Designer Jean Interviews
DenimBlog got the chance to ask Daniella, the founder and designer of Frankie B. some questions about her brand, the inspiration behind her designs and what is new for next season! Keep reading! A huge thank you to Daniella for this. You can also read the history of Frankie B. by clicking here. The image at the bottom is a sneak peek at the new 2010 look book.
DenimBlog: What inspiration goes into designing a Frankie B. jean?
Most of the time it starts with fabric. once I feel and see a new denim usually ideas start coming in right away. I’m often inspired by street fashion, travelling, music but most of all I would say that it comes from a consumers point of view as me being the consumer I’m always looking for what I want next in my closet.
DenimBlog: What is your latest collection about?
Our latest collection is called “Punk Goddess” and it’s inspired by Debbie Harry in the 80’s at CBGB’s
DenimBlog: Why did you decide to create your brand?
I started Frankie B. because I thought there might be other women out there that would like to wear my jeans. I love fashion and I wanted to work at something that I enjoy doing and have a passion for.
DenimBlog: What has been your favourite memory/experience since Frankie B. was founded?
I would say my most memorable moments are our fashion shows. getting to project my entire vision is very stressful but also so satisfying.
DenimBlog: Do you have a favourite cut you have designed?
My favorite cut to this day is our basic 5 pocket low rise boot cut. So flattering and comfortable.
DenimBlog: How many jeans do you own?
Not enough but probably a couple hundred.
DenimBlog: Which jean has been the most popular overall?
Our classic low rise signature ‘F’ pocket boot cut is still our number one seller. Our most popular fun jean is hands down our heart pockets.
DenimBlog: We all love denim, but what is it that makes denim so important to you?
To me denim is a staple in my wardrobe. I feel that as long as I have a great fitting jean that I feel comfy and sexy in, I throw on a cute tee shirt and some platforms and I’m good to go. I always feel more confident in jeans than any other item in my wardrobe.
DenimBlog: Are there any new trends coming out next season that we should be keeping an eye out for?
You will see skinny cropped styles in interesting washes paired with our light weight denim boyfriend blazer for Spring Summer 2010. So Dixie’s Midnight runners!!!
DenimBlog: The boyfriend jeans trend has been a huge hit this season, will we be seeing anymore of this trend from you?
We actually did a new twist on the boyfriend and included a boyfriend trouser as well as a boyfriend blazer. Super cute!
DenimBlog: What makes your brand so different from the others out there?
I think what sets us apart is we are not your basic denim we are known as the going out jean. the fun jean! Our fit is amazingly sexy but also tasteful and comfortable.
DenimBlog: What are your denim predictions for next season?
We are still seeing a lot of requests for skinny’s and leggings with some vintage details.
DenimBlog: What is the best feature of a Frankie B. jean? (cut, fit, wash etc)
Frankie B. is known for our fit!
DenimBlog: I know Frankie B. was named after your daughter Frankie but what does the B stand for in Frankie B.?
My dad passed away before my daughter Frankie was born and his name was Barry. So I gave her only his first initial so that people would always ask what it was for and that would give us the opportunity to keep his memory alive.
Here is an interview with the founder/designer of the new denim brand TallGeneZ. This denim brand seems really unique and fits a market which isn’t that popular among other designers. Keep reading for the interview and information about the brand. What do you think? Isn’t it a great idea? A brand of denim made specifically for really tall women with premium denim which is glued at the seams instead of stitched. The woman with the worlds longest legs, so long in fact that she is in the Guinness world records for having the longest legs. Just ordered a pair from TallGeneZ, she has never been able to wear jeans before due to length. She wore home made jeans but never properly designed ready to wear jeans.
DB: What inspired you the most when creating your brand?
My wife Amy who at 6ft5 with a 38” inseam personified my whole future client base.
DB: What has been your favorite memory/experience since your brand was founded?
I believe it was seeing the first samples on each model and the ecstatic expression on each models face at having jeans long enough (40 inseam & 42” inseam) in a premium fit. I also feel the use of Kaihara denim helped!
DB: Do you have a favourite cut you have designed?
My personal favourite is the Coube mid boot in dark rinse, the Kaihara denim in a dark rinse is probably one of the most beautiful denim fabrics I have ever seen. The jean is elevated from a working jean to being able to stand toe to toe with couture level garments. It’s 11oz weight Kaihara denim. The next range will also include the 11oz and also a 10oz. The 10oz is very addictive!
