Designer Jean Interviews
We got an exclusive interview with the denim brand Cycle. Cycle is a 100% made in Italy brand using Japanese denim and the quality and style of their jeans is amazing! It was founded in 2000, originating from the dreams of a bunch of friends, with the principle of creating a jeans brand which was based solely on shapes, fabric, finishes and washes. After years of researching washes, cuts, sourcing the best Japanese denim and Italian laundries they received finance from Italservices (owners of MET Jeans, Fake London, Heavy Project Jeans) and in the past year alone sales have more than doubled and distribution has gone from Italy alone to: North America, Russia, Japan, England, France and The Netherlands with other countries such as Sweden and Brazil signing up for SS2011 collection. Mirco Rota, the commercial director and ex head of worldwide for DSquared and prior to that Diesel is behind the brand. You can see the women’s Look Book here and the men’s Look Book here.
DB: How did you come up with the name Cycle?
Through our passion for denim we ended up meeting a bunch of other young like-minded people with the same ambitions, dreams and ideas about denim. We were all passionate that you could recreate, or recycle the past where the concept of vintage fit into our lifestyle and so Cycle came from the idea of recycling the past for today.
DB: What inspired you the most when creating the brand?
Our idea to “recycle” , was what inspired us. We wanted to take what was great about the vintage era of denim but give it a contemporary feel by concentrating on the fit and the materials. We thought that was cool and it’s what still drives us today.
DB: What has been your favourite memory/experience since Cycle was founded?
Without a doubt working with people who are as passionate about denim as Elena and I is a wonderful experience and one of our best memories so far had to be seeing the fruit of our passion when our very first collection was invited to show at Pitti.
DB: Do you have a favourite cut you have designed?
Actually every cut we’ve designed has a part of us…
DB: What Cycle cut has been the most popular overall for both men and women?
The skinny five pocket women’s and the perfect five pocket men’s jeans in a straight leg. These two styles are a “must” for Cycle. Each season we present it again and again but with a slight twist in the detail. We also always have the sweatshirt with fur in the hood which has been a mainstay since we started out.
DB: What inspires you when designing a jean or creating a wash?
When we create a wash or design the only things at the forefront of our minds are fit, comfort and wash followed by comfort, fit and wash!.
DB: How many pairs of jeans do you own?
We’ve been buying vintage jeans for over 25 years since our early teens and if we’re honest we’ve lost count how many pairs we own…
DB: What is your latest collection about?
The men’s and women’s SS11 are two distinct collections, inspired by young Americans releasing their creativity which allows them to create a personal and characteristic style which expresses their personality. There are four themes in the collection: Military, Native, Free Time and Cocktail.
DB: Are there any new trends coming out next season that we should be keeping an eye out for?
Silk t-shirts and colour!
DB: What is the best feature of Cycle jeans (fit, wash, pockets etc)?
I’m not sure there is just one feature which can summarise Cycle…it really is a combination of fit and wash which is what fans of the brand know they will get when they buy a pair.
DB: We all love denim, but what is it that makes denim so important to you?
I love vintage so for me the cut and details are particularly important.
DB: What are your denim predictions for next season?
A skinny five pockets jean with high waistline, and the chinos. Also a black-faded denim that reminds you of rolling around in mud…
DB: Do you have a favourite piece from your new SS11 collection?
I adore the fringed jacket and the denim jacket is a must for me.
DB: Can you tell us a bit more about your brand for the readers who are new to the brand?
Cycle’s style combines a sartorial feel and street wear and it was not until we were completely happy with our denim garments that the brand grew to include a total look. “Be sure wear pure” is our motto that represents the brand’s philosophy: “Be sure…” stresses the passion with which each item is created and is a founding principle which means nothing leaves our design room unless we are 100% sure it is suitable for both us and our customers to wear and therefore our fans can be sure of the garment they are buying; “…wear pure” refers to the natural materials from which the garments are made, with the best fabrics, details, finish and so on but also taking into account our impact on the environment. That is why buying a Cycle garment means buying a product made with passion, clean and never excessive and one which you can wear year after year and still look and feel great.
DB: What makes Cycle so different from the others out there?
Almost all the outstanding denim products are made with the best Japanese fabric, while the finish is carried out by the best Italian companies. In this sense Cycle epitomises the cult of jeans, sticking to a belief that knowledge of materials is essential to making a good product, and this means choosing very carefully suppliers and technologies. The brand offers a more comprehensive, clean and refined style which expertly mixes sartorial elements and styles suitable for both day and evening wear. They have the typical 100% made-in-Italy style and quality while ongoing research is aimed at increasing attention to detail with as little environmental impact as possible which is what I think makes the Cycle collections unique.
DB: Lastly is there anything else you would like to add that we haven’t asked you?
Erm…What are you waiting for?? Be sure Wear pure”!!
We recently caught up with the men’s designer for G-Star, Remco de Nijs. He spoke to us about the best sellers, the different fits the brand has to offer, the inspirations behind the designs and more. Please click this post to read the whole interview and see the different images of jeans from G-Star.
DB: What is it that makes G-Star so unique in comparison to other brands?
We see ourselves as product developers, or product engineers, rather than fashion designers as craftsmanship is prioritized above trend. At G-Star, we are driven by our passion for denim — the richest and truest raw material to work with, authentic in every stage of its lifecycle.
Our denim craftsmanship and strive for innovation are most recognizable in the development of 3D construction techniques. In 1996, we created our first 3D denim: the G-Star Elwood, designed by Pierre Morisset based off the pant of a passing motorcyclist. The latest step in the evolution of 3D denim design comes with the Arc Pant: a highly architectural cut that features a low-crotch and straight-hip with an asymmetric leg that ‘turns’ around the human legs, thanks to twisted seams/inseams. The G-Star Elwood and Arc Pant are major inspirations for our collection.
