Los Angeles native James Flemons suffered from asthma as a kid, so he spent a lot of time inside sketching, using his sister’s Barbies as inspiration. He graduated from FIDM just five years ago, and now runs his label Phlemuns out of his L.A. living room. He still makes all of his brand’s garments himself.
But we have a feeling that will change soon: Flemons is already a favorite of Solange, Miley Cyrus and Tinashe, and he was recently written up in Vogue for his new denim capsule collection. The denim is recycled and reused and we want one of each!
Faustine Steinmetz is obsessed with denim, as a quick perusal of the Paris-born designer’s Instagram feed will tell you. And a peek at her Autumn 2017 collection will show you that she’s also incredibly innovative with the fabric. Her show in London included a denim duster, a denim obi, and denim leg warmers—or perhaps one would call them gators? In any case, I never thought I’d see the likes but there they are and the world is a better place now.
See photos and read more about the designer’s Spring 2017 collection at Business of Fashion.
Photo via the British Fashion Council
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!
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.
When I first read about these new Madewell jeans at Refinery 29, I assumed the magic pockets they spoke of were on the back of the jeans, promising to make your derriere look wonderful. Alas, the magic is supposedly coming from the front pockets.
Intriguing! I own several high-waisted jeans, this Madewell pair included, which flatter and emphasize my waist in a good way when I initially put them on. Then, after sitting down for a while—driving, working, what have you—I stand up and there’s a pouchy thing happening in my abdominal area. This is never a good thing.
I’m always left wishing there was some kind of support or suction in that area to prevent this from happening, and it sounds like that’s exactly what Madewell has invented, if the Refinery 29 editors’ reviews are any indication. Kate Hyatt had the following to say:
… these really hold you in, but somehow feel super-light and effortless. My waist and butt actually look smooth and tight — no bunching or folding. The stretch is just the right amount, too. I felt sucked it without feeling like a sausage in jeggings.
Next up I’ll try them out myself, stay tuned!
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.
Governor Doug Burgum was posing for photographs with high school students on the North Dakota senate floor when an unidentified individual—presumably the North Dakota fashion police—asked him to please leave. OK actually it was the North Dakota Senate’s sergeant-at-arms, an official charged with enforcing various legislative rules. Snap!
Add that to our list of places where it’s still, in this day and age, not OK to wear jeans.
The republican politician also wore jeans at his inauguration in January. Judging by this photo from his website, he’s also partial to denim shirts. This is obviously not a platform for politics, so I’ll stop short of discussing whether our mutual love of denim and his silver foxy good looks make us kindred spirits 🙂
Can 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.
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 >
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 >