DB: What makes a pair of jeans the perfect pair? (fit, wash, cut etc)
The perfect pair is really based on the individual. Tall women can pull off the straight leg jean to perfection. The straight leg is a safe bet for tall women of any shape and size. Boot cuts I suggest for slimmer more athletic figures, even then I prefer the slight
boot cut. I will create jeans upon request, but that is just my personal opinion. For rises nothing too high even, though a longer frame can pull it off I find high waisted jeans to look ghastly. Mid rise is ok, but for my mid rise jeans I make them slightly lower than a normal mid rise. I also never like to go ultra low, a good balance of class and figure dis-play are taken in to consideration in each design. Washes! My favorite part, Robert White who runs his own denim production operation in El Paso Texas is your main man when it comes to denim washes. Both being Brits in the USA Robert has shown me many techniques when it comes to washes. I have to say I can’t admit to having a favorite wash, I like the vast amount of options, so my clients will have to individually answer that one. Personally a wax Finnish jeans is incredible. Also oven baked tech-nique which gives the jeans a leather quality also is high on my list.
DB: How many pairs of jeans do you own?
How long do you have? lol In my wardrobe right now (and across many of my rooms) I would estimate a good 30 or more. I wear any brand really, diesel I feel is a good fit for men.
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Mike Lanes has been a long time denim connoisseur and after years of research and finding the right quality, fit, design, etc he finally has his collection ready for women everywhere! There is a sense of empowerment with this line, his mission is simple: To make you look hot! Each jean is individually handcrafted and unique…just like you. Pick the pair that best suits you. Party in them, love in them, dance in them, and most importantly…enjoy your life in them! We also got the chance to interview Mike! Check it out below and look in the gallery for images from the look book of his new jeans! It’s so exciting when new denim brands come on the scene. Check out Mike Lanes Premium Denim here.
DB: What inspired you the most when creating your brand?
I was inspired by life and the freedom to do what I love which is creating and designing. I always worked for myself I have been a Drummer for over 20yrs in hard rock bands (Detriment & Dedfuel) as well as an Actor for 12yrs. I got the idea to starting my own company from wanted to create a denim line that had personality as well as a story behind it…
DB: How many pairs of jeans do you own?
For example; each jean has a theme i.e Rocker Girl…For the girl that rocks with no regret. I wanted the customer to relate to the jean like they would a song or character in a movie that they wanted to become for the day.
Too many…ha ha.
My favorite would have to be Martini Girl which is my straght leg. It’s just so flattering on. It’s a great night time jean as well as an everyday jean.
Yes, I will be introducing some new girls next season which include Black and white denims with ultra sexy and rock influenced themes. Keep an eye out you don’t want to miss this…
DB: The boyfriend jeans trend has been a huge hit this season, will we be seeing any of this trend from you?
I have never been one to follow trends cause a trend is a trend and it dies out. My line has always been about less is more, it’s clean, chic, sexy, exciting and sophisticated and that’s how it will stay.
It’s like putty I can do what whatever I want to it which is the most exciting thing for me.
Fit by far. You have to have a jean that fits like a glove, comfort is everything.
DB: Can you explain the inspiration behind each cut you have designed?
I have eight cuts or styles; Rocker Girl, Martini Girl, Party Girl, Cosmo Girl ,Savvy Girl, Chic Girl, Fun Girl and Wild Girl.
My inspiration was to make a jean for everyday of the week. I want a girl to wake up in the morning and feel like partying so she wears Party Girl or she might feel like going to the office so she puts on Savvy Girl. I want to be that Monday through Sunday jean…
My brand is for anyone that wants to look and feel amazing in jeans.
For one my fit. I have spent three years perfecting my fit. It not only slims out your inner thigh area but creates a boost where needed.
I want everyone to know that Mike Lanes Jeans is here to make jeans for the INDIVIDUAL not trends!
Would you like the chance to ask Paige Adams-Geller of Paige Premium Denim a question? I thought it would be a good idea to do a readers interview with her. DenimBlog readers can email me a question for Paige, we will select the best 10 and Paige will answer them. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title ‘Paige Interview’. It’s as simple as that! You can make your questions as wacky as you like! The closing date for emails will be Friday 28th August so get emailing! The interview will be published as soon as Paige has answered the questions.
You can read our previous exclusive interview with Paige here.