We recently caught up with the women’s designer for G-Star, Rebekka Bach. She spoke to us about the best sellers, the different fits the brand has to offer, the inspirations behind the designs and more. Please click this post to read the whole interview and see the different images of jeans from G-Star.
DB: What is it that makes G-Star so unique in comparison to other brands?
G-Star always focuses on traditional tailoring, craftsmanship, functionality and innovation. By introducing 3D construction techniques in our designs, we create completely new and truly unique silhouettes. One of our most distinctive 3D denims is the Arc Pant. For Autumn/Winter 2011 this pant is further developed into the Arc X Loose Tapered, which fuses the Arc Pant twisted-seam architecture with a 7/8ths length leg and high-volume upper leg section for a unique, new profile.
All our designs are also inspired by an “unexpected combinations” philosophy, combining chic & RAW, street wear & couture, denim & silk. This makes our brand stand out in the world of denim.
I was recently introduced to a new brand of denim that I have fallen in love with! M2F™ is a denim company that has a very different look on its jeans and the washes. They are an eco-friendly, authentic, vintage denim brand that produce their jeans in eleven colors previously unavailable in the denim marketplace. The Jeans are individually colored in a dye bath that uses 50% less energy & water, while eliminating 100% of the toxic chemicals typical of traditional textile dyeing procedures. Together, these dynamic breakthroughs enabled the company to develop a different kind of denim brand, one committed to preserving the environment and the avant-garde.
We got an interview with M2F™ Brand Denims President and Head Designer, Terry Siegel. He spoke to us about the reason behind the brand, the new styles, the washes, the colours and more! Carry on reading to find out about this brand.
DB: How did you come up with the name M2F?
Unlike any other jean brand in the world, our company was founded on a yarn technology we invented titled Made 2 Fade Technology™. We produce yarn in our own factory, then ship it to a denim mill who weaves Made 2 Fade fabric. The net result of our yarn technology produces Made 2 Fade denim, which we shortened to M2F Brand Denims as our trade name.
DB: What inspired you the most when creating your brand?
The company was founded on the premise that no jean brand in the history of fashion has been able to produce an unlimited number of colors that fade and abrade like traditional blue jeans. Our colors include shades of blue that have never been done, in addition to hundreds of shades outside the blues.
One of our monikers is we’re “not just another blue jean company.” That says it all. As a result of our proprietary Made 2 Fade yarn, we are the first company in the world to produce colored jeans that look exactly like indigo based blue jeans after stone washing, sanding and grinding. This includes the white yarns visible on the outside of the jeans as color chips and fades from the surface.
DB: Why did you decide to make faded colour washes?
Our design philosophy is to offer colored jeans and denim casualwear in the type of sophisticated washes and finishes used by premium jean companies in LA. Consumers around the world have never seen colored denim in truly vintage finishes. Colored denim has been around for years, but only in solid dyed twill fabrics, where the fully saturated color penetrates the yarns core, making it impossible to fade and abrade the colors.
The properties of our breakthrough yarn technology allows me to design deep fall tones, rich jewel tones, soft pastels or summer brights, than fade the full shade back so the color looks like it’s been naturally faded through years of wear and tear.
DB: Do you have a favorite jean you have designed?
We offer an assortment of styles, including a relaxed fit straight leg jean, retro modern boot cut jean, slim fit skinny leg jean and bohemian flare leg jean. In addition, we have two signature short styles in our mini and classic cuffed models. All of our styles are produced from a single Made 2 Fade fabric that uses fine gauge combed cotton yarns and 2% spandex to create jeans and shorts that feel like their ten years old. More than any one style, I have an ongoing fascination with the hand feel of our jeans and the endless number of nature based colors and vintage washes & finishes we create each season.
DB: What is the best feature of M2F (fit, wash, pockets, etc)
Women of all ages rave about the comfort and fit of our jeans and how much fun they have wearing truly vintage jeans in colors they’ve never seen before.
DB: What are your denim predictions for next season?
I think it’s getting tougher to gain the attention of consumers who shop boutiques for their jeans. They are looking for a reason to buy a new pair of jeans, whether that means a wash or finish they’ve yet to see, a new kind of fabric or a color. Denim designers must continue to challenge themselves to create innovative, yet commercially acceptable looks that separate their brands from what others are doing.
DB: Can you tell us a bit more about your brand?
We’re shipping over 100 stores in the USA. In addition, we have orders from retailers in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Canada and Australia for next spring. In a tough economy, it’s truly amazing that so many boutiques are willing to pioneer an unknown brand of vintage colored jeans, given we’ve been in business less than a year. Stores tell us women of all ages from 15 to 70 love our colors, the soft & pliable nature of our waistband and fabric and the way the jeans fit them throughout their day. Whether or not a store places an order with us the first time they see the collection, one thing is for sure: They’ve never seen a denim based collection of jeans and shorts that look like M2F Brand Denims.
DB: What makes your brand so different from others out there?
Unlike any jean brand in existence today, M2F denim products are based on a yarn and fabric technology we invented. That technology alone makes it possible for us to create a collection of vintage jeans that look and feel different than other jean brands throughout the world. Our five step finishing process starts with individually dyeing each M2F garment, which in turn gives us the flexibility to design the unique colors, faded washes and vintage finishes that are M2F Brand Denims.
DB: Lastly, is there anything else you would like to add that we haven’t asked you?
We are changing the way women think about jeans…..one color at a time.