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Romeo Hunt s/s17

Friday, February 24, 2017

Romeo Hunte’s spring and summer 2017 collection includes many denim pieces (including shoes!), all designed in his architectural, unconventional style. The denim jackets are the kind of thing you can throw on over anything and be the most stylish person in the room. Check out the video below for the entire collection and I’ve also included a few of my favorite pieces  here. You can also shop online here. He also makes some pretty sweet fur chokers.

Hem + Haw Will Use Your Old Jeans to Make a New Handbag

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hope Mills Voelkel, founder of Hem + Haw, grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, a town that’s home to seven textile mills. The factories would donate extra fabric to her 4-H club, and she used the factory scraps to learn to sew. After college, she worked at a creative agency where she learned problem solving and communications skills. It all came together while on a hike when her favorite pair of jeans ripped. She didn’t want to give them up, but they were expired as pants.

So to give the jeans a second life, she used the denim the make a handbag. And when she thought of the mountains of clothing that’s discarded every year, she thought perhaps making lots of cute bags could not only be a great business, but also a way to lessen the amount of trash in the world. And so Hem + Haw denim clutches and cross body bags were born!

Every element of the bags is made in the U.S. The denim comes from all over the South (or it can come from your own old jeans), the lining is made of cotton that’s grown, dyed and woven in the United States, the leather is manufactured in Ohio, and the zippers are made in Georgia.

The bags can be a date-night clutch, or you can add a strap to make a crossbody bag for anything from riding a bike or wrangling children. The leather accents give the bags a sophisticated feel and are a nice counter element to the weathered denim. Buy a bag made with denim Hem + Haw has collected, or send them your own well-loved jeans to create a custom bag—learn more about that here and here!

 

 

Dream Harder, Love Harder With Evendimes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Esther Voisin, the creator of denim brand Evdenimes, says denim is her canvas. “It’s an inspiring, versatile, functional and vernacular material. Since I began to work with denim, my desire has always been to make simple, timeless pieces.” Dream Harder is her motto, and it’s a phrase, among others, that can be found on her bags and denim button-up shirts. Each piece is unique and made by hand. She deconstructs vintage denim pieces and reconstructs them as bags and/or adds leather and hardware accents.

 

Shop online or in person at Bazar in Venice, California, or at one of three Los Angeles locations: Trading Post, Lot, Stock and Barrel and Fred Segal. Prices range from $38 for a t-shirt to $550 for the

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Miranda Kerr + Mother Make Beautiful Denim Together

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mother Denim has partnered with Victoria’s Secret bombshell Miranda Kerr for a limited-edition capsule collection. The cutout jumpsuit may be the sexiest denim garment ever made, and the Funday Flares are the perfect cut in the perfect colors. Another favorite is the butterfly embroidered denim shirt. The 12-piece collection also includes a cropped sweatshirt that I must have.

Even better, a portion of the proceeds will go to The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation in Australia, a 150 year-old institution that annually cares for more than 10,000 women, 600 premature babies and sends more than 4,200 babies home with their families and has been doing so for 150 years. The Foundation exists to ensure that all patients have the best possible treatment and equipment. Saving babies lives and perfect denim are two things no one can argue with. 

Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Adds a Skirt

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

good american pencil skirt

Khloe Kardashian’s denim brand, Good American, now has a pencil skirt in its lineup. Like the brand’s jeans, the skirt has an ultra high waist and hugs curves like nobody’s business. It also has a daring back slit—of course it does! It currently comes in one medium-blue wash and costs $135. Also like the jeans, sizes range from 00 to 24.

These Are the Best Denim Shoes I’ve Seen All Year

Thursday, February 9, 2017

denim platform sandalsCan you say wowza? Obviously I LOVE when designers choose to make shoes using denim. But See by Chloe really knocked it out of the park with these beauties.

Meet the Frenchman Who’s Bringing Denim Manufacturing Back to Where It all Began

Thursday, February 9, 2017

If you’re denim obsessed like myself, you’ve perhaps heard denim’s origin story: the fabric was born in the French city Nîmes in the 16th century. The fabric was dubbed “serge de Nîmes,” which means “serge from Nîmes.” It was originally made from a silk and wool blend, and was used to make the flared jackets favored by women at the time as well as men’s jackets.

Most traces of Nîmes’ denim history were erased with the persecution of Protestants in France when the André’s—the town’s prominent (and Protestant) textile family—were forced into exile in Italy. The first trousers were eventually made using the fabric in Genoa, which also led to calling the pants jeans. Levi’s eventually brought the fabric to American workmen.

