Relatively new brand, Mother Denim, has put out their second denim collection (coming out in Spring 2012). The brand is catching the attention of fashionista's far and wide with their vast collection of flared jeans. Each wash and style comes in it's own clever name. We feel most partial to The Curfew Jean although, The Wilder Trouser Jean kinda of excites us as well! And though we don't own a pair yet, we must let you know, the fabric is to die for and the collection is coming out with some real surprise pieces for Spring! We can't wait to fill you in on the fit!

Do you have a favorite style and wash from Mother denim? If you do, let us know about it!

EDWIN JAPAN – Unique Denim Manufacture

EDWIN JAPAN today released their latest film, shot in Japan last year featuring a look at the people, the culture and their denim manufacturing process.

“For 35 years, Edwin Japan have worked on improving efficiency, quality, construction and washing methods by studying and engineering machinery used in the denim manufacturing process.

It is impossible to improve what one makes without spending the time everyday to master what one does, turning ones profession into a craft. The denim technicians at Edwin are true craftsmen, as their commitment and attention to the product is unquestionably what makes the Edwin product stand out from the mass of denim available within the market today. Whilst this remains ‘production’, the working philosophy remains closer to a greatly more efficient and productive Artisanal method.

They are ‘engineers’. Each person, over the course of a long period is encouraged to be responsible for maintaining and improving their machines. This means that each machine is self-customised beyond standard industrial purposes, to create unique and specialised ways of making denim.

The majority of the technicians at the Edwin factories and laundry’s have worked within the company since the beginning. This means they have an acute understanding for their machine. Each technician is responsible for three machines on average, all performing different elements of the production process. They remain on these machines for the duration of the careers. There is almost now rotation of staff, offering complete consistency in the making.

The machines are completely unique and totally custom made, exclusively to EDWIN JAPAN, which sets EDWIN out as a denim manufacturer worldwide. There is not a single machine, which has not been customised by the technicians over the time they work on them.

The laundries are incredible, with bespoke and exclusively made machines. Unique ways of washing, dying, drying and above all water purification and recycling. The water is purified to the point whereby once all the indigo and other impurities have been extracted, fish are able to swim in tank of the purified water.”


I'm excited to review a pair of Citizens of Humanity -- as I've yet to try the brand. I know what you're probably thinking, "how has she NOT tried this brand?" It's always been a brand on my denim radar, so I'm glad I have the chance to check them out. It's a given that Citizens of Humanity is a well liked brand, especially by celebs (see Jennette McCurdy, Miranda Cosgrove, Olivia Wilde, & Shakira). These Thompson skinny jeans in "True Wash" were an instant fave for me! The fit was amazing! They hugged me in all the right places, and the 98% cotton & 2% elastane gave them the perfect amount of stretch! The denim was super soft to the touch as well!

Let's talk about the wash of this denim. It is the perfect medium blue wash. Not too dark or too light -- perfect jean that you can sport during the day with some flats and then transition into the evening with a pair of heels. The 28" inseam was A+ for me! I love a skinny jean that hits right at the ankle.

I thought the fit was extremely flattering and very true to size. I typically wear a size 27, and these 27's fit perfectly. I love a jean that fits like a glove, but isn't constricting. This jean was just that -- very comfy and made me feel fabulous! Although I didn't wear these jeans for an entire day, I can see this pair holding it's shape. Sometimes you can just tell by the way a jean feels when you move around. P.S. My husband was totally smitten with the way these looked on me! That's always a plus if your man digs 'em! ;) If you are looking for a great skinny jean that's versatile and hits right at the ankle -- then go for these!


The Denim Outfit Of The Year 2011 Contest is sponsored one of the leading online retailers of premium denim Each day (Mon-Fri) we highlight a different outfit, then at the weekend we have a vote on which was the best outfit from that week. The winner's of that go forward to the Denim Outfit Of The Month vote and then in January 2012 we will have a final showdown between each on the monthly winners to find the Denim Outfit Of The Year. Today's entry is OhMyVogue in Zara jeans

Key Flannel Lined Denim Pants

Don't let the cold weather keep you from work or play this Winter. These flannel lined pants will keep you warm no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. They're available in 100% cotton heavy-weight duck (LM455) or 12 oz. 100% cotton denim (shown here) with 4.5 oz. 100% cotton flannel lining. The duck pants have double knees with cleanout while the denim pants are single layer. Both pants feature durable triple needle stitching, antique brass hardware, double utility pocket, reinforced oversized hip pockets, double bottom front pockets, watch pocket, hammer loop and a loop for a cell phone or tape measure.

Dockers® D3 Classic-Fit Denim Jeans

These men's Dockers jeans are sure to get plenty of wear. Find a full selection of Dockers pants at Kohl's.

