denim

Jean Stories

i think i got onto Jean Stories because i saw a pic of a nice bum in a nice pair of jeans somewhere. that’s how these things start, you know. good bums in good pairs of jeans are kind of everything. sort of like The Selby meets Freuden von Freunden meets Closet Story – but in denim. it was started by Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane, both fashion writers at Vogue.

Jean Stories is all about denim – who’s wearing it and making it, why we love it, and all the ways it reflects our lives and styles. Jane grew up in Los Angeles selling jeans at her family’s Ron Herman stores, where she got an informal denim education from some of the industry’s best. Florence’s fondest denim memories were, until now, from the 90s: stealing her dad’s Levi’s and Pendleton plaids to wear to high school in San Diego; decorating her room with Calvin Klein Jeans ads.

plus they have this amazing story about Rachel Comey and her new store in NYC which i am dying to visit. why must i be 12,500km away?

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AYR

i spent a fair amount of time clicking around the AYR website because (a) they have beautiful clothes and (b) the website is soooooo nice to look at & use. i particularly love the little wheel you can click on to select different colours of the same product (see this rad dress as an example). i actually hadn’t heard of AYR before, but they focus on a few products done well (think Everlane) – great denim (loads of choices!), chambray, cashmere, tees, simple dresses and the like.

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to find. We imagined a line of our favorite pieces, the things we would live in every day, all year round. So we stopped looking and started designing. We believe in good design, value out of versatility, and thoughtful service. Product and process should be easy and effortless. Our edited essentials and our exclusively digital experience look forward, not back.

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Jack/Knife

Jack/Knife Outfitters is a small batch production house based in San Francisco. John, Nick and Melissa make all their garments by hand in their studio – from pattern drafting, to sewing, to pounding rivets. specialising in denim, they have also recently branched out into cotton pieces. beautiful unisex shirts and awesome barn jackets are the order of the day. you can buy their pieces online, or order something custom made for that perfect fit – Jack/Knife keeps your custom pattern on file for future orders.

lookbook photography by Yoko Takahashi, shot on Sally Fox’s organic cotton farm. behind-the-scenes photography by Matt Edge. see some more photos of Jack/Knife here.

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Neuw Denim

Neuw Denim is a Melbourne based label that pays homage to the heritage of denim. the name comes from the street Nieuwlandstraat in Brussels, Belgium where owner & designer Par Lundqvist started tailoring and altering vintage pieces from his own denim archive (he has a personal collection of over 3,500 pairs of jeans! *) They describe themselves as having, “a deep and unsettling love for Denim Pants.” if you’re a denim lover be sure to check out their instagram and shop.










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Double RL, Double take

just when you think that you couldn’t possibly look at another vintage inspired lookbook, along comes one that could actually fool you into thinking the photos are legit – until you take a closer look.  i was almost fooled at first glance by this set of photos while browsing Lincoln Taft’s blog. this is the new lookbook  for Ralph Lauren’s RRL label.

RRL was first introduced in 1993 as a collection of meticulously aged and rugged looking menswear inspired by the pioneering spirit of the American West. Vintage selvedge denims, sumptuous flannel shirts, beautifully battered leathers and utilitarian styles which evoke images of hard-grafting ranch hands and tough-talking blue-collar workers are all thrown into the mix in a collection that is named after Double RL, the Colorado ranch owned by Ricky and Ralph Lauren. - source

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the west is dead

have died and gone to bearded, manly, lumberjackin’ and nice fittin’ on the rear denim heaven thanks to the west is dead fall 2011 lookbook. i would also wear all these things myself, though – especially those colourful denims.

seen via the bearded (also known as one of the best tumblrs in the world)

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