Now,  Nîmes native Guillaume Sagot is reviving denim culture in his home town with a new denim brand called Atelier de Nîmes. Sagot currently makes three styles of men’s jeans, and he has plans for accessories and women’s styles in the next couple years. He’s starting small but is in it for the long haul. Read on for my exclusive interview with Sagot! Read More >

Dive Into This Beautiful Sea of Denim: Sea’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I’m already excited for spring denim, which I realize is extremely premature and there’s plenty of winter still to deal with. But these dreamy denim (and denim-esque) pieces from Sea‘s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which I first spotted at McMullen boutique’s Facebook page, make weathering the chilliest season is a little easier. Yes, please to each and every one of these! Read More >

No.6 Ups Its Denim Offerings for Spring 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

I have long been a big fan of No.6′s clogs, which are perfect with any pair of jeans. In fact I didn’t realize the brand offered anything other than clogs until not very long ago when I noticed their comfy-chic dresses and jumpsuits. And then when I saw their Spring/Summer 2017 collection it was like, BOOM! Denim city. How exciting.

In particular I am very much digging the above puffy-cloud evoking side-slit pants, which a brand representative tells me are made of a light and lovely denim. Stay tuned for them and the rest of the collection (check out my denim faves below) to be available in about a month! Read More >

13 Fresh Denim DIY Projects

Monday, January 23, 2017

denim pouf

It’s been a while since I explored the world of denim DIYs, so I thought it was time for a little roundup of current repurposed denim projects the crafty people across the internet have dreamed up. It’s incredible to me what people can do on their own with a pair of thrift shop jeans. I was particularly wowed by the DIY pouf pictured above! But be warned it takes some sewing chops for sure. Check out all the best ones I found below!

15 Creative Ways to Mend Your Jeans – Melly Sews

DIY Fringed Hem Denim Jeans – A Pair and A Spare

Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans Sew Along – Rhonda’s Creative Life

Recycled Jeans Composition Book Cover – We All Sew

DIY Embroidered Floral Denim Jeans – Craft Gawker

DIY Fringe Jeans Chindi Pillows – Cukoo4Design

Make Your Own Maternity Jeans – A Beautiful Mess

DIY Cool (and Colorful) Jeans – Crafts on Fire

DIY Button-Front Denim Skirt – Venezia Lowis

DIY Sequin Pocket Jeans – A Pair and a Spare

Drop-Dead Denim: One Tough Pouf (amazing) – Michele Made Me

DIY Jeans to Sling Bag – Dhivya Krishnan

DIY Plush Denim Whale – Valaan Villapaita

[Photo via Michele Made Me]

 

 

 

Denim is California’s State Fabric

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yep, it’s true. California has a state fabric, and it’s denim. From the Los Angeles Times:

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of Marin County introduced the state fabric measure, AB 501 (as in Levi 501s). With little opposition, it sailed to the governor’s desk. Though his bill does not name any company, Levine said he was inspired by Levi Strauss and its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Well alright! (Unfortunately the article perpetuates the myth that freezing your jeans will clean them, don’t believe it!) If you’d like to read the bill, check it out here.

[Photo via Brandy Melville]

Remembering a Time When You Couldn’t Wear Jeans to the Mall

Sunday, January 22, 2017

When I first saw the headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “First Person: Jeans, Jeans, Jeans,” I thought the article would be a celebration of my favorite clothing. But, alas, it was a lamentation of denim culture. The subtitle, I soon found out, was: “I miss seeing people dress up for the occasion.”

The author remembers an occasion when her mother took her shopping at Kaufmann’s, and she decided not to change out of her play clothes. She regretted her decision.

 

Older women in suits with matching hats, handbags and shoes looked at me through eyes narrowed with disdain. Other little girls, wearing the clothes I also should have been wearing, pointed at me and giggled until their mothers hushed them. Sales clerks, taught to treat each customer with respect, had a hard time being polite to me — the rebel without a cause who, due to laziness, had not dressed appropriately for the occasion. My casual attire tainted the shopping excursion for me; even the chocolate cake lacked its usual sweetness.

This next part made me truly LOL, because I thought she was about to discuss disposable, cheap fashion and the havoc it wreaks on our environment and the human rights abuses it creates—I worry about this too: “I worry, too, that our indifference toward how we look manifests itself in the way we abuse the environment.”

But no, she thinks people who wear jeans are litter bugs.

I grew up with a profound admiration for the Cathedral of Learning and its Nationality Rooms. The Cathedral felt like my castle, and the Nationality Rooms were the kingdoms I traveled to on Aladdin’s magic carpet. However, when I recently revisited the Nationality Rooms, I was shocked to find a half-empty Starbucks cup on the floor — no doubt tossed away by someone in jeans.

I grew up in a very small Pennsylvania town, and the elderly woman who lived across the street became a surrogate grandmother to me. I would visit here nearly every day. As I got older, the visits became less, and when I was in college, she moved into a nursing home. I went to visit her with my mother, and I chose my nicest white blouse, complete with ruffles that were trendy at the time (and now!). I’ll never forget how distressed she was. “I just can’t imagine her in jeans!” she said over and over. This article brought back that moment and helped me understand it a little better.

But I do hope that as I get older myself, I’ll work to understand our changing culture as well. A carefully considered outfit might indeed include a pair of jeans. And I hate Starbucks.

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