I got the opportunity to visit the Nudie Jeans house in LA last week and I could not have been more thrilled. I’ve always felt that Nudie was stepping up the denim game and have always respected what they have been about. As I walked in to the warm, cozy room I was greeted by the ever so lovely Ruari and was offered a latte or “water in a box” (as apposed to water in a plastic bottle well, because it’s more eco friendly of course!) and we began our journey.
The 600 sq foot House opened up in early September 2011 and is in an ideal location. The house is a small little bungalow off Melrose Blvd. smack dab in the middle of West Hollywood and is made out of wood with rod iron accents, chalkboard walls and a gorgeous sky light in the middle of the roof bringing a great light to the space. I was taken around the LA house which serves as a denim sanctuary, showroom and retail space open to the public. Not only can go you shop there but you can bring your old damaged Nudie’s in for repair or come in for an alterations clinic (which is why they have that rad sewing machine in the building).
I browsed, touched, and fell in love with the line, bungalow and brand all together leaving me wanting to own every pair of Nudie Jeans that they produce. To give you an idea of what Nudie is all about, in the fall they launched their Repair: Reuse: Reduce program which sees old Nudie Jeans repaired and recycled for sale again.
Also on display at the LA house is their Woad / Guado collection which is a limited edition line made out of the traditional way to make indigo. The dyestuff is from the Woad plant and is very labor intensive as it takes 1000 kilos of leaves to make 1 kilo of dyestuff. This line is only at a select number of Nudie stores and the LA store has it. Nudie loves encouraging a sustainable lifestyle and it shows through their brand and the way they produce it.
Another awesome little fact about Nudie for all of you LA residents… The rad dudes at Handsome Coffee House in the Arts District in Downtown all sport Nudie aprons. They are world class professional coffee makers that roast their own beans and travel the world to find the best ones, making them a perfect partner for Nudie. If you’re ever in the LA area you HAVE to check out the Nudie Jeans House and if you make your way Downtown, stop by Handsome Coffee House to support an awesome local business. Nudie would approve. Thanks for having me Nudie, I will be back and my bank account will not be happy about it.
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(Photo via Nasty Gal)
Do you have those pair of denim shorts/pants lying around that you don’t wear anymore or are out of style? Well here’s a little DIY for you to get those jeans back in the “obsessed” pile. Ripped jean shorts are all the rage and you shouldn’t have to spend the big bucks to get them, they’re a piece of cake to do yourself at home for free. So grab those old pair of lame jeans and follow along with me on these few easy steps to transform them into something awesome.
*I started out with a pair of jean shorts I picked up from Goodwill that have barely been worn, so I had to work at them a little to get the “broken in” look. If your jeans are already broken in, work at them accordingly.
What you need:
-A nice pair of scissors, ideally fabric scissors.
-Exacto knife (scissors will be fine if you do no have one of these).
-Sand paper, cheese grater, file etc. (I used the sand paper and file myself).
-An old pair of jeans or a pair you don’t mind cutting up.
Step one: Cut them
If you have denim pants you are using for this DIY, cut them to the length that you want (try the jeans on and measure the length you want for the best results). If you are using shorts do the same thing and if they are already at a good length, trim the hem so you can get the “worn” look.
Step 2: Make Tears
I prefer using an exacto knife because its easier to manage and makes small slits, but feel free to use a scissors for this. I referenced a pair of jean shorts with holes that I bought a while ago so I could see where to put my slits. You can reference photos online if you don’t have any pairs at home.
Step 3: Wear it down
For this step, the sand paper and file worked the best for me, but feel free to use anything that’s rough and will wear the denim down. I’ve heard of people using cheese graters so you can try that out as well. I went around to all the edges of the jeans (pockets, waist band, belt loops, yoke, zipper cover etc) and sanded them down so they looked worn in.
I also took the exacto knife and cut into some of the edges to further the effect. You can also sand the front of the jeans where there aren’t any edges or holes so that they are more soft and broken in. After you sand all the edges, start sanding all the slits you made and also the hem line. You can take apart some of the weave with your hands to make it fray more.
Step 4: Wash them
Washing the jeans creates more fray at the edges and breaks them in a little bit. Whether your jeans are already worn in or not, I would still throw them in the washer.
…and that’s it! You’ve got a great pair of ripped jean shorts for the summer. Feel free to add on some more DIY’s like studs and fabric. Enjoy!
(photos via Style.com, DVF Spring ’12)
This Spring is all about color. I find this seasons trends to be interesting because both pastel and neon are huge despite them being on opposite sides of the tonal spectrum. Last season color blocking was all the rage and this season if you are wearing anything that has to do with color, you’re good. I’ll be going over 3 big trends for Spring to help you brighten up your wardrobe. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go shopping for a whole new closet, I find that if you invest in one color piece that you can mix and match around your closet, you will be just fine. All of the items below are great statement pieces to invest in.
Pastels have always been a Spring thing, but this season they are huge. I chose to highlight mint because I think it’s lovely. Mint is fresh, clean, elegant and very versatile, not to mention it screams Spring. You can be subtle with these mint accessories (the Melie Bianco bag, Forever21 necklace, H&M socks, or Sole Society platforms) or go big with these fab mint colored pants from Urban Outfitters or this elegant mint Gingham bathing suit from Topshop. Adding a little color to your nails with this great ncla color, Santa Monica Shore Thing, is the perfect brightening boost. Any of these items would be a great addition to anyone’s closet, perfect for adding that beautiful pop of color.
Neons can be really intense if you have too much of them on, that’s why for this section I’ve included some small accessories to brighten up your outfit without blinding people (i.e. green belt and pink watch from Asos, red clutch from Melie Bianco). These highlighter wedges on the other hand are for those of you who are a little more daring. I have these myself and my favorite outfit to wear it with is black slacks, a white tank and a navy lazy beanie. By keeping the rest of my outfit simple the shoes can really stand out and give you the neon you need, which is a great guide line to follow with any neon item.
Floral print is a great symbolism for spring which is why this trend is so fun. Floral is a little easier to mix and match with other prints and even a contrasting floral without it being overkill. Any of these items would amp up your print game. My favorite piece? This bustier from Topshop, that would look GREAT with some high waisted jean shorts. Want to tone it down? How about adding these beautiful floral wedges to your outfit for just the right amount of print.
The internet is a never ending black hole of websites which makes it difficult at times to find solid daily reads. An extreme case of this black hole madness would be fashion websites. Everyone has a blog, everyone is covering fashion week, and everyone is featuring trends. How do you pick out the good from the over saturated? I’m not a fashion critic, but what I can do is give you sites that I find helpful and enjoyable for my daily reads. I’m sure you’ve heard of some of them which means they are well known for a reason. Enjoy and feel free to share your daily reads as well!
Yes the fashion epicenter is New York, but what if you want to know what’s going on near your town? The thing that sets Refinery29 apart? They have the happenings by city: LA, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Miami. If any of these aren’t near your city, one of them will at least be in the same part of the states as your city to keep you up to date on everything fashion and beauty oriented. You can also read “Everywhere” (which is where it takes you when you visit the site) giving you information on fashion for every city, state, and person. Refinery29 has a lighter feel to it, making jokes and having entertaining articles to give you a little break from the seriousness of fashion. On top of keeping you updated on everything fashion and beauty, they also have deals in their “Reserve” section giving you discounts on tons of fab companies. An all around good read with tons of new updates every day.