Recent lay offs and closure in the New York offices of Earnest Sewn have led to rumors that the brand might be in serious financial trouble. However as the brands management told WWD, ” the layoffs were part of a number of changes that have been made over the last several months intended to reduce costly overhead and create better operating efficiencies.”
“We’re trying to have a more rational operating model,” said Brian Cytrynbaum, the Montreal-based entrepreneur and owner of T-shirt maker Majestic Mills, who leads the investment group that purchased a controlling stake in Earnest Sewn in January 2008.
The offices will be moved from New York to Montreal in hopes of cutting costs and restructuring of the brands finances. In addition, the design team moved to Los Angeles. The brand’s president, Michael Press stated that, “This is a tightening up of the company and it’s an intelligent tightening up,” However, the brand maintains that the sales out of the New York office will still continue and the the brand is still going strong.
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Famed designer, Earl Pickens, who has designed for denim lables like Lee Cooper has designed the “Uri Pickens” line which will feature couture looks that have hefty, $2,500 price tags. Despite his new collection, Pickens is not a stranger to denim design. He also designed denim for Castelbajac, which was unable to survive the economic downturn after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, Pickens describes his rational behind this couture price tag, “When Tom Ford did denim with floral, there was an explosion everywhere. Denim became luxurious,” Pickens said. “Then in 2000, along came rap and denim got huge, literally, the pants were huge. We want to make it a little bit luxurious, not in the five-pocket sense. The idea was a collection that’s tailored, with beautiful suits made in denim.”
Not only was he influenced by other designers but also chose the Bocage Avenir Couture and Vendée Couture to produce his line, which also works with names like Louis Vuitton and Hermes. His fabrics will come from the Japanese mill, Collect. The fabric’s tight weave was meant to protect and is used in firefighter’s uniforms in Japan.
The line iteself will feature cropped jackets, including a stretch denim one with what appears to be hand stitched detailing. The use of fabric is also unique, as he takes Chambray material and creates a denim suit. The jackets start at $900 and the pants at $700, but given the rich detailing, fabric and design, these peices will be truely unique. The pieces can be purchased online this fall.
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Heidi Pratt was passing through LAX with Hubby Spencer in a pair of Rich and Skinny Thrasher Super Skinny jeans. She completed the look with…slippers? I’m not sure why she’s wearing slippers but you know Heidi and Spencer, they’re always up to something.
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It seems like Black Orchid is the new celeb favorite when it comes to denim. There are tons of styles to choose from. Fergie, Annalynne McCord and Dakota Fanning seem to love the distressed styles. Fergie and Annalynne chose the distressed stone wash, while Dakota chose the tie-dye Milky Way wash. Other celebs like Nikki Hilton, who loves the Jewel skinny jeans in Galactic Wash, Lindsay Lohan who rocked their itty bitty mini shorts in Gemma wash, with those infamous lace up sandals. Other celeb fans include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, Kate Walsh and Amanda Bynes. What do you guys think? Do you own any Black Orchids?