D3 classic fit sits at the waist and is relaxed through the hip and thigh with a traditional leg opening.
Durable cotton construction ensures lasting comfort.
Zipper fly
Machine wash


A pair of loose fit jeans

Jeans are trousers made from denim. Some of the earliest American blue jeans were made by Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers, and Levi Strauss in 1873. Starting in the 1950s, jeans, originally designed for cowboys, became popular among teenagers. Historic brands include Levi's, Lee, and Wrangler. Jeans come in various fits, including skinny, tapered, straight, boot cut, Mommy-cut, maternity, and flare.
Jeans are now a very popular form of casual dress around the world, and have been so for decades. They come in many styles and colors; however, "blue jeans" are particularly identified with American culture, especially the American Old West.

Haggar® Work-to-Weekend™ Classic-Fit Pleated Denim Pants

These men's Haggar pleated denim pants are the perfect addition to your casual wardrobe. In medium wash.

Pleated styling and permanent creases offer classic touches.
Expandable waistband ensures the right fit.
Relaxed cut lets you move with ease.
Cotton construction provides all-day comfort.
Wrinkle-free finish delivers effortless wear and care.
Zipper fly
Machine wash
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Premium Buckle Back Japan Red Selvage Slim Stretch Resin Coated Denim Jeans by Edwin

Model is wearing size 32X34

Model Height:
6'0 (182 cm)

The Premium Buckle Back Japan Red Selvage Slim Stretch Resin Coated Denim Jeans by Edwin features:
Full button fly closure
Contrasted stitching throughout
Logo embossed hardware
5-pocket design
Signature embroidered rear pockets

100% Cotton



USA-made version of our 5-pocket Ballroom Jeans style
Beefy 14.5-oz. denim fabric is made with 100% domestic cotton
Hidden crotch gusset lets you bend and crouch without the ouch
12" deep side pockets keep items more secure
Triple-stitched seams for extra strength
Extra-large zipper pulls
Made in the USA


Believe us, we share your interest in having more clothes made in the USA available. So when we found a company in Kentucky that still makes jeans in America – out of high-quality domestic cotton – we signed ’em up in a hurry. These USA-made 5-pocket Ballroom® Jeans are crafted by experienced hands (a 5th generation family business) with prewashed 100% cotton denim. You get all the same signature features of our regular Ballroom Jeans - excluding the Fire Hose® reinforcements at the waist, pockets and hems. Yes, these jeans do cost more – a fact of life in today’s manufacturing world. But we know some of you will consider a USA-made option worth it.

Men's & Young Men's

Acid Wash
Believe it or not, it's back from the '80s! Featuring bleached-out splotches for an "acid-treated" effect.

Denim that looks like it was dipped into diluted dye shades of any color in the rainbow. Red, brown, gray or turquoise - take your pick.

Whisker Wash
This wash features bleached-out marks that resemble whiskers (typically right below the front pockets). A big trend!

Designer clothing

Designer clothing is clothing that bears the logo of a recognizable fashion designer.
The 'designer' whose name is on the label may be:
A European couturier, e.g. Chanel, Christian Dior
A European luxury goods house, e.g. Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton
An American sportswear label, e.g. Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren,The North Face
When talking about designer clothing, the highly creative and expensive creations of top fashion designers are rarely what is meant.
Rather, 'designer clothing' is typically used to describe clothing that was not designed or made by the top fashion luminary, but bears their name due to a licensing agreement the designer has entered into with a mass market apparel manufacturer.
These agreements allow manufacturers of commodity apparel items to sell their wares at a premium price due to the cachet the designer's name and provide the designer with another income stream.
The quality of the clothing and degree of its resemblance, if any, to the designer's work vary considerably depending on the licensee and the terms of the agreement the designer has struck. Some terms may limit the number of garment styles that may be produced, allow the designer to veto any designs he finds unappealing.
This licensing of designer names was pioneered by designers like Pierre Cardin in the 1960s and has been a common practice within the fashion industry from about the 1970s.


Composition: 100% Cotton
Measurements: Width at end: 7.8 inches
Details: faded effect, denim cotton, mid rise, dark wash, button, zipper, four pockets, contrast stitched detailing, logo details, stitched trimmed


Composition: 100% Cotton
Measurements: Width at end: 8.8 inches
Details: denim cotton, worn effect, straight leg, high waisted, dark wash, button closing, five pockets, logo details


Composition: 100% Cotton
Measurements: Width at end: 7.0 inches
Details: faded effect, mid rise, dark wash, button closing, five pockets, detailed metallic inserts

Men's & Young Men's


This must-have finish features a crisscross weave. A great way to add some variety to your denim wardrobe!


It's the catchall term for any wash or style that can be considered retro - from dark "blue-black" washes to tinted finishes. Sometimes they're even a little tattered for a totally cool, worn-in look.


Short for "sandblasted." This term refers to fabric that has been washed with sand or another abrasive material to produce soft, faded results.

Color denim

Denim fabric dyeing is divided into two categories; indigo dyeing and sulphur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces traditional blue colors or shades similar to blue colors. Sulfur dyeing (also called color denim) is used to create specialty black colors and other colors like pink, grey, rust, mustard, green, and red.



Relax ... get to it. You can't go wrong with this style! Featuring a nice-and-easy fit with extra room through the seat and thigh. Usually has a straight or slightly tapered leg opening.

