but, alas, there is a reason why ripped jeans often cost more than intact ones.
Ripping is an art and a skill, and you’re not careful when DIYing, you’re liable to straight up trash those jeans you’d hoped to make cooler. Key points to consider before you dive into a denim-ripping DIY session:
Are you OK with sacrificing the jeans should the project not work out? Buy a test pair at your local thrift shop so you can answer YES to this one.
Do you have the proper tools?
Do you have time to devote to proper preparation? Do to it right, you’ll need to prewash and mark your jeans carefully with chalk or a pen.
Are you denial oriented? Or can you be for a few minutes? Without the finishing touches, your DIY rips might look a bit to contrived.
Answered yes to all of the above? Head on over the Marie Claire and let us know how it goes!
Jeans worn by hip-hop artists did not always strive to show as much of one’s underwear as possible, High Snobiety reveals. In the seventies, when hip-hop first emerged, artists in the genre wore remarkably well-fitting jeans:
In a decade where high style was characterized by stretchy polyester, shiny satin and chintzy velour, hard-wearing denim dungarees symbolized a utilitarian sense of rebellion.
Moving into the eighties, artists even wore head-to-toe denim, and gravitated towards much less showy stagewear that one might imagine in the context of a pretty opulent decade.
Check out the entire evolution of denim in hip hop at High Snobiety, and check out their tips on how to rock the looks from every era now.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrate the beginning of a few days without rain (it’s returning next week!) with Wallflower’s70s pants party. There’s nothing I love more than a good pair of 70’s jeans, and I love the idea of celebrating them with friends, snacks and beverages. I will be there in spirit only, unfortunately. Being a mom of a preschooler, I do fun things like mandatory preschool meetings on Fridays. But you should go, because Wallflower is RAD not only for 70s pants but for vintage clothing in general as well as home items. Make your way to the back of the store for macrame, brass lamps, mirrors and all sorts of funky interior pieces. RSVP here! Have fun and happy weekend everyone!
This year has been the absolute worst in so many ways, in particularly in the killing of ’80s icons department. George Michael was taken from us entirely too soon on Christmas Day, while many thousands of people were certainly listening to his beloved holiday tune, Last Christmas.
Forgive me, but when I think of George Michael, I think of his derriere in the Faith video. Those jeans! They were perfect. People magazine interviewed the artist back in 2010 when he told the publication that the Levi’s he wore were his own, and the distressing was authentic from having worn them so much.
My dad’s got them stashed away at his house. They were my own jeans. The rips were genuine, because I wore them so much. I used to ask my mum to sew up new rips. In the end, they were so worn out, she refused.
In fact he styled his entire outfit for the video—this was back in the days before he could afford a stylist, and before they were even used regularly. I hope his dear old dad has them properly preserved. We will miss you, George Michael.
Melissa McCarthy’s foray into designing clothing has most recently focused on jeans, a garment McCarthy says she didn’t own for a decade because she couldn’t find any jeans that fit her comfortable. She aims to change that with her new denim designs, which are part of her clothing line Seven7.
Like Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand, McCarthy doesn’t classify her sizes as “Plus.” The line includes sizes 4 to 24, and some retailers are stocking her clothing in the “plus” category, but McCarthy says she intends to make clothing for all women.
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!
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:
Native Funk & Flash, an Emerging Folk Art was written by Alexandra Jacopetti and published in 1974. The patchwork and embroidery trend back then turned out not to be a trend at all but an enduring classic aesthetic. The book was reissued in the last few years, and if you’re someone who enjoys getting creative with denim (or other fabrics), I highly recommend grabbing a copy before it goes out of print again.
It’s worth the price tag if only for the positive effect it will have on your coffee table aesthetics. If you’re a maker yourself, leafing through Native Funk & Flash will provide endless inspiration. Or if you simply appreciate originality when it comes to denim designs, you will also find plenty to love in this book—and it’s the perfect holiday gift for anyone who falls in any of those categories.
My BFF Robyn recently visited London, and was refused entry to The Ritz because she was wearing jeans (the dress code is explained here). Besides being embarrassed, she was somewhat shocked that places still exist in the world where jeans are considered unacceptable attire.
“I had just met up with an English friend of a friend, and we were denied entry. I was humiliated,” Robyn said. “😞,” she added. “In all fairness I didn’t know we were going to The Ritz.”
It got me thinking, where else can’t you wear jeans? Most weddings, dinner at the White House, the Oscars, a job interview… where else? After a little research, Robyn discovered Jean-Georges in NYC also forbids denim. I used to think church belonged on the list, but last time I went with my parents, plenty of worshippers wore denim.
I agree with all but two of these: I’m pretty sure the last time I served jury duty, pretty much every other juror wore jeans throughout the trial. Perhaps we were all marked as rude by the judge. I’m also pretty sure none of my friends would give a care if I wore jeans to host them for dinner (and vice versa). And apparently they need to at The Ritz and Jean-Georges to their list!
What do you think? Where would you refrain from wearing jeans?
Denim is no longer relegated to weekends and casual occasions only. These days, jeans can be appropriate pretty much anytime, and here at Eat, Sleep, Denim, we wear them ALL the time. We’re obsessed with the latest trends, newest brands, heritage brands doing cool things, and the street style stars who wear denim like it’s their job—because it is for real our job.
ESD’s editor, Kristen Philipkoski, started blogging about personal style in 2010 with Stylenik. She has written for Wired, 7×7 magazine, Forbes, Racked, Refinery 29 and more. Follow along at ESD as she discovers new denim brands, chats with denim enthusiasts, and tracks the trends from bell bottom to skinny, shredded to raw, hight-waists to hip huggers.