DENIM POETRY 1

This poem is a flat out ode to that favourite pair; the ones that have stuck by me through everything…

ODE TO MY BLUE (JEANS)

ODE TO MY BLUE

(jeans)

I’ll wear them with me

Woven can be my wild

The old blues

Made into new hues

This is the naked

I will become

A kind of weight

That will never whine

Willing to dig down

Deeper

Into the holes and cracks

I shape

Into whatever shade is given

Call me a cowboy

Call me a wrangler

Or call me a woman

Dressed to impress

As I wander

Won’t you follow

My blues

I’ll bring them

Never

Hollow

DIY Denim Destruction: Will You Be Slicing Your Skinnies or Wearing Your Hems Raw This Spring?

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Image Courtesy of www.whowhatwear.com 

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Don’t worry, your distressed denim hasn’t gone out of style quite yet. This year, though, we’re toning it down a notch and giving our jeans a more conservative cut. Instead of those intense, gaping gashes and completely damaged jeans, we’ll be sporting subtle slices and refined frays that make distressing look a little more polished.

I pulled out some of my old favourites (a couple pairs of Cheap Monday’s and my favourite JBrand’s – the Maria High-rise, to be exact) to give them the ultimate denim revival: A simple cut across the knee and a chopped off hemline exposing just the right amount of ankle. Raw hems with frayed edges aren’t a new trend by any means, but they’ve been sneaking their way back into the spotlight, and into our denim-obsessed hearts. This edgy hem combined with a clean cut across the knee will give any pair of skinnies a fierce finish.

Forget about all of those other DIY alterations that have gone horribly, HORRIBLY wrong. This denim DIY is a sure-fire, idiot-proof way to give your old jeans new life.

All you’ll need are scissors and an exacto knife.

  1. Turn your jeans inside out.
  2. If you’re feeling cautious, draw a line where you want your cuts to be. Straight across the knee or just above the knee looks best!
  3. Slice a straight line across from the inseam to the outer seam. Try sticking a piece of cardboard or something inside your jeans to protect yourself from accidently creating some super awkward-looking capri/shorts.
  4. And if you’re feeling particularly rebellious, hack off your hems. Seriously, just cut them off with scissors. Just make sure you measure how much you want to take off before you cut!

*Your washing machine will give your newly raw hems some more character by fraying the edges.

Cuddly Resolutions

When the ball drops and the glitter clears on the first day of the year, ya’ll are determined to work away those sads. I wanna help. Let’s look at some stuff that will make this winter cuddly and this new year hopeful.

Harlow and Sage

Harlow and Sage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) @harlowandsage

If you’ve never seen this Instagram feed, get ready for your heart to melt, solidify again, then explode. The stars are Harlow a skeptical Weimaraner and (yes) Sage, a hound with some serious googley eyes. Did I mention they like to cuddle? They cuddle a lot. Plus they have other dog pals and sometime they all cuddle and weeeeeeeee.

2) All the R&B Records

Listening to the funk always makes me want to move– and moving is important in this weather, especially if you are enduring that polar snap. Yes, R&B could save your life. Might I recommend gathering with pals in the living room for some: Al Green, Chaka Khan, Sam Cooke, Aretha, Stevie Wonder, James Brown?

3) The Hot Toddy

Forget about parallel universes and that large hadron collider, the person that discovered this drink was a real genius. Citrus, spice, honey, hot water, and (oh yes) bourbon all mixing together in one glorious steamy treat that will melt you down to your toes. Many variations are available, but I like the ones that add cinnamon sticks to the mix (We mentioned it had bourbon right?).

4) Blankets. So many blankets.

Depending on your hydro bill, you may be averaging 2-5 blankets per night if you live in Toronto. I have long joked that I would straight up wear one around town this winter if the bitter cold got worse; but blanket-lined clothing may be my way to go. Consider a lined denim jacket, work shirt, or some selvedged denim (like Naked & Famous started putting out a few years back). No long johns, no problem.

5) This on repeat: http://youtu.be/LpuwcINDHnQ

BTW: Resolutions? Please. You want to improve upon yourself this 2015? You have to make plans. Because resolutions are just plans to further plans. Real talk.

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Gift Ideas for the Denim Inclined

It’s hard to believe, but it’s December 9th. Today. Like, right now. “WTF!?!!?!?”, you might be saying to yourself. But, DON’T WORRY – we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite garments sure to please even your pickiest of present recipients.

1) McGuire Denim’s Beatrice Dress  for the “The Girly Girl”

She likes to dress up, and she looks good doing it. Give her the gift of the denim LBD.

McGuire Dress Front2) Levi’s Vintage Collection 606 in Rinse for the “The Cool Chick”

She effortlessly pulls off the “Mom Jean” and you hate her for it.

LVC 606 Front

3) Baldwin’s “Ten” in Raw Denim for “The Tomboy”

Yeah, she likes the fades on your raw jeans, but hers are going to be so much better than yours in a year from now.

Baldwin Ten Raw Front

4) Freenote Cloths’ Riders Waxed Canvas Jacket in Tobacco for “The Menswear Connoisseur”

Yes, it’s made in the USA and it is exclusive to us in Canada. Oh, and it’s waxed canvas – so it’s functional too.

Freenote Waxed Canvas Jacket Front

5) The Pure Blue Japan x IDC Collaboration XX-007 Shrink-to-Fit for “The Bonafide Denim Head”

Made in Japan, only 100 pairs made, exclusive to dutil., natural indigo dye, shrink-to-fit, fades like a dream. End of story.

PBJ x IDC XX-007 Front

The Joe’s Brixton in the King Wash for “The Non-Shopper”

He may not give two hoots about fashion, but he’ll look great in this all-purpose, dark wash jean.

Joe's Brixton King Front

 

And last but not least, STOCKING STUFFERS!!!

1) dutil. Gift Card – They can be purchased in-store or online and they never expire!

2) dutil. Quintessential Belt – Quintessentially the perfect unisex belt.

dutil. Belt Detail Worn Brown

3) Organic cotton dutil. T-shirt – Soft as heck, and also unisex.

dutil. Tee White Front