Slim Sizes

They like the style and comfort of regular-sized jeans, but need a narrower cut. The solution? Slim sizes, of course!

Student Sizes

Jeans sized by waist and leg length measurements (e.g., 26 x 28), rather than numerical sizes (e.g., 10 or 11).


Extended/Husky Sizes

They like the style and comfort of regular-size jeans, but need a fuller cut. The solution? Extended and husky sizes, of course!


(A modern version of the bell-bottom. This type is typically fitted through the seat, thigh and knee, then flared at the leg opening.


You guessed it! This comfortable fit has a loose, oversized feel through the seat and thigh. Great for active, on-the-go kids who have lots of comfort in mind.



This popular style has a slight flare at the leg opening, which pairs them perfectly with boots (of course!) and shoes with chunky heels.


(a.k.a. regular fit) - You can't go wrong with these jeans. Relaxed fit through the seat and thigh for comfort. With a straight or slightly tapered leg opening.


Kids can take it easy with this style! Similar to the loose fit, it's more full through the seat and thigh for extra comfort. Usually with a straight leg opening.

Men's Denim Trends

We weren’t able to go to Bread&Butter ourselves, but (and thank god for the world wide web) if we take Fashion Buyer UK word for it ,which we tend to do, spring/summer 2011 most prominent men’s denim trends are:

1. Ripped and repaired – heritage denim labels started popping out archive pieces in recent seasons to flaunt their pedigree. Those without it copied the look…

2. Even lighter washes – more about worn-down dyes than super light looks.

3. Shorts – the hotter the climate, the shorter the denim… mostly cut-offs rolled at the knee for men.

4. Cinch back – vintage/heritage detailing dug out of the archive once in a few years.

5. Waistband detailing – that’s a new one! Elasticated and drawstring waists on denim… what’s next? Drawstring waist denim shorts? Oh yeah, Acne Jeans already did it this summer.

6. Carrots and crotches – extremely tapered leg and a drop-crotch. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but that’s too eunuch for me!

Stretch denim

Stretch denim usually incorporates an elastic component (such as elastane) into the fabric to allow a degree of give in garments. Only a small percentage is required within the fabric (approx 3%) to allow a significant stretch capacity of around 15



A cousin to the carpenter jean, this loose-fit style features one or more cargo pockets that can be found on the sides of the legs, the front or the back.


This casual, easygoing style is relaxed in the seat, thighs and legs. Often featuring large utility pockets for an updated look.

Novelty Finishes

Cool fashion finishes make jeans unique. You can find anything from crosshatch (a crisscross weave) to whisker wash (bleached out marks that resemble whiskers).


A casual, loose-fitting style that almost always sports large utility pockets, a pliers pocket and a hammer loop. Sure to keep your youngster looking cool and feeling comfy.


Dirty Washed

Like stone-washed jeans, they have been prewashed to make them softer and give them a worn-in look. The difference – they've been tinged in beige, brown or khaki to make them appear "dirty."


Denim that looks like it was dipped into diluted dye shades of any color in the rainbow. Red, brown, gray or turquoise - take your pick.

Whisker Wash

This wash features bleached-out marks that resemble whiskers (typically right below the front pockets). A big trend!



Short for "sandblasted." This term refers to fabric that has been washed with sand or another abrasive material to produce soft, faded results. For dramatic contrast, look for styles that have been superblasted in certain areas!


This must-have finish features a crisscross weave. It looks great in any denim hue - from light sandblast to dark indigo. Try stretch crosshatch, too.


The cut-off look isn't just for denim shorts. Frayed edges are showing up everywhere, including waist lines and leg openings


These jeans are actually baked in an oven. The process gives them a semi-permanent, creased or wrinkled effect in certain areas. You get a vintage look without wearing out the denim.


Trust us, this style looks better than it sounds! It refers to denim woven with uneven yarns, giving jeans a totally cool, textured effect.


The coolest thing to happen to denim since bell bottoms. These jeans are highly faded and sometimes finished with holes, rips, tears and fraying hems. The perfect detail to satisfy your inner rock star.

BIG JOHN: the history of this Japanese denim powerhouse

Despite the busyness at last week's men's tradeshows, I was able to visit with the denim technicians at BIG JOHN, who flew in from Japan to show at PROJECT NY. The brand has long been a pioneer of authentic denim craftsmanship yet is intently focused on forward-thinking innovation.

In 1940, BIG JOHN founder Kotaro Osaki set up shop, manufacturing workwear and U.S. military-inspired pants. Then called Maruo Clothing Company, the label was already in tune with trends, reacting to the popularity of American-style clothing in Japan.

After WWII, the company started selling imported American-made used clothing, remaking pieces to fit the Japanese market. Throughout the 60s, the label continued to improve upon the US-made fabrics it was importing. BIG JOHN became the first brand in the world to develop denim washes, calling them BIG-WASHING. This achievement was followed in 1973 with the company's first completely Japanese denim fabric.

In the 80s, BIG JOHN developed the world's first purposely uneven yarns and created its RARE JEANS selvedge denim using power looms. This method continues to inspire vintage and replica styles the world over.