UPDATE – I have updated this review with better photos because the original ones were not very good. The lighting was bad and they were not very clear. The original post was made on the 11th June 2010 in case you were wondering.
This weeks denim review from me is for the brand new Rich & Skinny cargo denim leggings. I got these 2 weeks ago and they are so cute!! I fell in love with them when I saw them in their Fall 2010 Look Book that I published a while ago. I had to have them as I am loving the cargo pant trend and having a pair of denim ones I really like the idea of. I hope to be reviewing more denim cargos soon too!
I found these denim cargos run quite small, I’m normally a 26/27 in Rich & Skinny and these leggings are a 27 and super tight in the waist, I would definitely prefer to size up to a 28 with these. I know it’s always really hard to judge your sizing in jeans, they vary from pair to pair so much! It all depends on the denim and it’s stretch factor as well.
Putting the sizing issue aside, I find these cargo leggings to be really hot! They are of denim legging material so they are extremely stretchy and soft, they mold to your body shape and fit really snug. They have 3 buttons at the waist band to add to that cargo feel and the pocket placement on the legs is in a great place, I think they are perfectly positioned. I really like that they are on the front of the legs instead of on the side, that makes them quite unique.
The wash is also a rich, deep, dark blue, it’s gorgeous! It has such a depth to it and it looks really premium. Some washes on jeans you can get and they don’t look very nice or they look a little cheap. This wash doesn’t look cheap at all, it looks like it has a lot of strength in the colour and boldness to it. The back pockets are also really nice, they are quite different to the normal Rich & Skinny pockets as they have flaps on but they are still very pretty. They also have the trademark R on the bottom of the back pocket but it’s a very dark blue. I find the copper coloured hardware on these jeans really matches the wash beautifully, it stands out and I like that as well!
I’m doing a new layout for the reviews now to help them load faster, 1 main images and then the rest are gallery images so you can select which photos you want to view or scroll through them. If I don’t do it this way I will put them with a more button so you can click the post and view every image. I don’t want to take up the whole of the DenimBlog front page with my reviews, haha.
I’m definitely not disappointed with these Rich & Skinny cargo leggings at all, they are just as I expected them to be! Flattering, soft, stretchy and very pretty. If you love these as much as I do and want to get a pair then I definitely recommend sizing up one size from your normal Rich & Skinny sizing. I want more of these cargos in different washes! Especially the Aloe wash which we are running a contest for right now! I’m not sure when this particular wash will be available but I will definitely keep you informed!
We caught up with the wonderful brand c.r.a.f.t Denim to find out more about the brand and just why they started. We spoke to Michael, the founder and designer of the company and he gave us some insight into the quirky but cool denim pieces and ideas they have to offer. It seems like Kate Moss really brought this brand into the spotlight as she has been seen wearing them so many times now. I’ve also fallen in love with some of their moto jeans! Keep on reading to find out more.
DB: How long has c.r.a.f.t been going?
DB: Is owning a denim brand everything you expected it to be?
No actually, I wanted to be Keith Richards, but owning a denim brand is probably second best…
DB: What inspiration goes into designing a pair of your jeans?
Rock and Roll, love, tears and the deep love affair to one very special woman.
DB: What is your latest collection about?
It’s all about very small details like special seams, which shape the legs even sexier than they are anyway.
DB: Why did you decide to create your brand?
Can’t remember a fxxxing thing.
DB: Do you have a favourite cut you have designed?
Yeap, certainly our new cropped skinny jean “stargrove”.
DB: I love your take on the motorcycle jeans, what made you design those?
The love for wild motorcycle rock chicks.
DB: How many jeans do you own yourself?
A Louis Vuitton trunk full.
DB: What background/history do you have in the denim or fashion industry?
Our family business is already fashion, so since I can think it is all about fashion.
DB: Which jean has been the most popular overall?
Skinny jeans on pretty girls…
DB: We all love denim, but what makes it so important to you?
It rocks your soul. That’s it.
DB: What makes your brand so different from the others out there?
We manufacture our jeans by the golden rules. So no fashion gimmick. Our jeans are made to develop a love affair after time, which means you really have them long and they are not at first your second skin, but they become… and we are European, and have a much finer understanding for designing jeans.
DB: Kate Moss has quickly become a fan of your jeans, is she your favourite celeb in the brand?
Various celebs have our jeans, but that is not the most important thing. Kate does understand like no one how to wear jeans and I love her attitude. So yes, if we see her in craft it makes me happy. There are also numerous beautiful women who epitomise the craft attitude for me.
DB: What is the best feature of your jeans?
The fit, fabric and of course the design.
DB: For the readers who don’t know, can you tell us what c.r.a.f.t stands for? In the polite form! Ha ha.
Our understanding is a lot of craftmanship in details. But actually the name is a synonym for our history. We founded c.r.a.f.t in the mountains after a party night with too many schnaps. Next morning was like “can’t remember a fxxxing thing”…
I met up with Paige Adams-Geller of Paige Premium Denim twice this week. The first time was at the Donna Ida store in Westfield Mall as she was there for 3 hours on Saturday helping out the customers. The Donna Ida store is amazing! They have such a big wall of denim and a ladder that slides across like an old fashioned library so you can reach the denim at the top. There is also a beautiful custom made denim chair, it’s patchwork and so pretty! I caught up with Paige a little bit there and had chance to check out some of the new denim.
The second time I met Paige was yesterday, we went for lunch for a few hours and had chance to catch up even more and of course speak about denim. Paige just gets nicer and nicer each time I meet her, if that’s even possible! She is lovely! I’m really glad I’m able to chat with Paige and share our love for denim. She has definitely become like a big sister! Like I normally say in these posts, you should definitely meet her if you get the chance, she truly is one of the most amazing people! I also got to meet Allie from the brand for the first time! She’s beautiful! She’s camera shy though so I wont post a photo, haha. I met Donna from Donna Ida too briefly, she’s so sweet. You can see the other times I met up with Paige here, here and here.
In the above photos, Paige and I were both wearing Verdugo jeggings and in the below photo (the jeans can’t be seen) I was wearing the Curson cargos and Paige had on a pair that are not out yet.
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