On one hand, you could wear the same pair of jeans every day and be fine. Probably nobody would notice. And jeans go with everything. On the other hand, with so much diversity in the field, why deprive yourself?
In the short Q&As below, get to know seven denim brands our buying team is excited to be working with: 3×1 NYC, Baldwin, FRAME, J Brand, Jean Shop, PAIGE and Raleigh. Most have a little stretch built into them (helps with things like car keys). All are strong and sturdy-looking while being butter soft.
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Image above: 1988; below: 2016
Scanning the archives, we could not help but notice our 1988 Anniversary Sale catalog was full of fashion and styling that holds up today. Living in the sartorial past may not be your thing–totally valid if that’s how you feel–but if you’re open to it, 1988 is a rich time to explore.
SHOP: Vintage 1946 chinos | Baldwin wool trousers (these are cropped already–buy them huge if you want to roll them) | Levi’s jeans (especially check out the 501 CT) | Comme des Garçons striped shirt | denim jackets | leather jackets | cardigans | turtlenecks | plaid pants | Vans | Paul Smith plain toe derby
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Embracing his entrepreneurial spirit and Midwestern attitude, designer Matt Baldwin of Baldwin has disrupted the fashion game by creating American denim smack dab in the middle of the heartland.
Photographs by Ryan Strong
Baldwin is Kansas City: it’s durable, it’s industrious, it’s modern. With exceptional classics and seasonless staples, this KC-based brand is poised to put its community on the map as a fashion force. Step aside, Brooklyn cool.
KC—the City of Fountains—is revered for sports, the arts and its absurdly good barbecue—wait-in-an-hourlong-line-outside-a-gas-station good. That good. The popular Power & Light District is a nightlife hot spot, Westport is a low-key favorite and the Plaza always makes for a great day of shopping (with a stop at Baldwin, of course).
We chatted with Matt about creating a clothing company, the perfect pair of jeans and living in the barbecue capital of the world.
SEE MATT’S KC PICKS AND BALDWIN CLOTHES INSIDE THE CITY’S PREMIER ART GALLERY