Designer Jean Interviews
Mavi have launched their latest denim and it’s something exciting! FEATHER has officially landed and it’s something we thought you would love to know about, so much so that I asked Ardie Ulukaya, SVP of Sales at Mavi a few questions in an interview to find out more about the collection.
As a brief outline, they joined forces with Turkey’s leading-edge denim fabric producer Orta, making sure the Mavi Feather collection uses exclusive fabric created by the denim manufacturer to create the ultimate light and luxurious pants for Spring.
You can see the FEATHER jeans on models Daisy Clementine, sister to Lucky Blue Smith, and Swedish beauty Frida Gustavsson here for the Spring 2016 campaign. Check out the exclusive interview below and shop the jeans online at the Mavi website here.
Photo of GianLuigi and Alberto Candiani
Photo of GianLuigi and Alberto Candiani
Candiani is one of the biggest denim production houses supplying denim to many of the top brands that we love. To be closer to their clients, they have opened their first location outside of Italy in no other than Los Angeles. Located in Downtown, the new location will provide a laundry house where the brands will collaborate with Candiani and test out new techniques to bring the washes that they have on paper to life.
To coincide with the opening, Candiani held a launch event inside the factory. Guests were given the opportunity to check out their laser printing machine in action. As a gift, they were given Candiani aprons to have personalized by the machine with a wording of their choice. This will also be the first event as the new location will act as a denim industry hub, hosting talks and events throughout the year.
We got in touch with Candiani’s Global Manager, Alberton Candiani, on how the collaborations start with the brands and how they have kept to the green ethos that they believed in in Italy here in Los Angeles and the atmosphere from the event below.
Black Orchid is one of the leading brands in the market with fans from megastars like Kate Moss and Beyonce to fashion bloggers Chiara Ferragni. With their innovative and fashion forward styles and great fits there is no surprise to see them at the top. We got in touch with designer Julien Jarmoune to see what is going on with the brand from how he came up with the name, his favorites to see in his jeans, what we can expect from the brand in the future and more. Check out what he had to say below.
DenimBlog: How did you come up with the name Black Orchid?
Black Orchid: Black Orchid is an exotic and intriguing flower that is a universal symbol of love and luxury. Specifically, it represents perfection and beauty – something that I pursue and expect in my designs. It’s my end goal to provide our girls a flawless luxury product that I love and believe in, hence the meaning behind our brand name.
DB: Who is the Black Orchid girl?
BO: She’s the modern girl that has the ability to take one of our designs and integrate it into her own sense of style with confidence. We have an edgy approach to your classic silhouette so she can’t be afraid to embrace it and just rock it.
DB: What is the concept behind Black Orchid?
BO: I’ve been in the denim industry since I was 18 years old, so with my knowledge and vision, I wanted to create a premium denim brand with not only the perfect fit, but with designs that represent myself as an individual and a designer.
DB: What was the inspiration for the new Fall ’15 season?
BO: Fall 2015 was all about taking risks and pushing the boundaries. This season, we launched the smartest denim on the market – Liquify. Its revolutionary Italian denim stretch technology instantly sculpts and contours to your body like no other. Using this state of the art fabric, we created a series of innovative and dynamic denim washes. Additionally, we offered a wide range of vegan leather pieces – from jackets to trousers to biker skinnies. I believe there are not many brands out there that offer fashion forward vegan leather styles so I wanted to provide that for the consumer that’s more “cruelty-free”.
DB: Black Orchid pushes the boundaries quite a bit each season. What were some of your favorite styles to have designed?
BO: One of my favorite styles I’ve designed is our skinny overall. Everyone generally associates a pair of overalls as this frumpy, oversized, 90’s style, but I wanted to modernize it by adding a sexier appeal to it. I made it skinnier and fitted to add a feminine look, and I minimized the size of the bib to show off the girl’s curves. Now when a girl slips on a pair of our skinny overalls, she feels sexy, chic, and effortlessly stylish. It’s a design I’m proud of and it continues to do so well for Black Orchid.
DB: Which style do you think every girl should have in their closet?
BO: Clean, medium-blue skinny, with a light fade and whisker details.
DB: Which is your personal favorite?
BO: A pair of classic blue skinnies with a soft, worn-in feel and a vintage, authentic wash. Or you can never go wrong with a jet black skinny.
DB: Who was your favorite celeb to see in Black Orchid?
BO: Favorite celebrities to see in Black Orchid were probably Beyonce, Olivia Palermo, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift, and blogger Chiara Ferragni!
DB: And who would you love to see wear your jeans?
BO: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley!
DB: What was your favorite moment since starting the brand?
