Entries Tagged as 'Denim Mailbag'

George Michael’s Faith Video Jeans are Stashed at His Dad’s House

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-10-52-10-amThis 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.

People Magazine Editors Love Melissa McCarthy’s Denim Line

Friday, December 23, 2016

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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.

Eight People magazine editors who tried the denim mostly loved every pair. The biggest complaint was that they run big, so they recommended sizing down. Other than that, it was mostly raves. And I love that the collection includes a flared silhouette as well as sequin embellishments.

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.

Photo via People

From Scraps to Fab: Parker Smith’s Upcycled Capsule

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


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

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016


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.

If You Love 70’s-Style Denim You Need to Check Out Native Funk & Flash

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

img_0311Native 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.

Believe It or Not, Places Exist Where You Still Can’t Wear Jeans

Thursday, September 29, 2016

the-palm-court-from-long-galleryMy 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.

WhoWhatWear wrote a post back in 2014 listing nine places where you should never wear jeans:

  1. Job interview
  2. An important work presentation
  3. A court date
  4. When hosting a dinner party
  5. Meeting your boyfriend’s family
  6. To a wedding
  7. To a wake
  8. To a rehearsal dinner
  9. To a fancy art event

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?

[Photo via The Ritz London]


Watch Olympic Lifter Sarah Robles Snatch While Wearing Jeans

Friday, July 29, 2016


Denim brand 360 Stretch has teamed up with two-time Olympian weightlifter Sarah Robles to show how well their jeans stretch and bounce back.

The Curvy Fashionista writes that Jessica Svoboda, founder of 360 stretch was outraged when hateful comments from online trolls overshadowed Sarah’s success at the Olympics in 2012.

So with Robles’ Rio performance coming up soon, Svoboda wanted to celebrate and honor the athlete with a campaign called #stronglikesarah in which she lifts way more weight than most men can (likely more than any of those trolls)—while wearing jeans. Check it out below. And best of luck to Sarah in Rio!!

Madewell Wants You to Wear Denim Every Day (Twist Our Arms)

Thursday, July 28, 2016




Madewell is obviously a company after our own hearts. They are a go-to for excellent denim: I recently tested out and loved the Cali demi boot and loved them. And now, the brand is declaring every day a denim day with a 24-day campaign featuring artist collaborations, limited edition pieces, and re-issues of Madewell favorites.


The campaign launched on Tuesday with a Vans high-top sneaker in denim for $70. Yes, please!


Another highlight coming up on day 24 (Aug. 18; best for last?) is a denim jumpsuit designed with Goop. It’s not supposed to be stoppable until 8/18, but try that link—we found that it worked.

Also look for a denim chair made with ABC Carpet and Home (they only made five so get in there) coming p on day 10 (Aug. 4) and this amazing embroidered jacket with ft. lonesome, which is already on backorder.


Check out the full calendar here. Everything is sure to sell out so stay on your toes!

Handmade Denim in Detroit

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Detroit is having quite the renaissance lately. With Shinola leading the way, the formerly beleaguered motor city is now home to a slew of new, hip attractions.

Add Detroit Denim to the list. All the jeans are handmade selvedge men’s styles—here’s hoping they add women’s! Prices are around $250, and they will also repair your jeans for as long as you have them. Read (and watch) more here.

Never Too Much Basic

Monday, July 11, 2016


New denim brand Never Too Much Basic—which is not basic at all—has grabbed the attention of the elite fashion world following its collaboration with Christophe Decarnin’s Faith Connexion. You may recognize the designer’s name from his previous affiliation with Balmain.

After departing the French fashion house in 2011, Decarnin went on to revive Faith Connexion, a brand comprised of edgy, casual luxury pieces that originally launched in 2000. Faith Connexion’s rebirth began with a winter 2015 collection, which quickly became a fashion set favorite.

Never Too Much Basic created a denim-heavy resort 2017 collection with Faith Connexion. NTMB sources its denim from flea markets and the like. Says Vogue:

NTMB’s m.o. is to upcycle and embellish salvaged materials, using De Vivo’s handwork—he employs techniques like appliqué, slashing, and lettering—to give the one-off pieces “an identity.” Having launched with denim sourced in local markets, the team is slowly extending its repertoire of materials.

NTMB was founded in 2015 by Matteo PaloniVeronica Massa, and creative head Davide De Vivo, and it’s so new that you can’t even buy it yet. The first pieces will be available when Faith Connexion’s resort 2017 collection hits the market later this year.



Organize Your Denim With a Hanging Shoe Bag

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Elleinad Spir got fed up with the pile of avalanching jeans and thought to buy a hanging shoe bag to hold her jeans. Upon seeing this simple solution, it was one of those “why didn’t they think of that before” moments. The denim fits perfectly in the shoe cubby. It’s easy, clean and very organized. Especially if you have many pairs of jeans, and keeping them all in sight makes for getting the most out of them. Trust me… living in tiny apartment sharing a closet with my husband and with half my clothes are under the bed, it’s easy to forget what a girl has. Especially when it comes to telling the different dark rinse jeans or the black jeans apart.

For those who have no room in our closets… there’s always folding jeans like a professional and  labeling the jeans in the stack. But for those of us who can’t fold, the hanging denim bag will do the trick.

How to Fold Your Jeans Like a Professional

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This post is by Alyson Woods from Alyson is Neat. We bonded over out college jobs and retail folding experiences. Here she shares some secrets for organizing and storing your denim

When I was in college, I had my dream job. Well, a dream job for an 18 year old… I worked at The Gap. The only reason I got the job is because I said in my interview, I have wanted to work at The Gap since I was 16. How can you say no to that?

Through my time there I went through countless training seminars on the aspect of denim. I would also spend entire shifts re-organizing our denim collection. I have a lot of experience folding jeans to make them look amazing. Now, I want to share that with you. Just follow these easy steps, and you will have a killer stack of denim that is viewable and pretty!

1. Smooth jeans flat

2. Fold in half

3. Fold the bottom of the jeans to the yoke seam

(the upside triangular seam on the back of your jeans)

4. Fold leg down past the crotch

This will create a little bit of bulk in the fold. Also, if you like, fold in the crotch and tuck under the legs. (If space is a problem, omit this step, but yours jeans will be rather flat).

5. Fold again, and flip over!

You are done!

I demonstrated how this well-executed fold looks when sitting in a cabinet (um yes, I did this in my kitchen). The folds are thick, and so if space isn’t really an issue for you, this fold is perfect. You get a large viewing area of your denim.

However, if space is an issue… I will show you how I store my jeans. I have two small closets in my bedroom and dedicate one entire closet to winter items and a hanging shelf. I set my jeans with the waistbands on the outside, because if I can see the brand, I can identify the pair of jeans.

If you have any further questions, or would like some advice on how to organize your denim, feel free to leave a comment down below or send me an e-mail.

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