BO: As many high’s as I’ve had since starting my brand and as surprising as this sounds, my favorite moment was during my “low” period. It’s a constant reminder to me that hard work pays off and that I’m blessed and grateful for everything that has happened since the beginning. It’s not easy and nothing is spoon fed to you, but with persistence and determination, you can make anything happen. In the end, all of it was and is worth it. Other favorite moments include receiving emails and phone calls from our customers all around the world to just let me know how happy they are with the product, how good it makes them feel, and how great they look in them.
DB: What can we expect in the future from Black Orchid?
BO: Innovative and intricate denim washes while constantly pursuing the best fabric possible. We currently have denim tops but we want to include additional tops and outerwear into our line, eventually turning Black Orchid into a lifestyle brand.
DB: I think I covered everything. Is there anything you’d like to add?
BO: Nope, it seems like we covered everything.
DB: Thank you for the interview
BO: Thank you for having me!
Since I heard about the Ksubi reboots, I couldn’t be more excited. I got in touch with the new team of one of the coolest brands to see what they are up to. Read how they are keeping Ksubi as one of the most in demand brands and why cool will always be part of their soul. See these answers and more below.
DenimBlog: What do you get inspired by?
Ksubi: We are inspired by anyone who breaks down the door first. Because it’s hard to do. We have broken a lot of doors first. And you can count on ksubi breaking even more doors down. But we won’t announce it. Just like the DEA.
DB: What is your process before designing each piece?
Ksubi: We design from the heart. We don’t over think it. We do what we like and it seems like a lot of people appreciate what we do.
DB: What is your favorite piece that you designed?
Ksubi: Anything that is in out collection is bad ass. So – everything in our collection.
DB: How would you wear your favorite pieces?
Ksubi: Customers interpret ksubi in their own personality. Wear it however you like. And that’s exactly why people appreciate us. That is why you can find a wide range of consumers that wear ksubi. From ages 16-60. Rockers, Rappers, Pop. We expect Taylor Swift will appreciate us as well. (A$AP to Foo Fighters to Norah Jones)
DB: With the move across seas to Venice, California, will that inspire the line?
Ksubi: Denim was born in California and will always be the epicenter of denim world wide. From Dior to Australians. They all come to California. Because there is no place as cool as SoCcal/LA. They all migrate here – even Paris designers spend time in LA because it’s very cool people in SoCal.
DB: With many reboots, designers tend to change signatures and basically rebrand from the bottom up. I love that you kept the signatures of the brand, like the crosses and logo. Why did you chose to keep them opposed to just starting clean?
Ksubi: The crosses came from the boys skating around cities and seeing the crosses painted on the ground by construction crews getting ready to break ground during construction. Ksubi always is breaking ground. No need to change our soul.
DB: Ksubi made such an impact and put skinny jeans on the map when it originally launched. How are you reinventing the style for the season?
Ksubi: Don’t fix what ain’t broke. Ksubi invented skinny when no one was going there. We are just owning it more.
DB: Ksubi has always been one that is hard to find here in the states. What stores will be carrying the label?
Ksubi: We are back with our original account base. We don’t subscribe to selling more doors. We believe in creating the demand and driving more business thru less doors. We are old school. Whether that’s right or wrong is hard to say. We just think it’s the right way. Our existing accounts love us for this. It’s unheard of these days. Everyone is so greedy. It’s why ksubi still has a very strong demand for the brand.
DB:What can we expect to see from the new Ksubi in the future?
Ksubi: You can expect us to continue to be ksubi. Just being better at filling the demand.
DB: What are your favorite piece(s) of the season?
Ksubi: “Black is what we wear on the outside because black is how we feel on the inside” – The Smiths (Unloveable)
DB: Can we expect new cuts in the future?
Ksubi: We will introduce some new stuff but we are staying true to our core and giving the consumers what they are screaming for at the top of their lungs. Our stuff is timeless and season less. And it will still be cool 10 years from now no doubt about it. Nothing looks sexier on a man or a woman than skinny. I don’t turn my head and look at a woman wearing a baggy fit and think her ass and legs look sexy as hell. Same for a man (if you are a woman or a man looking at another man- same thing)
DB: Will there be an expansion of the use of different textiles, like leather?
Ksubi: You can definitely expect better premium fabrics than what was used in the past.
DB: What pair do you think everyone should own for the new season (men and women)?
Ksubi: Van Winkle and Chitch for men and Spray On and High & Wasted for woman. In jet black. Faded black. Holes and no holes.
Will there be exclusive collaborations that we can know about?
Ksubi: Yes, No. Maybe. Just has to come from the right place.
DB: Lastly, how many jeans do you own?
Ksubi: You can never own to many jeans.